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Using 2nd video card for screen recording?

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May 31, 2010 2:24:13 AM

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone knew a way that I could setup my old video card as a "capture card". I am currently using a 9500GT and I have an older ATI x500. Is there anyway I could use the ATI x500 and have it used for only screen recording? That way, when I'm recording, it wouldn't cut the FPS performance of the 9500GT.


Thanks,

Mists
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May 31, 2010 5:52:34 AM

I wouldn't think so, recording programs such as FRAPS are far more CPU intensive than graphically intensive, if at all. I could be wrong though...
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May 31, 2010 6:54:29 AM

I see. When I'm using FRAPS to record it dramatically drops my FPS making the game unplayable. I need to invest in another video card anyways, I'll probably do that.

Thanks :) 
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May 31, 2010 7:26:00 AM

Yeah, I really don't think another video card will help for this but for around $100 you can get a GTS 250 or HD4850 which are well over twice as powerful as your 9500GT. Just make sure your PSU can handle the card.
If you are in the US this would be a good choice;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 31, 2010 8:09:05 AM

Well my PSU is overkill, its 850watts. =D

I have an AMD 965 3.4ghz with 4gb 1600 ddr3, and I'm sure that can handle FRAPS and a game.

I need a video card upgrade regardless. When I built this rig last month, I didn't order a new video card and just used the one from my older rig.
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May 31, 2010 8:23:48 AM

Alright, how much are you will to spend and what is your monitor's native resolution?
The card I linked would be a good choice if you don't want to spend much. It will be pretty good for 1680x1050 and great below that. If you can spend $150 then the HD5770 would be pretty good for 1920x1080 and great below that. If your resolution is 1920x1080 and you want to go all out then grab an HD5850 for $300.
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May 31, 2010 8:40:02 AM

when recording your fps decreases because your CPU is in heavy use. Not because of graphics card Screen capture softwares dont use GPU. So if you dont want your fps to drop while recording use a quad core cpu. You will get absolutely no difference by using a second video card.
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May 31, 2010 8:09:07 PM

jyjjy said:
Alright, how much are you will to spend and what is your monitor's native resolution?
The card I linked would be a good choice if you don't want to spend much. It will be pretty good for 1680x1050 and great below that. If you can spend $150 then the HD5770 would be pretty good for 1920x1080 and great below that. If your resolution is 1920x1080 and you want to go all out then grab an HD5850 for $300.


I use 1920x1080. I was initially looking at getting the HD5850, but I've heard some pretty good things about the HD5770 as well. I was waiting to see if the prices of the HD5850 dropped with the Fermi coming out and all. But looks likes ATI has gone unchallenged and prices aren't going down. :( 

bharath1097 said:
when recording your fps decreases because your CPU is in heavy use. Not because of graphics card Screen capture softwares dont use GPU. So if you dont want your fps to drop while recording use a quad core cpu. You will get absolutely no difference by using a second video card.


I'm using a AMD 965 Quad Core OC 3.9 ghz Black Edition. :\
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May 31, 2010 8:25:44 PM

At that resolution if you can afford it then go for the HD5850. It is the best deal on the high end at the moment and a good deal at stock but its real value comes from it's overclocking ability. It can get up to 1 ghz+ which is a huge increase(40%) over the stock clocks of 725 mhz. This one would be an excellent choice;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If that's more than you want to spend right now then the HD5770 is also a very good deal for the money and would be pretty good for your resolution like I said earlier. If you have a crossfire motherboard(second slot at at least x8) then you could get one for now and add another later for average performance similar to a stock HD5870.
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May 31, 2010 9:48:20 PM

jyjjy said:
At that resolution if you can afford it then go for the HD5850. It is the best deal on the high end at the moment and a good deal at stock but its real value comes from it's overclocking ability. It can get up to 1 ghz+ which is a huge increase(40%) over the stock clocks of 725 mhz. This one would be an excellent choice;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If that's more than you want to spend right now then the HD5770 is also a very good deal for the money and would be pretty good for your resolution like I said earlier. If you have a crossfire motherboard(second slot at at least x8) then you could get one for now and add another later for average performance similar to a stock HD5870.



HD5770s sound like a good deal. I've got an MSI 790FX and it crossfires at 16x+16x.

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