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NEED HELP!! 6600, 7300LE or X1300??

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October 13, 2006 3:26:17 AM

I need help deciding between three video cards, my budget is $50 or below (I'm really short on cash, but high on gaming).
The games I play are mostly CS: Source, Madden 07, NBA 07, and occasionally Sims 2.
CS I plan to play on high setting at 100 fps, Madden and NBA should be no problem, and I give up on good Sims 2 graphics due to lack of monetary status.
I've narrowed it down to these three:
PNY GeForce 6600 256 MB, 300 mhz core, 500 mhz RAM, 8 pixel pipelines, 128 bit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
BIOSTAR GeForce 7300LE 128 MB, 450 mhz core, 533 mhz RAM, 4 pix. pipe., 64 bit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
GIGABYTE Radeon X1300 128 MB, 450 mhz core, 700 mhz RAM, 4 pix. pipe., 64 bit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
I would have picked the 6600 had its core speed not been 150 mhz slower, I woulda picked the 7300 or x1300 had their pix pipe and bit been higher.
Any help would be appreciated!
Oh and it's an HP, not sure about the power supply, but these aren't very power-hungry video cards right?


Specs:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+, 2.0 ghz
2 x 512 MB PC3200 RAM
250 GB 7200 rpm
ATI Radeon Xpress 200 :-(

More about : 6600 7300le x1300

a b U Graphics card
October 13, 2006 4:21:46 AM

They're all crap, but the GF6600 does appear to be the best of the bunch, which isn't saying much.

The X1300 has a great core, but terrible memory although faster than most I've seen benched by about 200mhz.

The GF7300LE is out completely IMO, it's slower than most I've seen which have 667memory.

If you can swing a 128bit X1300 or a GF7300GT those would be best.

I hate recommending the G6600 nowadays (kinda limited for future-looking) but it may be the best choice out of those three, but not great.

Don't worry about power consumption, they're all relatively low.
October 13, 2006 5:01:53 AM

If you do the 7300GT, make sure it's GDDR3. It'll cost ya $30-$35 more than you're looking for, but I'd save my pennies an extra couple of weeks. Should be worth it.
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October 13, 2006 2:57:53 PM

I'd also consider the X700. They're really cheap, and at stock speeds I reckon it'll will beat all the cards you listed.
October 13, 2006 7:53:01 PM

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I'd also consider the X700. They're really cheap, and at stock speeds I reckon it'll will beat all the cards you listed.


Yea, beats a 6600 by a bit. Actually, i found 2 decent ones for roughly the same price, ones 10 bucks more. Question is, I cant tell which one is better:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Whichever one is recommended or you can afford, will suit you nicely. Good Luck. :D 
a b U Graphics card
October 13, 2006 7:54:22 PM

Ditto what Cleeve said, base X700 > base GF6600.

Not sure what the options are but definitely something to consider as well.

Also depends on apps/needs though.
a b U Graphics card
October 13, 2006 7:55:57 PM

From those two the X1300XT should easily outperform the X700SE.
October 13, 2006 7:59:15 PM

Their you have it. Go with the X1300XT. It looked like it was better, but wasnt sure. Have fun. :D 
October 13, 2006 8:13:00 PM

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I need help deciding between three video cards, my budget is $50 or below (I'm really short on cash, but high on gaming).
The games I play are mostly CS: Source, Madden 07, NBA 07, and occasionally Sims 2.
CS I plan to play on high setting at 100 fps


Specs:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+, 2.0 ghz
2 x 512 MB PC3200 RAM
250 GB 7200 rpm
ATI Radeon Xpress 200 :-(

That just isn't going to happen with the cards you're looking at. Either pursue used cards on eBay (X800 series, 256 BIT memory interface) or keep saving your money money until you can afford better.

EDIT: I made an assumption which I hate doing. Sorry. If you're talking about CS:S (Counter Strike: Source), it isn't going to happen with any of the cards you've linked to.
October 13, 2006 9:12:43 PM

Ooooh yeah. The X1300 XT is actually an oiverclocked X1600 PRO.

A good cheap card. Will play CS on high detail, with playable framerates.
October 13, 2006 9:49:00 PM

The 7300GT is a pretty nice card for the money, and the 7600gs is only a little out of your range. There's lots of 7600GT's dropping quickly and will continue to do so as the 7900GS gains availability.
October 13, 2006 9:57:36 PM

I dunno, a $75 X1300 XT (X1600 PRO) will take a normal 7300 GT (not a DDR3 version)... and it's cheaper than the 7300 GS.

X1300 XT looks real good if you want to save your cash, it won't be easy to do better than that for under $100 except for a nice X800 GTO, or a DDR3 7300 GT.
October 13, 2006 10:20:39 PM

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A good cheap card. Will play CS on high detail, with playable framerates.



you mean source right??? because my 8500 plays CS with playable frame rates :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol: 
October 14, 2006 1:03:42 AM

I think that I'm willing to go for a under 75 dollar video card, and so all I have so far is the Sapphire Radeon X1300XT.
Does anybody know the clock speeds on that?
And are there any other video cards that are 75 dollars and less that can outperform the X1300XT ?
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