Please help me get the best bang for my buck. I need a PCI v-card for an old PC. Here is a list of all the 256MB PCI cards. I am looking at the ones specifically that are LOW PROFILE or SFF. Obviously DX9 compatible. Sorted by price.
Minimum: 32MB 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting, such as an NVIDIA GeForce 2 class card or above
Recommended: 64MB VRAM 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability, such as an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 class card or above
I read that the X1550 is basically the same as the X1300 and not worth the cost. Its also hard to fine one in small form factor. Did you look at the list? Would u mind pulling one out there I can take a look at? Thanks!
Sorry dude, it was in the first newegg list you posted.
Like I said though, just make sure it's a 128-bit card, Geforce 6200, Radeon X1300 or X1550.
If there's no 128-bit low pro/SFF then just get the cheapest 6200/X1300/X1550 you can find. Your performance will be so bottlenecked unfortunately, I don't know if it'll matter that much which you choose.
In this case I think that the ATI will be the best choice because of its active cooling. Small cases do not provide the best airflow. The X1300 beats the X1550 because it is 128-bit over 64-bit. The X1300 also beats the lower priced X1300 because it is a true low profile card, the other X1300 you lose 1 connector.
The ATI beats the 6200 because it has active cooling. They about tie on the chip set. Also note that they tie on the memory bus. This 6200 beats the other listed 6200s because it is true low profile it is 128-bit, and looks to have a better heat sink.
To sum it up I would go with the ATI X1300 in the link above. Also as stated above by Anoobis the PCI bus will slow it down. Too bad it does not have an AGP slot.
kpo, that card you recommended is a 2D workstation card (the kind for video editing or stock trading computers). That will probably not run anything 3D (or at least do it well). Aside from that, it is rediculously overpriced.