I was going to go out and pick up a video card today, but I didn’t have time between working and eating and working again. That and I can’t figure out which card to pick up. These are my options, but considering I don’t exactly play many 3d games and I really only need a video card that isn’t blurry and off-coloured and death to my eyes, so I can scan and work on my website and edit photos and surf the interweb.

The question is, do I need to spend 80$ on a video card? Or will something more basic for 50$ or so work fine for my needs? My computer is a P3 450, the most graphics intensive game I ever play is Neverwinter, and hopefully Diablo 2 at some point, but nothing newer than that.

These are my options – I’ve been reading about them for a couple of days now, but I still don’t get the difference between them, really. I just know that more expensive is always better, when it comes to hardware. But in my case, is better necessary? Bleh. Too much to think about. I spent an hour lying awake last night trying to figure this stuff out. I should just go out and buy the first one I see in my pricerange and be done with it.

ASUS V9400/T GeForce MX 4000 128MB $84
ASUS Radeon 9200SE/T 128MB $67
PowerColor Radeon 7000 64MB DDR $49
PowerColor Radeon 9200SE 128MB DDR $66
MSI GeForce4 MX-4000-T64 64MB DDR TV-Out $54
MSI GeForce4 MX-440-T8X AGP 8X 64MB DDR TV-Out $60
MSI GeForce FX5200-TD128 128MB DDR w/ TV-Out $82


  • diyeana

    July 13, 2004 at 10:10 pm

    Oh just get the more basic card. The only differences you’re going to see is if you are playing video games….which you are not. Save some money!

    The only thing you might want is TV-Out. That will make it so you could hook your computer up to a television. But eh…..who needs that any more? Most people have DVD Players and a monitor is a nicer resolution anyway.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      July 13, 2004 at 10:25 pm

      I don’t even have a dvd-rom.

      • diyeana

        July 13, 2004 at 10:34 pm

        Well that solves that. 🙂 $50. Cha-Chang!