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Recommend me a Video Card!!

By alvdy
Dec 27, 2006
  1. Hi there everybody!
    I was wondering if anyone could recommend me a graphics card?
    I am a student with a part time job and not much money! I am currently building a computer and need a good graphics card that will play The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Age Of Empires III, do everyday school work and surf the web etc and would be compatible with the AsRock 775V88 Motherboard.
    (Specs Here )
    I live in New Zealand so if I cannot find the recommended boards here then i will probably ignore them as I do not really want to import into the country as i do not know if NZ has any import rules!!!
    Thanks in advance for and recommendations!!!
    Cheers
    Allan
     
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Well, it's a bit of a tall order actually. The games you are wanting to play require fairly powerful graphics cards.

    You need to get an AGP graphics card. The first thing you need to confirm is whether or not your current PSU will be enough to power a new card, otherwise you'll need to budget a new PSU in as well.

    Open up your case and look at the sticker attached to the power supply and read how many watts your PSU is rated at. Also look at the chart on the sticker. How many amps on the +12v rail?
     
  3. alvdy

    alvdy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    Hi there
    Thanks for the quick reply!
    The PSU is a 400W Maxcase PSU.
    The +12V rail is 12Amps!
    Cheers
    Allan

    Edit: The only things that i currently have are a Case, PSU, Wireless Card (which we already had and i will probably not use!) and a fan. That Motherboard is the one that I wish to buy as I believe that AsRock have a good record and in NZ I can get it at a good price.
    Cheers
    Allan
     
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    If you haven't already bought your board, I'll offer you some food for thought.

    I'd recommend you get a board that is compatible with the core 2 duo CPUS. You don't necessarily need to get that CPU now, but if you get a motherboard that is compatible with those CPUs, then at least you leave your upgrade options open.

    Another big point, is that the board you are looking at is AGP for graphics. If you are getting a new board, you might as well get one that is PCIe x16 for graphics, otherwise again you are shooting yourself in the foot for upgrades.

    If you get that board you are looking at, you could probably build a decent system using it, but when it comes time to upgrade it again you will have extremely limited choices.

    Your PSU is going to be questionable. My guess is, it will be enough. It has enough wattage, no problem there, it is the amps on the +12v rail that are a little on the thin side for a powerful graphics card.

    As for your graphics card look at the 7600 lineup of cards, or if your budget will allow it, the 7800 lineup.

    Good luck!
     
  5. alvdy

    alvdy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    That motherboard does not support the new core 2 duo CPUs. Is there a particular website you are shopping from? If so, I (or someone else on this forum) could take a look at it for you, and help pick a board within your price range.

    As for that graphics card you linked, it depends. The 6800GS comes in both AGP and PCI-E x16 versions. You'd have to be sure you order the right one.
     
  7. alvdy

    alvdy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

  8. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    The new core 2 duo cpus are different from the Pentium D dual core 65nm processors. In fact, they are in completely different leagues which is why I am suggesting you get a board that supports them.

    It has been many years since a new CPU came out that is THIS much better than the competition. The Core 2 duos are revolutionary, and extremely fast.

    They start at $270 Nz dollars.

    Here is one option for motherboards for you. If you can give us a list of what parts you need and your exact budget we can put something together for you ;)
    http://supercheappc.biz/site/product_info.php?cPath=1_40_118&products_id=1917
     
  9. alvdy

    alvdy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    That Motherboard looks great. In my price range too! (Are the screw spacings standard on motherboards? So any ATX motherboard will fit in any ATX case)
    I need: Graphics Card
    Sound Card
    CPU + Heatsink
    Etc

    Maybe I should tell you what I already have:
    Case ( Max Case A601 Form: ATX MID TOWER CASE)
    Power Supply (400W +12V rail = 12Amps)
    1 Fan
    Wireless Card

    Edit: My budget is a saving in progress.. when i have gathered enough money for one component then I will buy it.

    Cheers
    Allan
     
  10. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    You are going to need to get a new PSU. That one is not very good. Try looking for one from Antec, Enermac, PCP&C, Fortron, or OCZ.
     
  11. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I have a crap PSU as well, although, instead of buying and re-wiring my whole computer I bought this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817153037

    It isn't too expensive and can even power one of the most powerful video card (8800GTS). It's cheap and easy to install too.

    NOTE:
    This is only neccesary with power supplies that require additional power.
     
  12. alvdy

    alvdy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

  13. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    Yup, screw spacings should be the same.
     
  14. alvdy

    alvdy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

  15. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

  16. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    The raidmax PSUs that come with case's are trash, but some of the ones that are sold individually are decent quality. I can't find any reviews on that particular PSU model, but it may be fine.

    I'd still recommend staying with a proven reliable maker. Have a read here:
    http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1045259
     
  17. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Sorry for the late reply. Stay away from anything that isn't listed HERE.

    So, yes, that Raidmax could be worrisome. Normally people would just say to take a risk with a PSU and if it fails, get a new one. But the reason we are all so careful, is that usually when the PSU fails, it takes most of the rest of the system with it.
     
  18. alvdy

    alvdy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    Hi guys sorry i haven't replied in a while.
    is this a good power supply here?
    Cheers
    Allan

    Edit: there is a review here.
     
  19. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    There are no specs for it :suspiciou ! Antec is a good name for power supplies; that I know.
     
  20. alvdy

    alvdy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    If you look at the review that i posted as an edit there are specs there and it gets a 10/10 on that site.
     
  21. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Sorry, I didn't see that! That seems rather expensive with features you probably won't use. It's a good quality Power Supply but the person who's selling it is charging a high price. Note that it has 24A on 12V Rail.
     
  22. alvdy

    alvdy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    Is 24A on the 12V rail good?
    What about this one here?

    EDIT: or this one here.
    Or this one here
    its on the list of recommended PSU's supplied above. Its a Thermaltake PurePower 560W PSU. The two +12V rails each supply 18Amps.
     
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