Recommend me a graphic card

I’m looking to upgrade with a new graphic card and some RAM a few stores near me carry the following cards that are in my price range, which one would you recommend ( note I don’t need any HD options or anything like that, all I want is a good card to play some new games ).

Galaxy AGP GeForce 7300GT 256MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 7600GS 256DDR3 Zalman HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 7600GS 256MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 7600GS 512MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 8400GS 256MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 8500GT 256MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 8500GT 512MBDDR2 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 8600GT 256MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 8600GT 256MB DDR3 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 8600GTS 256MB DDR3 CM HDTV/2DVI
Nvidia Forsa GeForce 6600GT 256MB PCX w/TV, DVI
Sapphire ATI AGP X1650 256MB DDR2 TVO/DVI
Sapphire ATI AGP X1650 PRO 512MB DDR2 TVO/DVI
Sapphire ATI AGP X1950 GT 256MB GDDR3 TVO/DUAL-DVI

Sapphire ATI PCX HD 2400 PRO 256MB DDR2 TVO/DVI-I
Sapphire ATI PCX HD 2400XT 256MB GDDR3 TVO/DVI-I
Sapphire ATI PCX HD 2600PRO 256M DDR2 Dual DVI/TVO
Sapphire ATI PCX HD 2600PRO 512M DDR2 Dual DVI/TVO
Sapphire ATI PCX HD 2600XT 256M GDDR3 Dual DVI/TVO
Sapphire ATI PCX HD 2600XT 256M GDDR4 Dual DVI/TVO
Sapphire ATI PCX X1650 PRO 256M GDDR3 2D/TV Ultima
Sapphire ATI PCX X1650 PRO 256MB DDR3/TVO/ DVI
Sapphire ATI PCX X1650 PRO 512MB DDR2/TVO/2xDVI
Sapphire ATI PCX X1950 GT 256MB DDR3/TV/2xDVI Game
Sapphire ATI PCX X1950 GT 256MB DDR3/TVO/ DVI Dual
Sapphire ATI PCX X1950 XT 256MB GDDR3/TVO/ DVI
VGA Asus PCX GF6600 256MB w/DVI bulk
VGA ATI Radeon PCX X300 SE 256MB TV/DVI PowerColor
VGA LeadTek WinFast PCX GF 5750 128MB DVI/TV-Out
VGA LeadTek WinFast PCX GF6200 128MB TCache DVI/TV
VGA MSI GF6200TC PCX 64-256MB MS8991 bulk

EN8600GT Silent/HTDP/512M, GF8600GT, Memory PCIE*, Type 512M, Ramdac/Engine DDR3
EN6600GT/HTD/256M, PCIE*, VPU/GPU GF6600GT, 256MB Memory size,
C8600GT7-G5FTC ZALMAN VF-700 GeForce 8600GT, 256MB DDR3 - 1.0ns, 128Bit,
C8600GT1M-G5FTC Arctic Cooling Accelero S1M GeForce 8600GT, 256MB DDR3 - 1.0ns,
T8600GTS3-G5FTCD Xstriker3 GeForce 8600GTS, 256MB DDR3 - 1.0ns, 128Bit,
T8600GT1M-G5FTCD Arctic Cooling Accelero S1M GeForce 8600GT, 256MB DDR3 - 1.0ns,
WIND Cooler Series! GeForce 8600GT PCI Express (540/1400MHz) / 512MB DDR3 + Dual DVI
EN7900GS/2DHT/256M w/o Ghost Recon bundle, PCIE*, VPU/GPU GF7900GS, Memory size
EN7600GT/2DHT/256M, PCIE*, VPU/GPU GF7600GT, 256MB Memory size,
EN7600GT SILENT/2DHT/256M, PCIE*, VPU/GPU GF7600GT, 256MB Memory size,
EN6600GT Silencer/HTD/256M, PCIE*, VPU/GPU GF6600GT, 256MB Memory size,
EN8600GT/2DHT/256M, PCIE*, VPU/GPU GF8600GT, Memory size 256M type TBD,
EN8600GTS/G/HTDP/256M, PCIE*, Memory 256M, Type DDR3 128 bit, Ramdac/Engine 400
GeForce 8600GT MSI 8600GT PCX 256M TV DVI

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Some cards may appear multiple times cause I copied the list from a few separate catalogues.

