Originally posted by nitestick
what the bare minimum is that can be used with most games without problems. all i am looking for is reasonable quality graphics not high because i don't have much money.
You guys are answering the wrong question. He obviously doesn;t want a high end $1,000 video card because he said "the bare minimum to play most games".
I would say the absolute bare minimum to play decent video games these days is a 128mbit video card. As long as you stay with a namebrand chipset it doesnt really matter which route you go. Go on newegg.com and search for a 128mbit video card. There is no point in wasting your money on the new ATI or NVIDIA video cards unless you are a die hard gamer/graphics artist that just has to have it. Just wait a few months and those $800 plus cards will be $200-300.