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September 28, 2011 1:33:17 PM


I have an older PC that I haven't beed using for a long time and I decided to reuse it. The problem is that it has an integrated video card and I want to equip it with a discrete video card. I don't use this pc to play any games, I just use it for office, internet, music and stuff like this.

The specs are:
AsRock ConRoe945G-DVI
Intel Celeron D 336
PSU Asus 380W
2 x Kingmax 512 MB DDR2 533

And I have the next options (but I'm opened to any other suggestions):
Gigabyte GeForce 7300 GT 256MB DDR2 (~12 $)
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO 256MB DDR2 (~15 $)
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB DDR3 (~20 $)
Sapphire ATI Radeon X1550 256MB DDR2 (~17 $)

I don't wanna invest in this pc, that's why I choose some low priced refurbished video cards.
So which one to choose?

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a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2011 1:46:02 PM

may i ask why you want to have a discrete card and not use the onboard graphics? Obviously you dont need anything powerful for your requirements, if i were you I would get the 2600xt as it has gddr3 and for only 20$. Although these card are extremely outdated, it will meet your requirements.

If you want something better have a look at amd 5450 512mb, think its around £24 so its going to be around $30-35
September 28, 2011 1:49:41 PM

hello friend gigabyte geforce 7300 gt 256mb ddr2 is better than all.And its also better in price because according to your post that you dont want to invest much in this pc
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a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2011 1:55:03 PM

no the 7300 gt is not better than all at all. the most powerful card is the 2600xt. thank you and goodnight
September 28, 2011 2:47:55 PM

I agree, 2600XT is the most powerfull. I need a discrete video card because with the onboard card youtube playback at 480p lags, from time to time I watch movies on this pc at 720p and some complex sites and slide shows tend to lag also. I tryed adding two more 512MB modules and overclocking the cpu from 2.8 to 3.2 GHz and that didn't fixed my problems so I tryed with a 7600 GT borrowed from a friend and there was a huge difference in performance. Thanks everyone. I think I'll take 2600 XT just in case and I also find a new 5450 1GB DDR3 with 30$ :) 
a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2011 2:54:46 PM

sweet no probs