Will this GFX card work on my PC?

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December 26, 2009 at 15:40:31
Specs: Windows 7
My Desktop: Gateway GT5064 (currently 1GB ram)(Win7 64bit)

Motherboard: IntelĀ® Cortez G2 945G Viiv

Power Supply: 300 watt

This is what I'm about to buy, unless you advise me otherwise: ATI Radeon HD 3650

Never bought a video card before, help me out. I'm having trouble deciding because of the DDR2/GDDR2's and PCI 1.0/2.0, I have no idea what my motherboard supports.

Thanks in advance.

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December 26, 2009 at 16:00:36
"This is what I'm about to buy"

You don't plan on gaming with it, do you? Spend a little more & get a better card. Do NOT get a card with DDR2/GDDR2. Look for a Radeon HD 4670 with DDR3/GDDR3 memory. Try newegg.ca. And get some more RAM while you're at it.

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December 26, 2009 at 16:10:09
Will G/DDR 3,4 or 5 work with my motherboard slot?

I don't really want to run crysis on max settings, it's just so I can play some games (specifically KoTOR2) on at least min/med settings with around 30fps.

Does the card work though?

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December 26, 2009 at 18:17:18
Yes it will work with your(gddr3,gddr4,gddr5) mobo and buy the card jam recomended.Speaking about crysis u can play crysis in medium settings well.

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December 26, 2009 at 18:52:40
So GDDR# doesn't matter? What about PCI 1.0 and 2.0? Will a 2.0 card work in a 1.0 motherboard?

I found this card, don't want to spend too much money, is it any good?
Radeon HD 4650

Or should I really save up more and go for this one?
Radeon HD 4670

Almost twice the price :s
I just really want to make sure it works with my PC before I dish out all that cash.

PS: My PSU only has 300watt, can't find those cards' power consumption anywhere.

And how can you find how many pipelines a card has?

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December 26, 2009 at 20:15:39
I made my recommendation & kuwese seconded it. I based the selection on what would work with your 300W power supply.

The memory used on the video card has nothing to do with the memory used by the motherboard. GDDR2 memory is slow, that's why video cards with GDDR2 are generally cheaper than cards with GDDR3. Stay away from cards with GDDR2 memory.

You also have to look at the memory buswidth. Do NOT get a 64-bit card for gaming...go with 128-bit or better. And as for PCIe 1.0 vs PCIe 2.0, there's built-in backwards compatibility so either will work.

Just get a Radeon HD4670 & everything should be fine. And like I said in my other response, get some more RAM...1GB isn't enough anymore. It's the minimum requirement for Win 7. You need at least twice that much for decent gaming. Most are running 4GB (or more) these days.


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December 26, 2009 at 20:17:40
Thanks jam :)

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