I'm looking to buy a 256 MB video card for gaming, what are the best ones available?
For PCI-Express (although these usually come with 512mb vs 256mb):
Radeon X850 XT PE
.... seriously consider a motherboard upgrade ...
Yeah I don't got 400-500 bucks to throw around so which one is better out of these 2?
BFG GeForce FX 5500OC 256MB AGP Video Card
ATI Radeon X1300 Pro AGP 256MB Video Card
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?
If you can afford it, an AGP X800GTO 256MB would be a great choice.
That any good?
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.
If you're on a tight budget go on Ebay and look for a 6800GT ot Ultra.
I like 7600gt's
Yes, they are good cards korrupt, but can be somewhat expensive
For a bit more than the price of that X1600PRO, u could get this mobo + CPU upgrade and this PCi Express video card to use with the above mobo, which would give u a very nice gaming PC.
Or u could get this AGP video card.
That would be a good choice, but please, stay away from any SiS chipsets :knock:
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.
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.