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Geforce 7300, any good?

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March 10, 2008 11:43:02 AM

I'm still on the search to find a decent graphics card in my price range (a low one), will the geforce 7300 512mb surfice?

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March 10, 2008 12:12:44 PM

What games do you intend on playing and what resolution do you use. Most current games will play on it, but you will need to keep the resolution down, as well as most visual settings at low. It really isn't that good of a card. If you can, I would aim for something a little better. What is your budget (and where are you located?). It may run you a little more (albiet not much), but a nvidia 8500/8600 or ATI x2600 series card would be a whole lot better.
March 10, 2008 12:35:49 PM

basketcase said:
What games do you intend on playing and what resolution do you use. Most current games will play on it, but you will need to keep the resolution down, as well as most visual settings at low. It really isn't that good of a card. If you can, I would aim for something a little better. What is your budget (and where are you located?). It may run you a little more (albiet not much), but a nvidia 8500/8600 or ATI x2600 series card would be a whole lot better.


Well I'm trying to build a PC for £300 or under (as that's the bonus I was given at christmas for working on christmas eve) and I'm based in the UK.

I'd like to play wow, counter strike source, half life 2. But if it can support the latest call of duty game and crysis (on low) then I'd like to have a go at them.
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March 10, 2008 12:40:15 PM

yes the 7300gs 512mb can play crysis, i hav one it can play crysis only on low 800x600 resolution and lags after a few hours of playing.
March 10, 2008 12:42:02 PM

Well, Crysis and COD4 will probably be close to unplayable on the 7300. The other games you listed will probably run fairly decently.

I am not familiar with UK prices or dealers, so maybe someone else can help you locate a decent card for a decent price.
March 10, 2008 12:45:35 PM

For under $300 i don;t think the best u can do is with an integrated graphics but that should still be able to run counter strike source, not sure about half life. You should spend a bit more for gaming.
March 10, 2008 12:52:09 PM

i would say at the very least is to try and get your hands on a 7600gt if at all possible for ya! good luck!
March 10, 2008 12:55:50 PM

I have an Asus 7300GT passive cooled with 256 MB memory. With an e6750@3.2 and 2gb of ddr2 800 I play COD4 at 1680x1050 . NFS Carbon plays well at medium with the highest resolution it supports. I've run NFS Pro Street also. Simply put a strong processor in the rig so that it can calculate the high amount of polygons. Unfortunately the VC is not beefy enough to display all of the eyecandy. It would suffice for basic playing though.
a c 131 U Graphics card
March 10, 2008 1:04:09 PM


Well thats a tough call there, what i would do is leave the Motherboard untill last, start with all the other components and see what you have left over then get the best onboard motherboard you can with a view to upgrading to a dedicated graphics card in the future.
Post back what kind of components you are looking at and we can maybe help you skim a little here and there.
Im sure there will be alternatives to what you plan as well, Cheaper VS Better etc
Mactronix :) 
March 10, 2008 1:44:16 PM

darthvaderkenneth said:
yes the 7300gs 512mb can play crysis, i hav one it can play crysis only on low 800x600 resolution and lags after a few hours of playing.

Is that really "playing" Crysis? If the OP has any intention of playing Crysis, he needs to be looking at AT LEAST a mid-range card.

And I think it's worthing mentioning that there is a huge difference between a 7300 GS and a 7300 GT.
March 10, 2008 2:02:42 PM

I'd try to poney up a little more cash and get a nvidia 8600 series or an ATI HD2600 series. I think you would be much more pleased by one of those.
March 10, 2008 2:13:14 PM

Even though you are on a really tight budget, I can see no point getting a 7300GS, and especially a 512mb one.
Its barely a step up from intergrated graphics, so you'd save money getting a motherboard with its own GPU.

I'd say spend another £20 and an 8600GT:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142592

Than can play Source based games at max, and new games suchas COD4 and Crysis as med/high at lowish resolutions well. And this ones an XFX so its a good brand too.
March 10, 2008 2:22:07 PM

Otherwise, there is that new mobo that has the x3200 integrated GPU. It is supposed to be pretty good for most games. It would probably run as good, if not better, than a 7300gs. Obviously, Crysis probably won't be to pretty, but it would work for most everything else. I can't remember the exact name of the mobo though, anyone else know it? Get that, then when you budget permits, get a good dedicated GPU. It
March 10, 2008 2:25:57 PM

I agree with San pedro, the difference between low end and midrange is day and night.

