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Video card on a budget

  1. Mar 8, 2006 #1
    Hi everyone. I need a new video card. I'm currently running on a 64mb Geforce 4 MX 440. I know, it's archaic, but come on, I'm 18 and on a serious budget. So my question is this: what's a great budget video card that will match up with the demands of some of the modern games (call of duty 2 in particular).

    My budget is around $100.

    Thanks in advance,
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  3. Mar 8, 2006 #2


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    You can enjoy Call of duty 2 with a Radeon 9200.

    You can get the 9200 for under $100.

    The GeForce FX 5500 may also be able to run it.

    EDIT: Best Buy has video memory for CoD2 listed as 64MB.

    If you want to change video cards, Radeon 9200 looks pretty good.
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  4. Mar 8, 2006 #3
    You can get the 256 MB version of the FX 5500 from newegg.com for about $80 (its what I'm running currently).
  5. Mar 9, 2006 #4


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    Yeah, you can do far better than a 9200 for that amount of money. HERE is what Newegg has in the $75-$100 range. HERE are performance numbers for most of them. The refurbished 9600xt 128 for $80 looks like a good deal to me. I'm not sure how that 5500 would stack up - it isn't on the chart.

    However, for $112, they have the 6600 256mb, which will give you roughly double the performance of that 9600xt.
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  6. Mar 18, 2006 #5
    If you dont mind it used or whatever try E-bay
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  8. Apr 15, 2006 #7
    I'm using a 6600 as a budget video card. I would actually get the 6600GT if I were you. They're pretty cheap for the most part and can be used in SLI mode.

    If you do not have an SLI capable motherboard, it's still a good card overall. It's a little bit over your budget but Newegg has a refurbished PNY Geforce 6600 right now (4/15/06) for 100 dollars if you want to stay close to your budget.

    You can check Pricewatch for more information on the lowest prices.
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