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BUYING A VIDEO CARD HELP PLS......

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December 21, 2007 1:12:51 AM

Guys,

I really nid help I want to buy a video card but I don't know what is the best card for my motherboard.....
My motherboard is Asrock ALIVENF6G-VSTA with DDR2 800 memory..... I do not know if DDR3 Video cards like Geforce8800GT, 8600GT, ATI 2600XT can work with my motherboard?..... GUYZ PLS HELP me.....

If DDR3 Video card cannot work with my motherboard "hopefully not"...can anyone pls help me figure out what is the best video card that I can use whithout replacing my motherboard.....help pls.....pls.........

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December 21, 2007 1:15:58 AM

Guyz pls response asap plss...
December 21, 2007 1:20:32 AM

Guyz I do not know much about computers..... pls help me.....
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December 21, 2007 1:28:51 AM

Any PCI-Express video card can work in any PCI-Express slot. The DDR3 memory you see is GDDR3(Graphical DDR3), which is describing the memory chips built into the board of the graphics card itself, and has no relation to the type of memory the motherboard will use. An 8800GT is a great powerful card, I'd pick one up if you have the money.
December 21, 2007 1:36:32 AM

you mean to say that it doesn't matter if I am using a ddr2 memory card? ddr3 video cards can work with my motherboard with out any conflict? tnx for the reply.............
December 21, 2007 1:39:36 AM

Yes two different things lesane, Graphics card have thier own memory usually GDDR2/GDDR3(notice the G before the DDR, this indicated Graphics memory)

I agree 8800GT is really good though in short supply!

i would look at the XFX 8800GT 256mb for $210 and its in stock
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 21, 2007 1:48:33 AM

thanks a lot...... but 8800 is too expensive...... maybe can you help me pick between this 4 video cards that I can afford...??? 8600gt ddr3 256mb, 8600gt ddr2 512mb, ati 2600pro ddr2 512mb, ati 2600xt ddr3 256mb..
December 21, 2007 2:01:32 AM

What's your budget for the videocard? It's possible that there's a better card in the price range of those that you listed.
December 21, 2007 2:26:23 AM

up to 100$....
December 21, 2007 2:45:26 AM

I would go with this 2600XT. It is within your budget and includes a free game and a $20 rebate.

Extra memory on a card never necessarily entails better performance. This 2600XT will trounce a 2600Pro 512MB card. Also notice that it has DDR3 memory - much faster than DDR2.
a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2007 2:46:34 AM

If you can hold out a bit longer and gather a few more bucks I think it will get you in a much better bracket of video cards that you will be happier with for a much longer time to come.

The 125.00 and over price range seems to be a good level for budget minded gamers.

I would recommend using a video card with DDR3. From the reviews that I have seen the faster memory pays off so from the line up of cards that you have selected above if you are bent on spending the 100.00 and not waiting will be for the 2600xt ddr3 256mb card.

...although I recommend that you wait and get a few more bucks and get the 8800GT 256mb for $210 that Xazax recommended.

That card is twice the card of the selection you have lined up (and twice the price, I know but worth it)...
December 21, 2007 2:58:46 AM

englandr753 said:
If you can hold out a bit longer and gather a few more bucks I think it will get you in a much better bracket of video cards that you will be happier with for a much longer time to come.

The 125.00 and over price range seems to be a good level for budget minded gamers.

I would recommend using a video card with DDR3. From the reviews that I have seen the faster memory pays off so from the line up of cards that you have selected above if you are bent on spending the 100.00 and not waiting will be for the 2600xt ddr3 256mb card.

...although I recommend that you wait and get a few more bucks and get the 8800GT 256mb for $210 that Xazax recommended.

That card is twice the card of the selection you have lined up (and twice the price, I know but worth it)...


There are always better cards out there for the money. You realize that you are asking him to more than double his budget? What if you were in the market for a $300 card and someone told you to wait and save up and buy a $600 card?

I wouldn't recommend the 8800GT 256MB. It is quite a bit slower than its 512MB cousin. At that price range, the 512MB HD 3850 is a better choice.

And there are other options that the OP can consider if he wants to stretch his budget:
$130ish -X1950Pro
$170 - HD 3850 256MB
$200 - HD 3850 512MB
$250 - HD 3870 512MB
$280 - 8800GT 512MB

Although I doubt he's going to stretch his budget to accommodate any of those cards
a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2007 3:02:22 AM

Thats if he wants to stretch his budget. Notice I gave him an alternative option to consider rather than thinking all he can do is what he suggested.

Also notice that I said if you are bent on spending 100.00 I answered his original question that he was wanting answered.

I didn't simply suggest to overspend his budget so give me credit where credit is due. I'm very conscious of the budget minded buyers request and thats why I answered the way I did...
a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2007 12:32:24 PM

Thats a lot of card for the buck. I would go with Xazax's last suggestion...
December 21, 2007 2:37:41 PM

thanks guys....... i really appreciate everyone suggestions.....
thanks...... perhaps I would go with xazax's.... thanks sealboy, england, gravemind..... but if anyone can suggest a much better card than xazax's suggestion pls enlighten me before I buy the card...... remember "My budget is only a 100 bucks"....

December 21, 2007 3:34:29 PM

I think its still a 128bit bus, That's what people have been posting but for $90 thats a lot of bang.
a b U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
December 21, 2007 3:35:33 PM

^The listed card is 256 bit bus.

Nice find Xazax310 :) 
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