Can I buy a PCI-card and play some of the newer games?

Got a problem, i have a dell dimension 2400 computer. There are just PCI-slots on the motherboard. It´s a P4 2.4GHz with 768MB memory. Are there any reasonbly priced PCI-cards that is worth buying, I don't expect to play the newest games, like doom3, but some of the more popular ones released a year ago, and earlier.

How much, if possible at all, do i have to pay for such a card?

Thx in advance / davjak
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  1. You can indeed purchase a PCI video card for not much money that would upgrade your system by quite a bit.

    Check these two out:


    Neither of these cards are anywhere near current state of the art, they would have been mid pack cards in early 2003.

    Name the game you want to play for more info on these cards ability to handle the job.

    AGP and now PCI express are much fasters slots. Next time you buy a computer make sure it has an upgrade slot for the video card!
  2. I live in sweden, and it kind of sucks sometimes, finding the radeon card u recomended is'nt possible. What I can find is the one with 128mb, is there a "huge" difference?

    I found this geforce: VERTO GF 5500 PCI 128MB 2X VGA+TV RETAIL

    Is there a difference between this one and the one u suggested Lakedude?
    Finding PCI-cards here isn't easy

    Say for instance I want to play Halo, will it "be possible", with any of the above mentioned cards?
  3. There's no point in getting a 256Mb card at that level. 128Mb is more than enough....

    But neither of those cards are really much good. You'd be better off getting a motherboard that supports AGP at least. You'll be dissapointed with their performance in anything fairly recent.
  4. Of course all the new stuff is better but that does not mean davjak needs the latest suff.

    Dav-dude before you shell out any hard earned cash, check your MB and make sure it lacks an AGP slot. One other guy was asking about PCI video and when he opened up his case he discovered his MB did in fact have an AGP slot so he didn't need to settle for a crummy PCI based video solution.

    EDIT: I checked and the Dell 2400 does not have an AGP slot. It is still a good idea anyone eles thinking about PCI video to check the MB first.

    I copied this discussion from another forum:


    03-15-2005, 11:39 PM
    Why Must People doubt PCI cards? What have they done to you? Nothing... I have a GeForce FX 5500 and I can run Far Cry on High at 800x600. Why must you anger me with these false claims! Also Overclocking doesn't hurt either :D . I can overclock this Bad boy to 360/480 and no artifacts :grinthumb . So chew on that for a bit.


    03-16-2005, 01:50 AM
    I agree with crazy_comp_dude there is virtually no performance difference between an AGP and a PCI based version of a video card on lower resolutions. As for you running far cry you will be able to get 30fps give or take depending on how much is going on screen at 800*600 resolution but there will be alot of slowdowns in certain areas of the games. Maybe crazy_comp_dude can tell you how many frames per second he gets out of his card but below are the benchmarks from two sites with various cards they dont include the 5500 that crazy_comp_dude has but it does contain 5200, 5600, 5700, etc

    This one contains the 5700 and 5900 in there

    Hope it helps!! :wave:


    03-22-2005, 10:22 AM
    I found a 5600 pci for about $100. Here ( . It should be a good card.

    What games do you want to play??
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