Solved Need Cheap Video Card

March 8, 2013 at 13:13:00
Specs: Windows 7, SP1, 64 Bit, Quad Core 945 Phenom XII 3GHz / 8 GB RAM
I have a quad core Phenom CPU @ 3GHz, Gigabyte 770TA motherboard with a PCI 2.0 x16 slot (not 2.1), 8 GB RAM, 20" monitor running 1440x900 @ 75 Hz resolution. It has a used Radeon HD 5570 video card with 1 GB graphics RAM. I run Win7 (SP1), 64 Bit OS. I don't play hardcore games (games=bowling and pinball), mainly text work with some photography and the occasional online video. I'd like less grainy display characteristics.

I'm on a fixed income and can afford $50 top. For that I can get either a 2 GB Radeon HD 6450 or a 2 GB Zotac GeForce GT610. My questions:
1) Will upping the video ram from 1 to 2 GB give me better display characteristics?
2) Is either card worth it?
3) Is any card at $50 worth replacing my used video card with?
4) What is the cheapest recommended card at what memory size?


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March 8, 2013 at 16:46:21
Try 1600 X 900 @ 60Hz instead of your current 1440 X 900 @ 75Hz.

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#1
March 8, 2013 at 13:57:56
Forget the 2Gb memory on the card, it is not worth it as the lower range cards are not able to really use it anyway. Get a better quality 1GB card for the same money.
Look at:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...
for getting the best value.
Just under $50.00:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
Just over $50.00:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
You may notice that you may be able to afford a better 'older' model card than the lowest of the newer cards and do better overall. I do not know AMD CPU's and boards (or even Radeon cards), but you may not get much better with a GT610 than typical onboard graphics. If there is any way to go up to closer to the $70.00 range, you will be happier with it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
March 8, 2013 at 14:17:26
To improve on the HD 5570, save your money for a month or so and spend about 90 bucks for a HD 7750. You're already in for $50 so just tuck away another couple of twenties so you end up with something that will make a difference.

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#3
March 8, 2013 at 14:55:24
As I said, I'm on a fixed income, and to "tuck away another couple of twenties" is a good six months or more.

And sales (rebates) are happening now. So now is when it makes financial sense.


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#4
March 8, 2013 at 15:46:23
Post the make/model of your monitor. If you're running the wrong screen resolution, that might explain the grainy display. And the 75Hz definitely doesn't seem correct for an LCD.

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#5
March 8, 2013 at 16:21:52
I'm a little confused. Wouldn't a 2 GB card give me better graphic quality than a 1 GB card? Similarly, wouldn't the GeForce 610 give me better graphics than the GeForce 210?

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#6
March 8, 2013 at 16:27:37
1. No
2. Neither are good video cards.
3. Answer #4 please.

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#7
March 8, 2013 at 16:32:00
The monitor is a Hanns-G HZ201D/H. Its an active matrix TFT LCD with a rated vertical resolution of 56 - 75 Hz. Surely I wouldn't run it lower, would I?

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#8
March 8, 2013 at 16:35:25
Just as a point of information, your HD 5570 is a much better card than the 210, GT 610, or the HD 6450.

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March 8, 2013 at 16:46:21
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Try 1600 X 900 @ 60Hz instead of your current 1440 X 900 @ 75Hz.

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March 8, 2013 at 16:46:55
Thank you. I looked into replacing the 5570 because, 1) its used (it got put in when the MB was replaced, the old one got burned up); 2) the display is grainy; and 3) many of the cards have rebates posted on them.

But if I'm stuck with what I have now, e.g., can't improve on the graininess, I'll stick with what I've got and wait for it to crap out.


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#11
March 8, 2013 at 16:52:01
I need to recalibrate the card, but it does seem a little less grainy. Can you explain why a lower refresh rate would be better?

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#12
March 8, 2013 at 21:12:05
All LCD monitors have a native resolution & refresh rate which are optimal.

If you find the desktop icons & text are smaller than you'd like at 1600X900, simply increase the DIP to 125%. To do that, right click on the desktop, click Screen Resolution, then click "make text & other items larger or smaller", click "Medium 125%", then click Apply.


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#13
March 9, 2013 at 02:32:34
@rriider: Thank you for the response. Yes, I'm aware of increasing the DPI; it was already set at 125%. Small text & icon size was the reason that I had lowered the resolution down to 1440x900. After resetting the resolution to 1600x900, I increased DPI to 133%, which is the best compromise between screen appearance and everything fitting on the screen.

I had always learned that a higher refresh rate was better, so that was why I had set it to 75Hz. I'm just surprised that setting it to a lower refresh rate helped make the view less grainy; its contrary to what I had always been taught. But perhaps that lesson applies only to CRT monitors?


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#14
March 9, 2013 at 03:27:36
A final question: based on rebates, I can afford a 2 GB Geforce GT 630. Would that card be worth the investment over what I have now (used 5570 HD Radeon)?

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#15
March 9, 2013 at 05:37:48
"But perhaps that lesson applies only to CRT monitors?"

Correct.

"I can afford a 2 GB Geforce GT 630"

A new graphics card will NOT improve the display. You were running the wrong resolution & wrong refresh rate. The GT 630 is a low end card & the 2GB video RAM is a scam. There's no way it could ever make use of it. Just keep your current card, set the resolution at 1600x900 @ 60Hz & leave it that way.


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#16
March 9, 2013 at 05:46:01
Thank you for your help.

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