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Posted: 12/15/2005 10:04:10 AM EDT
My parents bought my little brother a computer for Christmas. It isn't a really fast machine (it has onboard video), so I decided that I'd get him a video card for his present from me. Vid cards change so damn often I can't keep up, and though I bought a copy of PC gamers 'ultimate pc buyers hardware guide' it really isn't helping as most of the cards they look at are $300+. I wanted to stay below $150, since I've already bought him a few other items and the wife is looking at me funny.

So, does anyone know what the best low-end vid card is? All suggestions and comments are welcome!
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 10:39:02 AM EDT
6600GT
6600

Those two would be about the lowest I would go, for considering any gameplay.

If you happen to hate your little brother, get him an ATI card
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 12:35:43 PM EDT
Make sure what card slot it has: PCI, AGP, or PCI Express.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 8:02:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By adair_usmc:
6600GT
6600

Those two would be about the lowest I would go, for considering any gameplay.

If you happen to hate your little brother, get him an ATI card


ATI cards are IMO the best bang for the buck out there. I just picked up an ATI Radeon 850 Pro at Bestbuy for $220 bucks. The Nvidia version was about $140 more and I wouldn't get that much more for the money.

ATI is a great card. I just recently retired my 9700 Pro when I bought the 850 PRo.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 8:05:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Jfor:

Originally Posted By adair_usmc:
6600GT
6600

Those two would be about the lowest I would go, for considering any gameplay.

If you happen to hate your little brother, get him an ATI card


ATI cards are IMO the best bang for the buck out there. I just picked up an ATI Radeon 850 Pro at Bestbuy for $220 bucks. The Nvidia version was about $140 more and I wouldn't get that much more for the money.

ATI is a great card. I just recently retired my 9700 Pro when I bought the 850 PRo.



The cards are fine.

The drivers are just pathetic.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 9:04:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/15/2005 9:05:09 PM EDT by Gunbert]
Ended up getting him the MSI 6600 GT. $149.99 with free 2 day shipping. And I checked the computer, it's a PCI slot... so I got lucky as I checked after I ordered it.



Thanks for the help, guys.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 9:08:06 PM EDT
No Problem.

Thats a good card, it should serve him well.
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