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I'm trying to replace the GFX card in my old rig (mobo is a MS7207) and I was hoping to replace it cheap, but upgrade the memory a bit, from the 512m card I had to mebbe 1gb. Is this worth the couple extra bucks? The few I'm looking at are: (the last one is cheapest, but has less memory)

1:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500178

2:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130586

and 3:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162041


The Also, is a 300w PSU enough for these cards? If not, should I buy a ****-cheap one from Newegg? They have a few for about $20.

Thanks in advance for the advice.
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Those cards are god awful and really not suitable for gaming.

Also, RAM is not the defining factor of video performance.
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Those cards are god awful and really not suitable for gaming.

Also, RAM is not the defining factor of video performance.
All of this.

I'd also note that the OPs sig system is old enough that it would be cheaper to just buy a new prebuilt than buy parts piece-by-piece and upgrade....especially given the emphasis on low price point...new PSU, RAM, motherboard, CPU-basically anything and everything would be under the chopping block for a gaming system.
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Resolution?

If you must choose from those, go with the Galaxy GT 210 512Mb.
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All of this.

I'd also note that the OPs sig system is old enough that it would be cheaper to just buy a new prebuilt than buy parts piece-buy-piece and upgrade....especially given the emphasis on low price point...new PSU, RAM, motherboard, CPU-basically anything and everything would be under the chopping block for a gaming system.
this
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There's no other way to say this, there's no card you can put in for better performance.

You need a completely new system.
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I'm not really playing anything newer than Oblivion.

Embarassing, I know. Wish I had the money for a better system, but I don't.
What is a better gague of performance than RAM? Core speed?
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What is a better gague of performance than RAM? Core speed?
there is more to then just that
a lot more
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1Gb + 64-bit interface is call for fail. No matter how fast the core speed is, memory speed will limit throughput. And no matter how fast your card is, your Athlon can only supply so much before your GPU is twiddling it's thumbs waiting for something to do. I have the same CPU in another system, and it plays very nicely with my 8400GS. Nicely, but slowly.
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1Gb + 64-bit interface is call for fail.
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