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March 14, 2010 4:38:29 AM

My brother just bought MLB 2k10 for his computer and was disappointed to find out that I won't run properly (Plays audio fine but gives a black screen). After doing some research, I came to the conclusion that he needs a video card that is directx 9.0c compatible, to get pixel shader 3.0. His computer is an Athlon64 3200+ with a gig of ram and onboard video.

I'm not looking to drop a ton of money, and I think I've settled on upgrading to either the GeForce 7900 GT or 8600 GT. I have been reading online that the 7900 is a better card, but that the 8600 is better for "shader intensive" games. Does MLB 2k10 qualify as a shader intensive game?

Which card will be better for my purposes? Also, if anyone can recommend another card that will be better, for under $50 on ebay, feel free to suggest it. Please keep in mind his computer only has a 300 W power supply, so I'm not sure if it will be able to run all of the high-consumption cards.

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a c 236 U Graphics card
March 14, 2010 4:58:57 AM

if he has a 300w PSU then he wont be able to power a 7900GT

so that leaves you with only the 8600GT, if price is an issue you have

granted its re-certified but its $25 after rebate, newegg warranty, free shipping, similar performance to the 8600GT and you wont get ripped off with ebay sellers & shipping

if you can splurge some get one of these


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March 14, 2010 5:28:03 AM

maybe a dumb question, but I see that the 9500 GT you linked to shows the interface is PCIe 2.0. This will still work with my computer, which I have to assume isnt 2.0, since it pushing 5 years old?
a c 236 U Graphics card
March 14, 2010 3:01:54 PM

PCI -E 2.0 is backwards compatible with PCI-E 1.0 x 16
October 15, 2010 3:04:34 PM

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a c 332 U Graphics card
October 15, 2010 3:21:41 PM

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