Which video card to use

February 14, 2009 at 10:40:17
Specs: Windows XP
I am building a new computer and don't know which model to buy from either NIVIDIA or ATI. I don't do to much gaming, but would like to give it a try. I am running a Punch Home Design Architectural software and plan to upgrade it. I do want to watch and burn DVD's, and will eventually upgrade to Blu-Ray. I do a lot of multitasking, and Internet surfing. The motherboard is an Intel DP43TF with, Kingston Memory, 4GB. Processor is an Intel Q8200, or E8400, haven't made that decision yet. I thought I had best choose the Video card before making that decision. I am using Windows XP Home, service pack 3. I am not sure if XP will work for the just any video card. I have not used Vista yet because I have heard so many unhappy reports. Now that Microsoft 7 may be released soon I am thinking maybe it's way better than Vista. This is only my second computer build and this one will be much different from my first (it has lasted 7-8 years). My screen is a four year old Samsung 910T LCD 19". I am open to all suggestions. Thanks

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#1
February 14, 2009 at 10:56:55
An ATI 4870 is $200 and will easily handle anything YOU'RE are planning on throwing at it. By the way, get the quad CPU.

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February 14, 2009 at 10:59:41

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#3
February 14, 2009 at 11:22:36
No reason to spend anywhere near that much. High end gaming cards usually have high end power requirements...if that's the route you're gonna take, make sure your power supply is up to the task. As for nVidia vs ATI, they both put out excellent products. It's more personal choice than anything else. Start by reading these articles:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#4
February 14, 2009 at 11:55:52
Thanks for the quick reply's. To KWB: the Q8200 is a quad..and I have looked at that Sapphire and some other Sapphires that look good for less $. I would like to keep the price at $100 or less.

To jam: I will read the articles and get back to you both. The power unit I am planning on using is 650 Watts.

I read earlier, some where else, that ATI had sold to another well known company, and that some people are concerned about reliability. I don't know if they have experienced a problem or are just waiting to see.


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#5
February 14, 2009 at 12:30:13
jam,

Good articles, thanks. I will check out and watch the GeForce GTX 260 and 280, and the Radeon 4870 X2 . I am also going to look into models less expensive than those. I used Radeon in this puter, and it has been totally dependable, but may go with NVIVIA, just because I have been reading better reviews at Newegg and other places. I am not going to go with 3D or anything big because of power requirements and heat issues, plus space issues in my case. I just don't need that much in my computer. I don't want a huge case or a cramped case, which causes more heat issues. If you all come up with something let me know, in the mean time, the search goes on :{)


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#6
February 14, 2009 at 13:00:47
Just saying you have 650W PSU doesn't mean a hell of a lot. It needs to have adequate amperage on the +12v rail(s) & be a reliable name brand unit. A decent 650W PSU sells for anywhere between $50-100. Unless you find one on sale, be very leery of any costing less than $50.

What I don't understand is in one sentence you say, "I am not going to go with 3D or anything big because of power requirements and heat issues, plus space issues in my case" but in another you say you're interested in "the GeForce GTX 260 and 280, and the Radeon 4870 X2". You certainly don't need such a card for watching DVD's, BluRay, multi-tasking or the internet. Those are all extreme high end gaming cards that can require 200W or more under load. Unless I'm misunderstanding the purpose of this upgrade, me thinks you're just gonna be wasting your money.


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#7
February 15, 2009 at 08:29:21
Good morning jam,
I was considering a Corsair 650W PSU, and then found a Corsair 750W for $10 more. There is also an 850W for $20 more. Here is the info and links to the 650 and 750...for the money do you think I should spend my money on the 850W? All three are Core i7 compatible and great deals. So, all three would be good for an upgrade down the road.

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

I didn't mean to imply that I was going to buy or even consider buying the 260, 280, or the 4870 X2. I just thought you gave me something interesting to read, and watch, which is what I thought you were saying, I should watch and consider them when the price came down. I am an amatuer and had no idea of how much power those PSU's draw. I did not see anything telling me what they draw. But, I sure as hell do now, and will not buy any of the three. I thank you for sharing that info with me, you saved me some money, and from buying something that might have caused me nothing but problems, and lot's of four letter expletives.

I didn't know diddly about any of thos PSU's before you and KWB mentioned them. I also know, now, you were giving me info to read so that I would beware. I have no interest in gaming at that level. That being said; no you did not misunderstand the purpose of the upgrade. The purpose was and is the same. Now that we are on the same page. Can you recommend a Video Card that would work best for me? Thanks again


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#8
February 15, 2009 at 15:04:20
Showdown, I think you're a little confused about what you need. Your original comment included "...and will eventually upgrade to Blu-Ray." You need a monitor that'll play highdef to take advantage of that. Tom's Hardware has nice reviews on products and the link below covers video cards in your price range, give it a try and chose something you feel you need.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

Then click on the drop down menu to select the price range. Good luck.


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#9
February 15, 2009 at 16:15:21
Thanks KWB, I will do that.

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