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#1 Original_Shifty

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 11:39 AM

Hi all. I built my first computer at the end of 2005 and I just recently purchased a Samsung SyncMaster 2253bw 22 inch LCD monitor. Moving from my old 15 inch Dell CRT monitor, I really notice when watching dvd's on my computer the colour shading isn't very smooth. I don't know the term to describe it but, for example, if there is a shot of a sunset, there isn't a smooth change in colour as you move from the brightest point of the sun to the different shades of sunlight as you move away from the sun. You can see definate rings of colour-band changes.

Anyway, I'm chalking this up to my graphic card that I knew, when I bought it, wasn't the best on the market and would get me by. But now, I'd like to upgrade it. Any recommendations?

My budget is $100 to $250.

Here are my system specs:


Mobo: Asus P5LD2-VM 775 Intel 945G

CPU: Intel P4 3.2GHz - LGA775 Socket

Graphics: Asus NVidia EN6600GT GeForce PCX6600

Memory: Kingston DDR2 533Mhz 2x512MB

Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 2253bw (using the digital cable instead of vga)

Power Supply: Antec Solution SLK3700BQE (mid tower case) which includes a 350 Watt power supply


I'm having a feeling any upgrade to video card at this point will require a power supply upgrade too, but I'd hope not to do that at this time, but I will if I neeed to.

Thank you for any information anyone can provide.

Edited by Original_Shifty, 27 December 2008 - 11:40 AM.


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Posted 27 December 2008 - 11:53 AM

It's called "banding". Verify the output is 32bpp, not 16bpp. 16 bit color is guaranteed to cause banding on gentle color/brightness transients. Due to the memory limitation of the card, you might be limited to 16bpp at 1680X1050.

So far as an "upgrade", what are your requirements as for gaming etc? You can find sub $50 cards that will do the job for you if you just want to surf/watch movies.

Edited by dpunisher, 27 December 2008 - 11:54 AM.

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#3 Original_Shifty

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 12:35 PM

Thanks for your reply.

I'm a really limited gamer. I play Medal of Honor and Call of Duty for the most part, and then it's mostly MOH online.

All my settings point to 32bit colour and I am at a 1680x1050 res rate.


I ran a test from PC Pitstop and the results were:

Video: 55 MP/sec (Typical is 108 MP/sec) - I scored in the bottom 9%
3D Video: 898 fps (Typical is 699 fps) - I scored in the top 20%

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:32 PM

Your biggest limiting factor is going to be your power supply, but you should still be able to get a decent graphics card. The GeForce GTX 200 series requires too much power and many of the GeForce 9-series cards also require more power than your 350W power supply can provide.

If you don't want to replace your power supply:

EVGA 512-P3-N954-TR GeForce 9500 GT 512MB
XFX PVT86JYAHG GeForce 8500 GT 512MB

If you want to replace your power supply, I tried to keep the price for the GPU and PSU below $250 combined:

PSU: Sunbeam PSU-HUSH680-US-BL 680W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply - Cheap and gets good reviews.

GPU: EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB
GPU: POWERCOLOR AX4870 512MD5-PPH Radeon HD 4870 512MB
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 10:51 AM

Thanks for your recommendations. I am definately going to look into those options.




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