I have my eye on the bolded one. Please feel free to recommend a card not on the list.

PS: I bought my mainboard in 2005, it’s some Albatron board, will it give me any trouble if I put a new graphic card?

[QUOTE=NaMeK;1938253]I’m looking to upgrade with a new graphic card and some RAM a few stores near me carry the following cards that are in my price range, which one would you recommend ( note I don’t need any HD options or anything like that, all I want is a good card to play some new games ).

Galaxy AGP GeForce 7300GT 256MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 7600GS 256DDR3 Zalman HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 7600GS 256MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 7600GS 512MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 8400GS 256MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 8500GT 256MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 8500GT 512MBDDR2 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 8600GT 256MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 8600GT 256MB DDR3 HDTV/DVI
Galaxy PCX GeForce 8600GTS 256MB DDR3 CM HDTV/2DVI
Nvidia Forsa GeForce 6600GT 256MB PCX w/TV, DVI
Sapphire ATI AGP X1650 256MB DDR2 TVO/DVI
Sapphire ATI AGP X1650 PRO 512MB DDR2 TVO/DVI
Sapphire ATI AGP X1950 GT 256MB GDDR3 TVO/DUAL-DVI

Sapphire ATI PCX HD 2400 PRO 256MB DDR2 TVO/DVI-I
Sapphire ATI PCX HD 2400XT 256MB GDDR3 TVO/DVI-I
Sapphire ATI PCX HD 2600PRO 256M DDR2 Dual DVI/TVO
Sapphire ATI PCX HD 2600PRO 512M DDR2 Dual DVI/TVO
Sapphire ATI PCX HD 2600XT 256M GDDR3 Dual DVI/TVO
Sapphire ATI PCX HD 2600XT 256M GDDR4 Dual DVI/TVO
Sapphire ATI PCX X1650 PRO 256M GDDR3 2D/TV Ultima
Sapphire ATI PCX X1650 PRO 256MB DDR3/TVO/ DVI
Sapphire ATI PCX X1650 PRO 512MB DDR2/TVO/2xDVI
Sapphire ATI PCX X1950 GT 256MB DDR3/TV/2xDVI Game
Sapphire ATI PCX X1950 GT 256MB DDR3/TVO/ DVI Dual
Sapphire ATI PCX X1950 XT 256MB GDDR3/TVO/ DVI
VGA Asus PCX GF6600 256MB w/DVI bulk
VGA ATI Radeon PCX X300 SE 256MB TV/DVI PowerColor
VGA LeadTek WinFast PCX GF 5750 128MB DVI/TV-Out
VGA LeadTek WinFast PCX GF6200 128MB TCache DVI/TV
VGA MSI GF6200TC PCX 64-256MB MS8991 bulk

[B]EN8600GT Silent/HTDP/512M, GF8600GT, Memory PCIE*, Type 512M, Ramdac/Engine DDR3[/B]
EN6600GT/HTD/256M, PCIE*, VPU/GPU GF6600GT, 256MB Memory size,
C8600GT7-G5FTC ZALMAN VF-700 GeForce 8600GT, 256MB DDR3 - 1.0ns, 128Bit,
C8600GT1M-G5FTC Arctic Cooling Accelero S1M GeForce 8600GT, 256MB DDR3 - 1.0ns,
T8600GTS3-G5FTCD Xstriker3 GeForce 8600GTS, 256MB DDR3 - 1.0ns, 128Bit,
T8600GT1M-G5FTCD Arctic Cooling Accelero S1M GeForce 8600GT, 256MB DDR3 - 1.0ns,
WIND Cooler Series! GeForce 8600GT PCI Express (540/1400MHz) / 512MB DDR3 + Dual DVI
EN7900GS/2DHT/256M w/o Ghost Recon bundle, PCIE*, VPU/GPU GF7900GS, Memory size
EN7600GT/2DHT/256M, PCIE*, VPU/GPU GF7600GT, 256MB Memory size,
EN7600GT SILENT/2DHT/256M, PCIE*, VPU/GPU GF7600GT, 256MB Memory size,
EN6600GT Silencer/HTD/256M, PCIE*, VPU/GPU GF6600GT, 256MB Memory size,
EN8600GT/2DHT/256M, PCIE*, VPU/GPU GF8600GT, Memory size 256M type TBD,
EN8600GTS/G/HTDP/256M, PCIE*, Memory 256M, Type DDR3 128 bit, Ramdac/Engine 400
GeForce 8600GT MSI 8600GT PCX 256M TV DVI

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Some cards may appear multiple times cause I copied the list from a few separate catalogues.

