Need help choosing Video cards for Windows 7

April 10, 2010 at 18:16:39
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium
I am overwhelmed by the choices of available
video cards. I am not a gamer, but I wish to
update an older desktop with one that
performs multitasking well, and allows me to
view video (online streams as well as CD/DVD)
at high resolution. I plan to purchase a
desktop with an i7 processor and would like
recommendations for good options on video

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April 10, 2010 at 20:45:21
If you want those with the most knowledge on video cards and what would be appropriate without going excessive, try reposting in gaming (if you do not get a thorough enough answer here)
I an using a GeForce 9600 GT and I am nearly always satisfied with the performance. If you can find within your price range a 9800 GT or a 240GT or the equivalent in Radeon card, you should be OK. Look for DDR3 or higher , faster memory is more important than more memory. Always go with a little more than you think you need if you can afford it, as needs change over the life of a new system.

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April 11, 2010 at 00:34:27
check out toms products, link at the top of the page

if your not a gamer, most cards from the last couple of yrs will suit your needs, ddr3/5 and 512MB +, will suit you i think

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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April 11, 2010 at 05:04:31

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April 11, 2010 at 06:29:57
not a gamer then look for Hd 5450 512mb @ cost $32.

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April 11, 2010 at 07:43:46
Grasshopper posted a good link but it's been updated for March. The latest is posted below. Pay attention to this statement in the article:

"This list is for gamers who want to get the most for their money. If you don’t play games, then the cards on this list are more expensive than what you really need. We've added a reference page at the end of the column covering integrated graphics processors, which is likely more apropos."

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: March 2010

Here's the list that was referred to in that statement:

Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart

That being said, kuwese made a great recommendation in the Radeon HD 5450. Since you're not a gamer, I don't see why you'd need anything more powerful. And if you can find one that's passively cooled (no fan), it will be completely silent.

Passively cooled Radeon HD 5450's at

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