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    Video card question

    I have a older pc that I built back in 2001. 512 sdram,chaintech motherboard,1.3 ghz cpu.
    I upgraded the video card in 2005 to a xfx geforce 5500 (256Mb) AGP. Its on its last leg. I cant afford to do a whole system upgrade as of right now. I dont see being able to do it in the next 6 months or so either especially the way the job market and economy is nowadays.

    I wanted to stick to a cheap card for right now and I wanted to at least try for a 512mb video card with DVI,and S-video.

    Im looking at two agp graphic cards which are in the price range of $30-60 dollars.
    I was looking at the EVGA 512-A8-N403-LR GeForce 6200 LE 512MB DDR2 AGP Graphics Card
    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-512-A8-N4.../dp/B001QMM6NU
    I read some reviews that people are saying to stay far away from any 6200 card.

    I was also looking at the 256 version which this card has gotten some decent reviews compared to the 512mb version. But I wanted to get a 512mb card.http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-256-A8-N3...GCJ41005K2BM3C

    My search brought me to this one
    Powercolor ATI Radeon X1650 PRO 512MB AGP Graphics Card
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000Q77V22

    Has anyone had one of these cards and how are the drivers for them? I see the last update for the powercolor card was in 2007 which is a long time ago.

    Does anyone know of any other 512 mb video card with dvi and s-video tv output there is on the market that is a reputable one in this price range?

    I dont want to spend much on one as I cant afford it right now and would rather just limp along with a cheap upgrade for the time being.

    I do game so that is why I was looking for a higher onboard memory. I know its not going to make a huge difference but it would be a small upgrade instead of getting the same card.

    I planned on ordering from newegg as they have been a great company to deal with and the prices are cheaper than amazon.

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    The X1650 is definitely a better card. Go to the ATI site for drivers, not Powercolor.

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    I read some people had some trouble on getting ati's drivers to work with the x1650pro card though. http://www.driverheaven.net/ati-grap...o-drivers.html

    I was also looking at the VisionTek ATI x1300 for $50 at a local store. Its only a 256mb agp card.

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    That thread is over 2 years old.

    The x1300 would still be better than a 6200LE

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    I do not game, with that said,
    Two years? and counting,
    No issues encountered as of yet with a Sapphire x1650 Pro video card
    paired with a Thermalright HR-03 Rev.A heatsink.
    Using old drivers downloaded from ATi.
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

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    Yes I did take note to how old the thread was and right after I noticed that I searched powercolor's website for the drivers and when the last time they put a new driver out. I understand you can use the regular drivers from ATI's website but I was just wondering if ati fixed the problem or not with powercolors card.
    Which card would be better the VisionTek ATI x1300 or the Powercolor X1650pro?

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    X1650 for sure. They are two completely different classes of card.

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