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Hey, I was just wondering, what is the best videocard, that I could buy for around.. lets say 200$ canadian?
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PCI-E or AGP?
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You know what, To tell you the truth, I don't know what those are. What exactly are they?
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Here's wikipedia that will help describe them, and more imprtantly has pictures so if you want to open your case you can easily tell which one you have:

http://en.wikipedia....d_Graphics_Port

http://en.wikipedia....iki/PCI_Express

AGP has been around a long time and could easily be identified by how much more pushed in the slot is compared to the PCI slots. PCI-E come in a few different flavors, x16 is the biggest slot and is what video cards primarily use.

AGP cards have a more limited selection because they're being phased out, and are also more expensive than comparable PCI-E cards partly because the cards tend to be native to PCI-E but have a costy chip that converts them to be able to use AGP instead. Also manufacturers have just stopped making so many and focused their funds on PCI-E which will undoubtedly be around much longer, so because of supply dropping faster than demand, prices went up.

If a system has neither, they will have to either use integrated video or PCI (not express) video card. There are no good PCI cards, or at least ones you would want to buy.
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Easy way download CPU-Z run it and read through the info on one of the tabs youll find a field called graphical interface itll tell you what you have.
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okay, I got the program, now where do I find it? what tab is it under?
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Like warrior said, look for the graphical interface field.
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Ohhhhh, Okay, I found it. It Is "PCI-Express"
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Thats lucky you got your pick you woulda been out of luck had it been AGP, safest bet is probably something like a 7600GT or x1600pro.
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You can pickup a HIS Radeon X1600 XT 256mb @ Tigerdirect.ca for $168 canadian or you can get the X1600 Pro for $119 or if you want a little more power then the XT you can get the X800 XL for $180.
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Wow. Thanks :whistling: If I went with the ATI X800 XL, How well would it allow to play the game ElderScrolls IV: Oblivion, Do you think? :blink:
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It depends on the rest of your systems specs. It's not just your video card that does the work.
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Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHZ (2 CPUs)
1 GB+ RAM
Is that good?
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Those aren't your complete system specs but the specs you listed look good to me. My windows machine is about half of your machine. :whistling:

Edited by emery, 15 July 2006 - 12:51 AM.

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Itll play it pretty fine although i would have got the x1600 its the better card.
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