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What is best for me?

By Conjon
Feb 23, 2007
  1. Well, Im a big gamer looking for better gameplay.
    I'm buying a new graphics card as the one I own now is poor.
    But I was wondering if you could help me get the best for my money.
    My budget is around 60-70 Pounds, and I need to buy an AGP card as I do not have PCI-E slots on my motherboard.
    I was thinking of buying the 7300GT AGP, which is around 60 pounds, unless you could recommended another one? Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    The 7300GT is a good one. What is your current video card?
     
  3. Conjon

    Conjon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 56

    My current gfx card is Radeon 9250, and it's crap.
     
  4. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    The 7300GT should beat easily the 9250, however, it's not an incredibly fast card.

    If you could spend a little more, check out the 7600GT. It's a very good, mid-range 3D card, but if you can't afford it, the 7300 card should be good enough.

    Just make sure it has GDDR3 memory, not GDDR2.
     
  5. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Actually, some 7300GT's can hit 580/1600 (the GDDR3 models). If they had 12pp instead of 8, they would be faster than a 7600GT. They are just a small margin behind when they are overclocked that high.
     
  6. Conjon

    Conjon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 56

    No, I can't afford the 7600GT/GS since it doubled in price.

    Oh and the one im looking at is DDR2, what's the difference?
    With a budget of 65 Pounds and no PCI-E slots, I'm kind of limited so I think i'll still be going for the 7300GT DDR2 card :S
     
  7. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    DDR2 RAM is slower and runs hotter. But still you won't notice too much difference.

    The 7300GT should be good enough for u.

    Regards :wave:
     
  8. Conjon

    Conjon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 56

    Ok thanks for all the help.
     
  9. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Posts: 195

    Actually, Ive seen 7600 GT's go for around 120 canadian dollars, which is 60 pounds or so. I actually managed to get two 7600 Gt's for $50 each (Canadian), but that was a one-time thing lol. Look around at the smaller, more outlet computer stores and I am sure you can find a 7600GT for that price.

    Edit: Never saw that you didn't have PCI-e slots :( I have no idea about agp cards, sorry :S
     
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    The 7600GT AGP is usually more expensive, he can't afford it...
     
  11. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Yea, I agree. If you can find one, a ATi 9800PRO is a good (if old) card. It has around the same clock speeds as the 7300GT and the same number of pipelines, but it is a 256-bit memory bus so it has double the memory bandwidth per MHz of memory speed as the 7300GT which is a 128-bit card.
     
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