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Whats the best sub $100 PCIx16 videocard?

By wallabing
Oct 21, 2006
  1. $100 is max. Will the 7300GT be a good choice? The only thing I'm looking at is Dual monitor support, and just playing world of warcraft and some other light games.

    I'm pairing it up with a Core 2 duo E6300,

    1GB (2 x 512Gmb) PNY optima DDR2 533mthz RAM dual channel kit

    Any other suggestions? ANy help appreciated :)
     
  2. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    The X800GTO is the best.
     
  3. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

  4. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

  6. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Quoted from:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/CustratingReview.asp?item=N82E16814131007
    The GTO^2 and the GTO16 could use 16 pipes, but this model can't.

    The standard x1650pro actually is faster than the x800gto.
    http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics.html?modelx=33&model1=590&model2=568&chart=224
    (it should be noted the x1650pro in the benchmark has gddr3, while the one I linked to is ddr2, so it will be somewhat slower than on the benchmarks).

    After looking at the chart though the 7600gs looks like it might be a good card in this price range as well.
    http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics.html?modelx=33&model1=531&model2=568&chart=224

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814143054
     
  7. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    If you can spend 13$ more, a 7600GT is 113$ now :)
     
  8. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I wrote what that review hehe :)
    And that's completely true :mad: I really tried to unlock the 4 extra pipes, but there's no way to do it.
     
  9. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 61

    I think this is a great GPU...

    Click..

    When I purchased it..I only paid around $50 because there was like a $30 mail in rebate.
    So I got two for SLi.
     
  10. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    7600GS' suck IMO! Just cuz you have one dosnt mean its the best, but hey everyone has an opinion, and this is mine :)
     
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Correction, the pipelines on the Connect3D X800GTO can be unlocked to the full 16 by flashing the BIOS to an X850XT.
    Also, the 7600GS is not a bad card but the 7600GT is definitely better, owing to the faster RAM and clocks. The 7600GS can easily be beaten by a GDDR3 X800GTO. It's basically a less-expensive version of the X800GTO for all the NVIDIA fans out there :).
     
  12. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    You mean the the x800gto that costs $65 more($155) than the others and is therefore more expensive than a 7600gt, which is a better choice for the money?
    Also, even the "mighty" connect 3d x800gto won't unlock to 16 pipes.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/CustratingReview.asp?item=N82E16814142052
     
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Look here vnf4ultra. It's not completely reliable I admit, but it's possible.
     
  14. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I found this:
     
  15. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    I didn't mean that it was never possible. I know that many people have x800gto's, x800gto^2's, and x800gto16 cards running with the full 16 pipes.
    Now though, you don't know what core you're getting(you never could be sure you'd get a "good" card), and have a high chance of getting one that won't unlock.

    I would never recommend counting on getting a card that can unlock. As long as the card works at stock, then you got what you paid for. It is wrong to be angry that a component will not unlock/overclock, since these activities are not guaranteed and are a "bonus." So don't count on unlocking/overclocking just because some people say "but mine can."

    Unlocking is a nice bonus though when it works.
     
  16. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 61

    How does the 7600GS suck?

    I think that a FX5500 does..

    Also is there any ways i can make my 7600GS any better?
     
  17. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    You can voltmod them and then they compare to a GT but lose by a little. And I agree, 5500FX's do suck. I think the following components suck:

    AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
    Gigabyte GA-M55SLI-S4
    1024 MB of G.Skill PC2-6400 Ram
    7600gs in SLi
    250 gig SATA WD Caviar
    2 Lite-on DVD-RW
    RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black
     
  18. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 61

    That doesn't suck its better than a lot of people's computers..
     
  19. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Well, thats your opinion.
     
  20. K@in

    K@in TS Rookie Posts: 36

    clever....

    also you can oc the 7300 Gt gddr3 to um 625/950 or some thing a bit less with the stock cooling. it out performs the 7600 gt at those speeds!
     
  21. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    Well lets stop the flame wars you two

    The 3800 x2 sucks trust me I don't feal speed unless it is at 2.6Ghz. But like I have said in many other post this CPU is crap (UNLESS OC'D THEN IT OWNS:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: ) I don't see why AMD even released such low-end cpu.



    Your sytem is a bit iffy, but hey I am used to something with a highier calibur.
     
  22. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Please stop that flaming war. If not, Howard will delete your posts, and possibly, ban you.
     
  23. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Ok guys. What`s going on in here then?

    We take a dim view on flaming around here. If you can`t agree to disagree, I suggest you carry on your argument via pm`s and not on the forums. I have edited out the foul language.

    If this carries on, I will start deleting posts.

    Regards Howard TS Moderator.
     
  24. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 61

    Howard..How does techspot rankings work?

    I apologize for my flaming..
     
  25. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Take a look HERE and scroll half way down the page. That will explain it nicely.

    Regards Howard :)
     
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