Best Video Card Under 300 Dollars

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#1 Posted by rocktimusprime (3721 posts) -

Hey guys, I'm not a huge computer gamer but I like to keep my computer in good shape. I just got the Lord of the Rings Online and realized that my Radeon 9600 isn't quite upto the task of providing the high end graphics. I have a 3ghz P4, and 1.5 GB Ram. I believe my Card is only 64mb though so I think that's where the problem lies. I was just wondering if any of you tech savy comp users had any preference on video cards and such. I'd like to be able to play crysis in the future, but also remain affordable.

#2 Posted by LouieV13 (7604 posts) -
I think you can get a 8800GTS for 270?? If not a 7950GT is pretty awsome
#3 Posted by jamesgj (1190 posts) -

I think you can get a 8800GTS for 270?? If not a 7950GT is pretty awsomeLouieV13

Yes! Get the 8800GTS anything else these days isn't going to cut it for future games.

#4 Posted by Taiko88 (1854 posts) -

Hey guys, I'm not a huge computer gamer but I like to keep my computer in good shape. I just got the Lord of the Rings Online and realized that my Radeon 9600 isn't quite upto the task of providing the high end graphics. I have a 3ghz P4, and 1.5 GB Ram. I believe my Card is only 64mb though so I think that's where the problem lies. I was just wondering if any of you tech savy comp users had any preference on video cards and such. I'd like to be able to play crysis in the future, but also remain affordable.

rocktimusprime

You have to buy a new computer if you even want to play Crysis at a decent fps. From what I see you have an AGP motherboard, so you better start saving for a new computer. Or you could wait for an HD ATI 2900 AGP card, which I think will come out...eventually. Or get an AGP 1900 series.

Also, what the other two posts FAIL TO REALIZE is that you don't have a PCI-E slot.

#5 Posted by Smakkjoo (1801 posts) -

throw in an extra 30 and you can get the 8800GTS 320mb

If not, go buy a 8600 GTS 256mb

Its not as good, but it'll cut it. 

#6 Posted by LouieV13 (7604 posts) -
You prolly have AGP thats what the 9600 is if so get a 7800GS or X1950-PRO
#7 Posted by ZimpanX (12636 posts) -

since you have AGP go with a X1950 Pro or a X1950XT AGP version if you can find one of those

#8 Posted by LouieV13 (7604 posts) -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150223 boom XFX 7950GT AGP 269$
#9 Posted by Xraydon (1227 posts) -

I think you can get a 8800GTS for 270?? If not a 7950GT is pretty awsomeLouieV13

Yes the 7950GT 512MB overclocked is a great card.

#10 Posted by Samerzz (458 posts) -

Hey guys, I'm not a huge computer gamer but I like to keep my computer in good shape. I just got the Lord of the Rings Online and realized that my Radeon 9600 isn't quite upto the task of providing the high end graphics. I have a 3ghz P4, and 1.5 GB Ram. I believe my Card is only 64mb though so I think that's where the problem lies. I was just wondering if any of you tech savy comp users had any preference on video cards and such. I'd like to be able to play crysis in the future, but also remain affordable.

rocktimusprime

the best card I think you can get without a bottlenock is a 7900gt.

whats your power supllies? Do you have AGP or PCI EXPRESS slot? 

#11 Posted by Samerzz (458 posts) -

http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics_2007.html?modelx=33&model1=710&model2=724&chart=318

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814241049

x1950xt $260 is the best AGP card to date. (or from what I know)

#12 Posted by sykonfc (607 posts) -

He's using a Radeon 9600, he has an AGP slot.

The X1950 PRO is your best bet rocktimusprime.

#13 Posted by LouieV13 (7604 posts) -
no the 7950GT is
#14 Posted by Samerzz (458 posts) -

no the 7950GT isLouieV13
http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics_2007.html?modelx=33&model1=710&model2=724&chart=318

x950xt is..stop giving out false information. 

#15 Posted by LouieV13 (7604 posts) -

[QUOTE="LouieV13"]no the 7950GT isSamerzz

http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics_2007.html?modelx=33&model1=710&model2=724&chart=318

x950xt is..stop giving out false information. 

Those are PCI-E tests not AGP and its only 30fps more WOOO WOW
#16 Posted by runejedi (406 posts) -
Get the 8800gts the 7950 can't play dx10 games doesnt seem like much now but come September when the dx10 games come out it will mean alot. and the 8800gts is faster than the 7950 even on dx9 games. on crysis the 8800gtx maxs it out so the 8800gts will play it on high settings easy.
#17 Posted by LouieV13 (7604 posts) -
Get the 8800gts the 7950 can't play dx10 games doesnt seem like much now but come September when the dx10 games come out it will mean alot. and the 8800gts is faster than the 7950 even on dx9 games. on crysis the 8800gtx maxs it out so the 8800gts will play it on high settings easy.runejedi
He has AGP there are no 8k series AGP... yet
#18 Posted by runejedi (406 posts) -
[QUOTE="runejedi"]Get the 8800gts the 7950 can't play dx10 games doesnt seem like much now but come September when the dx10 games come out it will mean alot. and the 8800gts is faster than the 7950 even on dx9 games. on crysis the 8800gtx maxs it out so the 8800gts will play it on high settings easy.LouieV13
He has AGP there are no 8k series AGP... yet

duh he said he wants to play crysis obivously he gonna have 2 get a new mobo and psu duh.
#19 Posted by X360PS3AMD05 (36298 posts) -
7900GS/7950gt, i'd start to worry about CPU bottleneck after that......
#20 Posted by jfelisario (2753 posts) -

[QUOTE="LouieV13"][QUOTE="runejedi"]Get the 8800gts the 7950 can't play dx10 games doesnt seem like much now but come September when the dx10 games come out it will mean alot. and the 8800gts is faster than the 7950 even on dx9 games. on crysis the 8800gtx maxs it out so the 8800gts will play it on high settings easy.runejedi
He has AGP there are no 8k series AGP... yet

duh he said he wants to play crysis obivously he gonna have 2 get a new mobo and psu duh.

Since when were the 8 series a prerequisite to play Crysis in DX9? Your suggestion will run him up more than his 300 dollar limit, oh and he has to change his ram unless he gets those ugly ddr1 hybrid boards. The 7950GT/1950XT are more than enough for all intents and purposes, so unless he wants a complete overhaul, that one hardware change will suffice.