Advice for cheap video cards

By Finchy · 10 replies
Aug 17, 2006
  1. My brother has got back from his gap year travels and is is off to uni in a few weeks. He wants a new computer, but has a very limited budget, and has asked me to look at some parts for him.
    I've run into a tight spot. I haven't a clue which graphics card to recommend, it'll need to be in the £100 range.

    I've been looking at the X1300Pro, but would he be better with a X800 GTO (it will need to be PCI-E)

    Any help you guys could give me would be much apprieciated.
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    I'm not 100% sure either but I lean toward the X1300Pro. It is a generation ahead of the X800GTO and supports a few more advanced features such as DX9 Shader Model 3.0 support.
  3. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I'd recommend the X800GTO, because it easily outperforms the X1300PRO. The X800GTO has 12 pipelines, and the X1300PRO has 4 pipes.

    Very few games use SM3.0, that's why the X800GTO is the best choice.
    Highly recommended :)
  4. Finchy

    Finchy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 353

    Thanks for the help guys
    What about a 7600 or x1600, i found a few that were around £100
  5. eazy_duz_em

    eazy_duz_em TS Rookie Posts: 102

    a 7600Gt edition will performe better than the other ones mentioned.
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Absolutely, especially the XFX one TigerDirect has on their site.
  7. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I agree, the 7600GT is the best. If you can't get it, then the X800GTO is the best choice. If you can't still get it, I'd recommend the 7600GS or the X1600PRO.
  8. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    The best bang-for-the-buck right now for PCI-E here in the USA are the Sapphire X1800XT's. They are about $180-$199 US, which is pretty close to your 100 UK mark, provided they aren't majorly overpriced in your region.

    I'd see if you have any local mail-order places that stock the X1800XT, and provided you have a decent-enough, higher wattage power supply, this would yield amazing performance.
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

  10. Finchy

    Finchy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 353


    Thanks for the help guys, we've got it sorted.
    I think my brothers going with the X800 GTO, but he has to buy it and possibly install it himself because the computer shop doesnt stock it (Nothing higher than a 6600 :blackeye:
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