Best Video Cards For Gaming

By Soul Intruder
Sep 30, 2006
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  1. I'm looking to buy a 256 MB video card for gaming, what are the best ones available?
  2. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,198

    For PCI-Express (although these usually come with 512mb vs 256mb):
    Radeon X1950XTX
    Geforce 7950GX2

    For AGP:
    Radeon X850 XT PE
    Geforce 7800GS

    For PCI:
    .... seriously consider a motherboard upgrade ...
  3. Soul Intruder

    Soul Intruder Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  4. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,198

    Well, you asked what were the "best available" not "the cheapest available" :)

    I really wouldn't recommend either of those cards you have listed as they are pretty much obsolete already in performance for most games of the past year with medium to low settings.

    What is your top budget (and currency rate) as well as what games do you play?
  5. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    If you can afford it, an AGP X800GTO 256MB would be a great choice.
  6. Soul Intruder

    Soul Intruder Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  7. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    That's good, but it's way too expensive, just for a X1600 GPU. Maybe you should try www.tigerdirect.ca , they should have better choices than BestBuy.

    Too bad that you're stuck with AGP. PCI-E cards are much cheaper, and better.
  8. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,763


    If you're on a tight budget go on Ebay and look for a 6800GT ot Ultra.
  9. korrupt

    korrupt Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,060

    I like 7600gt's

    Regards,

    Korrupt
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Yes, they are good cards korrupt, but can be somewhat expensive :)
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

     
  12. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    That would be a good choice, but please, stay away from any SiS chipsets :knock:
  13. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,088

    I have a SiS computer, in the roughest conditions in my dads shop, it was all covered in dust about 1/8" thich, like disgusting, never cleaned in 8 years and still works. BTW it had a FoxConn mobo and HSF, no capacitator damage or anything. Anyone ever heard of socket 7? Lol.
  14. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Hehe, the good old socket 7...

    I still have a good socket 7 motherboard with a SIS 530 chipset, and still works fine.

    In general, SIS chipsets can be durable, and last several years. But they don't perform as good as a Nforce chipset for example.
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