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Best pci video card for (strategy) gaming

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June 10, 2010 7:22:16 AM

Yes, I realize everyone hates pci cards since they are from the stone age.

My question is, I have an old(er) computer I'm trying to upgrade to the max. A new one will be coming shortly, but for my strategy non-intensive graphic games, I'd like the older one to be able to hack it.

Since my current (Radeon 9200) doesn't have problems with games from Paradox, Dominions 3, most of the space 4x games I've tried, I'd thought it would be able to hack Blood Bowl (based on a board game).

The current game I'm trying to play requires:
3D Graphics card: 128 MB 100% DirectX® 9 and shaders 2.0 compatible (NVIDIA GEFORCE 6600 / ATI RADEON X700 or higher)*

The other option involves a (newer) motherboard with integrated reasonably good graphics card to replace my (Sempron Socket 462) A7N8X Motherboard.

Any guidance is appreciated. Most recent DirectX support is best, with as much memory as possible.

Thanks.
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June 10, 2010 8:32:06 AM

The fastest PCI card (gosh, that's ancient lol) I can think of is the PCI edition of a PowerColor HD 4350, although pretty costly at $89.99.

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

Otherwise for $39.99 this weaker SPARKLE GeForce 8400 GS should be able to play those games, although it seems you'll need to install older drivers from nVidia to work.

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

I doubt there are any socket 462 motherboards with integrated graphics as good as the cards I mentioned above.
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June 10, 2010 2:29:52 PM

Go with 8400GS that Lmeow said above, at least it could help you to play with better, also it also a very cheap card ($40)... :) 
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June 10, 2010 9:04:14 PM

Thanks for the info.

Will try out the 8400 GS, since it mentions DirectX 10 capability.
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July 30, 2010 10:46:29 PM

Hello did you have any luck with the 8400 GS?

I also have an older system, but feel, not always the most economical decision, that getting a PCI card, is better than replacing a system. New computers have just about the same "experience" as old ones...

With only 16MB of VRAM on this laptop, some games do have the black or white backgrounds. The dock has a PCI slot, and maybe best, because I hate disconnecting cables on this, so a express card expander is out of the question.

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