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What Nvidia Graphics Card Should I Buy?

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October 14, 2009 11:42:30 PM

Hi, i`m looking to buy a new Nividia graphics card, but i`m not sure about the best one to buy for my PC Spec. I was thinking about the series 8 or series 9, here is my PC spec, tell me what you all think.

Microsoft Windows XP
Home Addition
Version 2002
Service pack 3

Computer-

Intel®
Pentium® 4CPU 3.06GHZ
3.07GHZ
2.00 GB Ram
Video-
nVidia GeForce 6200 LE/TC 64MB (256MB Total) VGA + TV-Out
Name: nVidia GeForce 6200 LE/TC (NV44) PCI Express
Type: 2D/3D Video card
Motherboard-
* Product Description: ASUS P5SD2-VM, motherboard, micro ATX, SiS672
* Product Type: Motherboard
* Form Factor: Micro ATX
* Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.6 in x 7.2 in
* Chipset Type: SiS672 / SiS968
* Multi-Core Support: Dual-Core
* Max Bus Speed: 1066 MHz
* Processor: 0 ( 1 ), LGA775 Socket
* Compatible Processors: Pentium 4, Celeron D, Pentium D, Core 2 Duo, Celeron 400 sequence, Wolfdale
* 64-bit Processors Compatibility: Yes
* Supported RAM Technology: DDR II SDRAM
* Supported RAM Integrity Check: Non-ECC
* Storage Controller: ATA-133, Serial ATA-300 (RAID)
* USB Ports Configuration: 8 x USB
* Storage Ports Configuration: 1 x ATA, 2 x SATA
* Graphics Controller: SiS Mirage 3 ( 256 MB ), shared video memory (UMA)
* Audio Output: Sound card, 5.1 channel surround
* Networking: Network adapter, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet

Power-

AC input ,100-240v
AC output-12dc
October 14, 2009 11:58:04 PM

Can`t afford a new one mate!unemployed!Recession an all!it would be helpful getting advice on a new card though please!
Anonymous
October 15, 2009 12:03:28 AM

It is old your pc, but if you need a better GPU go with ATI 4670, better than anything Nvidia will throw at it for the price, and the most you should spend/install on your system.
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a b U Graphics card
October 15, 2009 12:27:15 AM

You might take a look at this report that lists the best graphics card at many different price points, and tells you essentially what it is capable of.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

Set your budget - or adjust budget to your screen resolution lol - and pick out your card.
a b U Graphics card
October 15, 2009 12:29:32 AM

If you are trying to game on that computer, you will be limited due to specs.
If you tell us what games you are trying to play and what res you play at, we will be able to help you better.

Also, if you could post the amps on the power supply, that would also help.
October 15, 2009 12:45:00 AM

Well it says on the connector that goes into PC it says- 10A250V!basically i`m trying to use unreal editor(for Unreal Tournament 3), but the card I have at the mo is incompatible with it!and in future I want to maybe use the editor in Unreal 4!(i`m a sound Designer, well hoping to be!lol)
October 15, 2009 12:56:12 AM

Make sure you have Pci-express and not AGP. If you have AGP your going to be limited on the cards you can get.
October 15, 2009 1:22:40 AM

Yeah it`s a PCI Express!So what card do u all think I should get, given all the info?
Anonymous
October 15, 2009 1:41:49 AM

as said, ATI 4670, its PCI Express, doesn't require external power so wont need power supply replacement, will be top performer (probably a little bottlenecked) with your CPU , dx10.1 card, and cheap to buy, its the one.

EDIT: I do a lot of GPU upgrades for customers with similar systems to you who don't want new and shiny, just a bit more performance in newer games, they generally are not hardcore gamers. What I know is that from experience the hd4670 will be the best match especially power requirements wise.
October 15, 2009 2:16:24 AM

Anonymous said:
as said, ATI 4670, its PCI Express, doesn't require external power so wont need power supply replacement, will be top performer (probably a little bottlenecked) with your CPU , dx10.1 card, and cheap to buy, its the one.

EDIT: I do a lot of GPU upgrades for customers with similar systems to you who don't want new and shiny, just a bit more performance in newer games, they generally are not hardcore gamers. What I know is that from experience the hd4670 will be the best match especially power requirements wise.


Alright, cheers for that mate, I was just wondering, if I bought that card with 1Gb of memory as opposed to a card with 512mb of memory would I need a bigger power supply to accommodate for that?
October 15, 2009 3:34:26 AM

Unlikly as they both would just draw power form the pcie lane unless it needed a 6 pin in which case i wouldn't buy it. Also gaming performance from 512 to 1 gig is very minimal esp with your limiting cpu factor.
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