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September 16, 2009 2:23:48 AM

I want something cheap, i don't need amazing gaming graphics. I only play like one game which has crummy graphics so im not looking for something high end. Just something that'll be good for watching movies on my 19" (lol).

So what do you guys suggest? I'm shopping on Newegg fyi

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a c 144 U Graphics card
September 16, 2009 4:57:35 AM

if you don't need card for heavy gaming you can try to look at these: HD4550 / 9400GT / 9500GT. try to get the cheapest one between these cards.

but if you need decent performance on playing new games then get HD4650 (GDDR3 model) / HD4670 / 9600GSO / 9600GT. they will do fine in medium setting and even in high setting depending on the game you're playing.

something like this might worth to get:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
September 16, 2009 6:06:59 AM

^+1.
Just for watching movies the best deal is 9600GT/GSO/HD 4670.

Getting DDR2 is a waste and these are the cheapest DDR3 cards.
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a b U Graphics card
September 16, 2009 10:57:49 AM

Another +1 for 4650/4670. Low power, ok performance if you ever need it at a cheap price. I've used the 4670 in quite a few builds for a lot of people and they seem to love it.
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a b U Graphics card
September 16, 2009 12:35:47 PM

NoahYoung said:
I want something cheap, i don't need amazing gaming graphics. I only play like one game which has crummy graphics so im not looking for something high end. Just something that'll be good for watching movies on my 19" (lol).

So what do you guys suggest? I'm shopping on Newegg fyi

What are your full system specs?
What resolution does your monitor run at (assuming 1280x1024?) and what do you have for a PSU?
Just what game are you playing and how demanding is it really?
It may be that your current GPU is fine for you but the rest of the system is totaly outdated...

Without knowing the above, I would have to say the above 9600GSO is an excellent choice.
Decent performance and a price you can not beat.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
September 16, 2009 12:42:57 PM

outlw6669 said:

Without knowing the above, I would have to say the above 9600GSO is an excellent choice.
Decent performance and a price you can not beat.

Price you can't beat? For 6$ more you can get a card that does laps on that one.

Alas, he does have a point. What's your power supply?
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a b U Graphics card
September 16, 2009 12:47:06 PM

shadow187 said:
For 6$ more you can get a card that does laps on that one.

Do you have a link to a $40.99 card that is more powerful?
Remembering that the 9600GSO (96sp) performs between the more expensive 4670 and 9600GT...
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a c 130 U Graphics card
September 16, 2009 12:53:23 PM

Oh, you are right.

Though it needs a 6-pin...it all depends on his PSU.
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September 16, 2009 4:06:36 PM

And im gonna use a Intel 3.0ghz dual core processor
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a b U Graphics card
September 16, 2009 4:23:04 PM

NoahYoung said:
...I have an Nvidia 8800 in my old computer. Will that work with this Motherboard? What about
http://www.soundblaster.com/products/product.asp?catego...
i have it, idk if itll work with the motherboard

Yup, your current NV8 series card will work just fine in your new system.
That sound card will also work and, if you already have it, I guess you could use it.
Still, if you can trade it for a non Creative card (the ASUS Xonar line is very nice) that would be your best option.

So, new system consist of a dual core Intel (I sure as hell hope not a P4D...) and a P45 motherboard.
Perhaps if you posted what exactly your current 8800 series card is, GPU budget, PSU and screen resolution we could locate you a GPU...
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a c 130 U Graphics card
September 16, 2009 4:35:00 PM

This powersupply with this card, though as outlw said, if you can get that 9600 within time for the 20$ rebate, you could save some money.
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September 16, 2009 8:46:12 PM

outlw6669 said:
Yup, your current NV8 series card will work just fine in your new system.
That sound card will also work and, if you already have it, I guess you could use it.
Still, if you can trade it for a non Creative card (the ASUS Xonar line is very nice) that would be your best option.

So, new system consist of a dual core Intel (I sure as hell hope not a P4D...) and a P45 motherboard.
Perhaps if you posted what exactly your current 8800 series card is, GPU budget, PSU and screen resolution we could locate you a GPU...


I am actually now thinking of picking up a Quad instead of the dual. Im looking for one now.

Im not exactly sure as what gpu/psu stands for? Sorry lol.

My Screen Rez is 1280 by 1024
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September 16, 2009 8:49:38 PM

Here's a quad core i was looking at. I dont really need it to be 2.88 ghz and cost 350 lol. This sounds good:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
What you think?

