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good non-gaming vid card - max $60

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February 9, 2008 4:06:26 PM

I'm am building my first computer and need a little help. Right now I am planning on a AMD Athlon x2 6000, 2 GB memory (dual channel), 200GB hard.
I don't have a clue what video card would be good for this. I generally do internet, word processing, photos and maybe transfer home movies to DVD in future.
Also is the CPU overkill - any recommendations appreciated.

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February 9, 2008 4:20:48 PM

Why not build Intel system which would be faster.

$60 gaming card? You would be playing low resolutions and low everything. A used 7600gt or something?
February 9, 2008 4:24:50 PM

I am looking at the AMD mainly do to cost. I don't play hardly any games on the computer since I have an XBOX 360.
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February 9, 2008 4:25:38 PM

marvelous211 said:
Why not build Intel system which would be faster.

$60 gaming card? You would be playing low resolutions and low everything. A used 7600gt or something?



If you re-read the topic and the OP. it says NON-GAMING video card.

to the OP....Check out the Nvidia 8400, or 8500 series. you might be even able to pull an 8600gt for $60 with rebate if you look hard enough.
February 9, 2008 4:29:32 PM

Thanks pinaplex!

Are the 8400 or 8500 fairly quiet? I am looking for something fairly quiet and that doesn't run hot. Maybe heat won't be a problem for what I will doing.
February 9, 2008 4:32:38 PM

yea, those don't run hot at all, and are made more for multimedia stuff like watching dvd's, etc. you can find many of them with passive cooling.
February 9, 2008 4:36:19 PM

I want to make sure I understand passive cooling. Is that a heatsink instead of the a fan?
February 9, 2008 4:37:44 PM

yes, it uses just a heatsink, and no fan. so it's pretty much completely silent
February 9, 2008 4:41:52 PM

Thanks a lot. I am going to see if I can find an 8400 or 8500 series right now. 256mb enough?
February 9, 2008 4:43:27 PM

it should be plenty for what you're doing.
February 9, 2008 4:43:33 PM

dont worry about the vram..it doesnt matter if you dont use 3d apps
February 9, 2008 5:08:52 PM

Guys I found a couple of ones and would some opinions on them.

XFX - 8400GS - 256MB - $38
XFX - 8500GT - 512MB - $57

Should I go with the cheaper one or not? Both are passive cooling. I don't know what the GS and GT means on the end.
February 9, 2008 5:13:37 PM

If you're wanting a quiet system ditch the 6000+, they run very hot which means even with decent cooling it'll still be relatively noisy.

I recommend either an Intel E6750 or something similar.
February 9, 2008 5:23:01 PM

I am trying to stay away from Intel due to cost. What about a 5200+? Does it run hot? I can get it for $30 less than the 6000+.
February 9, 2008 6:38:11 PM

plasticsman1 said:
I am trying to stay away from Intel due to cost. What about a 5200+? Does it run hot? I can get it for $30 less than the 6000+.


The 65nm version of the 5200+ that runs @ 2.7ghz would only consume 65W while the older 90nm 6000+ has a TDP of 125W.

So it should be significantly cooler.
February 9, 2008 6:48:38 PM

I have been doing alot of looking today and am leaning towards an Intel E4500, ASUS P5KPL-VM motherboard. Would this be cooler and faster than that AMD 6000+? I am also leaning towards just using integrated video at first and then determine if I need a separate one. Since I am not going to be doing gaming, maybe this would be no problem.

Any thoughts?
February 9, 2008 7:06:34 PM

Would a webcam work OK using integrated video?
February 9, 2008 7:14:54 PM

I would stay with the AMD system if you don't plan on overclocking. If you plan on overclocking then I would go with an Intel system.
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February 9, 2008 9:17:51 PM

plasticsman1 said:
Would a webcam work OK using integrated video?
Yes.

You will also find integrated AMD video to be better than integrated Intel.

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