Cheap but good graphics cards....

Discussion in 'Games' started by AP_piano295, Jul 4, 2005.

  1. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2005
    Im looking for a new graphics card for my xpc so I am limmited for space the main reason I want its is battle field two which runs ok everything on lowest on my roswell 128 something something something that cost me 68 bucks on newegg. What Im looking for is a 256 card thats between 90-150 dollars and will fit in an xpc the roswell is moderately large so I think it will fit small to medium sized cards in it... for curiosity imformation only what is the actual preformance difference between a 90 dollar card and a 500 or 300 dollar card.?
  2. tobio macrumors regular


    Sep 5, 2004
    The Geforce 6600s are currently considered the "budget card du jour" they can be had for GBP £100-120 ish, they are full DX9 compatible and available PCI-E or AGP, 128 or 256 ram.
  3. dubbz macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2003
    Alta, Norway
    The 6600 is a good card and it should fit in an XPC.

    Don't bother with a 256MB card. For a card in the price class you mention, 128MB is more than enough. The extra 128MB is just a waste.

    And the difference between a $90 card and a $300/$500 card can be huge, somewhat depending on your CPU. But the midrange cards usually offer the best price-performance ration. 6600GT is probably the most popular one.
  4. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Its sort of important to know what your "rosewell 128 something something something" is exactly, because a $68 dollar card like that could very well be something as crappy as a Radeon 9000 or as good as a Radeon 9600.
  5. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    9800 pro? perhaps a 6600 (the gt isn't available with 256 of ram) maybe? the way ive usually seen it bench is 6600gt>9800pro>6600. the 9800pro has the 256bit memory interface going for it, but the 6600 series supports (correct me if im wrong) sm 3.0. most 6600's won't support open gl 2.0 but most 9800pro's will. not sure how that'll affect what you're looking for this card for, but those might influence your decision. the 9800pro will probably be a bit bigger than the 6600 but i dont know how big an xpc case is (sorry, i have a rather large midtower :eek:)
    make *absolutely sure* you get an 8 pipe card (8 pixel pipelines) because 4 pipe cards are on the way out and will really lag in performance (radeons 9600 and lower, geforce 5500 and lower, afa agp cards go. in terms of newer cards and pci-e, x300, x600, and 6200 are 4-pipe cards).

    here's the card i almost went with before i decided to spring for an awesome deal on an x800 ($209 with 3 full retail games in box :eek: )

    128mb version:
    and a 256mb version here:
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    The nVidia GeForce 6600GT is a very good video card that should pump out some nice performance. I had one in my former self-built PeeCee - it handled everything that I threw at it with ease. Can not go wrong with one of these puppies! They have come down in price a good deal since when I bought mine (after it was just released, ~$260).
  7. topicolo macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2002
    Ottawa, ON
    Yeah, the 6600GTs are definitely the way to go, but lately the 6800 non GTs (which are considerably faster) have been dropping closer to 6600GT price territory. They are definitely worth a look if you're considering a new graphics card. Like everyone else says, don't bother about the ram. 128mb is more than enough for the forseeable future. Even Doom3 with everything on ultra high quality runs reasonably well on a 128mb card compared to a 512mb card (which is what ID suggests for that setting).
  8. Mav451 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2003
    Its actually 6800NU (Non Ultra), but I digress =D.

    Another thing about them is the possibility of running them with 16/6 (pipes vertex shaders) from the default of 12/5. Add a slight memory OC and you begin to get close to (but not the same) numbers as a stock GT. Yes you heard me, close to GT performance. Considering that the 6800-line is old-gen now, these 6800NU's are in the low $200's category (from the $300 they were last year).

    While the "better deal", in terms of bang-per-buck is the used 9800Pro (most run @ XT speeds) for around $110; again, you bring up BF2. You need some serious horsepower to run that game. I hope you already got a > 1GB of RAM too.

    And the performance diff btw the 9800, 6800NU @ 16/6, and a 7800GTX? Let's say its an exponential curve, especially if you are exceeding 1600x1200--where the 7800 will absolutely tower over the other cards (i'm talking > 2-3 fold performance).

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