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Need Help Picking A Cheap Video Card


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#1 Rocky Bennett

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 08:57 AM

Hello All,

Well I am real happy with my first build, but I was thinking of adding a cheap video card. I am happy with my video performance now, I don't play any games or anything although I do edit some high def video and I do have a Blu Ray player in my system. For a cheap video card I was considering these:

 

http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=01g-p3-1302-lr

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130815

 

I have an Asus Z 97A motherboard and a Raidmax Z ATX-502 WBR, Mid Tower. Would either one of these video cards give me an improvement in video quality? I am open to suggestions, my budget is about $75. Thanks in advance.


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Posted 07 March 2015 - 12:50 PM

Honestly just about any discreet video card is going to give you an improvement over onboard graphics.  I think the GTX 550 TI is within your price range and better than both the cards you  suggested.



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Posted 07 March 2015 - 12:52 PM

Honestly just about any discreet video card is going to give you an improvement over onboard graphics.  I think the GTX 550 TI is within your price range and better than both the cards you  suggested.

 

 

Thanks. Looks like it is out of stock at Amazon, but I will check Newegg. How about this one;

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11216-00-20G/dp/B00DR3M050/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1425742188&sr=1-5&keywords=graphics+card


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Posted 07 March 2015 - 12:55 PM

Honestly just about any discreet video card is going to give you an improvement over onboard graphics.  I think the GTX 550 TI is within your price range and better than both the cards you  suggested.

 

 

It is out of stock at Newegg as well and kind of expensive on ebay. Is there any other good cards that are not discontinued?


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Posted 07 March 2015 - 01:01 PM

Since a PNY was recommended, how about this one;

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133542


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Posted 07 March 2015 - 01:31 PM

Yes that looks like a good card for the price the Radeon you posted is better than that pny .. unfortunately once you get under the sub 100.. price range its just not worth it for vendors to carry the card. LoL ..the Radeon you posted has double the bandwidth so it will be better than the pny 730



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Posted 07 March 2015 - 02:13 PM

Thanks. I was leaning towards the PNY 730 because of the DTS HDMaster Audio and a couple of other things, but I will definitely look closer at the Radeon.


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Posted 07 March 2015 - 02:31 PM

Yes that looks like a good card for the price the Radeon you posted is better than that pny .. unfortunately once you get under the sub 100.. price range its just not worth it for vendors to carry the card. LoL ..the Radeon you posted has double the bandwidth so it will be better than the pny 730

 

 

I went to Sapphire site and I think I am sold. Thanks.


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Posted 07 March 2015 - 02:49 PM

Will my motherboard support the Radeon video card?

 

http://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Z97A/


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Posted 07 March 2015 - 04:15 PM

Yes sorry I was creating a post it will work .. whats your power supply wattage? Thats a really nice mainboard too.. how do you like the crystalsound that comes out of it.. is it that good?  Do you have good enough headset or speakers that take it for good advantage?


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Posted 08 March 2015 - 09:12 AM

Yes sorry I was creating a post it will work .. whats your power supply wattage? Thats a really nice mainboard too.. how do you like the crystalsound that comes out of it.. is it that good?  Do you have good enough headset or speakers that take it for good advantage?

 

 

Thanks for the input. I have a 750 watt Bronze, so I think I am OK in that dept. The reason that I was concerned is because the Sapphire website indicates that this graphics card uses PCI Express 3.0, and I wasn't sure that my card handles that.

 

As far as the audio, I am an audiophile so I do not use the onboard sound capabilities at all. My desktop stereo consists of PSB Alpha speakers driven by a Marantz amplifier which is fed by a USB DAC like this one;

http://us.marantz.com/us/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?CatId=HiFiComponents&SubCatId=0&ProductId=HDDAC1

 

I run my computer audio system in the WASAPI mode, like this; https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd371455(v=vs.85).aspx  I have about 7 terabytes of high fidelity music on my computer which I use as a music server.


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