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#1 Sandy K

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 10:58 PM

I'm looking for a good video card to meet my needs. I want something that will allow me to play movies from my DVD ROM drive and videos from the internet with good quality picture. I would also like to use it to connect to my TV using either S-video or HDTV connection (No HD-TV at the moment, but would like to upgrade). Not much of a Gamer.

Also, which is better/faster... AGP or PCI express?

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 08:23 PM

Same person as above just new login.

Right now I'm looking at an ATI Radeon X1800XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 for $230. Would rather spend less but want good quality. Any tips would be appreciated!

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 12:03 AM

PCI-Express is much faster in bandwitdh and speed. You might want something like X1300 All in wonder, ( All in wonder means it has a TV tuner and can do everything an oridinary TV tuner can do.) You can find it here, or probably on Newegg.
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 11:37 AM

I do also want a TV tuner but was concerned that if it came on the card that it would hurt the quality of the actual video card itself.


The differences I notice in the two are the: pixel pipelines (the X1300 is 4 and the X1800 is 16) and the memory interface is 128 bit instead of 256.

Would I notice not having higher numbers in these areas?

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 11:05 PM

It'll be able to handle all your video goodness. Yes it doesn't have as many pixel pipelines, but you'll only need that unless you want to play high end games. It's a lower end card, but you really don't need it for watching videos on your TV.
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Posted 22 August 2006 - 08:29 AM

During my recent research on a new vid card for my existing computer I found that AGP cards don't seem to be in developement any more. For nVidia chipsets they seem to top out at the GE Force 7800 - while the PCIe cards just keep getting better.

So, in order to be able to expand later on - I'd go with the PCIe card. I got an AGP card for my system as a "stopgap" until I build my next system (with PCIe).
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