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Video Card help to complete $700.00 or less build?

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September 6, 2006 7:04:46 AM

Need video card for this set up. Would like suggestions if changes would make system better.

Light gaming (min to med frame rate) and Audio/ Video editing.


Case:
Antec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450Watt SmartPower 2.0 ATX 12V V2.0 for AMD & Intel systems Power Supply
Model #: SONATA II
Item #: N82E16811129155
$109.99 -$20.00 Instant $89.99

HD:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3160811AS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: ST3160811AS
Item #: N82E16822148149
$56.99

Mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #: GA-965P-S3
Item #: N82E16813128017
$116.99

Cpu:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor
Model #: BX80557E6300
Item #: N82E16819115005
$191.00

Memory:
OCZ Gold Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory
Model #: OCZ26671024ELDCGE-K
Item #: N82E16820227046

Current $ with ship ... $578.44 Newegg, Thanks! :) 

Just to put it out there... I'm gonna re-use drives, speakers, soundcard or onboard and monitor. Have a copy of xp to get me to vista. Speaking of vista, will this pass?
September 6, 2006 10:10:20 AM

go for the 7600 GS =104$ or if u can spend a little more go for the 7600 GT
September 6, 2006 7:51:34 PM

7600GS is a GDDR2? this one for 104.99? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

7600GT is a GDDR3?

I gather there is a difference becouse of $$$, but how big of a difference and would it be wise to go big on a card when dir x 10 is coming out? What would be enought "card" now to save $$$ to buy big when x10 comes out. Since I don't "hardcore game" does any of it matter???

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September 6, 2006 8:22:52 PM

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I gather there is a difference becouse of $$$, but how big of a difference and would it be wise to go big on a card when dir x 10 is coming out? What would be enought "card" now to save $$$ to buy big when x10 comes out. Since I don't "hardcore game" does any of it matter???



The 7600GT is a lot faster than the 7600GS. The GPU and memory are clocked higher, that's why it's faster.

You can buy the BFG Tech BFGR76256GTOCE Geforce 7600GT for $150 including shipping. With the $30 mail-in rebate, that works out to $120.

Since you are a lite gamer don't worry about DX10 cards. A DX9 GPU will be capable of playing games for the next 3 years. Support for DX8.1 GPUs only started to drop this year. However, don't expect a 2006 GPU to play a 2009 game very well unless it is a premium GPU. Even in 2009 a 7900GT or X1900XT may have a hard time with games at medium settings.
September 6, 2006 8:25:55 PM

If you don't "hardcore" game, and you are going to upgrade to some sort of expensive DX10 part when it comes available, then go with this $75 7300GT instead (it has the 128 bit memory bus):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

It's got a completely silent (passive) cooling solution, and is more than fast enough to play most games if you're just biding your time.

However, if you'd rather buy one now and not replace it until you need to (which is probably smarter, DX9 parts will be fine for games for a long time for the non "hardcore" gamer) you should go with ($114 after rebate) this 7600GT which is GDDR3:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Skip the 7600GS since you can get the GT for $10 more.

Honestly, you won't need to upgrade to a DX10 hardware card unless the DX9 card doesn't do something you want it to... and that's not real likely just for games.
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