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What video card?

By djlain
Jan 29, 2009
  1. My video card is taking a dump. It is a Nvidia 8500GT PCI-E card. I'm not sure if I should get a better one or one just like it again? My specs are:

    1. Motherboard - MSI

    2. Graphic interface - PCI Express x16 x2

    3. Memory - 2gb ddr

    4. CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual

    5. CPU Speed - 2.10ghz

    6. Power Supply Make/Model - No clue?? No sticker on it.

    7. Watt output/Amperage - 600W (this is all I know about it)


    I play mostly mmo type games, sims 2 and planning on playing Diablo 3 and Sims 3 when they come out.
    I also watch a lot of movies online.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Err...no sticker? not even on the powersupply? Do you know were your computer came from?

    What is your budget?

    Your power supply will probably handle a
    SAPPHIRE 100255L Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - $79

    You could maybe get away with this
    SAPPHIRE 100265L Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - $94


    BTW what happend to your 8500gt and were you getting good performance with it?
     
  3. djlain

    djlain TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It didn't come with the case. I would have to unplug everything and open my case because I think the sticker is on the side of the power supply. I'm looking to spend around 120$

    My 8500 overheated and is now slowly fading away. I was getting good performace with it =]
    I prefer Nvidia btw =]
     
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Well...not knowing your powersupply could be problematic.

    You could go with an open box 8800gt for $100
    Open Box: MSI NX8800GT 512M OC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
    Open box just means it was previously used and returned, but verified to work.

    Or a normal 9800gt (same card) for $125
    EVGA 512-P3-N973-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail


    Even a 9600gt for $104
    EVGA 512-P3-N860-TR GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    May want to make sure you can fit a dual slot card first.
     
  5. djlain

    djlain TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I really don't like MSI brand products. I've had nothing but bad luck with them. Yes I know my mobo is MSI, but when I bought it I didn't have much choice. I'll try to read my power supply sticker: It's a Thremaltake Purepower 500 (so it's a 500W not 600w) ATX 12V 2.0 any other info I could prob get off it, but it was hard to read. So the 8800gt and the 9800gt is the same card??
     
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Ok i looked it up, looks like it can support up to a 9800gt or 4850 maybe.

    Yes the 8800gt and 9800gt are the same.
     
  7. djlain

    djlain TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok thank you very much =]
     
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