Cheap PCI graphics card for CS:S

April 19, 2009 at 12:39:10
Specs: Windows XP
ok i have an intel 82865G graphics controller and on counter strike source i lag horribly so im wondering what graphics card thats cheap for Windows XP proffesion 32 bit here is my info.
i need a PCI ive been looking at sites and they have said that i need a new computer and i know that but i want a graphics card that would be cheap and fun. so help me out thanks

Dell Dimension 3000
Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A02
Intel Celeron CPU 2.40GHz
1278 RAM
Direct x 9.0

Intel 82865G Graphics Controller

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April 19, 2009 at 13:13:05
Just about anything is better than onboard video, but decent standard PCI cards for gaming are few & far between, not to mention relatively expensive. You are asking about standard PCI & not PCI-express, right?

Try to find a card with 256MB memory & a 128-bit memory interface. Avoid 64-bit memory if at all possible. Here's a 9400GT PCI card with 512MB/128-bit memory, but it's $75:

You *may* be able to find an FX5500 w/256MB 128-bit memory, but I'm not gonna do the googling for you.

The FX5200 256MB/128-bit is another possibility, but it's not as good as the's one for $41 +shipping:

Stay away from the MX4000 & Radeon 9250.

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April 19, 2009 at 18:55:51
There's a 9400GT for PCI out now?! When are these guys gonna stop? Pretty soon, the best PCI video card will have a technically faster GPU on it than the best AGP

Anything faster than an FX5500-128bit/6200-64bit will be bottlenecked by PCI's shared 133MB/s of bandwidth.

Here's a PCI 6200 for $39.99

Pentium M oc'ed to 2.82GHz, 667FSB, 2MB L2
3GB of DDR-800 @ 667MHz
GeForce 9600GT
Modified PowerMac G4 'Quicksilver' case
HDMI to homebuilt 1080p projector

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April 19, 2009 at 19:51:13
so would the PCI 6200 run for CS:S?

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April 22, 2009 at 09:25:07
yes, you'd see a vast improvement over your current setup with ANY of the graphics cards listed above.

if you're willing to spend money to get more life outta that PC, you might look for cheap DDR ram kits to get yourself up to 2GB as well (not TOO cheap, though - stick with known manufacturers like corsair, kingston, ocz, etc)

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