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May 21, 2010 7:31:40 PM

I am about to build a I7-930 onto a Gigabyte X58-ud3r motherboard with 6Gb ram now what grphic card do/should I use.

I found this one which is reasonable price wise; Sapphire HD4350 512MB DDR2 PCI E LP Graphics Card
But is it resonably good.

I doubt if I will run games but will run TV dowloads and mostly database & spreadsheet work, plus internet use.

Any suggestions please.

Unfortunatley the Intel chip no longer has its own inbuilt system which until now has sufficed.

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a c 173 U Graphics card
May 21, 2010 7:34:11 PM

If that is only thing you will be doing is office related work then you found a decent for your needs card. Gaming and high ress video then you might want something that is just a little more powerful.
May 21, 2010 7:38:08 PM

Adding a budget to how much you want to spend on a new card would help us suggest something better. But as nforce4max said, the card you want should be good enough for your needs.
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May 21, 2010 7:45:10 PM

I found the sapphire on Amazon at £31 which seemed reasonable but I have never bought or instlled one before and just do not know what to trust.

Thus the question

Budjet is realy from Uk £30 to £50 ish. Can be more if there is a real gain from it. I want two monitors running at once.
a c 235 U Graphics card
May 21, 2010 7:49:26 PM

the ATI 4350 is more then capable to run DVD video and operate dual monitors. I have two 4350's doing that exact thing. Installing it is rather easy especially with Win7 since it installs drivers for you, once connected to the internet.
May 21, 2010 7:51:49 PM

I have also found this at same price of £31 its has 1GB but is it any better or worse.

Asus Radeon HD 4350 Silent PCIE HDMI 1GB Graphics Card
a c 376 U Graphics card
May 21, 2010 7:52:16 PM

The HD4350 will be fine for what you are describing. An HD5450 has more current video/audio playback features and is also within your budget but unless you are planning to hook the computer up to a television/stereo I doubt they will mater to you.
a c 130 U Graphics card
May 21, 2010 7:54:24 PM

If you can, get an HD5450. Newer tech is always better, and it can run 3 monitors if you ever want to.
a c 376 U Graphics card
May 21, 2010 7:56:09 PM

grarcher said:
I have also found this at same price of £31 its has 1GB but is it any better or worse.

Asus Radeon HD 4350 Silent PCIE HDMI 1GB Graphics Card

The amount of memory is entirely irrelevant on a card like that. Silent likely means it has a fanless cooler so it makes no noise but may run slightly hotter(not a big deal on such a low power card.)
a c 173 U Graphics card
May 21, 2010 8:59:18 PM

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Yup, memory in those cards are just marketing propaganda.
the 4350 would be great for you needs, though a 5450 will run cooler/decode slightly better, so It is worth the slight premium if you are a Temperature person.


I agree, almost every one likes a cooler running card.
a c 376 U Graphics card
May 21, 2010 9:01:39 PM

I haven't looked it up but do you really think there's a noticeable difference in temps between the two cards? They both use almost no power.
a c 235 U Graphics card
May 21, 2010 9:08:04 PM

jyjjy said:
I haven't looked it up but do you really think there's a noticeable difference in temps between the two cards? They both use almost no power.


i recall reading test on a passive/fan cooled 9400GT (i believe). Neither card ran cool but the difference between the two was small, around 5c. Most small card fans are better for decoration then actual cooling.
a c 235 U Graphics card
May 21, 2010 9:11:17 PM

shadow187 said:
If you can, get an HD5450. Newer tech is always better, and it can run 3 monitors if you ever want to.


true but you also need an active display port adapter, and they go for around $100.
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