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Good Graphic Card for Cheap

By cfitzarl
Jul 26, 2006
  1. I have a $70 budget with an agp 8x slot. Can anyone suggest a good card for my system? Hopefully one better than my 6200 64-bit GeForce now.
     
  2. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

  3. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

  4. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    Hmm... Missed that one when I was looking. To be honest I'm not sure about the x1300 series. I know that some of them use hypermemory (shares the RAM) but this one doesn't seem to.
     
  5. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    It could be a little slower than the 9600XT. The 9600 has a 500 MHZ core and 600 MHZ RAM and 4 pipelines, and the x1300 has 450 MHZ core, 500MHZ GDDR2 RAM, and 4 pipelines.

    Maybe they're similar, or the X1300 with its 256MB and GDDR2 can compensate for the slower frequencies.
     
  6. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    Hey Wolfram! Yeah, I was kinda thinking the same thing but I wasn't sure if the x1300's had any of the issues that the x1600's have had. I guess if it were me I would go with the 9600xt just for the higher clock speeds.
     
  7. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Yeah, I would get the 9600XT. I had one it was damn good. It even played Far Cry @ 1280*1024 fairly good.

    But I don't know if the X1300 can compesate with its 256MB and GDDR2. I'm pretty sure the X1300 doesn't have the same issue as the X1600.
     
  8. IBN

    IBN TS Maniac Posts: 487

    You need an nVidia 6600 at the least. You could search around for one, but it'll be just above your budget. Any lower spec card and its not worth upgrading honestly.
     
  9. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    I personally do not like Nvidia Vid Cards. They seem too overated, and are menat for games like Doom 3 and Quake 4, which I do not play. I stick to games like Oblivion (don't own it, just an example). ATI cards have been proven to work better and faster on brighter games that do not use as many shaders. I usually do not play games with these anyway. What about the 9800?
     
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    A 9800 should be better than a 9600XT, but not too much. I still recommend the 9600XT, or if you wanna spend more, a X800 would be a great choice.
     
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