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Hi ,new here and wondering if you guys can help me out. Tryinig to find the best card for under 50$ but don't really know what makes a good card. I've picked a few out that to my unknowledgeable self have the best specs in that price range.

EVGA GeForce 8600 GT 256MB

MSI Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB

HIS Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB Zalman

ASUS Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB

ASUS Radeon HD 2600PRO 256MB

HIS Radeon HD 2600PRO 512MB

Diamond ATI HD2600XT 512 <---would have to buy this today for it to meet price range

Which do you think would be the best? Any i should stay away from? Also open to others if they are under 50$.

I'll mostly be watching movies but would like to be able to play some games like halo, fc, bf, cs and crysis. I know that may not happen in this price range but it's worth a shot.

Thanks
Edited by junkxp - 5/27/08 at 10:47am
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Go for the 512mb 2600xt
    
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Originally Posted by junkxp View Post
Hi ,new here and wondering if you guys can help me out. Tryinig to find the best card for under 50$ but don't really know what makes a good card. I've picked a few out that to my unknowledgeable self have the best specs in that price range.

EVGA GeForce 8600 GT 256MB

MSI Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB

HIS Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB

ASUS Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB

ASUS Radeon HD 2600PRO 256MB

HIS Radeon HD 2600PRO 512MB

Diamond ATI HD2600XT 512 <---would have to buy this today for it to meet price range

Which do you think would be the best? Any i should stay away from? Also open to others if they are under 50$.

I'll mostly be watching movies but would like to be able to play some games.

Thanks
technically the last one costs 100, its a 50 dollar mail in rebate
though its the best one
post #4 of 22
ya the 2600xt looks best in your price range.
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Do you think my PSU would have any problems running any of these? Also if i can't order the diamond 512 in time which would be 2nd and 3rd choice?
Edited by junkxp - 5/27/08 at 10:49am
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post #6 of 22
512mb 2600XT by a long shot.

and no, if your only running a single core athlon, on board sound, and 1 HD, a 350w should do you fine, if the 12v rails are strong enough that is
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post #7 of 22
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I'm not sure on that but here is the specs on the box.



edit: that should work better

Edited by junkxp - 5/27/08 at 11:07am
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post #8 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by junkxp View Post
I'm not sure on that but here is the specs on the box.
lol hold on, let me get my microscope

Edit: there we go, now its working

Edit2: yeah, for a 2600xt that should be fine, how old is that PSU? it might have weakened over time...

But i suppose the only way to know for sure is to check, I say order the card, and plug it in, and if it doesn't work, upgrade the PSU, either that or find another one you have laying around the house and jury-rig it to only power your graphics card lol, my buddy did that for a while and it worked fine
Edited by HugeDink - 5/27/08 at 11:16am
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post #9 of 22
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I don't remember...maybe 2 years. it's in a box with a athlon 2100(was 1400),asus a7v8-x,3x 256 pc2100, 64 nvidia mx 4 agp card and 2x 80mm fans so i'd say it hasn't been stressed.

Hmmm.... i actually have a few but they are old as dirt as in P2 old, may have to see if the one out of the dell dual proc. works. If not i know i can get a 450 super cheap.

Whats the word on the 2nd and 3rd best? I was thinking the HIS with the Zalman since it seems MSI has issues with the rebate and don't know anyone that's had a ASUS card. Then again it seems some like the nvidia products.

This stuff is kinda confusing so thanks for being on the ball....starting to like this site.
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post #10 of 22
alright well I just found this:
http://www.legitreviews.com/images/reviews/547/load.gif

which says that the full system load for the 2600xt was only 184watts, and your 12v rail has 216, so you should probably be all set, not sure exactly what the system setup they were using was, but I highly doubt it was anything that takes less power than a single core athlon


What resolution do you play at BTW? I forgot to ask you, because I was looking up some reviews, and 8600gt is generally faster than the 2600xt at lower resolutions, but once you crank up the res, the 2600xt pulls ahead thanks to the 512mb of ram

Edit: also, do you like to use AA a lot? because with AA off, the 2600XT does better than the GT in many cases, but as soon as you turn on the AA, the 2600xt drops below
Edited by HugeDink - 5/27/08 at 11:57am
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