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graphics cards, which one for under $100

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mjc1313, Jan 29, 2006.

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  1. mjc1313

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    i have an hp desktop a1310n and i want a good graphics card for under 100 dollars. Also i wanted to know the difference between pci and pci express slots.what are your thoughts about the ATI Radeon 9250 with 256mb ddr memory.
     
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    Depends on what you want to use the video card for.

    The Radeon 9250 comes in either AGP or PCI form. Your system does not have AGP so that version out. And PCI is heavily limited by the bus speed/bandwidth. Any PCI video card will be a step backward in performance. That aside the Radeon 9250 is less capable then the xpress200 anyway; its only Directx 8.1 capable and the Xpress200 is Directx 9.0. The Xpress200 graphics are based on the Radeon x300.

    So if you are into gaming(which is pretty much the only reason to consider upgrading the video card) you'll want somthing like the Radeon X1300Pro, Geforce 6600, or Geforce 7300GS.
     
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    if a game requires the x300 graphics card does that mean my xpress200 will play this game?
     
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    Not as well but it should work. But both the x300 and Xpress200 graphics are consider low end video/graphics solutions anyway. Being integrated the Xpress200 graphics do not perform as well as the stand-alone x300 video card would.

    What game are we talking about?
     
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    I am talking about the sims 2. It says it requires the x300 or greater.
     
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    Here's the requirements:

    * ATI RadeonTM series (7000 or better)
    o Radeon 7000/VE series (non-T&L; requires 2.0 GHz processor)
    o 7200, 7500
    o 8500, All-In-Wonder 8500
    o 9000, 9200, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800
    o X300, X600, X800

    * Nvidia® QuadroTM series
    o Quadro, Quadro2, Quadro4

    * Nvidia® Geforce series (GeForce2 and better)
    o GeForce2
    o GeForce3, 3 Ti
    o GeForce4, 4Ti, MX 420, 440
    o GeForce FX 5200, 5600, 5700, 5800, 5900, 5950
    o GeForce 6600, 6800

    * Intel® Extreme Graphics (non-T&L; requires 2.0 GHz processor)
    o 82845, 82865, 82915

    Half the cards in that list are lower in perfomance then what you have.
     
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    thank you very much! It was very nice of you to help me. You really helped.
     
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