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March 30, 2011 4:47:23 AM

I ordered this card (http://www.amazon.com/nVidia-GeForce-Displayport-PCI-Ex...) let me know if i should return it as soon as it gets here I paid $90US and would like your opinion on it, I'm coming from a GF 210 LOL so lets not be mean, I'm looking at mid lvl gaming(Dragon Age 2, Black Opps and such) I'm only home during the winter and home video rendering also any system compatibility problems would be great to know.
Biostar GF7050v-m7 se
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.3GHz
4 Gig DDR2 Ram Come On No One?
2 1T Hard Drives in a Stripe
Thanks IN Advance

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March 30, 2011 6:03:41 AM

Why?
whats the difference?
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March 30, 2011 6:07:12 AM

The one I suggested is a lot better. It's just faster.
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March 30, 2011 6:12:28 AM

HostileDonut said:
The one I suggested is a lot better. It's just faster.


why i would like to understand Video Cards a little more
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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 6:32:22 AM

Well, if you look at the specs of a video card, you will see things such as shader clock, core clock, and stream processors and CUDA cores. (CUDA is strictly Nvidia) If you compare a Phenom II X4 945 (3.0Ghz) vs. a Phenom II X4 955 (3.2Ghz) which will win? The 955 of course, but if compare a 2.93Ghz core i7 to a Phenom II X4 955, (3.2Ghz) which will win? The 955, right? Wrong, the i7 2.93Ghz runs on a better architecture. The same rule applies to GPUs. (Graphics Processing Unit) So, if you took a hd5850 with the standard base clock of 725Mhz and standard memory clock of 1000Mhz vs. a hd5850 with 765Mhz base clock and a memory clock of 1100Mhz, the one with the 765Mhz and 11000Mhz will win because of the higher clocks. There are also stream processors and CUDA cores to take into consideration. So a hd5850 has 1440 stream processors where a hd5830 has 1120. So if you had a hd5850 standard clocks, (625Mhz core, 1000Mhz memory, and 1440 stream processors) vs. a hd5830 standard hd5830, (800Mhz core, 1000Mhz memory, and 1120 stream processors) the hd5850 will beat the hd5830 down. So, when you look at GPUs, you will want new architectures. The 440 and the hd 5770 are both from the same release times, but the hd 5770 is stronger. So, a GTX 560 (820Mhz core, 1640 shaders, and 384 stream processors) vs. a hd4870 (750Mhz core, 900Mhz memory, and 800 stream processors), which will win? The GTX 560 will win due to new architectures. Nvidia cards will basically always have lower stream processors, but that is because they use what is called CUDA. CUDA is twice as strong as a ATi/AMD stream processor. Those are the basics to GPUs. If you have more questions, just ask 'em! Hope that helped! ;) 
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March 30, 2011 6:37:58 AM

Best answer selected by hillmanant.
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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 7:01:00 AM

yeah def get the 5770 over the gt 440, the 440 is a piece of crap imo and the 5770 will def give you a taste of how amazing modern pc graphics can be
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March 30, 2011 2:53:46 PM

Thanks alot for your help guys! I think i got alot better understanding thanks to you Hostiledonut. This threads done.
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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 5:10:10 PM

I am glad I could help! ;) 
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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 5:20:28 PM

There are a few more things you should take into consideration when buying a new GPU. The first is CUDA, when you are doing graphics art work, CUDA helps. Another is power consumption! More power consumption will generate more heat inside your case. One more thing is you don't want to bottleneck your system! Pair a mid-range GPU with a mid-range motherboard, CPU, RAM, etc. It will help you save money, and you will still get the same performance as if you paired a great GPU with a bad CPU. Here, watch this to learn more. -----> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGdo75gasaQ
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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 6:09:06 PM

No problem! If you have any more question, just post another thread; I would be glad to help! :) 
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March 30, 2011 6:10:23 PM

This summer going to build a new gamer so probably need all the help i can get. This card would still blow away my 210 right?
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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 6:11:54 PM

Yeah, I recently half-built my first gaming PC! :D 
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March 30, 2011 6:17:33 PM

The Rotac would still blow my old 210 out of the water wouldn't it? I just want to get bye till I build my new one. Are there any sites that trade old CPU's in because i want to upgrade to a Core 2 Extreme and will have nothing to do with the old one?
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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 6:21:13 PM

The 440 should be better, but I would spend the extra 10 - 20 dollars get something that will run them high-max with good frames. No point in getting a core 2 extreme now. Like I said, get new tech. If you are an Intel guy, when you buy your gaming system, get a core i5 2500k. If you want to go a bit cheaper, get a AMD Phenom II X4 955 and overclock it. Don't get a core 2 extreme.
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March 30, 2011 6:24:14 PM

Can I overclock my Quad? If so how?

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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 6:26:38 PM

Yes, you can. You have an old motherboard that might not do so well though. I would wait. But, if you REALLY want a core 2 quad, buy a nicer motherboard and heatsink and overclock your q8200. It will go right up to the core 2 extreme clocks. (Should anyway, c2q are great OCers)
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March 30, 2011 6:36:22 PM

So new motherboard eh? any suggestions? Cooling going to be an issue?

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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 6:44:07 PM

Well, I would really suggest not to invest in overclocking right now if you will be buying a computer in the Summer time. LGA775 is a dead socket, it would just make more sense than buying a C2E CPU. I would wait. Spend that money on a nice gaming system later.
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March 30, 2011 6:46:18 PM

Yup yup i think im just going to install the POS Rotax since it's already on the way hope it will keep up and not be a bottle neck.
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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 6:46:55 PM

yeah the 212+ is a great deal
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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 6:49:30 PM

yeah, I guess, but with a hd 5770 you could Crossfire that later when you do a serious gaming build. It's a better investment. I would really urge you not to do it... I mean, it's your money, but the hd 5770 is just better and you could use it later in a serious gaming build.
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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 6:50:36 PM

Actually, I would get a Cooler Master Hyper N 520. It has two 92mm fans!!!! :D  ;)  :) 
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March 30, 2011 6:51:10 PM

Its dual pci I only have one port on my board it will hit my sata cables coming out of MB too i think?
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March 30, 2011 6:58:40 PM

I saw that one but was worried about the ATI drivers fighting with the nvidia chipset drivers on my MB?
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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 7:01:59 PM

I guess so, but you could just uninstall, right? That's what I did. I am running a Biostar Mcp6p M2+ and a hd6850. You could get a GTS 450 which would destroy the 440.
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March 30, 2011 7:17:07 PM

I think i will. My system handle it? Cpu and 550W PSU
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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 7:19:51 PM

Yeah, you should be pretty balanced. But, only get that if you are worried about the drivers, If not, get a nicer card and use it in CF when you do your summer build.
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March 30, 2011 7:38:39 PM

What would you recommend for a monitor from new egg?100-130$ range?
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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2011 7:42:52 PM

hillmanant said:
I saw that one but was worried about the ATI drivers fighting with the nvidia chipset drivers on my MB?



that should hold no bearing on what single discrete gpu you choose, the integrated chipset will be disabled (or should be in bios) and will have absolutely nothing to do with the drivers that you install of your discrete gpu, this concern should hold no bearing on which gpu you choose
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