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January 15, 2007 2:49:55 PM

I need a video card which can handle the Vista Aero Glass interface without problem. I don't do much, if any, gaming. The only games I can see myself getting anytime soon are C&C Tiberium Wars and Supreme Commander. What would be a good, inexpensive, card which would meet these needs? As for the games, I only have a 17 inch monitor so playing them at the highest resolutions is not an issue. Preferably I'd like to spend under $200 canadian.

Would any of these do the trick?
-HIS Radeon X1650 XT iSilence 256mb GDDR3 - $176.99
-Asus Extreme 7600GS Silent 256mb DDR2 - $124.99
-Asus Extreme 7600GT 256Mb DDR3 - $174.99
-Sapphire Radeon X1600XT 256Mb GDDR3 - $144.99
-Sapphire Radeon X1600Pro HDMI 256Mb DDR2 - $169.99

Am I going to have to spend more? Or is there somewhere to get better cards for the same price? Thanks for the help.

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January 15, 2007 2:53:58 PM

I guess I should mention the rest of my system.

-Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
-2 Gb PC2 5400 ram
-Asus P5LD2 motherboard
-Antec Sonata II with included 450W power supply
-Currently using integrated graphics
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January 15, 2007 5:01:51 PM

Thanks, didn't even know that place existed. Which one of those do you recommend?
January 15, 2007 5:33:23 PM

If you're not in a hurry, wait for the X1950Pro.
January 15, 2007 5:53:45 PM

I think this is a decent card for the price, althought it is a mail in rebate.

and asuming you need pci-e :) Technologies&promoid=1008

7600gt its on for 129.98 until tomorrow or 135 until the end of the month.

All of these cards are coming way down in price :) 

I believe these cards do not require an extra power cable as the X1950 does.
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January 15, 2007 6:21:23 PM

X1950 PRO $189.99.
This should do the trick.
January 15, 2007 6:32:18 PM

If only NewEgg shipped to Canada ... sigh... :( 
January 15, 2007 6:35:38 PM

If C&C Tiberium runs anything like EA's website for it, you're in for a lot of grief and pain regardless of which car you choose.
January 15, 2007 7:17:38 PM

Out of the cards you listed, the X1650XT is the best choice, but as the others have said, look around for cheaper versions.