The one I originally ordered was defective and I have decided to purchase a different one rather than exchange it out. Does any one know any thing about the Biostar V8502GT51 GeForce 8500GT 512MB? It falls into my price range which, I'm sorry to say isn't nearly high enough, but I need to stay on buget.
If you are looking at a $60 budget. I would HIGHLY recommend this card if you can upfront the $80 and wait a few weeks to get the $20 rebate. The rebate offer ends today though. I got a sapphire card a year ago and had a rebate and they were pretty snappy with the rebate check.
an ATI 2600XT 512MB is a great little card. it would whoop the 8500GT all over the place.
Also, watch these cards people are showing you. In these cheaper cards sometimes they use DDR2 memory. I wouldn't recommend those. DDR3 and DDR4 can be negoniable depending on the card. I like to stick with 512MB unless you are getting a far better GPU by going with 256MB.
1) It's an open boxed item, I don't totally trust them and they don't come with the warranties
2) It's 256MB
3) the 2600XT and 3650HD aren't much different and I saw reviews that compare them and the 3650 barely nudges ahead, but they were comparing a 3650 512MB to a 2600XT 256MB, which isn't fair. The 2600XT 512MB would most likely have the advantage.
4) 2600XT is cheaper and usually has a rebate for the card, remember the OP is staying under $60
See not a lot of difference. Ohhhhhhh 10.1 support, power play? what's that?, oh but look the 2600XT does math faster.