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What is the best (and compatible) video card for me?


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#1 The Shining Wizard

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 11:42 AM

Not looking for anything too fancy.

This is what I have atm:

Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver Report


Report Date: 06/05/2011
Report Time[hr:mm:ss]: 22:12:05
Driver Version: 6.14.10.4926
Operating System: Windows XP* Professional, Service Pack 3 (5.1.2600)
Default Language: English
DirectX* Version: 9.0
Physical Memory: 2039 MB
Minimum Graphics Memory: 8 MB
Maximum Graphics Memory: 64 MB
Graphics Memory in Use: 7 MB
Processor: x86
Processor Speed: 2925 MHZ
Vendor ID: 8086
Device ID: 2772
Device Revision: 02


* Accelerator Information *

Accelerator in Use: Intel® 82945G Express Chipset Family
Video BIOS: 1215
Current Graphics Mode: 1280 by 720 True Color (60 Hz)



* Devices Connected to the Graphics Accelerator *


Active Monitors: 1


* Monitor *

Monitor Name: Plug and Play Monitor
Display Type: Analog
Gamma Value: 2.20
DDC2 Protocol: Supported
Maximum Image Size: Horizontal: 16.0 inches
Vertical: 9.0 inches
Monitor Supported Modes:
640 by 480 (60 Hz)
640 by 480 (67 Hz)
640 by 480 (72 Hz)
640 by 480 (75 Hz)
720 by 400 (70 Hz)
800 by 600 (56 Hz)
800 by 600 (60 Hz)
800 by 600 (72 Hz)
800 by 600 (75 Hz)
832 by 624 (75 Hz)
1024 by 768 (60 Hz)
1024 by 768 (70 Hz)
1024 by 768 (75 Hz)
1280 by 720 (60 Hz)
1280 by 1280 (60 Hz)
1366 by 768 (60 Hz)
Display Power Management Support:
Standby Mode: Not Supported
Suspend Mode: Not Supported
Active Off Mode: Supported

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 01:50 PM

We will need more information to better help you. I suggest you use Speccy to get us a fuller report of what your computer has in it. What is your computer being used for? A high-end card isn't necessary if you aren't gaming, though, you should have a decent card if you do certain tasks. Do you know how much wattage your power supply has? Many good, and even mid-range, graphics cards require certain amounts of power. Did you build this PC yourself or bought it off-the-shelf? If you did get it in a store, giving us the computer's model and manufacturer information will help, too.

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 04:50 PM

Also the size of the case matters too.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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#4 The Shining Wizard

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 11:12 AM

Here are my full system specs from Speccy: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OLD34PID

And no, I will not be using it for gaming. I'm not much of a gamer. I may play the occasional shooter game but it's been years since I've done that.

I do not know what the wattage of my power supply is.

Also, I was wondering if a video card is necessary to be able to play DVDs in my computer. Like, normal movie DVDs.

As far as the size of my case goes... I don't know. I got my computer (the entire thing) from HCL some years ago, but over the years I've made a lot of changes to it, like I've got a new monitor in place now, I've upgraded my RAM etc. I even changed the computer casing, got it from this obscure little company called MRon, and this is what it looks like: http://www.indiamart.com/mron-international/other-products.html#cpu

Edited by The Shining Wizard, 06 June 2011 - 11:14 AM.


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Posted 06 June 2011 - 05:07 PM

According to that case you changed, it apparently has 450W power supply included already, is that true?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 05:09 PM

Assuming you've got a 450W power supply, I would go for a Radeon 5770/6770 or perhaps a 6670.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 01:26 AM

The 6670 would do for occasional gaming and playing DVD movies.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:54 AM

Yes, I do believe it is 450W. Thanks for the help, both 6670 and 6770 look great. I'll buy one of those.

Another question - it says that these two cards are "DDR3", so I was wondering if my RAM being DDR2 would cause any problem.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 04:24 PM

No, it will not. DDR3 on a graphics card is independent of system RAM. There are exceptions with integrated graphics cards, which are not dedicated cards installed in the system.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 12:32 AM

Pretty much dedicated graphics card has it's own video ram.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 07 August 2011 - 10:05 PM

Right so I'm a bit late here, I know... but I haven't actually bought that Radeon card yet as it's a bit out of my budget... so I was looking at some cards a bit cheaper than those Radeon ones mentioned and I came across this: http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gt-440-us.html and http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gts-450-us.html

They're MUCH MORE within my budget, and I can easily get it immediately but only if you guys think I can actually install one of those in my system and if it's actually a good choice.

Edited by The Shining Wizard, 07 August 2011 - 10:15 PM.


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Posted 08 August 2011 - 02:07 AM

What is your budget?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 08 August 2011 - 03:39 PM

The XFX HD-667X-ZHF3 Radeon HD 6670 1GB costs about the same and runs faster. I would go for any 6600 series card over a lower end GT 400 card due to the performance and driver issues.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 04:46 PM

And it's newer :)

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 09:24 AM

OOH... OK, that's awesome. And just $83? Oh yeah, I am SO buying that. Thanks for the help. Much appreciated.




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