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which PCI graphics card to buy?


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I decided not to change my motherboard and just get a PCI video card instead of changing to AGP or PCI Express. Here are some graphics cards I'm willing to buy please help me choose the best one.

Diamond Stealth Radeon 9250 / 256MB DDR / PCI / DVI / TV-Out

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ATI Radeon 9250 / 256MB DDR / PCI / VGA / Composite / TV Out

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PowerColor Radeon 9250 / 256MB DDR / PCI / VGA / DVI / TV Out

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Chaintech GeForce FX 5200 / 256MB DDR / PCI / DVI / TV-Out

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3DFuzion GeForce FX 5500 / 256MB DDR / PCI / VGA / TV Out
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FX5500 is the best available for PCI, but you are limited by the PCI socket if you are serious about wanting a half decent gfx card you would need PCI express.
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It's gonna cost me some money for a new system, and right now things aren't looking that good.
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If I buy 2 would they combine and become 512 mb?
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No you can only use one at a time.
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well, you could use 2 video cards actually. But only if you got an SLI approved motherboard. That's one that has 2 PCI express slots. In that case you just buy two of the same SLI approved video cards and install them. It's a bit expensive however, and you would also need a 500W power supply or more.
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Well yes you can use two gfx cards in SLI but considering he doesnt have SLI, he doesnt even have AGP and he wants a PCI graphics card because he cant afford to upgrade to PCI-e thats hardly relevant, you can also use two gfx cards using crossfire but again irrelevant to this user.
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fair enough. good point
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The ATI Radeon 9250 / 256MB DDR / PCI / VGA / Composite / TV Out seems to be faster and better than all the rest that I listed, so i was just gonna go with that one.
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touche warriorscot you sure know your facts
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