BEST PCI card for legacy Dell PC.

All,

What is the best current PCI based card for a legacy Dell PC with a 300watt power supply? A friend needs to up the video power over the pathetic onboard chip. His son plays directX8 games (mostly) and some Internet games with a broadband connection.

I seem to find an ATI 9250 but no Nvidia selection. What would you suggest? He figures about a hundred bucks or so is fine.
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  1. This is the best Nvidia card I can see...

    Geforce 6200 256MB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814139010
  2. Do not get an FX series card. Do not. Do not. Do not. DO not. DO NOT get an FX seriers card.

    9250 is 40$ on newegg.
    6200 is 95$ newegg. If you can find a cheaper PCI 6200 then get it. I think 100$ is a waste of money for a PCI card. Sooner or later he will want to try a new game he heard about and will be flat out of luck. The 6200 will not play anything nowadays unless you pair it with a good processor. It won't play aything modern with a Celeron 2.93ghz and 1gb of ram.
  3. There are PCI X1300's out there I hear. That'd be about the best PCI card you could get.
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    There are PCI X1300's out there I hear. That'd be about the best PCI card you could get.


    Visiontek just released a PCI x1300 at about $120. I think their is a Diamond version running around $120.

    As others have said, how much are you willing to spend on a legacy system?

    btw, you could go "all out" and get the BFG 6200 512 PCI card for $150 :D
  5. I'll forward all this to him. It looks like the 6200 256MEG may be his best bet if $100.00 is OK.

    Thank you all...you confirmed by "cheap" choice of the 9250 and two choices around a hundred bucks.
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