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Thread Starter 
I want to upgrade my graphic card and wanted to get some opinions on what to get. I'll admit, I'm a noob when it comes to GPU's, lol.

I'm looking for a cheap-ish card for my older system. I do game occasionally also.

Specs:

Mother Board: Ambermine M
CPU:Athlon 64 3200+ running @ 2.3ghz 939 Socket Venice core
Ram: 2gb ram @ 416mhz
Video: Onboard ati x200m
PSU: 300 Watts, but I'm running the two HDD's, CD's and fans off another 250w PSU.

Available slots: PCI and PCI-E, no AGP.

Thanks,
Edited by *ka24e* - 4/5/11 at 4:38pm
post #2 of 34
Within 50$ you can find second hand 4850s, I see no reason to pay more for a graphics card as it would be held back by the processor. Other options that are as fast and should be about the same price are GTS 250, 9800GT, Radeon 4870 and 4770. As for new cards... unfortunately cards like the 5750 or the 550Ti are about as fast as a 4850 while costing double the price (~100$); if you really want a new one the 5750 is a good option, or the 5650 if you wanna go for cheaper, albeit slower.
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post #3 of 34
You could get a GPU but I'm afraid you'll have to buy a PSU along with it.

You should look at cards on sale and get 9800/8800 for real cheap.
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8800 gt.
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post #5 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply's. I've been searching around on ebay and came up with a few.
What do you think about these?

- Radeon X1300 Pro PCI-e 256mb / 128 bit

- Radeon HD3450 PCI-e 512mb / 64 bit

I used to have a AH3450 AGP in the past and it was okay for gaming. It was on a P4 3.0E @ 3.5ghz and it would game with decent frame rates. I'm thinking the x1300 would be better being how its 128 bit but I'm not sure.
Edited by *ka24e* - 4/5/11 at 4:29pm
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Grab a used 4830
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post #7 of 34
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I'd love a 4830, but i don't think my PSU would handle it...
post #8 of 34
Hmmm.......300W you say?
What resolution are you planning to play at?

Would you consider a PSU upgrade as well? (not that expensive for a decent 500W these days actually). What are you looking to spend?
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post #9 of 34
If your not gonna upgrade PSU, then get something like a GT240.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130619
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post #10 of 34
Thread Starter 
1024 X 768 for resolution. I'm not really a die hard gamer, I just want a cheap card that can actually run a game with decent frames. I'd be happy with 25-30 fps.

This PC is pretty old, upgrading would net very little results. I'm just looking for something to get by until I can build a "real" computer, lol.
Edited by *ka24e* - 4/5/11 at 4:39pm
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