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Best grapics card for 100 dollars

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December 19, 2007 5:57:11 PM

I was wondering if I could get your guy's opinion on a graphics card for my PC. First, my computer is about 4 years old. My motherboard only supports AGP. I was looking for a good graphics card for about 100-150 dollars. I do not play games on my computer. I just recently purchased a 22" widescreen monitor and was looking to just replace the onboard video that I have now. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
December 19, 2007 6:02:54 PM

If you don't play games, $100 is too much. Just get a cheap sub-$100 card... a Radeon 2400 would be fine, so would pretty much anything else.
Yeah, $100 is a little overkill for no gaming. :p  I tossed some 7200GS cards in a few systems here [at work], there were under $50 a piece and work just fine. :) 
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December 19, 2007 8:01:09 PM

pcix16 xfx 8600gt xxx for 99.99 after rebate the beast deal in town
December 19, 2007 8:49:27 PM

Well, if you don't play games, there's really no point in getting a powerful gfx. I think the 7600GS passive cooled is pretty good for ~$80
December 21, 2007 4:50:02 AM

Does the 7 series also do encoding/movie watching as well as the 8 series does? Don't mean to thread hijack....

December 21, 2007 7:12:34 AM

ashblk said:
Does the 7 series also do encoding/movie watching as well as the 8 series does? Don't mean to thread hijack....

I watched DVD's using Power DVD with a 7600GS with no problems. I didn't do video encoding, my wife's system's better for that and we have ATI there. Nvidia charges extra for Pure Video (around $50 I think), whereas ATI includes Avivo with their cards.

I wouldn't do any encoding on anything slower than a Radeon 9800 Pro, which I had in the All in Wonder variety and it worked fine for me for years.

If he only has AGP 2x, then his choices are limited, unless the card supports it as well as AGP 4x/8x

Newegg has the Radeon 7000 for $19.99:

Four years old for the PC could still be AGP 4x/8x . Here are the cards in the $25-50 range:

December 21, 2007 1:57:29 PM

1. The Purevideo decoder that Nvidia used to charge for is no lionger necessary for DVD acceleration.

2. Yep, a 19.99 Radeon 7000 would be a fine card. I'm not sure DVD acceleration would be up to snuff of what you'd find in an Avivo card (Radeon X1000 srries) or newer Purevideo card (7000 series and up)