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Old 12-25-2007, 01:25 PM   #1
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Default Planning to Buy New Video Card

Hi,

A few months ago, I built a $400 budget PC (some components were later gifts). The specs include:
-AMD Anthlon 64 X2 4200+
-MSI (nForce 560 chipset) Motherboard
-400GB WD SATA HDD
-1x1GB (2GB total) A-Data 667MHz DDR2 RAM PC5200
-Nvidia EVGA 7200GS 128MB Video Card
-22" Acer AL2216W Widescreen Monitor
My problem is the video card, it was a cheap $30-$40 video card when I bought it at the store and I needed something at the time for video, and this was the best, decent card at the time for my budget.
Now, I am seriously looking into buying a new video card that will be used for gaming-specifically games like UT3, COD4, and maybe Crysis.
My budget is around $100, and because of the price, I plan to order from newegg.com.
These are links for the cards that I am looking at:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130085
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150229
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102152
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161099
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161098
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150247
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102700
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127306
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102034
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127305
What card would you recommend for what I plan to use it for? Additionally, a dual-slot card would be nice because my cheap case has a problem where when I remove the expansion-slot covers, I can't put them back on, and I removed a card right below the video card I didn't really need anymore (RAID card for my old IDE hard drives) and now I have a expansion slot I need covered for airflow.
So, what card would be the best recommendation for my computer?

Thanks!
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Old 12-25-2007, 01:30 PM   #2
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i'd go for the second card.. great card.. it wont max crysis. but you'll be able to play it. maybe on medium
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Old 12-25-2007, 02:11 PM   #3
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Of those cards, the SAPPHIRE 100199L Radeon X1950GT 256MB is the best deal performance wise.

Otherwise, I would go with the 8600GT XXX.
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Default Re: Planning to Buy New Video Card

im having the same issue, no idea what to get, same price range
i was suggested this card, not sure how i missed it looking around so much

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127302

lil pricier than the others but also better, check it out
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Yea, that MSI 8600GTS is a great card for the price. If he can afford it, it would be an excellent choice.
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Default Re: Planning to Buy New Video Card

Thanks for the replies so far. I have been looking at the XFX 8600 XXX for a while, but this card has really got my interest:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127306
Is that a safe bet?
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Yea, that's a good card.

What operating system are you using?
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Old 12-25-2007, 04:21 PM   #8
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Yea, that's a good card.

What operating system are you using?
Currently XP, but I plan to upgrade to Vista in a few months. I also found a good review of this card running Unreal Tournament 3, one of the games I want to get and in great settings, apparently the card can get around an average of 40 frames per second. Call of Duty 4 also uses the Unreal 3 engine, so I should probably expect around 30-40fps on that too.
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