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Current best PCI card?

  1. Hey everyone, first post!

    I've been given an old (as in, only got PCI slots) Packard Bell running a P4 2.9Gb. I've been out the PC market for an age but I want to be able to play all the old games that I used to when I last had a PC like Half Life etc. Not too fussed about anything post 2005 as I got a 360 for that. Besides the old games, I also want to be able to use it for HD playback and general word processing/web browsing.

    So, to this end, I increased the RAM to 2.5Gb and installed Windows 7 which ticks off the word processing/browsing element; it is really rapid. Unfortunately this is where I've become unstuck as all the information out there for PCI graphics cards is so far out of date and everyone's opinions differ so much that it's difficult to decide what is for the best! Besides which, stockists are phasing out PCI cards almost completely now so what some people may have recommended 6 months ago, may well be unavailable now. So basically, can anyone give a definitive answer to: what is the best PCI graphics card? If I can't find it new, I can always scour eBay till one shows up.

    In the meantime, I'm currently bidding on a PNY GeForce 8400GS currently on for £20. Should I just stick with this, or is there something better out there for a steal? I don't want to spend too much, it is a bag of cr@p anyway, it was free and the memory upgrade only cost £15.

    Your help would be much appreciated!
  2. awittyusername

    awittyusername TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I neglected to say that the 8400GS is the 512Mb version.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,545   +429

    I think the 8500GT is the fastest nvidia pci card. I didn't see any on ebay, and the ones through google shopping were insanely expensive. So if you can get that 8400 at a decent price, I'd do it.

    I do not know anything about ATi's offerings.
  4. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 765   +49

    Forgive me for jumping in here, but in regards to SNGX's recommendation as towards trying to find yourself a good Nvidia GeForce 8400 PCI slot only card..........."found one for you"!

    Sparkle GeForce 8400GS 512MB's DDR3, PCI Slot, HDMI And DVI And Analog Graphics........

    Pretty decent of a price as well, if I needed a PCI slot only card, this is one I would most likely get!

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