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Looking for a video card for under/about $100 Canadian

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September 3, 2008 9:38:14 PM

Recently got a new pc (my old compaq with a geforce fx5200 and 512mb of ram was getting old, even struggled with WoW on low) and settled for a deal from futureshop on a refurbished HP. Here are the specs

HP Pavillion a6400f
Intel Pentium Dual Core CPU E2200 2.20 GHz
3GB of ram
Windows Vista 32-bit SP1
Curently have a 250W power supply, planning on upgrading to atleast 400W, possible 450W power supply depending on the circumstances

I've been considering upgrading the graphics card for a few days now (onboard graphics wont just cut it) and ive been window-shopping between a few Canadian sites and narrowed it down to a few cards (though any suggestions on another card thats has better performance and is around the $100 benchmark will be greatly appreciated)

XFX Geforce 8800 GS XXX 384MB DDR3- $97.99 from TigerDirect.ca

EVGA Geforce 9600GT 512MB DDR3- $99.99 from TigerDirect.ca

Asus EN9600GSO- $92.99- from CanadaComputers.com

I'm mainly gearing up my pc for the new wave of games coming out over the next while (Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, Warhammer Online) and just looking for some information/aid in making a final decision on what to go with based on overall performance, so if someone could help me out by telling me which of these 3 (or any others) are the best, it would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
September 4, 2008 12:18:07 AM

what resolution do you play at?
September 4, 2008 12:19:21 AM

If its at 1280x1024 I'd say the 8800 GS or 9600 GSO would do you well. anything over it, you might benefit more from the 9600 GT.

Personally, I'd go for the 9600 GT, since it has more ram and it can fit in high quality textures.
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September 4, 2008 9:02:27 PM

Resolution doesn't really bother me in all honestly, I just got this 20 inch LCD samsung monitor and i dont really plan on cranking up resolution all too often.

I also found another card to add to the list of considerations: BFG Geforce GT OC 512MB for $99 from Futureshop, any thoughts?
September 4, 2008 9:08:55 PM

thats your bingo card:) 
September 5, 2008 12:02:01 AM

Really? Fantastic, but I have another question, how do I know what power supply is right for my computer? I'll be more than happy to post my specs on demand if needed, thanks for any help
September 5, 2008 12:16:29 AM

post specs, and I'm sure I or some1 else will tell you, but my guess would be 450 watt plus:)  to play it safe I'd go for 500 (well thats what my common sense would do, but if it were actually me I'd like to have a backup ready incase I go sli:)  600)

But it might be a waste of money for you,
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