Best GPU for under 400

August 15, 2005 at 16:51:41
Specs: Windows XP, Crucial DDR400 1 GB

Hey i just wanna know the best graphics card i can get for under 400 dollars, gotta be PCI-E though. Anyways if you guys could lemme know what you think id really appreciate it.

THankz a bunch!


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#1
August 15, 2005 at 17:01:06

What is your system specs? Usually a graphics card under $250 will do anyone fine for a while to come. Also, if your pc is not fast enough it won't be able to utilize the full power of your card and the performance will become bottlenecked. Before I can actually make a wise suggestion please post your pc components.

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#2
August 15, 2005 at 17:12:15

Agreed...there's no need to spend $400 if you don't have to, & if your system specs are relatively weak, there's no point going too high end with your video card. All we know is that you have a board that supports PCI-e & you have 1GB of PC3200, plus you have $400 to blow...lol

Post your specs & someone should be able to help...maybe even gamerman4 ;)

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#3
August 15, 2005 at 17:29:16

Just suggest the ATI 9550 Jam, you know you want to =D

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#4
August 15, 2005 at 18:02:24

Except that's AGP only....

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#5
August 15, 2005 at 18:37:10

Ganging up on me now, huh? Hey, I recommend the 9600XT once in a while...LOL

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#6
August 15, 2005 at 21:53:28

what if u have p4 3ghz HT, 1gb of ddr400 and AGP slots only, whats the best card for 400 i already have a Radeon 9800SE 128 but want more goodness

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#7
August 15, 2005 at 22:00:02

Alright, well im looking cause im going to build a new system, with a Athlon 64 3500+ or better, 1 Gig of Corsair, a decent PCI-E mobo, probably not SLI cause im not looking to buy 2 graphics cards, a nice powersupply with something around 500w. I think that with a system like that i could take advantage of a powerful graphics card. I was thinking of a 6800GT, but i also heard that the X800 XL was a very good graphics card. So there, i hope that narrows it down a bit. Any brands you guys recommend?

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#8
August 15, 2005 at 22:33:18

Couple of suggestions...

#1. If you want more speed than an Athlon 3000 or 3200, get the 3700 because it has more cache. I don't see much of a point upping clock speeds only, which is what the 3500 is over the 3000 and 3200.

#2. Make sure whatever power supply you get is ATX 2.0.

#3. For video cards, I would also consider the plain 6800. Any of those three are god performers.

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#9
August 15, 2005 at 23:32:14

7800 gtx

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#10
August 16, 2005 at 17:42:27

To be honest i would recommend my own video card for that system, the system your making is almost ientical to my own (except PCI-E which i would assume you will get an nForce 4 m/b) or if you don't mind the minimal extra $$$ go for an X850 XT (Though i can't comment on the benefits of it over and X800 XT)

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#11
August 17, 2005 at 15:55:48

I'd consider investing in a mobo w/ SLi like MSI K8N Neo-4 SLi. Though you might not want 2 cards right now, consider that two 6600GTs are cheaper than one 6800 Ultra and arguably just as fast (sometimes faster because of the clock speed advantage of the 6600GT). If you're going for a good <$400 card, shop around and find a 6800GT or Ultra if possible, or go for two 6600GTs!!


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#12
August 17, 2005 at 16:03:17

Except you'd need a whaling power supply to run two cards, plus the added expense of the SLI motherboard.

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