Also,
will programs/games that sam they require 2.6 ghz dual core or single core work on a 2.33 quad? Or does one of the cores have to be at that speed?
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a c 144 U Graphics card
September 16, 2009 8:53:55 PM

GPU = graphic processing unit
PSU = power supply unit
;) 
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September 16, 2009 8:58:31 PM

Idk about my budget for the GPU, just something relatively cheap.
The PSU i have from my old desktop is 490 watt, but pretty loud, but i think ill just use that and use the psu budget towards higher end video or hard drive.
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September 16, 2009 9:01:09 PM

So what are your guyses (sorry for grammar) views on the NV 8800? Should i invest in a better one with my rez?
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a c 144 U Graphics card
September 16, 2009 9:23:23 PM

is your card 8800GT? given your resolution you should be fine. depending on what game that you're going to play if you feel it running fine for you then you don't need an upgrade for your card.
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September 16, 2009 9:27:07 PM

Well, the 8800 is in my old PC, im currently using my brothers, which has the standard video card for a dell dimension 5150 minitower in it. The games i play seem to run well, and are rarely laggy. I just want to not be limited to sub-standard gaming. Like can i play Battlefield 2142 on the 8800?
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September 16, 2009 9:30:24 PM

I just checked and bf 2142 should run fine on the 8800. So maybe i should keep it?
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a c 144 U Graphics card
September 16, 2009 9:47:10 PM

if you don't have any trouble playing games using that card then you should keep it and save your money. :) 
you may need it later to upgrade to dx11 card when you're starting to play dx 11 games :D 
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September 16, 2009 9:50:45 PM

What does 256 bit versus 128 bit mean in performance for a video card? I have the 7800 which is 512 mb 256 bit http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce_7800.html

im looking at newer 1 gb 128 bit cards with pci express 2.0 versus 1.0 with this 7800. Is it worth the 50 bucks tog et the 1 gig one/
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September 16, 2009 9:51:21 PM

yeah i tried to post earlier, my video card turned out to be a geforce 7800.
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a c 144 U Graphics card
September 16, 2009 9:59:30 PM

the bigger the memory bit the faster it becomes (it supposed to be so but someone please correct me if i'm wrong). but the overall performance cannot be determine by memory bit alone. what card do have in mind?
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a c 144 U Graphics card
September 17, 2009 4:59:58 AM

that card is better than your NV 7800. have you look into 9600GSO that i've recommend? your PSU should be able to handle that
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a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2009 7:59:11 AM

NoahYoung said:
Here's a quad core i was looking at. I dont really need it to be 2.88 ghz and cost 350 lol. This sounds good:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
What you think?

Also,
will programs/games that sam they require 2.6 ghz dual core or single core work on a 2.33 quad? Or does one of the cores have to be at that speed?

If you look at the game requirements it probably tells you it requires a 2.6Ghz Pentium 4 or higher.
As the P4 arch was terribly slow, the fastest P4 ever made (3.6Ghz) is about as fast as a 1.8Ghz Core 2 CPU.
It will be plenty fast enough for anything you want to do.
NoahYoung said:
I just took out the sounds card from my old pc, and it turns out its a x-fi xtrememusic 7.1:
http://www.xpcgear.com/xtrememusic.html

Might as well use it.
It will probably sound better than the onboard codec.
NoahYoung said:
What does 256 bit versus 128 bit mean in performance for a video card? I have the 7800 which is 512 mb 256 bit http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce_7800.html

What you are seeing is the bit width of the GPUs memory pathways.
This, combined with the speed of the memory, determines the bandwidth available to the GPU.
While larger is usually better, it is not always the case as you have to account for the speed of the RAM.

Case in point, the GTX 260 has a 448 bit bus but runs 999Mhz (1998Mhz effective) GDDR3.
The 4870, on the other hand, has a 256 bit bus and runs 900Mhz (3600Mhz effective) GDDR5.
You might think the GTX 260 has a higher bandwidth and you would be wrong.
The 4870 can move 115.2Gb/sec across its bus where the GTX 260 can only move 111.9Gb/sec.
NoahYoung said:
im looking at newer 1 gb 128 bit cards with pci express 2.0 versus 1.0 with this 7800. Is it worth the 50 bucks tog et the 1 gig one/

NO, it is not worth the extra $50!
Unless you are gaming at 1920x1200 or higher with AA and AF, anything more than 512Mb is currently overkill.
Also, do not worry to much about PCIe 1 vs 2 at this point.
The current generation GPUs still have plenty of bandwidth using the older PCIe 1.
NoahYoung said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1 gig, 128 bit, perfect pricerange. But whats better, this? or 512mb and 256bit?

Much better than that card would be the less expensive 9600GSO we keep telling you to get.
The 9600GSO is faster than a 4650, faster than a 4670 and just about as fast as a 9600GT.
At your resolution, it is all you will need and at $35 it is very affordable.
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September 17, 2009 12:46:10 PM

outlw6669 said:



Much better than that card would be the less expensive 9600GSO we keep telling you to get.
The 9600GSO is faster than a 4650, faster than a 4670 and just about as fast as a 9600GT.
At your resolution, it is all you will need and at $35 it is very affordable.


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