Need Help on Buying Video Card~!

By saeoh
Aug 19, 2007
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  1. Hello, i need help on selecting one of two video card..

    My old computer got fried a week ago, so i had to get a pc from local store really fast. I picked a open box one for $299 and the maker was gateway.

    I am planning to buy another computer in 4-5 monthes for my school works and gaming and make this computer as p2p and gonna connect to TV and watch some stuffs. However, for meanwhile, i need this computer for my gaming. I still have old projection TV which only have a S-video port and single video port(component? composite?) with 2 audio ports. The condition of the TV is not really good so probably end up buying new one soon.

    So, i need a graphic card that can work with my current TV and future TV and a card that can run games. I do not need maxed-out setting for gaming and i cant have it since my monitor only support up to 1280x1024.

    Here is my spec:
    1. Motherboard - Foxconn C51GU01 (i believe this is oem only mobo)
    2. Graphic interface - On Board GF6100 with 256mb shared memory
    3. Memory -2GB DDR (PC3200) (4 sticks of 512mb)
    4. CPU - AMD 64 X2 3800+
    5. CPU Speed - 2.0GB
    6. Power Supply Make/Model -going to buy new one since this one only have 300 watt
    7. Watt output/Amperage - going to buy new one(575watt -enuf?)

    I am currently considering 2 video cards.
    1. BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT OC 256MB PCIe(http://www.bfgtech.com/bfgr86256gtoce.aspx)
    2.Sapphire ATI HD2400pro HDMI
    (http://www.sapphiretech.com/ca/products/products_overview.php?gpid=185&grp=3)

    I understand 8600GT have more power, but HD's HDMI with sound capability is very tempting for future use(yes, i want to keep this computer as long as i can use) and i heard ATI is bit better with 2Ds (Oh~ and its about 30% cheaper!!).

    One of my biggest concern with HD is it might not have enough power to run 1080p media such ones from hd-dvd/blueray (who knows i might buy one in few years:D), because someone told me i will be needing 128 bits memories to run HD stuffs.

    THank you.
  2. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

  3. samjohnson

    samjohnson Newcomer, in training Posts: 320

    I have the 7600GT and it works good for me. Right now you can get a EVGA GeForce 7600GT for $90 from newegg plus the $15 discount they have right now. Make sure your comp has PCI Express x16 slots. Usually the prebuilts have PCI slots. Yes you will ned a bigger power supply, 500W or more should do it.

    Here is the card from newegg if you want to check it out.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130062
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    The 8600GT is definitely superior. It has the same features the HD 2400 does, and is far more powerful.
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