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need help to find a low profile hi spec card for gaming

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July 6, 2008 4:38:51 PM

Hello, i have an HP s3050.sc that comes with a card like this:

NVIDIA® GeForce™ 7300 LE TurboCache with
PureVideo (VGA/DVI-out, TV-out)
64 MB dedicated memory, up to 336 MB totally
available memory that is allocated by Windows Vista™

(text translated from swedish)

Pure crap, in other words.

I got a tip from sweclockers to buy either one of these:

http://www.prisjakt.nu/produkt.php?p=309520

http://www.prisjakt.nu/produkt.php?p=304629

I think they seem a little cheap, are there no more powerful cards with low profile ability?
Can I play, say Bioshock and Crysis with those above mentioned cards?

Thanks for any help
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July 6, 2008 5:12:24 PM

2 cards 8600GT on newegg that are more powerful, but probably not up to Crysis levels. You may be able to check manufacturers to see where they are available to you and if they make a higher grade card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
one on NCIXUS
http://www.ncixus.com/products/26441/86GEF8HDFCXX/Galax...
BTW the Galaxy uses DDR3 RAM, usually appreciably faster in these cards than the DDR2 RAM
July 6, 2008 5:45:17 PM

Thanks, Ill start to look for them in europe.
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July 6, 2008 5:56:01 PM

if you are looking to play crysis, STAY AWAY FROM THE 8500 WHATEVER YOU DO!!!! that is a POS, worse than some of the 7 series graphics cards.
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July 6, 2008 5:58:27 PM

8600GT will result in a slide show, unless perhaps you set low quality graphics settings.


I hope you have low expectations.
July 6, 2008 6:17:57 PM

Allright I'll stay away from those cards, but are there any options when i need low profile?
However, I think most cards perform better than the one already installed.
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July 6, 2008 6:33:55 PM

The best low profit card you can buy is a 8600GT.

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When I said slide show I was referring to both Crysis and BioShock since both games (especially Crysis) are very demanding.
July 6, 2008 6:56:15 PM

On current configuration i got bioshock to run at lowest settings and with a little slideshow effect, maybe an 8600gt wont perform better than my current card?
July 6, 2008 8:29:19 PM

tihimasmo said:
On current configuration i got bioshock to run at lowest settings and with a little slideshow effect, maybe an 8600gt wont perform better than my current card?

Bioshock at lowest resolution is light. See 8600gts in Crysis, medium settings, no aa.
http://www.guru3d.com/category/vga_2/
18 fps is too low. It'll look like a slideshow.
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July 6, 2008 8:55:00 PM

Perhaps the best solution is to buy a new computer case and transfer your components over to it. It's fairly inexpensive and would give you the option of using any graphic card you can afford and your PSU would support. Your motherboard has a PCIex16 socket
July 6, 2008 9:11:37 PM

ACtually your best low profile card would be, 8800 GS which is 100$:)  I'd go for a GT or a 9600 though, but thats me:) 
July 6, 2008 9:19:33 PM

the 9600 is the one with only hdtv-out and hdmi-out, right?
I have a vga screen. Are there any adapters?
July 6, 2008 9:24:06 PM

All cards now come with HDMI, but there are adapters that come with the card
July 6, 2008 9:40:32 PM

Leave the case open and install a regular sized PCIe card.... say a 4850 or 8800gt
July 6, 2008 11:51:19 PM

If you want performance, get a regular ATX case instead of the low profile thing you have now, true high performance video cards don't come in low profile, you have a choice, low profile or performance, thats the bottom line.
July 7, 2008 7:18:20 PM

thanks guys
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