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Recommendation for a Video card

By jimflint1
Oct 17, 2007
  1. Well, I don't do much gaming to speak of. Mostly I do internet stuff, and some photography stuff. So could you recommend me a video card for less than $100 that would do as well or better than my current card?

    Here are my specs:


    Current Card - ATI Radeon 9200 SE

    MB - Asus A7V8X-X

    CPU - AMD Athlon XP-A, 1822 MHz (11 x 166)

    Ram - 512 mb

    Not sure on power supply, pretty sure its 450.
     
  2. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    It depends on what you want to use the card for. Do you also use it to watch movies, and want to watch HD/blue-ray discs, then I'd recommend a HD2400pro which gives good video decoding capabilities, but is rather ****ty when it comes to gaming.

    Otherwise a X1650 pro is a rather good deal within your budget. It is much better for games & such, but requires more cpu power for video decoding.
     
  3. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 235

    Well, I have never used my computer to watch movies, except for youtube stuff. I'd like to be able to watch the youtube vids, however. Like I said, I don't do much gaming and don't really need to set my comp up for that--but I'd like something that would work for the occasional game.
     
  4. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    In that case the X1650 pro seems to be the best option...
    It is an overall good performer and not too expensive..
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    The 7600GS would do great too. It's about equal in performance to the X1650PRO. Get whatever's cheaper IMO. :)
     
  6. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 235

    Thanks to both of you for your help! Hey, Rage_3K_Moiz, which make of the 7600GS is good? I did a search on pricewatch and there were a bunch of different cards with that in the title, made by PNY, Jaton, and a few others.
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    All of them are good. Get any one of them and you'd be set, although eVGA & XFX would be on the better side. :)
     
  8. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 235

    Thanks again!
     
  9. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 235

    Okay, now I have another question. I guess I should've mentioned that I'm using XP as my OS. I saw the specs on the 7600gs and it says that it's "made for Vista". Will this matter? Oh, never mind---after further checking it looks like it will work just great.
     
  10. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    "made for vista" and similar monikers are just useless marketing trying to make it sound more advanced than it really is.

    The only cards that has some validity to that claim are the latest generation supporting DX10, as that is Vista only...
     
  11. Rayss523

    Rayss523 TS Enthusiast Posts: 121

    ^ding ding ding

    the only real "made for vista" product is regret, because you'll regret "upgrading" to windows Vista
     
     
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