Need a Video Card

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by sjones900, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. sjones900
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    So I posted before I needed more RAM so thats on my list, NOW I need a video card the one I have now is on board and it eats RAM for breakfeast...... I'm looking along the lines of what I have now and I want something similar to my nVidia GeForce 6100 but with more kick (Obviously), like something from the GeForce 8 series can you help? I don't know what type of slot I have i'm going to have to check.
     


  2. TheWingless

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    Usually the 8800 GT(X/S???) is usually recommended for the 8 series. But I think there was a new ATI card out that people liked to mention. I think it was the ATI 4850/70?
     
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    You'll need to give us your motherboard info.. I suggest checking using CPU-Z and then posting it here.

    But since you have a GeForce 6100 I assume it's a low-end nForce 5 series motherboard, which means you have a PCI-Express bus.

    You might need to check the amperage and wattage on your power supply.. recent cards are power-hungry.

    But back on topic, an excellent card for its price is Radeon 4850, which can be found in Canada for around $170, so I'd expect it to be slightly cheaper in the States.

    Alternatively if you would prefer to stay on the green team, 9800GT or GTX is a decent performing card, but is a bit more expensive than ATI's offering.
     
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    I thought depending on your motherboard you could only choose between two types of graphics cards ATI and nVidia. Oh and my graphics slot PCI Express x16
     
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    That's only true if you plan on using multi-gpu setups.

    Only Nvidia chipsets currently support SLi, while ATI/AMD and Intel support CrossFire.

    But I strongly advise against multi-gpu setups as it's not worth the extra cost of another card for the extra performance. (usually less than 50%)

    In general, if you're running a single card, it's pretty much universal.
     
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    broken link
     
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    Try it now
     
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  10. fischju

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    With that proc, anything more powerful than a 7600 will be extremely bottlenecked
     
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    Isn't the core clock on your CPU running slower than it should? I thought that CPU should be running at around 1800MHz
     
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    Not sure, is there a way to find out and then fix it?
     
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    I myself wouldn't know how but it just looks like its underclocked.
     
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    Isn't AMD's Sempron considered the low-budget processor line like Intel's Celeron?

    Game will not perform well on it.
     
  15. fischju

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    It has a power saving mode which lowers the multiplier when it isn't being used much
     
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    Also when comparing Video Cards I find this website extremely helpful.
    http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php
    Also you might have to adjust certain cards Mem Clock and Core Clock since they can be different depending on the company.
     
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    Your CPU will bottleneck the performance of a new video card, but you'll see a performance gain regardless.

    If you're really wanting to play games, I would go with a mid ranged card like the Radeon 4850 and use it for now, and wait until Nehalem (Intel's next architecture) is released later this year before upgrading CPU and motherboard.
     
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    On the other topic you said you were using an Nvidia 6800. Now I am curious because according to CPU-Z you are using an onboard nvidia 6100. Did you mean the onboard 6100 Video Card or do you have a 6800 in your PC?
     
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    I was just guessing at the time but I knew for certain it had to in the 6 series. Sorry if I confused you but even cpu-z shows my graphics slot is empty.
     
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