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Cheap Video Card

By ronobono
Sep 17, 2009
  1. Hi. I have been looking around on newegg.com for a cheap video card to use untill i can get a nice one. Right now i have no video card in it and need help on what to get. My girlfriend is getting me one to hold me over and doesnt want me to spend over $60. So far i am thinking about--

    EVGA 01G-P3-N964-LR GeForce 9600 GSO 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready..its the (shocker) deal. 59.99 with mail in rebate.


    GIGABYTE GV-N94TOC-512I GeForce 9400 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready--49.99 with mail in rebate

    Or

    BFG Tech BFGE86512GTOCFE GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card. 39.99

    Need to know what one would be the best for movies + games untill i get a better one. Or tell me if there are better ones at this price range to get. Shes pretty firm that i dont spend to much and i dont really know to much about all the specs on them. Thanks for any help.

    My comp is 300 GB HD..1gb DDR2 Ram 300 Watt PSU 2GHZ Duel Core
     
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  3. ronobono

    ronobono TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    Ty for a responce but like i said she is firm on not going over the $60. Can you tell me at least what would be the best to go with out of the ones i put?
     
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Well, the HD4670 recommended by red doesn't actually outperform the 9600 GSO IMO. However, the ATI card has lower power consumption. Ultimately down to personal preference.

    And as for your original query, the 9600GSO will outperform the 8600GT and the 9400GT.
     
  6. ronobono

    ronobono TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    ok thanks alot guys.. I think i will go with the 9600 :grinthumb
     
  7. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Just check if it runs fine on a 300W PSU. I think it does.
     
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    right, they are a dead heat performance wise, but the 9600GSO requires a 6-pin connector, that could cause problems with a 300w PSU. the 4670 gets all it needs from the 75w PCIE slot, so if the budget is that tight, i would go with the 4670, or you may find yourself on need of a new PSU as well
     
  9. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    i agree with red he wont steer you wrong.
     
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