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what video card should I get?


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mbungle

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I have a budget of about 60 dollars(excluding shipping costs), my motherboard does not have pci-e so I have to get agp, my computer's basic specs are as follows

2.8ghz processor w/533mhz fsb
2 gigs of ram
SB audigy sound card
Geforce FX5200 video card

also could someone tell me the difference between ddr3 and gddr3 or was that just a typo on compusa's part?
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Hello mbungle,

Well, $60 is a very small budget to work with. Your best bet is to save up for the 2600xt. It's $100 (excluding shipping) but that's really your best bet to see a noticeable improvement from your current card. What exactly do want a new graphics card for?

And to answer your question, ddr3 is a type of memory used in certain RAM sticks while gddr3 is a type of memory certain graphics cards use.

Edited by reconman, 26 June 2008 - 10:15 PM.

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are you telling me there is no card for 60 dollars that would be a slight improvement from the 5200fx? and the ddr3 was part of description for a video card so that's not what I'm talking about. http://www.compusa.c...h...2&CatId=318

I'm kind of weary of buying that since it's made by diablotek.

here's one I'm interested in but I don't know if it would really be any better than mine. I need a card with a pixel shader 2 or higher but not if it sacrifices other performance aspects.

http://www.compusa.c...h...0&CatId=318

Edited by mbungle, 27 June 2008 - 12:43 PM.

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Hi there,

There are cards for less money that will give you improvements from your other card but I suggested the hd2600xt because that's really your best bet if you want to play games such as COD4 (at it's lower-mid settings mind you). There are cards for less than $100 that can give you much better performance than your current card but the majority of them are PCI-E x16.

If you want to play most games out today (again, at there lower settings), I suggest going with the cheaper hd2600pro.

It's $80 and I would suggest you try and get the extra $20 to pay for it. You'll be very happy that you did. AGP is dead so there's a very small market for AGP cards so it cost more to make agp cards than it does PCI-E x16 cards. That's why they cost more than the same card with a PCI-E interface.

If you don't want to go over your budget, this will be your best bet

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102751


And the "ddr3" on your link is just a typo :)

Edited by reconman, 27 June 2008 - 02:22 PM.

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