I have my eye on the bolded one. Please feel free to recommend a card not on the list.

PS: I bought my mainboard in 2005, it’s some Albatron board, will it give me any trouble if I put a new graphic card?[/QUOTE]

First of all, what is your current graphics card? (The reason why I’m asking this is because some of the cards on your list may actually be downgrades from what you currently have.)

Second, which operating system (Windows, Linux, etc.) are you running (or plan to run) on your system?

I’m running on Windows Xp SP2, my current card is GForce FX5500.

And does your motherboard use AGP or PCI-E video cards?

I notice that both agp & PCI-E cards are in your list … and you can only generally use one or the other, and no matter how many times you hit the video card with a hammer, the card won’t go into a slot it’s not designed for :wink:

^^

Agp

[QUOTE=NaMeK;1938345]Agp[/QUOTE]

In this case, then I would not spend much, if any, money on a graphics card even if the new card is actually a downgrade from your current card. Instead, I would save the money and put it towards the purchase of a new motherboard with PCI-E slots, a new processor, new memory and a PCI-E graphics card. The GeForce 8xxx series cards come only in PCI-E (which will not fit legacy PCI slots at all), while there are AGP versions of the lower-end Radeon HD 2xxx series cards.

However, a few motherboard manufacturers have manufactured motherboards which have both AGP and PCI-E slots. If your motherboard is one of those, then you have a greater freedom of choices – but keep in mind that some “AGP”-equipped motherboards actually cheat by running the AGP slot off of the legacy PCI bus.

I have to second what RJL65 said. I personally did that upgrade of a fast AGP card to bring a system up to date, and the end results are only acceptable. Currently DDR2 ram is VERY cheap, and a good motherboard and highly overclockable intel processor are available {like the e2160, e2180}. Also good quality midrange pci x16 video cards are becoming available, like the 8800gt and the ATI 3870.

Save up and do a new build. :slight_smile:

[QUOTE=NaMeK;1938253]PS: I bought my mainboard in 2005, it’s some Albatron board, will it give me any trouble if I put a new graphic card?[/QUOTE]

In addition to what I said in all of my posts in this thread, it would help us greatly if you tell us which brand of processor you are using (Intel or AMD). This is because Albatron in 2005 offered an Intel-based motherboard with both PCI-E and AGP slots, plus a few AMD-based motherboards with only AGP slots. And the Albatron motherboard with both kinds of slots actually cheats on the AGP slot by running that slot off of the legacy PCI bus (since the chipset that it uses, the Intel 915P, natively supports only PCI-E for graphics), and then “steals” away two legacy PCI slots for that “AGP” slot. In this case, since the Albatron combo has only two legacy PCI slots on the motherboard, this leaves no legacy PCI slots available for expansion whenever an AGP graphics card is used.

On the other hand, if you also have PCI cards installed in addition to your AGP graphics card, then you have an AGP-only motherboard. In this case, my recommendation as stated in my previous post above stands: Save your money for a new system (or at least a new motherboard, a new CPU, new memory and a new PCI-E graphics card).

Another thing to consider is the PSU, performance cards (from midrange and up) require an additional power connector (AGP use a molex, drive power connector, while PCI-E use their own). The extra power demand may also be problematic for a basic 300W system PSU or low quality “500W” units.

If you want to upgrade by any more than 1GB (2x 512) of RAM as well, then the cheaper prices on newer DDR2 RAM would also claw back some of the cost of a full (motherboard / CPU / RAM) upgrade.

If you just want an AGP card, a powerful one, then:
Sapphire ATI AGP X1950 GT 256MB GDDR3 TVO/DUAL-DVI

  • Is a pretty potent card, maybe more than makes sense for the amount of CPU power you might have.

Sapphire ATI AGP X1650 PRO 512MB DDR2 TVO/DVI

  • I’d put that one next, as the 512MB can help some older games that are heavy on textures - it may also be possible to use with a fairly average PSU.

Any of the cards on that list would probably be a significant upgrade from a FX5500, as the low end FX’s were pretty dismal