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best video card for under $50

by eddie2468 / August 22, 2006 7:05 AM PDT

I need a video card for my pc so i can run games such as starwars galaxies with out having to put all graphice to the absolute minumum and still lag a little. I dont want to spend more than $50, even if i have to go shopping on ebay and or get refurbished gpu.

I could just look for a card in the price range but would hate to end up with something that wont work with my computer.

I would love to get something with 256mb onboard ram or close to that.

my pc info is as follows...
model.....Compaq presario sr1403wm
cpu.......AMD sempron 3000+ 1.81 ghz
system.....windows xp home edition 02' service pack2
DDR PC 3200 unbuffered 184pin
and i have about 55gigs free hard disc space.

if some one here could tell me what cards would be compatable with my system that are not too expensive that would be awsome,then i could start shopping.
Thank you very much to anyone that can help me out on this,


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What country?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 22, 2006 7:22 AM PDT

That's about 50 bucks short of great cards, but if you are in the US, try newegg.com and use their search to nail down what you can get for exactly that amount.

Also, check if there is an AGP card slot in that machine.


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(NT) (NT) ok thanks. and it usa
by eddie2468 / August 22, 2006 9:04 AM PDT
In reply to: What country?
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more info
by eddie2468 / August 22, 2006 9:30 AM PDT
In reply to: What country?

as far as price i will shop arround, seems like I can get a good deal on ebay, I guess my main problem is i dont know how to tell if a card is compatable with my pc or not. what should i be looking for in the cards stats that would tell me if it will work or not.
My computer does have a AGP slot and is listed in the computers info as ...1 AGP 8x,
not sure what the 8 means.
all i really need is to be able to know if i can use a specific card or not. i will post the rest of my motherboards info below if that helps, thanks.

Form factor Micro-ATX form factor: 9.6 in x 9.6 in
System BIOS Supplier Award
Processor AMD Athlon 64 processor with HyperTransport support
Processor socket type Socket 754
Processor front side bus frequency 1600 MT/s @ 800 MHz
Maximum approved processor Athlon64 3700+
AMD Athlon64 3400+

Chipset "North Bridge" SiS760
Chipset "South Bridge" SiS964
Memory type PC 2700 or PC 3200 DDR
Memory sockets 2 x 184-pin DDR DIMM
Maximum Memory 2.0 GB
Graphics None
Graphics configuration Up
>>>>>>Graphics connector (AGP) 1 AGP 8x<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Audio Integrated AC97
AC'97 CODEC Device Realtek ALC658C 6-channel CODEC
Audio Jacks ( Legend below ) 2M (1F+1B), 2LI (1F+1B), LO, Headphone connector
Ethernet 10/100 LAN supplier Realtek

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Outside of power concerns, cooling that means...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 22, 2006 9:55 AM PDT
In reply to: more info

Just about any AGP card will work.


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video card-cheap under $50
by vredeling / August 22, 2006 11:30 AM PDT
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re: video card-cheap under $50
by ramarc / August 22, 2006 12:05 PM PDT
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forgot one
by ramarc / August 22, 2006 12:10 PM PDT
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video card cheap
by zookeeper820 / August 25, 2006 12:01 PM PDT

you paid more than the newegg price


price 49.99 + shipping 5.64 = 55.63

your price 44 + 18 = 62.00

just buy from newegg they always has the lowest price, fast shipping and excellence service.

using shopping sites will only confirm this and u can't beat the reviews.

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(NT) (NT) You guys are awsome thanks for the information.!
by eddie2468 / August 22, 2006 4:24 PM PDT
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by eddie2468 / August 24, 2006 3:00 PM PDT

I found a card i think will work for me at this time, i found a new card on ebay for $44 + $18 shipping and handeling. i tried to get others for cheaper but kept getting outbid at last minute, so went for a buy it now option.
the card i went for is a ...Apollo 256MB Geforce FX5200......

later when i have more disposable money i would like to build a computer capable of running games like the new Battlefield 2142 with graphics set high and run smoothly. I have the parts i want picked out, now i just need 6 grand to build the dream machine.
Thanks for the help guys

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In the future
by BobLap / August 24, 2006 10:02 PM PDT
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In the future your first stop should be www.pricewatch.com they are a clearing house for computer parts vendors all across the country. They list computer prices including shipping and no bidding is involved.

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by eddie2468 / August 25, 2006 10:52 AM PDT
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thanks, i will add that site to my bookmarks for the future, when i save up enough cash i plan on building a high end game machine, every doller saved helps.

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