Video Card Upgrade

Posting for a friend of mine -

Hello, I am currently looking to upgrade my video card and monitor. Here is the system I have to run it -

AMD 64 3500+ Venice core not overclocked
Socket 939 Nforce4 motherboard with PCI-E 16x slot
Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC ATX 430W - +12V@18A
1gb DDR 400 - 2*512mb (probably need to upgrade to 2gb?)
Windows XP

I am looking at getting one of these monitors -

Acer AL2016WBbd Black 20" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 800:1 - 1680 x 1050

or

Acer AL1916WAbd Black 19" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1 - 1440 x 900

Any recommendations on a video card that would fit my system and have a decent performance for around $140?
I dont want to start a debate just want some feedback, I am currently looking at a -

XFX 7600 GT 590/1600 factory overclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150182

but not sure it will push those monitors at the highest resolution. I currently play World of Warcraft and F.E.A.R. but would like to try out Age of Conan when it comes out.

Thanks in advance for any help provided!!
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  1. Other graphic cards that should be around that price (although i dont follow American prices) should be the X1950pro and the 7900GS. The 8600GT/GTS could also be an option for the right price, but the two mentioned DX9 cards will out perfrom the GTS in most cases. If you like overclocking get the 8600GT.

    Higher performing cards than these may be held back by the single core 3500+, so another upgrade you could do is get a X2 4200+ = the best 939 Athlon.

    The RAM upgrade is not totally essential if you are on XP, but wouldnt hurt. Most games should still be ok on 1gb. That may change in the near future (Crysis etc).

    I would go for the lower resolution moniter, especially if you get a 7600GT, as my one stuggles at 1280x1024 in Oblivion and Bioshock, let alone at 1680x1050. However the X1950pro and 7900GS may have the power for 1680x1050 in modern games if you lower a couple of settings, and both will handle older games (HL2) at that resolution..
  2. This would be a good card for the price:

    GECUBE HV195PG3-E3 (R) Radeon X1950PRO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $137 after MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814241050

    or if you really don't like MIRs:

    SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $135
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102061

    Although both of those would probably require a PSU upgrade (someone else please chime in).

    These would be good with your current PSU:

    PNY VCG7900SXPB GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - $110 after MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133186

    Foxconn FV-N79SM2D2-OC GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - $100 after MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814186013

    Just a couple suggestions, although I'm definitely sure a 7600GT would run with your current PSU (though you may not be happy with its performance - depending on how long you want it to be able to run newer games).
  3. Thank you both for the info!!! I hadn't even looked at the 7900's. That PNY looks great at that price!! Plus I like the 256-bit memory bus. Thanks again!!
  4. Just double check the amperage requirements before you order anything. Post again if you need any more help.
  5. KyleSTL said:
    Just double check the amperage requirements before you order anything. Post again if you need any more help.

    The 7900 series is like 22a (7950GT) or less
  6. 1950Pro power requirement is 450W and 12v+ 30amps.
    8600GT / 8600GTS - 400W and 12v+ 22amps.
    7600GT / 7600GS - 350W and 12v+ 18amps
  7. 7900GT / 7900GS power requirement is 400W and 20amps.
  8. Ok, I have spent the last hour on newegg trying to find a 20a psu that I can afford, this is about the only one I can afford and still get the monitor I want plus the PNY 7900GS. Will this work?

    ENERMAX Noisetaker II EG495P-VE ATX12V 485W Power Supply 115/230 V
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194009

    Any other suggestions are appreciated.

    Thanks again!!
  9. That one has 32amps for $90.00
    How about a 33amp for $70.00

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003
  10. Ok call me blind, I swear I thought I had checked all of em. I will look into those and check em out thanks so much!!

    btw I just wanted to say thanks again, from this info I think I have a pretty good idea of what I need to get. Much appreciated!! I can read reviews all day long, but I like to get feedback from others before making my final decisions. Thanks to this board I can do that!!!
  11. WR2 said:

    2x22amps = 44a Not-you do not add 22+22, maximum combined wattage on 12v rails divided by 12 = amps
    32amps
    Enermax Noisetaker EG495P-VE SFMA 32amps
    http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=205763

    So it's a dead heat with the free shipping, but 1 less amp.
  12. kpo6969 said:
    2x22amps = 44a Not-
    Oh really?? read my comments in this thread +12 Volt Rail Amp Rating
  13. Check out these links:
    8800gtx on 380w PSU!
    http://www.overclockers.com/articles1452/

    PSU - $49 shipped - $39 w/Goggle checkout Can power 8800gtx and an OC’d e6600! See link above for proof!
    Antec Earthwatt 380W P/Satx 12V v.2.2 80MM P/S2 Fan 80-Plus Certified - EA380
    http://www.buy.com/prod/antec-earthwatt-380w-p-satx-12v-v-2-2-80mm-p-s2-fan-80-plus-certified/q/loc/101/203477214.html


    This PSU should work for you just fine and won't break the bank for you!
    PSU - $60 shipped - $30 MIR = $30!! Hard to beat at this price w/30A on 12V rails combined!!
    Antec earthwatts EA430 ATX12V v2.0 430W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, CB, C-tick, CCC – Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371006
  14. WR2 said:
    Oh really?? read my comments in this thread +12 Volt Rail Amp Rating

    I would but it's a dead link.
  15. Just a quick thank you to all that helped me in my upgrade, I have just ordered -

    Acer AL2016WBbd Black 20" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 800:1 - 1680 x 1050
    Foxconn FV-N79SM2D2-OC GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - PNY was out of stock, but this one has gotten good reviews also
    Antec earthwatts EA430 ATX12V v2.0 430W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, CB, C-tick, CCC


    Due to the info recived here I am sure I got the best for my money!!

    Thanks!!
  16. Update!!

    Got my parts in and everything is GREAT!! Scored 8212 in 3Dmark05. Nothing overclocked except the factory OC from Foxconn. Much better then my old setup with a score of 1200.

    Thanks again!!
  17. What was your final build?
  18. I kept my Nforce4 board (ECS A939), Athlon 64 3500, 1gb ram and added the Antec Earthwatts psu, Foxconn 7900gs and Acer 20inch LCD monitor. Pretty basic system, not overclocking or anything.
  19. NIce, glad that worked out for you.
  20. 7600gt requires more power that a 7600gs. A 7600gs will run 100% load on a 12 12v rail. Glad to hear it all worked out.
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