Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Brampton, Ontario
Check around, you may be able to find an ATI HD 2600 Pro or XT AGP card for that money. Unfortunately, ATI does not make an AGP HD2600 or higher card, so you need to go to a third party, such as Visiontek, Saphire, etc.
I have a Visiontek HD2600 Pro AGP card in one of my machines, and a Visionteck HD2600 XT AGP in another. They are working very well. Visiontek is making an
The HD line from ATI has onboard decoding for HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, and has proven very good for watching hidef movies.
Not perferct yet - the software is still evolving, and still working to both meet licensing requirements and stability expectations, but for the most part it works well.
Canada Computers has a Saphire HD2600 XP AGP for well within your price range.
Tigerdirect.ca has Visiontek cards, but the Pro card pushes your price limits pretty badly.
There are lots of other computer stores that you can check as well.