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Best older PCI (non PCI-E) Video Card, opinions needed pls

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June 20, 2007 12:30:03 AM

Hello, I have an unusual question for you all. Due to other limitations I need to figure out the best currently available PCI (non-express, older model) video card to use in a half height expansion dock for a laptop. Does anyone out there have any suggestions? I have found a few things on the Nvidia 5200, but I was hoping there may be something better than that available still. Thank you for any help you guys can provide!

Sorry here is the information for my laptop:
It is a Dell Latitude D620, Intel Core 2 T7200 (2GHz), 2 GB RAM, built-in Intel 950 video card(terrible). It is really a work computer but I am looking to do a little gaming (mostly EQ2) on it at night while I am on the road. I purchased the Dell D/Expansion Dock which has 1 half height PCI slot built in it. So my goal is to get the best PCI video card for gaming possible for use on the road.
June 20, 2007 12:31:13 AM

Greatgrapeape is the notebook guru, but it would help if you stated what you wanted to use it for, as well as the remainder of your system specs.
June 20, 2007 1:09:07 AM

I used to be a laptop repair tech (6 years ago), but I am not sure how well video cards work in docking stations. Didn't have expansion slots in the stations back then. Here are a couple of low profile PCI cards for you, but they cost a bit.

Low Profile GeForce 6200's:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Low Profile X1300:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Low Profile X1550:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I hope this helps you out.
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June 20, 2007 2:33:52 AM

I have a couple of tridents around I will give to ya.You can SLI them.WOW
June 20, 2007 6:45:35 AM

the PCI 6200 or the PCI x1300 are your two best bets. Lol i wish my docking station allowed expansion like that, its nothing to evne write home about, then agian my laptop is 1996 Packard Bell with a P120 and 16mb of ram.
June 20, 2007 8:47:21 PM

Thanks for the help all, after taking your suggestions and reading up on both of the cards I am going to buy the x1300. I believe this card will give me the best performance for what I am looking for. Thanks again you guys are great!!
June 20, 2007 9:20:36 PM

I think circuit city has the 1550 for $69 after rebate

I tried the 1300 pci and i took it back, it was very slow for some reason.
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