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Looking for some opinions on a budget graphics card


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r2zoo

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Well, after going out to my local Microcenter(not for a graphics card mind you, my sister wanted a tablet) I was wandering through the graphics card, and do to my extreme fear of wasting my money on a subpar card, I stumbled along this X700

My computer is a PCI-E and currently im running off onboard. Now my main question is, is this card worth the money? I really cant go over $100 on a card right now, and using an online retailer is out of the wuestion for me. My current gaming machine(my parents computer from a few years ago) is running off a Nvidia 5200 FX which barely runs BF2142, so on my new pc im hoping this card will be able to run BF2142 on higher then all low and might be able to last me until I can afford a decent card.

I know you guys get bombarded constantly with people asking about graphics cards, but to be honest, its extremly difficult to choose unless youwork in the buisness, and the sales people really cant helpyou other then showing you one outta your budget,,, So any help would be apprecieated, as I said I have an extreme fear of wasting my money on a card, as it may not seem like alot for some people, but for someone who is not employed, it is to me.
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While the ATI Radeon X700 XT and the nearly identical Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT card fared well on some tests, the Doom 3 performance for both was disappointing.

As you can see from the above statement, taken from a gaming review website, they think the X700 is equal to a Nvidia 6600 GT. Even so this card was brought out in 2004 and is considered to be quite obsolete now. The X800 and X1950 cards have surpassed it quite easily.

So it would depend on what you want to do with it. New games will probably cause you much frustration trying to run on this card. Take your choice.

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Im basically looking for a card under $100 that can run some of the newer games(maxed out graphics isnt needed) and can surpass m 5200 and mabye have some longevity. toms hardware guide said the 7600 was my best bet for under $100 but i havent found anyone selling a 7600 forunder $200.
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You can get a few 7600gs cards on newegg.com for $99.99
Albatron
PNY (89.99)
Leadtek

These cards are most probably capable of running newer games well, though not at max settings.
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i got this almost new nvidia geforce 5500 256mb, my friend wants to sell it. im sure he'd sell it cheap. i could list it on ebay. i want to get one
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That card isn't worth anything these days. its around 65$ new, it'd be too old to support most modern games now, and its AGP.
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it is getting out of date but its pci not agp
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I stand corrected, there are both AGP and PCI versions of this card. However i'd recommend no one to buy it, new or used.'

Also r2zoo, i hate to say this, but no matter where you spend your money on hardware, you'll feel a month or less later that you wasted your money. Technology is changing very quickly around us and it's one thing that we all have to try and get used too. As for a graphics card, to be honest, anything under 100$ won't last more then 6 months, i have a feeling that because of DX10, games are going to become much more graphics intensive thus lower end graphics cards not getting by. To be honest, you won't see a significant improvement from your current card to one thats 35$ more.
Just my 2 cents
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Edited by james_8970, 29 December 2006 - 07:15 PM.

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Thats why its getting almost impossible to be a pc gamer. Those who can afford it have no problem, those who cant afford a new card every few months(like myself) are pretty much stuck playing older games and it simply becomes to costly. Guess ill invest my money into consoles, rather pay a few hundred every 5 years then every 5 months :whistling:

Well, a friend of a friend might be able to hook me up with a low end card for free, becasue a 5200 equvilent is plenty better then onboard. Thanks anyways for the help.
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No, to my knowledge it'd be the same. Onboard= the equivalent removable card.
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no james, almost any graphics card would be better than onboard graphics, being that they are integrated into the mobo and take away from the processing power of the CPU and any memory you allot it takes away from your RAM. also, they just aren't powerful with no support for things that games need. (pixel shading for example)
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I don't know that I agree with having to upgrade "every few months." I paid $300 for a 7900 GT in...February, I think, and it's still going quite strong, and will be able to play anything on the market for at least another 6 months.

The key is to buy quality the first time, so you don't have to upgrade 5 months down the road. There are still only 5 or so cards on the market (nvidia side anyway) that will beat my card, I didn't pay an arm and a leg for it (watched for a good price to pop up on tiger), and it will last me several years, as it will eventually be retired into another machine when I do upgrade, the same way my 6800 OC AGP card (which lasted me about a year and a half or so) did before. I'm comfortable with paying ~$175 per year on my gaming hardware.
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