I had a Geforce 8600GT that I really liked, but it just went out. So, I want basically a similar card. An ATI HD2600XT is a good bit cheaper than any Geforce 8600GT I can find. Would an HD2600XT have about the same graphics as my old 8600gt? Also, what is the performance difference between the 512mb GDDR3 and 256mb GDDR4 models? I was looking at these two cards:
$15 isn't much, but percentage wise it is. If it were me, I'd either buy the cheap $25 card, or splurge for a 100% performance increase with the HD4670 for $65 AR. The HD4670 consumes little power and doesn't need a PCI-e power cable.
$50-60 may not seem like much money, but it over doubles the price. I don't game that much anyway. I'm gonna go with the HD2600XT with 512mb of GDDR3. Even if it turns out to be aweful, it was only $25 (or $40 if the rebate never comes).
You guys dont seem to understand its not what you want or need or think would be best for you, its for him. it sounds like the most FPS he needs is in bejewled. (sorry its just that my mom plays that game as much as i play ALL my games combined.)
ANYWAYS i would say go for the ATI card you originally posted. or go with something with passive cooling for a quiet ride =P