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I'm planning a video sometime. and i need some help picking one out. I have no idea what to look for. I want a good one but i also want to be cheap maybe around $100, but willing to go more if i think its worth it.

I want to be able to play games like Doom 3 and starcraft 1 & 2 with fairly good quality. I just bought a 22" LCD Hann-G monitor. so i should be able to get pretty good quality.

heres my spec: let me know what else you need

AMD athlon 64 X2 dual core 4600+

2 GB ram

motherboard- http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=2554&ProductName=GA-MA69G-S3H

need DVI outputs

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For 100.00 dollar it is going to be hard to find a good new video card. It might be better for you to buy a older used card. It will give you more bang for your buck. If I was going to buy a new video card I would at lease buy a  ATI 3850 for $169.99 to $229.00 or a 3870 for $200.00 to $250.00 or a Nvidia  8800GT  for 200.00 to 250.00. Try to get one with at lease 512 of video memory.

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DirectX 10 only works with Vista. The video card will use DirectX 9 with XP or any older OS. That card will work if he turn down the eye candy. I made the same mistake ,I went and brought a 24 inch monitor and lock the computer up trying to playing COD4 at 1920 X 1200 at high setting. My two 7800GT could not handle it. So I am looking to upgrade my video card soon. For now I just turn down the eye candy.

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well i got windows xp pro, so what you guys are saing is that directX 10 only works with vista?

any other suggestions? Im not a hardcore gamer, but i want my games to look nice.

Unless your going for a 8800 utlra with SLI it doesn't matter anyway. Your not running the game under DX10. There are only a hand full of video games that use it, and you need some bad ass cards to play it. So your going to be using DX9 no matter what.

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well i got windows xp pro, so what you guys are saing is that directX 10 only works with vista?

any other suggestions? Im not a hardcore gamer, but i want my games to look nice.

If you turn down the screen resolution in the game down from 1600 X1200 to 1280 X1024 you will be able to use a lesser card and turn the eye candy back up some.

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my screens resalution is only 1680 X 1050 if that makes a difference.

Coknuck, that powercolor card must get really hot. that cooling systems is huge. It will fit in my case becuase my case is big.

theres no rush on this i wont order anything until monday anyway.but keep the suggestion coming.

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what about theses:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133204

this one had alot of reviews, alot said it was really good and was able to play games like COD4 on high settings. but thee were a few that said it came broke but there replacements worked fine.

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16814102726

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I would not go with the Sapphire 3650, but the 8600GT is not a bad card . Most people [ including me ] will tell you to save up some more money and get the 8800GT instead. It is alot better card, more bang for your bucks. You do have to take NewEgg reviews with a grain of salt.

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what about theses:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133204

this one had alot of reviews, alot said it was really good and was able to play games like COD4 on high settings. but thee were a few that said it came broke but there replacements worked fine.

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16814102726

Their both DirectX 10

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what about theses:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133204

this one had alot of reviews, alot said it was really good and was able to play games like COD4 on high settings. but thee were a few that said it came broke but there replacements worked fine.

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16814102726

Their both DirectX 10

They are both DX10 cards. But they will never run games in DX10 mode with a playable framerate.  

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