The first one is probably the best deal.
I'm about ready to upgrade to Vista and want to upgrade my graphics card to something a little better that will handle Aero and other non-intense games (i.e. not Oblivion or Company of Heroes type games). I've been searching through Newegg for awhile and am getting a bit confused. I see many complaints about their card not being compatible with Vista. Is this still the case or are there new drivers for both nVidia and ATI cards for Vista that actually work?
I am looking to spend no more than $100, and have already looked at "The Best Graphics Cards For The Money" article. I have also looked at the Tom's Hardware VGA Charts. I am looking particularly at the ATI X1600 series or X1650 series and the nVidia 7600 series. Which would be best suited for getting the most performance out of Vista and those other minor games at the lowest cost? Also, which brand do you recommend? I see there are many brands I have never even heard of.
Thanks for the list! However, all seem to say that Vista is not a supported OS. Does that mean the drivers that come on the CD are useless and you need to go to nVidia's website to get the ones for Vista?
Also, is there a reason why you didn't list any X1600s or X1650s? Just curious.
Personally, I prefer Nvidia graphics cards as a result of the technical issues and lousy support I have received from ATI in the past. However, others have had a flawless experience with ATI and it will likely get better with AMD's acquisition of ATI, so don't rely solely on that for the decision.
Anyway, anything above, say, the Radeon 9600 and GeForce 5200 is OK for running Vista with Aero enabled, though obviously the more powerful the better. Right now XP actually receives better performance ratings when running games than Vista does with the same graphics card because the drivers have not been fully optimized like those for XP have. Nvidia is particularly behind at this point, failing to match lower-performance ATI cards in some instances. However, that should change in the next few months as the drivers are tweaked, increasing performance in the near future. As it stands the graphics cards will work now, but flourish later. The three you're looking at will all do well with Vista, so just watch the user ratings and snag the best deal available.
256mb is enough for this class card... 512mb isn't necessary unless its free like with this $92 ($72 after rebate) card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102064
here's a geforce 7600gt for $100 ($85 after rebate): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130062
these cards can play most current games (including oblivion) so it may be overkill for you. for aero, you just need a entry-level card with 128mb like this geforce 6200 for $42: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130067
i'd still recommend the radeon since it fits your budget and if you ever do get the itch for a game that needs some horsepower, you'd be all set.
dell lists the x1650pro as compatible with the e510.
i know a few folks who use cards like this or a 7600gt in dells without issue.
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