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December 25, 2006 11:24:40 PM

For christmas this year I got a $100 gift card from best buy and I figured I might as well put that towards a new gfx card. As you guys probably know, best buy has some pretty expensive prices when it comes to gfx cards. I'm trying to get the most bang for the buck for my system (without going too much overboard, but I might want to use it for when I build a new computer.

The specs of the current computer is:
Pentium 4 3.4 GHz Prescott
2GB DDR2 PC 4200
160GB SATA HDD
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
Radeon X1600 Pro 512MB

The cards that caught my eye are as follows (and their price at best buy):
ATI X1950 PRO 256MB -- $300
BFG GeForce 7800 GS 256MB -- $250
nVidia 1950 GT 512MB -- $350 (might be a little too expensive)
PNY GeForce 7900GS 256MB -- $200

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December 26, 2006 12:02:33 AM

7900GS has the best value from that list. However, you might need a new PSU along with it.
December 26, 2006 12:03:59 AM

The problem is, some of the cards you linked are for AGP while others are for PCIe. If your computer has AGP, your options are much more limited.
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December 26, 2006 12:11:33 AM

The PSU is 400w so I guess that might be pushing the lines. As for the AGP issue, best buy wasn't so specific online between AGP and PCIe, but the system is a PCIe.
December 26, 2006 12:26:56 AM

400w should be sufficient for that system - easily. The crucial part is the amperage rating on your 12v rail(s). Check that out.
December 26, 2006 9:55:41 PM

ok so I'll check the amps rating first, thanks for your help
December 26, 2006 11:18:26 PM

Best Buy's pricing is pretty bad on the fx cards.

Unless, of course, you know someone who works there.
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December 27, 2006 1:33:21 AM

In the past month, bestbuy has had the PCI-e X1950 pro on sale for $200, and the 7900GS on sale for $150. Those are pretty good prices for either one. But for $300, you are throwing away your gift card buying the X1950GT. Buy one online for $100 less and use the gift card for a few games. If they don't go on sale and you must shop Bestbuy, the 7900GS easily gets my vote as the best for the prices you listed. Of course, after sales tax, shopping online may be the better option.


These cards would be better online options than going with that $300 X1950 pro:

Faster X1950XT $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

X1950 pro $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

X1900GT $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
December 27, 2006 2:21:34 AM

Yeah I agree, I'm probably going to spend that gift card on something else at best buy, I've always noticed that them and circuit city always tend to have really high prices in gfx cards that don't tend to reflect the market like new egg. There is no way that I'm going to spend $100 more on a card that under performs cheaper cards on new egg. I guess I'll just go with spending it on games or something else there. Too bad it's not a gift certificate to new egg eh?
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2006 2:54:56 AM

Yeah, Cicuit City is lame for video cards. Best card my local store has stocked is a 7600GT. Best ATI was the X1600 pro. 8O
December 27, 2006 3:09:26 AM

Yeah those X1600s for like $250 FTW?
December 27, 2006 3:49:55 PM

I would not buy any graphics card from Best Buy, because they sell them so expensive your extra $100 will just disappear, to pay the premium price.
I would just get something else from Best Buy on that $100 like a hard drive, and get the video card elsewhere so you can save some money. To buy motherboard or video card or anything like that Best Buy is the worst place to go.
January 1, 2007 2:56:39 AM

Or you could buy my X1900XT 512MB(3 months old) that i have sitting here for $220. Of course that wouldnt help you spend your best buy gift card :p 
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