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video card recomendation

By jimh33
Sep 16, 2007
  1. hi i am looking for a recomendation for a video card i have an hp 8034n athlon duo core 5000 3gb ram ddr2 400gb hd play a lot of flight sim games but right now have onboard graphics am looking at geforce 7900gs 8500gt and an 8600gt from bfg they have whats called thermointelligence cooling anybody heard of it supposed to run cooler than standard cards ? don't need a high end card but a real good midrange .hows the ati versus nvidia ? and choice between 256 and 512 mb memory.thanks.
     
  2. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Hi, if you have a max on what you would be willing to spend i could pick out a perfect card.

    Honestly DX10 mid range is a complete and udder waste of money, this includes 8500gt-8600gts and HD2400-2600 complete series'. They suck.

    If the 7900gs is in your price range, get an X1950PRO and order it from newegg, also what kind, wattage, and amperage on +12v rail(s) you have.
     
  3. jimh33

    jimh33 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    the wattage and rating is 500 watts and 18amps ond both 12v rails.
     
  4. jimh33

    jimh33 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    sorry forgot this on last post which is better of the 2 nvidia or ati and is it a waste to get the 512mb versions or is that overkill?thanks
     
  5. jimh33

    jimh33 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    i believe the specs for the 1950 are a power supply with 22a or more on both 12v rails how about the ati x1650xt?
     
  6. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Dont worry, your PSU is fine for the X1950pro, 512mb is ok if you go with the x1950pro, but if its outta your price range just get 256mb it will be good.

    I had a 450w no-name with 18A on one rail run my system (7800gt instead of x1900xtx) so your fine.

    That card will run any game at good quality with good fps.
     
  7. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

  8. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    Try 30a (maybe a little less).
     
  9. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

  10. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    Maximum combined wattage on the 12v rails-divided by 12= amps
     
  11. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Well ya, 18 amps on 2 rails is great and can handle eitherof these cards
     
  12. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    You do not just add the 2 rails together. I have 2-18a rails and 22amps. You are totally wrong and giving bad advice.

    Read this and correct me if I'm wrong.

    http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=205763
     
  13. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Lol, does your PSU have +12v1 at 18A and +12v2 at 18A

    If so it should be fine to run it.
     
  14. jimh33

    jimh33 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    the specs are 5v 30a 12v1 18a 12v2 18a +3.3v 30a _12v .08a +5vsb 7.5 a
     
  15. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    That PSU is fine for that video card.
     
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