View Full Version : Good PCI Video Card under 100?
04-15-2001, 01:26 PM
I made the mistake of buying the Dell p3 933. They misquoted the number of slots, didn't tell me there was not an AGP port (!), and the cpu came with crimped (!!!) IDE cables. I was going to buy the Radeon LE for 79 dollars, but no PCI verion. I'm screwed. Know of any decent PCI video cards? Voodoo looks like crap, even the 5500.
04-15-2001, 01:42 PM
Maybe you could get a decent motherboard to replace the one you have. There's lots of motherboards out there that you could get with an AGP slot, and then you can get your Radeon LE.
Actually the V5 5500 is the best gaming pci card available. The problems with getting a V5 5500 pci are: its probably over $100, 3dfx died so that means no new drivers, and it may not fit your case. Pci versions of the Voodoo 4 and the V3 are also available. At this point in time buying a 3dfx product is not recommended.
Matrox has a pci version out of its G450 videocard. There are pci versions of GeForce 2 MX available. And finally there is a pci version of the SDR Radeon (http://www.ati.com/na/pages/products/pc/radeon32/index.html) is coming out.
04-15-2001, 02:28 PM
New MB is an option, but that would suck.
I looked at the Voodoo5 performance at Tomshardware, but it looked like it couldn't even keep up with the GF MX. And I couldn't find any MX in PCI version.
I wonder why the Radeon DDR can't have a PCI version?
thanks for the help.
04-15-2001, 07:48 PM
a couple radeon 32MB DDR PCI cards (~$115):
and a bunch of GF2MX PCI cards around $100:
04-15-2001, 08:53 PM
You know as much as I loved (love still?) 3DFX I would also recommend staying with the Radeon primarily due to future driver support.
$117 doesn't sound unreasonable for a really full featured rich color display.
04-16-2001, 09:16 AM
I think I'm going to buy the 115 one. With HyperZ, Radeon hangs pretty well against GE GTS. It sure as hell beats the 8 MB POS that Dell built into the motherboard. Thanks guys.
there are actually a few geforce2 mx pci cards. This is what I would recommend. Just get on pricewatch.com and do a search for Geforce2 MX pci. Just on the first page I see one by Creative Labs, One by Inno3d and one by visiontek. I'd recommend either Creative or Visiontek. Creative is a well known company and Visiontek is supposed to be a good up and coming company. Inno3d , I do'nt know much about them.
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