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Graphic cards to a budget!

Big_Jay
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Graphic cards to a budget!

Anyone suggest a good graphic card in the £80-£150 price bracket? Must be AGP. The 6600GT was excellent value when I bought it but starting to look dated (and possibly knackered).
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Re: Graphic cards to a budget!

I'd also like a recommendation.
An AGP card supporting dual monitors at at least 1280X1024, 32 bit colour.
Performance is not a concern as I don't do any gaming.
Price is an issue - too much and I'll carry on using the extra PCI card that only has enough memory to support 16 bit colour.
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Re: Graphic cards to a budget!

Quote from: jelv
I'd also like a recommendation.
An AGP card supporting dual monitors at at least 1280X1024, 32 bit colour.
Performance is not a concern as I don't do any gaming.
Price is an issue - too much and I'll carry on using the extra PCI card that only has enough memory to support 16 bit colour.

I am using a nv 5500 that cost me £20 and am quite satisfied...Runs Beryl
ok in Mepis linux but does not have enough memory to run Frozen Bubble
in Beryl....PCI card...
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Re: Graphic cards to a budget!

How about this one?
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Big_Jay
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Re: Graphic cards to a budget!

Cheers Chris... nice spec and nice price.... hoping for one for my birfinday!
Abraham99
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Re: Graphic cards to a budget!

looks like GeForce8500GT would be a good choice.
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Re: Graphic cards to a budget!

I have the X1650 pro 512 and it performs superbly, running every game I've tried on high performance with full monitor resolution.
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Re: Graphic cards to a budget!

I bought one of these a couple of months back
http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/components/msi-nx7600gs-td512z
AGP and completely silent. Vista gives it a 4.2 rating.
Pegasus56
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Re: Graphic cards to a budget!

Dave.
A Good Card, but I think You could have saved Yourself a Few grouts by buying it from ebuyer, current price:  £73.57
[£86.45 inc VAT]!  Wink
Gorvul
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Re: Graphic cards to a budget!

Quote from: Chris
I have the X1650 pro 512 and it performs superbly, running every game I've tried on high performance with full monitor resolution.

Hi, I also have this card.  I did initially have a problem with the Catalyst Control Centre.... which required me to install Microsoft .NET framework to run it....
I overcame the problems by uninstalling the .NET framework and  I think I also uninstalled the CCC too...  Chris, did you have any problem along these lines?
After all this hassle, I thought I'd stick with nvidia in the future...  but since uninstalling all that garb (except the driver) it's actually run better for me....
(boy, I wish I knew what I was doing sometimes...)
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Re: Graphic cards to a budget!

Nope, never had that problem, I installed the CCC direct from the website though, didn't rely on the disk as they aren't usually the most up to date versions.
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Re: Graphic cards to a budget!

Just a word of warning.
The best card you can buy in your budget is the Radeon 1950 pro but the 12v line power demand is much higher than your present card. I am looking at this but I don't want to buy a new power supply (I only have 28A at 12V).
Have a look here http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=7&t=9354&p=0
Rikaitch
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Re: Graphic cards to a budget!

Quote from: Chris
I have the X1650 pro 512 and it performs superbly, running every game I've tried on high performance with full monitor resolution.

I concur... I got one of these for a customer recently and he only paid £59 all in. It was a superb card, and I seethed with jealousy when I saw the sugary sweetness of C&C 3 in all it's glory.
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Re: Graphic cards to a budget!

BFG geForce 7800GS. I bought one last month after exhaustive research. I don't think there's a faster AGP card available, and cos it's BFG it's a) already overclocked and b) comes with a lifetime guarantee. I love it. It laughed at F.E.A.R on full settings, which is pretty much what I was after.
I know the link is eBuyer, but they are cheap and nobody else has the BFG model in stock, especially for that price.
Hope this helps,
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Re: Graphic cards to a budget!

Have a look at this review (sorry it's in german) http://www.hartware.de/review_668.html