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New graphics card

By imstilllearning
Mar 31, 2007
  1. Hello everyone I need your feedback,

    I'm shopping for a new Nvidia graphics card and I'm in the price range of $120 US dollars to 150 US dollars.

    I've always wanted a new Nvidia (I'm currently using a factory ati integrated radeon xpress 200) and I want alot of power but in the price range I listed I've seen alot of different graphics cards.

    My questions are which cards are better than others,should it have ddr memory or other?Is 256mb enough for me or can I have more (with graphics card) because I do play alot of PC games mostly newer high system requirment titles and plan on being somewhat ready for newer games in the near future also.

    I'm going to upgrade my system ram w ddr ram (1 gb or more) and my AMD runs 2.2 ghz.

    any suggestions?

    Thanks, James
     
  2. Nevercheck

    Nevercheck TS Rookie

    Pci-E or agp or PCI??

    if pci-e then i suggest for the price Radeon x1300 OC, it is very good graphics card and it is factory overclocked to run at the same speed as the Radeon x1600 and for some reason, it is quite a bit cheaper than the x1300 that isnt overclocked. i just recently purchased a x1300 OC for about 125$, if you dont have pci-e slot, then i dont know what to tell you. i hope this helps answer ur question
     
  3. imstilllearning

    imstilllearning TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Yes thanks

    You did help me realize I forgot to mention,yes it's pci but what is pci e?I'm not sure if I have that.

    I've been using ATI for almost a decade now and I'm going to try Nvidia this time,any suggestions for Nvidia?
     
  4. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,634

    first u need to tell us what slot u have to install this new card.
     
  5. Nevercheck

    Nevercheck TS Rookie

    how old is ur motherboard??

    how old is the mobo?? if its more than 2-3 years old it probably only has agp graphics, and those cards are cheap, like 120$ for the high end, but if i were you, and ur mobo is that old, you might want to invest in a newer mobo, for about 100$ and you could put the faster pci-e cards in. Pci still make good fast graphics cards, but pci-e is 2x or 4x faster
     
  6. imstilllearning

    imstilllearning TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    My computer is a HP media center from 2006 and it's pci as i stated earlier,
    it's a good setup with a poor card (graphics)
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    There are three main graphics slots: PCI, PCI Express (PCI-E for short) and AGP. PCI Express is the latest type of slot, followed by AGP and PCI. You need to download and run Everest Home Edition from here. Expand the Motherboard option in the left pane and under this, there will be another Motherboard option. Click on this and it will display some information in the main window. Copy and paste this info into a post.
     
  8. imstilllearning

    imstilllearning TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    There you are

    Field Value
    Motherboard Properties
    Motherboard ID 07/29/2005-RS482-SB400-Amberine-00
    Motherboard Name Unknown

    Front Side Bus Properties
    Bus Type AMD Hammer
    Real Clock 200 MHz
    Effective Clock 200 MHz
    HyperTransport Clock 1000 MHz

    Memory Bus Properties
    Bus Type Dual DDR SDRAM
    Bus Width 128-bit
    Real Clock 200 MHz (DDR)
    Effective Clock 400 MHz
    Bandwidth 6400 MB/s
     
  9. imstilllearning

    imstilllearning TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Reading further into this Everest program I found this:
    Device Description
    ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Chipset - PCI Express Root Port
    Does this mean it's PCI-e?
     
  10. ColdFusion1990

    ColdFusion1990 TS Rookie Posts: 141

    yeah, thats good
     
  11. imstilllearning

    imstilllearning TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Excellent

    Well that's good news but now I think the graphics cards I looked at are probably agp judging by the price,

    Change of plans,now the price range is 200 US$ to $250.
    I want a great graphics card otherwise I would just settle for what I have instead of getting a slight upgrade.

    I really want to try Nvidia due to the positive feedback I receive so often on them.I suppose I'd rather not upgrade the power supply but I'm not totally against that option,whats the average price to boost your voltage?

    Perhaps that question isn't easily answered,let's stick w the original.
    What Nvidia is best for me?

    I like games such as:Battlefield 2142,Half life 2 deathmatch and I'm a small fan of MMO RPG's but might be a big fan if I had the power to run them in an ideal setting.

    Thanks again for all the help.
     
     
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    I found this PSU on Newegg and it's perfect for this card. Together they go around ~5 over your budget but if you can't/won't cross that line, get this card instead. It's an ATi card but a great one at that and a better performer than it's NVIDIA counterpart here. But the performance difference between those two and the 7950GT is quite large mind you. (the 7950GT being of course, the better card)
    The power supply is of superb quality and highly recommended. So the video card is upto you to decide.
    I hope I helped :).
     
  13. imstilllearning

    imstilllearning TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Yes you have helped and I appreciate you looking into this and helping,
    You know I've never been very partial to certain brands,I really like the first one you showed me and it's plenty close to budget.After reading the reviews it sounds like exactly what I need.

    Perhaps soon I'll build my own computer but for now I'm gonna make a power pack out of this one as much as I can reasonably because it was free since my friend bought himself a Dell XPS he just gave me this one!!!

    Thanks again
    James

    P.S.nice avatar I love that game
     
  14. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    NP we're all here to help. Just wanted you to make a good choice that's all.
    And thanks, Blood Money was the best game I've ever played, period. So it's my way of expressing that.
     
  15. imstilllearning

    imstilllearning TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Thanks I'm glad you showed me that,nice psu also it'll work great for me w the new card.
    Yeah blood money rules and I still play stealth assasin every blue moon again,I've been hearing that they're going to make a Hitman motion picture!Let's hope they do it right because that could be an awesome movie.
     
  16. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    I'm happy I helped you make a good choice. Hope to see you around here more often then? ;)
    Cheers and enjoy your new card! :grinthumb
     
  17. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 651

    Wait

    I would wait about 2 weeks before making any choice as of just yet as nVidia is releasing its 8xxx midgrade cards. i.e. the 8600GS GT and GT Ultra.

    The performance on paper is going to be on par with that of a 7950GT or somplace in that area but you also get the future proof of a direct x 10 card. Yeah somone is going to say "blah blah DX10 whupty s#$@. its not going anyplace fast" but what if it does ? I like to be prepaired for the future instead of buying somthing here and now and being skunked 3 months down the road.

    The new cards are going to have a estimated price tag starting at $175 from what I have read. I guess they will top out at the $225 range.

    The choice is up to you.
     
  18. bdcjec

    bdcjec TS Rookie

    Now you REALLYgot him confused.
     
  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Good point Jim. I didn't know about that. If you can wait imstilllearning, you could get a better card for the same price, since the release date for the new cards is April 17th. But if you really need one now, that 7950GT is right there. As Jim put it, the choice is yours to make.
     
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