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Planning To Upgrade Video Card


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#1 Glunn11

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 11:30 AM

Hello BC community!
I am considering an upgrade from my Intel 82945G video card, after I up my RAM to 1 GB. The problem is, I've visited ATi's and nVIDIA's websites and could not understand a lot of the video card lingo.
I have downloaded Everest Free Edition and got a system specs scan as follows:

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I don't intend on getting a really expensive card - I'd like one for under $100 if possible. The card needs to be T&L compatible and have overall good performance .
Thanks!

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 12:07 PM

Get the ATI Radeon X1550, all it needs is a PCI slot.
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Posted 02 July 2007 - 03:42 PM

You got a PCIe x16 slot. Any modern card should work, providing you have a big enough power supply, and with a under $100 card even that shouldn't be a problem.

EDIT: At $100 you could get a GeForce 8500GT.

Edited by Mr Alpha, 02 July 2007 - 03:43 PM.

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 08:51 PM

Alright, thanks!
We aren't going to make the purchase for a while, but thank you for your insight.

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 08:53 PM

You may want to check nVidia's website, they have all the stats there on all the cards.
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Posted 02 July 2007 - 10:00 PM

Alright, so I have looked upon ATI's and nVIDIA's websites, and found the one at my "magic price level":

ATI Radeon X1300 (1550 was too much $$$)
nVIDIA GeForce 8500GT (thank you, Alpha)


It will most likely come down to which one the store has in stock, but on the offchance they have both, which is better?
Thanks!

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 05:56 AM

The 8500GT. It has support for all the latest features, like DirectX 10 and full H.264 decode acceleration, and is much faster.
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Posted 03 July 2007 - 10:50 AM

Alright. Thanks a bunch! :thumbsup:




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