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Best video card for $150.00

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February 27, 2007 10:25:41 PM

Im running a pentium 3.2g proc. 2g ram on an abit SG-95 mobo. At the moment ive got an ati radeon x1300. But am not able to run most newer games at anything but the lowest settings. So what is the best video card I can get for $150.00?

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February 27, 2007 10:39:30 PM

1950pro, about $160. 1950gt if you cant afford the extra $10. Although ive only seen the 1950gt on newegg.

What kind of psu do you have?
February 27, 2007 10:50:09 PM

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1950pro, about $160. 1950gt if you cant afford the extra $10. Although ive only seen the 1950gt on newegg.

What kind of psu do you have?


I belive it is either 400w or 450w this should be enough for this card...no? I was thinking a 512mb card but will 256mb be just as good? Any idea where i can get one for around 160.00? I cant find one for cheaper then 200.00.
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February 27, 2007 11:17:37 PM

It depends on the brand of psu, the total watts dont matter much, its hte amps on the +12v rail. Video memory doesnt matter much, the difference between 256mb and 512mb is pretty much unnoticeable. Both Newegg and Zipzoomfly have 1950pros for $169.
March 2, 2007 3:16:50 AM

My power supply is a thermal take. How much power should I have on the twelve volt rail to be able to use this card?
Should I just wait for dx10 cards to come down?
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March 2, 2007 3:59:17 AM

If its a thermaltake TR2 430w then you need to upgrade. I have an x1950 pro with that psu and I need to upgrade coz games like oblivion cause restarts and crashes.
March 2, 2007 4:11:23 AM

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If its a thermaltake TR2 430w then you need to upgrade. I have an x1950 pro with that psu and I need to upgrade coz games like oblivion cause restarts and crashes.


No its not its a 400w purepower 2.0
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March 2, 2007 4:12:58 AM

Well I dont know about that one.
March 2, 2007 3:50:53 PM

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My power supply is a thermal take. How much power should I have on the twelve volt rail to be able to use this card?
Should I just wait for dx10 cards to come down?
This is the quote from a review on a similar card:

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suggest you use a 420 Watt PSU minimum, but better is always recommended especially if you keep SLI or Crossfire in mind as a future upgrade. When you buy a new PSU then look at the packaging and check the 12 volts rail for the amperage, 20 AMPS should be fine for a single card, 30 for Crossfire (in this segment). With the X1950 Pro in Crossfire I'd recommend a 520 Watts PSU though.
from this review:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/Videocards/414/3/

Hope that helps.
March 2, 2007 4:42:58 PM

If you need a PSU upgrade to get this card, it may be best to wait for the NVIDIA 8600 cards to come out.

The PICs I have seen show that it lacks an external power connector which indicates that it gets all of its power from the PCI-E slot and hence you will not need a new PSU.

Also, some versions of these cards should be in your price range.
March 2, 2007 4:51:30 PM

u can get the 7900gs for 130 bucks, or u can get the 1950xtPRO for like 180
March 5, 2007 12:20:27 AM

Um...1950xtPRO?




1900 Woot!
March 5, 2007 2:33:49 AM

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submit your PC in a cardboard box, dude. :) 
Cheers,
MM


Nah, theres a guy on Xtremesystems that has me beat when it comes to the bardboard box pc.

http://xtremesystems.org/forums/showpost.php?p=1972074&postcount=44

I had an idea yesturday that might be worthy though. Suspend all the parts of a computer from my ceiling with fishing line or something. Or maybe a pc embedded into one wall next to my shower, with the monitor in the wall front of me. That way while im standing in the shower in the morning i can read THG, order stuff off newegg, play some halo, synce my ipod, video tape myself taking a shower then watch it late at night when everybody if asleep...Wait, what?

Um....Anyway....

I could do something usefull with those 5 minutes instead of just stand there.
March 5, 2007 3:32:08 AM

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video tape myself taking a shower then watch it late at night when everybody if asleep...
:lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  always good for a laugh, man, but that last line...tmi

Maybe your desk supports as a pc?
March 5, 2007 5:30:58 AM

I could hollow out a book the stick a pc in it. The thing would have to be small, like a nano atx board, so it couldnt be that powerful, but still. Your carrying around a bunch of book, then all of a sudden you whip one out, plug it into a monitor, and start fragging on Doom. Even a Via C3 or C7 could handle doom.
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