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Which low-budget graphic card should I buy?

Greetings, Tom's Hardware community.

I recently bought a new pc some days ago, it's an AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 620, 2.6ghz, with 2gb RAM.

No graphic card in it because I had no money, but tomorrow I might get some extra cash for a low budget graphic card, right now these are my choices:

EDIT:

I haven't decided yet, i'm torn between these:

-BFG NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Overclocked
GPU/VPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
RAMDAC: Dual 400 MHz
DirectX 10
Video Memory: 512MB
Memory Type: GDDR3
Memory Interface: 256-bit
Stream Processors: 64
Core Clock: 675 MHz
Memory Clock: 1800 MHz
Shader Clock: 1700 MHz
Interface Type: PCI Express 2.0
Interface Speed: x16

-HIS Ati Hd 4670 1gb Gddr3


Xfx Nvidia 9600gtx 512ddr3
Video Memory: 512MB
Core Clock: 580 MHz
Memory Clock: 1400 MHz
Shader Clock: 1450 MHz
Memory Interface 256-bit
Memory Type GDDR3
Stream Processors: 96
Interface Type: PCI Express 2.0
Interface Speed: x16

and a

Evga GeForce 9600GSO

The GT240 mentioned in my OP was sold already, and I can't find another one in my area so I need to buy one of these.

Which one from these is the best?
These are my ONLY choices, they're the only ones I can buy in my zone (I don't live in the US).

I was wondering if you could tell me which one of these is the best for me? I'll play in a 1024x768 resolution monitor, take that in mind.

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: I want to play games, by the way.
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  1. Personally I would pick the 9600GTX, i had one and its really good for its price.
  2. more you spend more better but depending upon the resolution idea you gave EVGA GeForce 9600 GT 512MB DDR3
    will be the best .

    not every good game needs fastest gpu. take cod for example. but if you love games like nfs shift get ready to spend more.
  3. Aiming for the one that would give me the best performance while playing games like World of Warcraft, Fallout 3, Bioshock 2, Assassin's Creed 2, etc.
  4. I will vouch for 4670, wow is my all time freakin favorite, at that resolution you can max seetings with 60 fps ( under normal conditions but shadows set to 0 )
    Not that you need to have atioverdrive enable or better overclock it to 850/1000, which i did via AMD GPU Tool.
  5. http://products.amd.com/en-gb/GraphicCardDetail.aspx?id=251&f1=&f2=&f3=&f4=&f5=&f6=&f7=&f8=&f9=&f10=&f11=0&f12=&f13=&f14=&f15=0&f16=&f17=&f18=&f19=&f20=&f21=&
    This will be good. its has got 800 streaming processor , 1gb of memory, and pci-e 1.0 slot (not compliblity problem ) . this streaming processor will be quite useful apart from gaming especially during rendering purpose .

    Are you nvidia fan?
  6. gauravtushir, I can't buy that graphic card, I can only get the ones in the list i mentioned in the OP.

    4670 seems appealing, any other opinions?

    EDIT: Nope, I'm not a fan of any brand in particular.
  7. XFX Geforce GT 240, 1gb DDR3 will be best . but nvidia is bit costly compared to ati.

    Go for this one. this one is best in you list .
  8. Alright I see.

    Can anyone else confirm this?

    Not that I don't trust your word but it's quite an investment so I can't take any risks. :P
  9. If it was me, I'd probably go for the 9600GTX.

    The 240 you listed has DDR3, most reviews cover the DDR5 variant. The DDR5 variant is faster than the 9600GT, but since this is the DDR3 version, it may equal or be lower than a 9600GT.

    The only concern with the 9600's are if you do have a 6-pin pci-e power connector.

    9600GTX > 9600GT ?= 240GTS DDR3 > 4670


    @1024x768 you could max out every game today (assuming that at least your processor is an Athlon X2 or a Core 2) with even the 4670.
  10. Yeah i know most of the reviews cover the DDR5 GT 240, that's why I opened this thread, I was wondering if the DDR3 was worth of it.

