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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 1, 2011 6:50:00 AM

The PCI-E x16 port is the standard for video cards and what you should be using.
As for what specific card you should get we can't possibly answer you. You haven't given us any basic info like usage, budget, power supply, monitor's native resolution, etc.
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January 1, 2011 7:21:00 AM

jyjjy said:
The PCI-E x16 port is the standard for video cards and what you should be using.
As for what specific card you should get we can't possibly answer you. You haven't given us any basic info like usage, budget, power supply, monitor's native resolution, etc.


Thank you jyjjy for your reply,

I want the thing to be able to play the latest games WOW is one that comes to mind, but just one that will deliver good 3D Graphics, at the very least to play Star Wars The Force unleashed 2. The specs for that say Video Card: 3D Hardware Accelerator Card Required – 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 256 MB Video Memory with Shader 3.0 support

I'm quite the novice here so I do appreciate the help. The only thing I have right now is the board and processor which I linked above. I thought it would be a good idea to figure out which video card to get before I decide on the psu. As far as my budget goes I was thinking maybe around $150.00?

And as far as the native resolution of my monitor goes I'm not sure how to find that out, if you could tell me where to go to check that I'll get you that info asap! I know it has a bunch of different display settings.

Thanks for any advice at all!!!

I love Tom's Hardware!!

Beau
January 1, 2011 7:22:50 AM

I'm just not sure what cards are compatable with my board.
a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2011 8:04:29 AM

Along with the monitor resolution, tell us about your current power supply and CPU as well.
January 1, 2011 8:52:21 AM

Tamz_msc said:
Along with the monitor resolution, tell us about your current power supply and CPU as well.


Hey Tamz_msc thank you for your reply!

No offense intended but did you not read my previous posts? I posted the link to my board and CPU in my first post,

and that's all I have so far.... then I posted that I thought it would be a good idea to figure out what video card to get before I decided on the PSU.... and lastly I posted that I'm not sure how to figure out what my native resolution is on my monitor but if you tell me how to do that I'll immediately supply that info.

Well here are the specs for my mobo and CPU anyway if you'd rather not click the link I posted.....

heh this is proving more difficult than I thought.

Board

Socket 1156
CPU (Max Support) i3/i5/i7
AM3 CPU Ready N/A
FSB / Hyper Transport Bus 6.4GT/s
Chipset Intel® H55
DDR2 Memory N/A
DDR3 Memory DDR3 1066/1333/1600*/2000*/2133* (OC)
Memory Channel Dual
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory (GB) 16
PCI-Ex16 1
PCI-E Gen 2.0 Gen2 (1x16)
PCE-Ex4 N/A
PCI-Ex1 1
PCI 1
IDE 1
SATAIII N/A
SATAII 6
RAID N/A
LAN 10/100/1000*1
TPM 1
USB 3.0 ports (Rear) N/A
USB 2.0 ports (Rear) 6
Audio ports (Rear) 6
Serial ports (Rear) N/A
Parallel ports (Rear) N/A
1394 ports (Rear) N/A
eSATA N/A
Display Port N/A
VGA 1
HDMI 1
DVI 1
VGA Share Memory (MB) 512
DirectX DX10
Form Factor M-ATX
DrMOS N/A
APS Y
Sideport Memory N/A
SLI N/A
3-way SLI N/A
Hybrid SLI N/A
CrossFire N/A
Hybrid CrossFire N/A
D-LED2 N/A
Green Power Genie N/A

CPU

Essentials
Status Launched
Launch Date Q2'10
Processor Number i3-550
# of Cores 2
# of Threads 4
Clock Speed 3.2 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache 4 MB
Bus/Core Ratio 24
DMI 2.5 GT/s
Instruction Set 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.2
Embedded Options Available No
Lithography 32 nm
Max TDP 73 W
VID Voltage Range 0.6500V-1.4000V
Tray 1ku Budgetary Price $117.00

Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size
(dependent on memory type) 16 GB
Memory Types DDR3-1066/1333
# of Memory Channels 2
Max Memory Bandwidth 21 GB/s
Physical Address Extensions 36-bit

Graphics Specifications
Integrated Graphics Yes
Intel® HD Graphics Yes
Graphics Base Frequency 733 MHz
Intel® Flexible Display Interface (Intel® FDI) Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology Yes
Dual Display Capable Yes

Expansion Options
PCI Express Revision 2.0
PCI Express Configurations 1x16, 2x8
# of PCI Express Ports 1

Package Specifications
Max CPU Configuration 1
TCASE 72.6°C
Package Size 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Processing Die Size 81 mm2
# of Processing Die Transistors 382 million
Graphics and IMC Lithography 45 nm
Graphics and IMC Die Size 114 mm2
# of Graphics and IMC Die Transistors 177 million
Sockets Supported FCLGA1156
Halogen Free Options Available Yes

Advanced Technologies
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology No
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology No
AES New Instructions No
Intel® 64 Yes
Idle States Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology Yes
Intel® Demand Based Switching No
Thermal Monitoring Technologies No
Execute Disable Bit Yes


a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2011 8:59:14 AM

Just right click on the desktop and form the Display Properties, see the highest resolution supported by your monitor.As far as the PSU is concerned, open the side panel of the case and have a look at the stickers. Look for the brand and the ampere rating of the +12 V rails.

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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 1, 2011 9:07:57 AM
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He said he hasn't picked out a PSU yet.
For $150 the best you are going to do is a GTX 460 768mb. This one is a good deal even before the rebate which makes it a steal;
http://www.frys.com/product/6434002
January 1, 2011 9:28:05 AM

jyjjy said:
He said he hasn't picked out a PSU yet.
For $150 the best you are going to do is a GTX 460 768mb. This one is a good deal even before the rebate which makes it a steal;
http://www.frys.com/product/6434002


lmbo!! ty jyjjy I'm glad you picked up on that! I was hoping I wasn't going to have to repeat it a third time!

and if it's of any consolation I have two monitors with the highest resolutions of 1600x900 and 1440x900

So the board WILL support pci e2?

and I see that the card's DDR5 but my board only supports DDR3 it says?

So if you tell me that's all okay my next click will be purchasing that card!!!!

and thanks again!

Beau
a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2011 9:30:25 AM

Graphics card memory is not related to the system RAM.
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 1, 2011 9:43:59 AM

That card should be very good for your resolutions and will work fine with your motherboard. I would jump on that deal before it is gone.
January 1, 2011 9:49:03 AM

jyjjy said:
That card should be very good for your resolutions and will work fine with your motherboard. I would jump on that deal before it is gone.


You Got it jyjjy!!!

Thank you soooo much!!

Jumping on it RIGHT now!

hah! Now to figure out what psu to get lol but I know that's another section.

thanks again!

Beau
January 1, 2011 10:11:05 AM

jyjjy said:
Either of these would be a good choice for the PSU;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'd go with the Antec as with the promo code and free shipping it is only $1 more before rebate and $4 cheaper after while having significantly more power on the +12v rail(540w vs 480w.)


Well that's just great! The 540 it is!!

again, I love Tom's Hardware!! You guys are awesome!

Thank You, seriously!

and have a great 2011!!

Beau
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 1, 2011 10:20:00 AM

No problem. You too. Good luck putting all this stuff together.
January 1, 2011 12:30:32 PM

Best answer selected by beauknowsdiddly.
January 1, 2011 12:31:32 PM

jyjjy said:
No problem. You too. Good luck putting all this stuff together.


haha thanks that's the easy part! :-)
a c 271 U Graphics card
January 1, 2011 4:00:32 PM

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