Best $50 video card?

By SubKamran
Mar 27, 2004
  1. I need a card better than a TNT2 video card for around $50, if not $50 exactly.

    I spotted a Nvidia FX 5200 refurb which my friend has and has great graphics for Warcraft III. This card is for my server computer so my little bro can play UT2004, WarCraft III, and No One Lives Forever until I get him a new computer.

    Now, technically, it can be $90 but only if it's a last resort because I'd have to persuade him to lend me his birthday money ($40).

    The following:

    I found a GeForce 4 MX440 for $56.
    A Geforce FX 5200 for $73.
    The other is a Powercolor Radeon 9200SE for $85.
    Transcend 9600SE 128MB for $89
    Chaintech FX5200 256MB for $88.50

    There is a 9200 256MB but it can't play Max Payne 2 which my brother wants to play (DX 8.1). The 9600SE and FX5200 can play because it supports DX9.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?
  2. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Posts: 183

    for $86 you can get a 9600se from newegg. which would probably be your best bet. if its for your brother... wouldnt he want to give the money since for his own good?9600se
  3. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

    I've set my mind on the Asus 9600SE for $86. It performs better than the FX5200 and it's made by ATI.

    The reviewer said it performs well on Morrowind, SOF: II, and WarCraft III, the games my brother wants to play.

    Edit: Thanks snowman! We found the same one :D
  4. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Posts: 183

    lol. good choice. have fun with it.
  5. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 271

    the radeon 9200 is an dx8.1 card last time i checked, so it is able to play max payne 2. also the 9200 wastes the fx5200 in most cases. however, i would step up to the radeon 9600se or even the non pro
  6. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

    I actually want to wait a few weeks, because the card I'll eventually buy for him is a 9600 XT. So I might as well wait for my check. :D
  7. chadro

    chadro TS Rookie Posts: 38

    Oh yea!! I have a 9600 XT and id rather do the wait instead of getting the 9200 or 9600 np. Plus my card is OC-able.
  8. h_pavon

    h_pavon TS Rookie Posts: 47

    go for the 9600XT, I've personally seen it outperform two Nvidia cards (5600 & 5700 Ultras)..... besides!, It'll be a while before your lil bro starts doing benchamarks
  9. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

    Hehe, I'll be getting paid soon. I wager $100-$130 so I'll have enough.
  10. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    The GeForce MX 440 is the best card I've ever had with best bang for buck. I was so impressed with this card.

    I have a 64MB one, and WarCraft III was smooth, counterstrike was smooth, etc. I'd go with the GeForce.... don't let price fool you!

    Because the others are more expensive, does not mean they are better.
  11. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

    Definitly stay away from the MX440, almost as bad as the TNT2...
  12. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    No way dude, the MX440 performs just about onpar/a tiny little bit better then the Geforce2 Ultra, and the GF2U was a ton better then the TNT2.
  13. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    Oh yea, why not you stay away from, GF MMX 440, TNT2 Riva, still great, my step mom run TNT2 (Paladin series) 32mb ram, 256 mb sdram, Pentium 350mhz run greatly in Age of Mythology (yet it still fast) (not overclocked)

    umm... have to say sumething, havent u?

    look again i owned gfx 5200,

    look like vassil3427 is own3d

    "I totlly pwn3d j00!"

    yet i agree with ---agissi---, gf2u perform mucha better than tnt2, but yet it still worth it
  14. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Is that considered flamming ?? ^^

    Jeeze, your pretty rude and harsh bushwhacker. Vassel is a cool dude and has been here far longer then you. Everyone makes a bad/incorrect claim every once in a while.
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