Affordable GPUs

By shrpsam93 ·
Hey guys, i have a question, ive got a computer that im putting new parts in and i want to find a really good graphics card that has at least 512mb of video memory but wont cost too much. any suggestions?


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Depends on what you are looking for

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Affordable GPUs

But at the moment neither the 512 MEG PCI Express Cards are overly expensive. the Base ATI's start at $69.00 and the NVidia start at $50.00.

Of course if you are looking for AGP cards that is a different story as 512 MEG is the current Top of the Range or at least up there and are considerably more expensive that the PCI-E Cards. Roughly double the price of a PCI-E Card if you want AGP.


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Watch out for any 'Turbocache' or 'Hypermemory' GPUs ..

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Affordable GPUs

These systems tend to infer that the card has 512MB of graphics RAM, when in actual fact it can have a LOT LESS than that figure - making up the total by 'borrowing' from system RAM.



Trading Standards authorities have implemented measures to ensure that both ATI (now AMD) and Nvidia make it clear on the branding of their boxes exactly what amount of RAM is actually fitted to their respective graphics cards.

However, if you are in the market for an economy model, there remains the possibility that you may encounter one of the older releases where this problem has not been properly addressed.

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Re: Affordable GPUs

by shrpsam93 In reply to Affordable GPUs

ok thanks for your help guys :)

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9600 GT

by Slayer_ In reply to Affordable GPUs

You can pick one up for 50 bucks and its powerful enough to run even the latest games at acceptable graphics.

It can, for example, play Mass Effect and Assasins Creed, at MAX graphics and get over 40fps.

The 9600 GT truely is the best Econo card you can buy right now. And probably the best Econo card nVidia has made since the 6600 card, which only recently, doesn't have enough power for modern games...

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by eM DuBYaH In reply to 9600 GT

Where can you get a GeForce 9600GT for $50?!?

Best I've seen is around 85.

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That's still a good deal

by Slayer_ In reply to $50?

Considering the bang for your buck, that's still a really damn good deal.

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by shrpsam93 In reply to 9600 GT

thats the exact answer im looking for, thanks heaps

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Well if you want specifics

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to thanks

Try looking at these

AM4350-DVH-512D2 NEW! Amaze ATI HD4350 PCI-E 2.0 512MB 64-bit GDDR2, 600/800MHz, Dual Link DVI, HDCP, HDTV, HDMI, Fan $69.00

GXY-GF8400GS-E2LP 8400GS 512MB DDR2 64-bit, Galaxy, PCI-E 16x, VGA, HDTV, DVI, Fan, Includes 2x Low Profile brackets.


Those where taken from todays Australian Price List and list the current RRP as of 5-8-09 for PCI E Video Cards with 512 MEG of RAM.


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mobo model number

by shrpsam93 In reply to Affordable GPUs

maybe its better if i gave u guys the model number.
its 8S661FXMP-RZ

hope this helps a little

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So your MB takes AGP

by JamesRL In reply to mobo model number

There are fewer cards out there since this is older technology.

My advice is to get the best you can if you intend on keeping this computer for a while, cause a year or two from now you might not find any AGP cards on the market.

Something like this:
would give you a card with 512MB of RAM and a fairly modern chipset, at a reasonable price. ($50). For $100 there is much more selection.

Avoid the FX5XXX or the Geforce 6200 cards, or anything else that only supports Direct X 9. Vista supports direct X 10, and that should be your minimum.


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