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Time To Buy A New Video Card...


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#1 Alex Brown

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 06:30 PM

Hello, everyone. I've only posted a couple times here, but it seems like the people here are very knowledgeable. I've found a couple video cards that I might purchase because they are cheap (Around $100), and I was wondering which one everyone would go for, and if they had a "Better" suggestion, preferably for around the same price or less. Thanks very much!

Here were the cards I was looking at purchasing (in no preferential order):

Powercolor ATI Radeon 9600 XT 256 MB - $96

Sapphire ATI Radeon X700 128 MB - $109

XFX GeForce 6600 256 MB - $110

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 06:07 AM

Are we talking PCIe or AGP?
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Posted 19 January 2006 - 06:27 AM

AGP. I'll probably have to upgrade the power supply too, as I only have a 260-something watt supply.

Other stats are as follows:

512 MB RAM
P4 3.2 GHz Processor
XP SP2 Installed

*Edit* And current vid card is a Radeon 9200, which really does not look great by any means.

Edited by Alex Brown, 19 January 2006 - 06:28 AM.


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Posted 19 January 2006 - 02:49 PM

I'd prefer the GeForce 6600 but the x700 Radeon is also a competitive choice, but either beats the 9600XT by a mile. Your right about the PSU, 260W ain't gonna cut it. If I remember correctly they both have a minimum requirement of 300W so you should look at 300-400W of quality power.
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Posted 19 January 2006 - 03:01 PM

Yeah, I was liking the x700 as well. I was also thinking Radeon 9800 Pro or GeForce 6800, and I guess I'm a little more willing to shell out the cash if those options are better.

As for the power supply, is there anyway that I could <i>over</i>power the computer and fry the motherboard or something? I am really not familiar with how to install them, but I'm sure there are guides and whatnot online.

Thanks again for your input on this topic! Sorry for all the questions

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 03:15 PM

Better cards, and more expensive, though popular and good recommendations, would be the 6600GT or even better the 6800GS.

As for the power; overpowering a computer is impossible the PSU only give the amount of power the computer happens to need at the moment. Installing a PSU usually involves 4 screws and connecting a bunch of connectors, which you can't connect to the wrong hole or the wrong way around.
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Posted 19 January 2006 - 03:16 PM

Hmm... well I will look into your reccomendations. Are there any specific statistics/ratings you should look for on a power supply when buying it?

Edited by Alex Brown, 19 January 2006 - 03:17 PM.


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Posted 19 January 2006 - 04:17 PM

For the PSU, make sure it has enough Watts, and modern computers really like 12V so make sure you've got enough Amps on the 12V rail (>20), and last but not least make sure that it is a good quality power supply from a trusted brand.

Here is a list I stole from a post made by linderman:

ATX Power Supplies - Brands from A to Z

*** RATED BY QUALITY ***

Key
H = High Quality (Good Solid Reliable Brand)
M = Medium Quality (In-between)
L = Low Quality (Cheap Generic)
U = Unknown


A-Power................L
A-Top..................L
A+GPB..................L
AcBel..................L
AC Ryan (Ryanpower)....L
Aerocool...............U
AG.....................L
Ahanix.................L
Akasa..................L
Allied.................L
Antec..................M/H
AOpen..................L/M
APC....................L
Apex Allied............L
Aspire.................L/M
Astec..................L
Athena.................L
BFG....................L
Broadway Gaming........U
Channel Well...........L
CHAS...................L
Chenbro................U
Chieftec...............L
Coba...................L
Codegen................L
Conrad.................M
CoolerMaster...........H
CoolMax................M
Crystal................L
Dell...................L
Delta..................L
Diablo.................L
Eagle..................L
Echo Star..............L
Enermax................H
Engleking..............M
Enlight................M
Epson..................L
FDK....................L
Fortron (FSP)..........H
Gateway................L
Gazelle Multimedia.....L
Global Marketing.......L
GPower.................L
Guardian...............L
Herolchi...............M
Hipro..................L
HP/Compaq..............L
HPC International......L
Huntkey................L
I-Star.................L
IBM Redundant..........U (expensive)
Intel Redundant........U (expensive)
In Win.................L
Jaguar.................U
Kensington.............L
Kingwin................L
L&C....................L
Leadman................L
Levicom................L
LiteOn.................U
Logisys................U
Mad Dog................L/M
Maxtron................L
MGE....................L
MGE Vortec.............M
MorningStar............L
NEC....................L
Newton.................L
Nexus..................L
Noise Magic............L
NorthQ.................M
Nspire.................L
OCZ....................H
Omega..................L
Packard Bell...........L
PC Power & Cooling.....H
PC-World (PCW).........L
PCMCIS.................U
Power..................L
PowerStream............L
PowerTek...............L
PowerUp................L
PowMax.................L
PowMax XPower..........L
Premium................L
Pyramid................L
Q-Tec..................L
Q-Technology...........L
RaidMax................U
Real Power.............L
Rosewill...............L
SCS....................L
SeaSonic...............H
Shuttle................L
Silent Purepower.......U
SilenX.................L
Silverstone............H
Sky Hawk (Eagle Tech)..L
Sparkle................H
Star Micronics.........L
StarTech...............L
Sun....................L
SuperFlower............L
Supermicro.............L
Tagan..................H
Task...................L
ThermalTake............M
Topower................L
Tri-Mag................L
TSP....................L
Tyan Tiger.............L
TTGI...................L
Ultra-Power Computer...L
Ultra..................M
Ultra X-Connect........L
Vantec.................H
Verax..................H
Vigor..................U
Xion...................L
xPCgear................L
Zalman.................H
Zippy..................L


Personally I've had good experiences with Antec and Enermax.

Edited by Mr Alpha, 19 January 2006 - 04:18 PM.

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 04:25 PM

Just my 2, but I've had a Zalman power supply for about a year now and it's never given me any problems.

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 05:34 PM

For the video card I would buy a 6800 or 6600GT. Either will perform fine for games, but, the 6800 will perform better but, is harder to find in AGP and cost more than a 6600GT, which I am more than satisfied with myself. As for power supplies I recommend the following: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16817189003
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16817104953
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16817174019

All are very stable and will run your system well without costing too much.

Edited by welco, 19 January 2006 - 05:34 PM.

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