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Crazy? Budget card in high end system?!

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January 26, 2007 3:17:05 PM

Hi folks!

The following system might seem a bit strange, but as I'm not much of a gamer I think this might work out as the best solution for me:

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS4
C2D E6300 1,8GHz
G.SKill 2x1024MB F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ PC2-6400U CL4
Samsung SpinPoint T166 HD501LJ (500GB)
256MB Asus EN7300GT Silent/HTD DDR2 128bit DVI TVOut PCIe
ATX be quiet!Titan BQT E5-400W Straight Power 400Wa
3RSystems R202 Design Case

Yet I know the videocard is quite poor compared to the rest of the system which I'll overclock to 3GHz. But atm I'm not gaming at all and as DX10 is comming soon I don't think it's worth to spend more than 100$ for a video card. I cose the 256MB Asus EN7300GT Silent/HTD DDR2 128bit DVI TVOut PCIe basically for beeing quiet. As I'm not very experienced in video cards I wonder what's your oppinion concerning this card or would you recommend something else. (I will get a ViewSonic VX2025WM with 1680*1050)

Best regards
Paul
January 26, 2007 4:30:23 PM

Quote:
Hi folks!

The following system might seem a bit strange, but as I'm not much of a gamer I think this might work out as the best solution for me:

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS4
C2D E6300 1,8GHz
G.SKill 2x1024MB F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ PC2-6400U CL4
Samsung SpinPoint T166 HD501LJ (500GB)
256MB Asus EN7300GT Silent/HTD DDR2 128bit DVI TVOut PCIe
ATX be quiet!Titan BQT E5-400W Straight Power 400Wa
3RSystems R202 Design Case

Yet I know the videocard is quite poor compared to the rest of the system which I'll overclock to 3GHz. But atm I'm not gaming at all and as DX10 is comming soon I don't think it's worth to spend more than 100$ for a video card. I cose the 256MB Asus EN7300GT Silent/HTD DDR2 128bit DVI TVOut PCIe basically for beeing quiet. As I'm not very experienced in video cards I wonder what's your oppinion concerning this card or would you recommend something else. (I will get a ViewSonic VX2025WM with 1680*1050)

Best regards
Paul


Howdy.. In my opinion, you have the best card for what you spent. It would be the one I would recommend honestly. Its not that bad at all. :) 
January 26, 2007 5:10:34 PM

You're not crazy, don't worry, your priorities and judgement are fine.
January 26, 2007 6:48:28 PM

What *are* you doing with the system? Just ripping and watching movies (big monitor, lots of processing power)? If you're not gaming *at all* you could spend a lot less money and still be fine. With 2gb of ram in an OCed system turbocache/hypermemory (where the GFX card has some ram onboard but can also have some system ram reserved) could save a good bit of money without affecting performance at all (plenty of ram with 2gb with extra bandwidth from OCing to spare and not like you're going to be using up much, if any, bandwidth for the GFX) so don't shy away from that. Seems like for your situation the only reason you even need to buy a GFX card is because you don't have integrated on your chosen mobo. You might need hardware support to watch high-def movies on your computer, but like DX10 the hardware and details on how to do that are still a ways off from being mainstream.

Most of the low-end cards are passively cooled, so you shouldn't have trouble locating a "silent" card for half the price such as ASUS EN6200LE.
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