Getting a video card

By nubian13
Dec 23, 2008
  1. well i need some opinions on getting a video card since i dont know anything
    about installing a video card or if i have an AGP or PCI or PCI express or anything
    so if anybody can tell me how to check what i have and where to get a good video
    card for my PC so that i can play games that will be coming out like -fable 2-batlle field-
    or far cry- the point is good games and somthing that doesnt heat up so fast so i can
    play for hours:D
  2. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook TS Rookie Posts: 320

    Well, stay away from PCI if you do have AGP or PCI-E. AGP ports on the motherboard are usually brown ports that are pretty thick (about 1/2" wide). PCI-E ports are thin and long (bout 1/4" wide). If it is AGP, I would look into the Lower Radeon HD models. IF it is PCI-E I would go with a Radeon HD 4870. This will be more than enough to play these games. Check out for video cards. They have displays at the bottom that show you what these ports (AGP PCI PCI-E) look like
  3. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Download CPU-Z from HERE and tell us what it says in the "Model" box of the Mainboard tab.

    This will allow us to tell you what kind of video card (PCI, AGP, or PCI-E) will fit in your motherboard.
  4. nubian13

    nubian13 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 89

    ok ill se what i have be back

    * Intel® i430TX, i440LX, i440FX, i440BX/ZX, i810/E, i815/E/EP/EM, i840, i845, i845E, i845G, i850/E, i845PE/GE, E7205, E7500, E7520, i852, i855, i865P/PE/G, i875P, i915P/G, i915PM/GM, i925X/XE, i945P/PL/G/GZ, i945PM/GM/GT, i955X/XE, P965, Q965, G965, GL960/GM965/PM965, i975X, P35, G33, G31, Q35, Q33, X38, X48, P45, X58 ;

    VIA® Apollo VP3, Apollo Pro, Apollo Pro +, Apollo Pro 266, KX133, KT133(&A), KT266(&A), KT400(&A), KT600, P4X266(&A), PT880, PT880 Pro, K8T800, K8T890, K8T900, P4M800CE, P4M890, P4M900, CX700/VX700 ;

    NVIDIA® nForce, nForce2, nForce3, nForce4, nForce4 SLI Intel Edition, GeForce 6100/6150 (nForce 410/430), nForce 520/550/560/570/590, GeForce 7050/7100/7150, 650i, 680i, 750a/780a, 750i, 780i, 790i ;

    ATi® RS350, RS400, RS480/RX480, RS482, RD580/RX580, RS600/RD600, RS690, RS700, RD790 ;

    SiS® 645, 645DX, 648, 648FX, 649, 655FX, 655TX, 656, 662, 735, 756, 761GX, 760, 760GX, 755, 755FX, 741, 741GX, 671/FX/DX/MX ;

    AMD® AM-751, AM-761, AM-762 (760MP) ;

    * Memory Technologies

    SDR, DDR, DDR2, FB-DDR2, DDR3, RDRAM (Rambus®) ;
    EPP and XMP extended profiles ;

    Sorry for the long post but i didint know werer to look these are the chipsets
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Erm, what exactly are these for? Did you do what MetalX asked?
  6. nubian13

    nubian13 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 89

    agp version 3.0 model MS-7255 v2.0
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    You can only use AGP cards. Give us a budget and the specs on your PSU for some recommendations.
  8. nubian13

    nubian13 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 89

    my budget would be around 60 bucks and system specs are below
  9. megabomination

    megabomination TS Booster Posts: 151

    I have an inno 3d 7300GT 512Mb card with 1Gb RAM. This plays FAR CRY with everything turned up at high resolution and costs i beleive around $40 US. Your CPU may let u down?
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    The 7300GT and 7600GS\GT are good choices, although I believe the latter are out of your price range. If you can find them for cheap on eBay though, they're the ones to go for.
  11. nubian13

    nubian13 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 89

    actually at both are around $40.00 but just arent g-force stuff like zdac and sparkle

    whell i got a question while im at it does these to cards have enough shades and able to use direct x and stuff like that to play most of the games out there
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