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Looking for moderate video card

By macx ยท 4 replies
Nov 4, 2006
  1. Just for an older backup computer, XP, 850 P3, 512 RAM,
    133 fsb

    Just to look at things like Google Earth, they recommend
    at least 64mb of virtual ram.

    No gaming or video making or anything like that.

    Just something that works reliably with the above
    setup and is reasonable cost.

  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I would recommend the ATI Radeon X1300. It is generally a mainstream video card that will not push the price to a ridiculous extreme (around (I think) seventy dollars online. It would be more in the stores. What format are we looking at here; PCI, AGP 2X/4X/8X or a PCI-Express X1/X4/X16?
  3. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Well, its probably not PCI-E lol because thats a Pentium 3. I'd say most likely its AGP but it might be PCI... you'll have to tell us macx.
  4. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    good point!

    I just took a look at what's in there,
    it's an old Rage IIC AGP, made I think
    it said in 88 or some such!

    (I've had this machine since 90 and it
    was a couple years old then)

    anyway - looked around ebay a little
    just to help me remember some of
    that stuff, found these examples

    GE Force 5500, 6200, Radeon 9550

    All 3D, 256mb, 8X, support MS DX9.0

    All in the under $40 range shipped

    Would any of those examples
    be in the right ballpark?


    There were some with 4 pipelines,
    some up to 16, I spose more is
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    This card would be perfect for you. It will run Google Earth and everything else quite well and is only $30 too, including shipping.
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