Help choosing a video card

Hello all. I am trying to find a video card upgrade, but there are some many, and its been awhile since I have bought one. Here is my current setup:

AMD Athlon 64 +3400 2.2ghz
2.5 g ram
320 g HD
ASUS A8V-XE MOBO
GeForce 7300GT 256MB

Any ideas?

I am looking to spend under $100, which I thought would narrow down the choices, but there are still a ton. I have always used Nvidia cards, but am open to suggestions. I found this card, EVGA 01G-P3-1246-LR GeForce GT 240 Video Card - 1024MB DDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, VGA, HDMI, DVI, for $81.99 at Tiger. I like the look of it but have read mixed reviews. I am a mild gamer, mostly WOW, sny suggestions would be helpful.


I plan on upgrading the CPU to a dual core, but its hard to find a 939 Socket chip.
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  1. For your current processor I wouldn't recommend anything more powerful/expensive than this;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814141113
    The dual core 939 CPUs tend to be more expensive than they are worth. You are better off replacing the cpu/motherboard/ram all in one go. You can get an Athlon II x2, a cheap motherboard for it and 2 gigs of DDR2 800 for about $130ish.
  2. Agreed with jyjjy, a mATX mobo for $40, a athlon ii for $60, and 2GB DDR2 for $25 would do you much better.
  3. shadow187 said:
    2GB DDR2 for $25 would do you much better.


    2GB DDR2 for $25, maybe in 2008.....even 1GB of DDR2 533 goes for close to $30 now
  4. On video cards though i believe that this card:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143187
    Would be pretty good...BFG makes good products usually above the norm, of other vendors with the same card, although the pricing would be 10 dollars above 100 before the rebate... This card would be on par with GTS 250, which is higher then the 240...
    The GTS 240 is not a bad card though and it should work well if your just going to play games like WOW, since WOW isnt very demanding.
    But yah if you want to get this card it would probably be wise to upgrade the CPU as well
  5. ct1615 said:
    2GB DDR2 for $25, maybe in 2008.....even 1GB of DDR2 533 goes for close to $30 now


    Ah woops...my bad.

    FKKK Ram is expensive...
  6. Btw why does he need more Ram anyway, IMO 2.5 GB is pretty good for now it will handle medium level stuff such as playing WOW
  7. Because he's using DDR RAM, whilst a new motherboard would call for a minimum of DDR2-667.
  8. Oh he was sitting on DDR ram didnt know that one
  9. mteeple said:
    On video cards though i believe that this card:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143187
    Would be pretty good...BFG makes good products usually above the norm, of other vendors with the same card, although the pricing would be 10 dollars above 100 before the rebate... This card would be on par with GTS 250, which is higher then the 240...
    The GTS 240 is not a bad card though and it should work well if your just going to play games like WOW, since WOW isnt very demanding.
    But yah if you want to get this card it would probably be wise to upgrade the CPU as well

    9800GT you linked to is not on par with 250GTS and it is overpriced. Here is a link that groups cards by performance http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2569-6.html
  10. what about this card?


    SAPPHIRE 100287VGAL Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Reta
  11. Just get the HD4650 I linked in my first post. There isn't much point to anything more powerful/expensive while you have that CPU.
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