I'm looking to upgrade my father in laws current graphics card - some older, 256mb thingy (don't have the specs on it, but can find out).
He doesn't want to spend alot as the has a PS3 for playing his main games, just wants something that can handle say, COD4 and Bioshock easily.
Budget is <$100cdn
PCIe16 (not 2.0) it's an MSI 945P motherboard w/Pentium 4 3.0Ghz
7600GT $15 off ebay + S&H - FEAR, Oblivion, HL2EP2 on high
7800GT $25 off ebay + S&H - FEAR, Oblivion, HL2EP2etc maxed out
7800GTX/7950GT $45 off ebay + S&H - Bioshock, COD4 maxed out
9600GT $>80 on Newegg-Bioshock, COD4 maxed out, Crysis on med-high
4830 or 8800/9800GT ~$100 on Newegg - Crysis on High
Can't do things like the 9600 or the 4830 (they are 2.0)...
Need 512mb, PCIx16 (1.0 i believe it is)...
It looks like the 8600 GT is the best we can go. 512, PCI16, for $83cdn...or a Radeon 2600 Pro (newegg)
I run a PCI Express 2.0 card in a PCI Express x16 slot currently. The Radeon 4670 I have is a great card by the way. It absolutely destroys the 8600GT I had previously, is a very inexpensive card, and doesn't require a lot of power. As an added bonus, it is quieter than my Shuttle case fan.
I'd second the Radeon 4670. It doesn't draw that much power. It will work in a PCI-e 1.0 X16 slot and it's well under $100. The performance is fairly good. It would also offer him DX10 compatibility and speed up video decoding.