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Which PCI Graphics Card To Buy Less Than $100?

by JunkyMatthew / July 27, 2009 10:39 AM PDT

I need to purchase a PCI graphics card (not PCI express) for less than $100. I realize that it is very not cost effective to buy a PCI card because they are so much more expensive for a card that isn't as good as PCI Express, but it is my only option. My client cannot afford a new computer at the moment, or a new motherboard (it's a dell, it would be a pain to try to replace the motherboard with something decent anyway).

Basically it needs to run Counter Strike, preferably even newer games than that, but I understand that can be difficult for a PCI card less than $100.

What do you think? Geforce 6200? Radeon HD2400? Geforce 8400GS? Geforce 9400GT? Geforce FX5200? Radeon 9250?

I do not know much about these older cards, especially with PCI.

Thoughts on value and performance would be greatly appreciated.

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I own a PCI Geforce 9400.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2009 11:11 PM PDT
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geforce 9400
by special_ed1 / July 28, 2009 2:20 PM PDT

I have this card myself and I'm pretty satisfied with it (It can handle Crysis with the shading/texture settings turned low). You can certainly play Counter Strike with it. Of course video cards alone don't mean you can play more recent games, you'll need a powerful CPU as well, dual core or better

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