Also even if you are indeed going to get a 7300, don't buy 512MB version, that much of frame buffer is useless for such a card, it should benefit more from faster rather than bigger memory.
March 10, 2008 2:38:37 PM

Well, I would rather suggest the gDDR3 version of the 7300GT. It's because on resolutions 1024x768 or lower it beats the DDR2-512MB version of the 7300GT and even the 7600GS gDDR3 on stock.
March 10, 2008 3:15:06 PM

get a 780g mobos. It has a powerful integrated graphics card, probably much more powerful than the 7300. Later on u can get a cheap 3470 and do like hybrid xfire.
March 10, 2008 4:00:34 PM

as Rodney_ws said. Don't even consider a 7300 unless it's the GT.
March 10, 2008 4:40:30 PM

oswold said:
Even though you are on a really tight budget, I can see no point getting a 7300GS, and especially a 512mb one.
Its barely a step up from intergrated graphics, so you'd save money getting a motherboard with its own GPU.

I'd say spend another £20 and an 8600GT:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142592

Than can play Source based games at max, and new games suchas COD4 and Crysis as med/high at lowish resolutions well. And this ones an XFX so its a good brand too.

Are all 8600gt cards xfx?

Plus if I buy one what resolution will I be able to play crysis on med-to-high at? 1024?
March 10, 2008 5:02:29 PM

I just found a cheap albatron nvidia 8600gt, will that play crysis?
March 10, 2008 5:13:53 PM

No, there are many different brands of 8600's. XFX, EVGA and BFG are all good brands with good warranties.

I don't know for certain (as I haven't tried Crysis on my 8600GT), but I would imagine it would be playable on low-med settings at that resolution.
March 10, 2008 5:34:52 PM

basketcase said:
No, there are many different brands of 8600's. XFX, EVGA and BFG are all good brands with good warranties.

I don't know for certain (as I haven't tried Crysis on my 8600GT), but I would imagine it would be playable on low-med settings at that resolution.

Is albatron good?
March 10, 2008 5:47:51 PM

mhawk said:
Is albatron good?


I don't know, I have never used one. I am sure someone here can tell you, though.
a c 131 U Graphics card
March 10, 2008 6:17:17 PM


So what is your budget for the graphics card then, its a bit hard to advise when we dont really know what we have to play with.
Mactronix
March 10, 2008 6:23:10 PM

I've decided to go with the 8600gt for now mactronix. But I had a very tight budget as I mentioned.
March 10, 2008 6:29:49 PM

mhawk said:
I've decided to go with the 8600gt for now mactronix. But I had a very tight budget as I mentioned.



Trust me when I say you will appreciate having the 8600 instead of the 7300.

Let us know how it all works out for you :) 
a c 131 U Graphics card
March 10, 2008 6:38:48 PM


No worries just to let you know a lot of people have reported getting good overclocks from those cards, I recon you will get crisis at about 1024x768 without AA all set on low.
Happy gaming
Mactronix
March 10, 2008 6:46:57 PM

mactronix said:
No worries just to let you know a lot of people have reported getting good overclocks from those cards, I recon you will get crisis at about 1024x768 without AA all set on low.
Happy gaming
Mactronix

Good good. thanks.
March 10, 2008 6:55:48 PM

San Pedro said:
I'd try to poney up a little more cash and get a nvidia 8600 series or an ATI HD2600 series. I think you would be much more pleased by one of those.


Yup, the 7300GS has only 4 pixelshaders, where as the 7300GT actualy has 8 pixelshaders, so it makes a huge difference between the cards...
March 11, 2008 12:58:08 AM

Gigabyte Motherboard - 1333FSB = £45
Intel Core 2 E2160 1.8ghz CPU = £45
2GB DDR2 Ram 800mhz = £35
250GB Maxtor S-ATA2 HDD = £35
XFX 8600GT 256mb = £53
500W PSU = £40
Cheapish case = £35
DVD-RW Drive = £15

Without an operating system, the total is.... £303

You'll easily be able to save a few £'s on a few parts, dont get a really cheap PSU though, but you can save some on your case.

The Gigabyte mobo will allow nice overclocks for your 1.8ghz CPU, which will hit 2.8ghz easily since the mobo supports 1333mhz FSB. Make sure you go for 800mhz DDR2 Ram.... That PC should get a respectable 5.0-5.1 out of 5.9 on the Vista Experience rating... not bad for a £300 PC.