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I need a cheap video card.

By thisguy12
May 29, 2006
  1. I have a Dell 3000. It comes with some intergrated graphics crap so I'm not able to play a lot of games that I would like. I was planning on buying a new video card but to my dismay, my mother board did not have an agp slot. I found that my choices were extremely limited to low end models. I'm considering these.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814139166
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814143032
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814131411
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814133134
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814103166
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814139144

    My second option is to buy this cheap motherboard that has an agp slot and buy agp video card. Both things together have to be around $100. I can't afford to buy anything more expensive.
    This is the motherboard I'm looking at.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813135226
    I think I narrowed down my choices down to these agp video cards.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814161158
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130262
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102510
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814131227
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814142026
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102669

    Please, I ned help with my decision. Which one should I get? Is there anything else you would recomend?
     
  2. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    well depending on what games you like to play, if you want to do bf2 or any newer games you better off gonig with the new agp board ant the 9600xt imo
     
  3. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I agree with swker98, get the mainboard and the 9600XT. I have one and it works perfectly for me.
    I use my PC only for gaming and it delivers very good performance.
    I donĀ“t mind playing at 800*600 :suspiciou
     
  4. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    you may also want to add ram depending on how much you have, you need atlest 512 mb of ram to tget decent fps in games
     
  5. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    or even 1GB, to get the best loading times and frame rates!
     
  6. thisguy12

    thisguy12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    cool, thanks for the suggestion.
    I already have 512 mb of ram.
     
  7. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    then your set, just be ccareful while changeing the main board and rember yto use a ESD strap or ground your self while transferring your mainboard
     
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