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#1 freedomwins08

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 07:55 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102726

What does it mean by crossfire? Do i need another videocard in crossfire mode for this one to be useful? Can I just use this one as the my sole videocard? Will a single one of these crossfire videocards work on this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131296

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 08:01 PM

First of all you have crossfire which applies to ATI video cards and SLI with applies to Nvidia. Second most of the time 1 graphics card is enough for up to a 24" monitor or so. Most of the time where SLI and crossfire are usefull is when you wanting to have your games displayed on your 42" or 50" flat pannel tv and still have good fps.

Third that card is not a good card for gaming, its only 128bit which sucks. The minimum bit you want to run depending on monitor size is the 192bit Nvidia 9600GSO but for the price its almost better to look at the 256bit 9800GT or higher. IF you want an ATI card then you want to look at the 4850 or higher depending on how much performance you want and again monitor size.

Basically if you want to game plan on spending $100 minimum otherwise you will probably be disapointed.

But for more accurate info please write down the current specs of your system.

Edited by Lucky23, 17 December 2008 - 08:03 PM.

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#3 freedomwins08

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 08:16 PM

Monitor size is 19 inches, and the max it does is 1280 x 1024. I dont plan to play the newest games. Maybe some of the older games like Oblivion or COD4. So games that came out in 2006-2007 or older is all I really need to be able to play. I just need something that will get those games up and running. My CPU is Q9550 and 4 Gigs PC8500 Ram, I know the videocard is bottlenecking but I dont want to spend more than $75 at the moment on a videocard, and then in a year or so ill spend $200-300 when the next generation of video cards are out to play the newer PC games.

Also since the board supports Crossfire wouldnt it be smarter to go with an ATI GPU over a Nvidia GPU, im guessing Asus boards are tested well with Ati cards.

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 08:26 PM

What does it mean "HDMI adapter included" Can I plug in a PS3 or Xbox 360 into this videocard and display a 1080P image on my monitor?


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102804

And some videocards say "HDCP ready" what does that mean?

Edited by freedomwins08, 17 December 2008 - 08:30 PM.


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Posted 17 December 2008 - 09:52 PM

Uhm, if your monitor can only run 1024x768 and you want to upgrade your video card, i'd be looking at monitors instead.

HDMI adaptor would be to hook up your computer to a TV, more likely...


19inches and 1024x768 resoltion sounds absolutely horrible... like you should be able to crank that thing up to 1440x900 at very very least. Have you tried to increase the screen resolution before? Also, is it widescreen?

What is your current video card anyways? With the CPU and RAM you said up there, it should be running fine, and without and trouble if you bought it pre-built.

Almost anything between 100-150$ should play those older games, and any newer games on your system without a problem.


Crossfire/SLI is ONLY useful on a board if you plan to get a second video card and link them up later. It sounds like you shouldn't need it.

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 11:23 PM

Exactly as above if your 19" only goes to that resolution then it is possibly old and if it is than that means the refresh rate is probably high which isn't good for gaming.

For around that price this card would be good im using the older version called and 8800gs on a 22" and i get good FPS.

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 01:12 AM

Some graphics cards and monitors have HDMI ports. HDMI can send high definition video and audio in a single cable. Since the card you are looking at has only DVI ports, don't worry about the HDMI unless you get a monitor that only uses HDMI, which is rare. I have a monitor that uses HDMI or DVI but my graphics card has only DVI ports so I use DVI to connect the monitor to the PC. In order to get a 1080p image on the screen you need to have a digital output, such as DVI or HDMI for the best image, and a large screen with a high enough resolution, such as a 24 inch monitor or higher. You can tell if the monitor can support 1080p by looking at the maximum resolution. HDCP is a largely ineffective form of content protection. Some content providers can limit the resolution, or refuse to play, if the output is not HDCP compliant. In order to avoid any issues with HDCP, you should get a monitor that has HDMI (since HDMI supports HDCP by default) or DVI along with a graphics card that supports HDCP.

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 07:11 PM

I'm still paranoid with your monitor. 1280x1024 is not right, even for a really old 19inch. Although, is it widescreen? I was thinking is was widescreen, because once you get that large of a monitor, its about time to go wide. How old is it?

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 07:40 PM

Its probably standard not wide screen and probably older so that resolution would be the same as a 19-20" CRT. Can you post the model number and brand of the monitor??
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