Looking at pci-e video card (or other options) for gaming upgrade

By ericcothran
Dec 21, 2007
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  1. I'm looking to get a video card for my pc. I currently use the Onboard Video card, so I'm not sure what it is. I would like to spend no more than $250. I would like to have s-video and/or dvi plugs as well. I usuallly play FFXI and just want the best I can get in graphics for my budget. Anderson/Greenvile, South Carolina, USA is my location.

    1. Motherboard - MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD
    Model - MS-7253
    2. Graphic interface - AGP version 3.0 (I'm assuming that means PCI Express)

    3. Memory - DDR2 1024bytes Dual channels

    4. CPU - AMD Sempron 3400+

    5. CPU Speed - 1800 MHz

    6. Power Supply Make/Model - Color Cases/SZ- 450 WPA

    7. Watt output/Amperage - 450watt/ +12v 16a

    If there are other options someone may see that I can improv eon my pc for gaming in the $250 budget, please let me know, but I do plane on getting another processor (AMD 6000+) and more RAM(2GB DDR2 cause I thinks thats the max for my MB) in the future. I just want a upgrade that I can see for now. I hope to hear from you all soon and thanks in advance.
  2. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    I think AGP version 3.0 is 8x AGP

    I just looked up your mother board you do have pci-e
  3. samjohnson

    samjohnson Newcomer, in training Posts: 320

  4. either that, or the radeon x1950 pro 512mb. that might even outperform the 2600. the 1950 is $175 or so on newegg.
  5. samjohnson

    samjohnson Newcomer, in training Posts: 320

    Do they make those cards for AGP slots though? I didn't they they did.
  6. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

  7. samjohnson

    samjohnson Newcomer, in training Posts: 320

    oops my bad. I thought you said the HD3850 and the 8800GT or something. Must have been in a different post. haha
    But ya I second the x1950 pro.
  8. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

  9. ericcothran

    ericcothran Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 66

    Yes, that's my Mobo and as you can see it has PCI express, but when I run CPUID it says AGP version 3.0. I don't know alot of about pc's but I do know that I have PCI-Express slot and not AGP and don't know why it says that, unless it's turned off in the BIOS or something.
  10. samjohnson

    samjohnson Newcomer, in training Posts: 320

    Ah ok, Yes you have a PCIe x 16 slot. SO forget all the AGP suggestions. :)
    Well first off what is your max budget on this upgrade? If it is up there a bit then I would suggest the 8800GT. But if you got that you would probably need a PSU upgrade as well. So if you don't want to upgrade your PSU then a 8600GT or GTS should do you alright.
  11. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,279   +181

    Samjohnson, his first post said no more than $250 so the 8800GT is close. It depends on which one you get. However as you pointed out, that 16 amp 12V output from the power supply is inadequate.
  12. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 2,031

    You can get a CPU and graphics card for $250 if you wanted :)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125070 - 8600GT

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103771 - CPU

    They're both pretty good parts and you'd get a nice boost out of them, but I would recommend getting the extra 1GB of RAM when you can, that will help as well.

    If you want to spend $250 on just a graphics card, I'd go with this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150263 - XFX 8800GT
     
  13. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

  14. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Umm, anyone forgetting that he'd need a new PSU as well? That being said, here're my personal recommendations:
    Visiontek Radeon HD 3850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E x16 Graphics Card - $159.99
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz Socket AM2 Processor - $57.99
    Cooler Master eXtreme Power Pro 550W Power Supply - $19.99 after $40 rebate (expires on 31st of December)

    Grand Total = $237.97, leaving enough for shipping
    It will get you a PC powerful enough to play almost all the games out there on near-maximum detail. Also, consider getting this RAM kit later.
    Good luck and let us know how it goes. :)

    EDIT: Thanks for the heads-up mailpup. Link changed.
  15. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,279   +181

    Cooler Master PSU rebate appears to have expired.
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