[SATLUG] vid card recommendation

Alex Bartonek bartonekdragracing at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 13 11:30:47 CST 2007


I CAN spend more than $60 but I'm not going to be that
much of a gamer (on a PC) since I bought my son a Xbox
360 for christmas.



--- "Daniel J. Givens" <daniel at rugmonster.org> wrote:

> 
> On Thu, 13 Dec 2007 09:03:44 -0800 (PST), Alex
> Bartonek
> <bartonekdragracing at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > I do want to play Windows based games.  I guess
> the
> > max I want to spend is $60 on a vid card.
> 
> I hate to tell you but $60 won't get you much else
> than the ability to play
> games that were current 3 years or more ago. To get
> decent performance on
> more recent games, but little hope of being current
> a year from now, you
> can get away with maybe $150 or $200. The nvidia
> 8800GT 256MB is about the
> best you're going to do if you can find one. 
> 
>
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130314
> 
> That one is about $215, but out of stock at the
> moment. 
> 
>
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130085
> 
> For about $100, you can get an 8600GT, but you'll
> likely find yourself
> looking for another card as the next generation of
> games come out over the
> next year.
> 
> So my recommendation is to decide how much you want
> to game and what games
> you want to play and balance that with your budget.
> If you have no more
> than $60 to spend, then you'll have to sacrifice on
> your gaming for a while
> until you can afford something better. My suggestion
> is to go to
> tomshardware.com and look at their benchmarks to see
> what you can expect
> with the cards available. When you're looking at
> those benchmarks, keep in
> mind that 30 frames per second is the minimum
> necessary for smooth video.
> That should help you make a decision.
> 
> Daniel
> 
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