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Suggestions for a video card?

By Kurupt · 11 replies
May 2, 2007
  1. I have integrated graphics still, which really sucks, so for a couple months now I've been looking to buy a new video card. I have only PCI slots. I won't spend any more than $100. I'd prefer it to be cheap. I'm only using it for The Sims 2, therefore I don't need something that's gonna be too powerful. If anyone has any suggestions on what I should buy, it'd be a great help. Thanks. :)
  2. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

  3. Kurupt

    Kurupt Topic Starter

  4. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    I would think you could do a little better than that thing. I have never played Sim 2, but if the graphics are anything like SimCity 3000, not very demanding at all. I think that card would probably work fine for you.
  5. Kurupt

    Kurupt Topic Starter

    Excellent. Thanks.
  6. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    You may want to hold off on ordering that card and let this post cook a little longer. And maybe get more opinions about it.
  7. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    It should be good enough, as long as you don't want 1600x1200 resolutions and extremely high details :)
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +419

    Under $100, far better card.

    Another good thing about that card is it has more sophisticated x264 decoding onboard than even the 8800s, offloading a lot of work from your CPU.

    Edit - The 8300 should be out soon, for $69-79, and will still likely be better than the 5500 - I believe it has the same x264 decoding capabilities as the 8500 and 8600 (which are better than the 8800).
  9. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Booster Posts: 575

    Unfortunately he only has PCI slots, so the 8 series isn't an option for him. :dead: The 5500 should be fine for Sims.
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +419

    Oh oops. That sucks.
  11. Kurupt

    Kurupt Topic Starter

    Lol. Alright sounds good fellas.
  12. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    I just thought I would point out to you that you can get a GeForce 6200 for a bit less than the 5500. The 6200 is 128Mb and 64-bit compared to the 5500 which is 256Mb and 128-bit. However, the 6200 should still perform better than the 5500. I have a 3dFuzion 128Mb 64-bit 6200 and it was a lot better than the PNY 128Mb 128-bit FX5500 I had before it. I can play HL2 on max settings (no AA) at 1024x768 with 30-50 fps.
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