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November 15, 2008 3:30:15 PM

I've got a dinky little 300W power supply with 19 amps on the 12v rail, and looking for a video card around $50...but no higher than $60. I prefer NOT to do rebates if possible.

My question is this...Which card is better? And will the power supply be adequate for the 2600 XT since it's overclocked so much?


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

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

Thanks in advance to anyone that helps :hello: 

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November 15, 2008 3:40:37 PM

They aren't slow for a power supply like mine.

Also I'm upgrading from a 7350 LE, so nearly anything would be better...
I'd like to see real benchmarks for the 2600XT 256MB GDDR4 model, and if possible, the overclocked model. I just can't find any..
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November 15, 2008 3:46:45 PM

It would be wise to up the budget to $100 or so if you play anything other than solitare.
November 15, 2008 3:53:32 PM

roadrunner197069 said:
It would be wise to up the budget to $100 or so if you play anything other than solitare.


well we aren't all rich and this didn't answer my question at all...
November 15, 2008 3:57:13 PM

That chart is the average of all games at all resolutions/aa settings. Flip through the pages in that review for individual games.
November 15, 2008 4:28:08 PM

^+1

You can get 3650's for that price, which will smoke the 2600. I wouldn't get a 2000 series card - they're real finicky and don't do well with...anything, really.
November 15, 2008 4:35:19 PM

I'd recommend using the $50 to buy a better power supply instead.
a b U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
November 15, 2008 5:15:12 PM

mustacheman8 said:
well we aren't all rich and this didn't answer my question at all...



roadrunner has a pretty legitimate point though. Of course it all depends on the rest of your system, which ultimately will affect the performance of any other video card you install. Understanding that you're on a budget (most of us are) I can see why you're set at $50. However, I think roadrunner's point is that even with the cards you're looking at, you won't find very great performance for any modern games.

Another person suggested a better power supply, which may not be a bad idea (it'll allow you to run more modern video cards). Of course, the problem there is that means spending $50 on a PSU, and then $100 or so on a better video card.

I'm curious as to what the rest of your system components look like. It may or may not even be worth spending $50 on a 'newer' video card.
November 15, 2008 5:27:33 PM

jerreece said:


I'm curious as to what the rest of your system components look like. It may or may not even be worth spending $50 on a 'newer' video card.


That I am too. Also, what resolution do you game at?
November 15, 2008 8:24:31 PM

If you want to play games, I suggest to increase your budget a little, and don't go below this card:

POWERCOLOR AX4670 512MD3-P Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

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

If you're in a tight spot at the moment and don't mind trying your luck with your PSU, then this might fit the bill:

Recertified: EVGA 384-P3-N966-RX GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 15, 2008 8:26:47 PM

frozenlead said:
That I am too. Also, what resolution do you game at?



HP m8120n (now with 3GB of ram rather than the initial 2GB)

1280x1024

I'm not considering a better PSU, as there are plenty of cards that work well enough on the 300W I have. Also, I've heard for some odd reason that power supplies over 350W dont get along well with my computer...

With that being said, I've found out that the 8600 GTS has much better performance than the 2600XT w/ GDDR4.

As far as gaming, the next big step up from the 8600 GTS is the 9600 GSO or 3850, which are both out of my price range by a large margin.

Since when did the 8600 GTS become a not-so-good card? its price to performance ratio cant be beat as far as i can see...
November 15, 2008 8:31:24 PM

The 8600GTS was never a good card to start with, if you look into older threads the 8600 series were considered junk by many of us, because they failed to deliver decent budget performance.

It wasn't a good move to buy an 8600/HD 2600 card back then and it sure isn't a good move to buy it now. If money is THAT tight, then get the recertified 9600GSO I showed you, otherwise just hold your purchase until you can get at least $20 (which shouldn't really take more than a few days at most...)
November 15, 2008 9:17:14 PM

8600gts is the best bet but for 70 you can get a 9500GT WITH DDR3
November 15, 2008 10:52:11 PM

definitely consider spending slightly more money and get a 4650 or even a 4670.
November 15, 2008 10:55:57 PM

Definitely look at the $100 price point. Lots of bang for the buck value there.
November 15, 2008 10:57:52 PM

Black Friday is the 28th. Keep your eye on the adds for the recomended cards above.
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