As you can see from my post title I am looking for a new graphics card. My problem is that I've never brought a graphics card before, I've always been given hand me downs and thus have no idea about GPU's. The reason I have become suddendly entusiastic about buying a GPU will become apparent in due course.
Recently my computer died on me along with latest handme down, but since the system was 4 years old I decided on an update and went the pci-e route. So with the help of a friend, I got my hands on a biostar K8 geforce 6100-M9 motherboard and a 64bit 3Ghz processor and new case. I decided to move some of the bits from my old unit into the new one, but due to the fact my old board was AGP and my new one use PCI-E 16 I could not transfer the graphics card. Thus my mission began to find a graphics card.
Now with very little money at present and being quite impatient I decided that I would spend between £50 and £70 on a card now. However being a reasonably avid gamer and wanting to play with various image manipulating software titles, I also came to the conclusion this card would have to be reasonably poweful as well. So I set out to find a card with a high performance to cost ratio.
After much searching I came upon the Geforce 6600 DDR2 PCI-E 256mb. This card seemed to fit in the price range and meet my needs of perfeormance to cost ratio. So .... I am now stuck with the task of choosing a manufacturer and this is where I need some input. I have looked at ASUS, Gigabyte, XFX, Inno and various others. All the cards I have considered look slightly different, but due to my limited knowledge I cannot differentiate between them.
Therefore I am appealing to anyone in the know to put foward a suggestion as to which version of this card I should go with, taking into mind I would prefer a core speed of 400MHz and require VGA adapters.
Thanks for any help that you can offer!
p.s So far I have looked at:
ASUS Extreme N6600TOP 256mb
Gigabyte GeForce 6600GT 256MB(128bit)DDR11 PCIE SLI
GIGABYTE Geforce 6600 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Turbo Force Ultra, Silent Pipe
Inno3D GeForce 6600 DDR2
DabsValue GF 6600 256MB DDR2 PCI-E DVI
XFX GeForce 6600 DDR2 256MB PCIe
MSI Geforce 6600 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16
Leadtek WinFast Geforce 6600 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16
BIOSTAR Geforce 6600 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16
Edited by B34R, 30 May 2006 - 09:53 PM.