    So, the 9600GTX is the best one of them all? Why not the HD 4670? It has 1gb of memory, while the GTX has 512mb.
  11. 9600GTX doesn't exist.

    There's a 9600GT and 9800GTX/GTX+ and a 8800/9800GT

    9800GTX ~ 4850
    9600GT ~ 3870
    8800GT/9800GT ~ 4830

    Video RAM has nothing to do with the power of the graphics card.
    A 4670 1GB is like a Pentium 3 computer paired with 8GB of RAM...it's processor core is too weak to use programs that use anywhere near that much RAM.
  12. Bluescreendeath said:
    9600GTX doesn't exist.



    its an XFX specialty card, like the 4860, it just an OC 9600 card
  13. its actually an OC 9600GSO card

    9600GTX
    96 stream processors, 580mhz core clock, 1450mhz shaders, and 512MB of GDDR3 running at 1400mhz on a 128bit bus.

    GeForce 9600 GT
    64 Stream Processors, 650 MHz core clock, 1625 MHz shaders 512MB of GDDR3 memory @ 1800mhz on a 256bit bus
  14. i would go with the GT240 or 9600GT (assuming you have the power), both are better then the 4670/9600GTX
  15. So, the GT240 is the best choice amongst these 4?

    Clear consensus?
  16. So what you decided ?
  17. I haven't decided yet, i'm torn between these:

    -BFG NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Overclocked
    GPU/VPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
    RAMDAC: Dual 400 MHz
    DirectX 10
    Video Memory: 512MB
    Memory Type: GDDR3
    Memory Interface: 256-bit
    Stream Processors: 64
    Core Clock: 675 MHz
    Memory Clock: 1800 MHz
    Shader Clock: 1700 MHz
    Interface Type: PCI Express 2.0
    Interface Speed: x16

    -HIS Ati Hd 4670 1gb Gddr3


    Xfx Nvidia 9600gtx 512ddr3
    Video Memory: 512MB
    Core Clock: 580 MHz
    Memory Clock: 1400 MHz
    Shader Clock: 1450 MHz
    Memory Interface 256-bit
    Memory Type GDDR3
    Stream Processors: 96
    Interface Type: PCI Express 2.0
    Interface Speed: x16

    and a

    Evga GeForce 9600GSO

    The GT240 mentioned in my OP was sold already, and I can't find another one in my area so I need to buy one of these.

    Which one from these is the best?
  18. Best answer
    the 9600GT is the faster of the 4

    the XFX GTX is an over clocked 9600GSO

    the 4670 and 9600GSO offer similar performance
  19. So, the 9600GT, the GTX, the 4670 and 9600GSO, in that order?

    Thanks.
  20. Best answer selected by HeavenSk8.
  21. ct1615 said:
    its actually an OC 9600GSO card

    9600GTX
    96 stream processors, 580mhz core clock, 1450mhz shaders, and 512MB of GDDR3 running at 1400mhz on a 128bit bus.

    GeForce 9600 GT
    64 Stream Processors, 650 MHz core clock, 1625 MHz shaders 512MB of GDDR3 memory @ 1800mhz on a 256bit bus



    yeah, the bus Kills it, man!
  22. The XFX only 9600GTX, IS just a Maxed Out 9600gso. Note the buswidth. it performs like (and is often seen by your pc as) a 9800gt.
    Bear that in mind of price. Also the warrentty is two years. i fully expect that card to die at the 30 month period as its maxed out, leaving you with a worthless piece of recycling. go for the cheapest of your options, something chearfull, cos they will all run a crt monitor. I should kno, i just finished bioshock as a good guy running a 7600gt! 1020*768 or what ever it is.. and it is nice to think in 4 yrs time you will still have the card running in your spare pc, or a relatives. Dont touch the overpriced xfx gtx with a smelly stick!
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