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Old 05-30-2008, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there,

My current graphics card is getting quite outdated (Radeon X1050), and I was wondering if anyone could recommend a reasonably good one. I'm quite a gamer but not what you'd call a "hardcore" one.

I don't play demanding games such as Crysis or Bioshock, but I'm looking for something that can run the majority of FPS's without playing them on lowest quality, like I do now.
I'm more comfortable with ATI products, but I'm prepared to settle for a Nvidia one or else. Kind of stuck for money at the moment, but at the very maximum I'd like to spend no more than £50 (I think that's about $90? My conversion skills are terrible.)

Here are my specs (from CPU-Z):



Processor(s)

Number of processors 1
Number of cores 2 per processor
Number of threads 2 per processor
Name AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Code Name Manchester
Specification AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+
Package Socket 939
Family/Model/Stepping F.B.1
Extended Family/Model F.2B
Brand ID 5
Core Stepping BH-E4
Technology 90 nm
Core Speed 2188.8 MHz
Multiplier x Bus speed 11.0 x 199.0 MHz
HT Link speed 994.9 MHz
Stock frequency 2200 MHz
Instruction sets MMX (+), 3DNow! (+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, x86-64
L1 Data cache (per processor) 2 x 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache (per processor) 2 x 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L2 cache (per processor) 2 x 512 KBytes, 16-way set associative, 64-byte line size

Chipset & Memory

Northbridge ATI Xpress 200 (RS480) rev. 10
Southbridge ATI SB400 rev. 00
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
PCI-E Link Width x16
PCI-E Max Link Width x16
Memory Type DDR
Memory Size 2048 MBytes
Memory Frequency 199.0 MHz (CPU/11)
CAS# Latency (tCL) 3.0 clocks
RAS# to CAS# (tRCD) 3 clocks
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 3 clocks
Cycle Time (tRAS) 8 clocks
Bank Cycle Time (tRC) 11 clocks
DRAM Idle Timer 16 clocks
Command Rate (CR) 2T

Memory SPD

Module 1 DDR, PC3200 (200 MHz), 512 MBytes, Infineon
Module 2 DDR, PC3200 (200 MHz), 512 MBytes, Infineon
Module 3 DDR, PC3200 (200 MHz), 512 MBytes, Infineon
Module 4 DDR, PC3200 (200 MHz), 512 MBytes, Infineon

Software

Windows Version Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
DirectX Version 9.0c

Sorry if I seem a bit pushy, I've got a bad history of buying the wrong hardware
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For that kind of money I would look for a use 3850 512mb
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And if not, look for a decent 8600GT XXX or a 2600XT. Both of those cards can tear bioshock a new one. As well as playing Crysis on low probably. They go around 90~100$. So they're just in your budget range, I'd probably hold onto them until the 9600's and 3800's drop around 150~120ish price range. Which will probably within a year or two.
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For that kind of money I would look for a use 3850 512mb
theres also 8800gs which are nice cards for the money
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Yeah but the 8800gs is closer to 60~70 pounds unlike the other ones.
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Thanks for all the suggestions you guys

I've decided to step away from ATI, they seem more pricey.
I like the look of this: OcUK GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail

The only things I'm worried about is that I don't know how many watts it needs and that it says 'Built for Vista', does that mean it won't work on XP?
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that gfx card is really, crapola.

If you can stretch your budget, I highly recommend looking for a 3850, it's several times faster than the card you listed.

Something like this:
Tekheads.co.uk

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Sapphire HD 3650 256MB GDDR3 Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card - Ebuyer
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I recommend 8800GS
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Been looking at the new 9600GT's..... but they still get whooped by the 9800GTX several times around. Next build is including a 9800GTX : D
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I hate when they use words like unparalleled
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