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Help choosing a Video Card for my Friend's kid.

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As the title says my friend need a Video card to add to his new machine. Kid might be playing not so VC 'torture' games. May be Railroad/Sims etc. But my friend might play some newer games.

His budget is under $75 (with or without Rebate). I was thinking of 8600GT or 2600XT (256 or 512).

How are the new ATI 3xxx series cards?

He is in dilemma to go with pre-built 5000 or 9500 Emachine.

Though I am urging him to build his own to have better components.

Thanks for your help.

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So more media intensive stuff then? If you could find a 7600GT/X8x0 for that price it would be a card to look into. If more less HD and media is involved then look into the 8600GT 256/512 or HD3650 512 (if you can find one at that price).

EDIT: Oh also, I still have a 7600GS. Would handle those games halfway decent.
 

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good choice newtekie and I agree. However the 3650 line is quite nice as well.
 

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good choice newtekie and I agree. However the 3650 line is quite nice as well.
I couldn't find a 3650 with GDDR3 in his price range, all of them are GDDR2. And since there really isn't any difference between the 2600XT and 3650, I would rather have the 2600XT with GDD3 over the 3650 with GDDR2.:toast:
 
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This is going to be his Kids PC. May be next month he is going buy one more for himself. He is coming from a PIII 800 + 256MB ram machine which his kid was beating to death right now. So anything would be better.

Also I forgot to mention - the 5000 machine has 8300GS card and the 9500 machine has the 2400XT on it. Are those any good? Should he directly discard it and go for the new video card?

Also y'all know that pre-built ones comes with crappy PSU. So if I need to upgrade his VC I need to pick a PSU too right? Or anyone know if Emachine bundles a good PSU?

If so I would drag him to build one probably 2.

He hasn't opened both the boxes so he can return it.

Thanks all. Awesome.
 
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So more media intensive stuff then? If you could find a 7600GT/X8x0 for that price it would be a card to look into. If more less HD and media is involved then look into the 8600GT 256/512 or HD3650 512 (if you can find one at that price).

EDIT: Oh also, I still have a 7600GS. Would handle those games halfway decent.
If it was for me or for my son I would have got it from you. But for my friend I don't want to deal with used one headache. you know what I mean.
 

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Oh of course, I just bought it last year(like May 2007) for 60. But its ok, wasnt really an offer to buy mine. Just giving some insight on some lower power req cards.
 
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Thanks JR.

Is 8300GS or 2400XT any good?
 

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For HTPC's, yes. For casual gaming, not really. I mean, if your buying one go the extra few bucks and do 8600GT.
 
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hey I saw Frys has the Visiontek 512MB 3650 for $70 AR. That should be good for light gaming too right? I don't think they are going to use for HTPC purposes.
 

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DDR2 or DDR3?
 
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8600GT is a great budget card, i have it and i play new games(Crysis, Assassin's Creed, and others) Its also good for sims and stuff like that