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Video cards - 4/18/2012 4:31:23 PM   
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Hey my fan on my Graphics card is on its last leg. This give me an excuse to by a new one.
Any hints on a moderately priced card. I only play war games and watch the footy via streaming so don't need anything fancy.

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RE: Video cards - 4/18/2012 5:03:03 PM   
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Is it desktop or laptop?

Something for 50 USD should be enough.
GT520 with 1024MB and HDMI is all you need.

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RE: Video cards - 4/18/2012 8:49:44 PM   
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ATI RAEDON 5770HD 1gb ram are really cheap now and still quality video cards and will run all your wargames flawlessly. It's when you get to First person shooters or high graphics roleplaying games that you need higher cards. I've been runnin a 5770 for several years now and haven't run into any lag or chop problems. Check around you can probably find one for $100 easy or less.

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RE: Video cards - 4/19/2012 12:28:53 AM   
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Doom Desktop, thanks folks.

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RE: Video cards - 4/19/2012 2:11:51 AM   
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Check Tom's Hardware when you decide and make sure it is not a turd. Some cards sound good on paper and aren't as good as you think.

I have an ATI 5670 1g that I have been happy with. Panzer Command and Combat Mission are my high end graphics games.

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RE: Video cards - 4/19/2012 2:16:51 AM   
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just make sure whatever graphics card you buy, check out the specs as to minimum power supply watts required (sometimes this info is only available by downloading the instruction manual for the card) and then check your power supply is rated at that wattage or higher. If not, you may get instability issues.

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RE: Video cards - 4/19/2012 3:02:17 AM   
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I thought most popular brands such as Radeon and Gforce nvidia were pretty much standardised

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RE: Video cards - 4/19/2012 3:39:15 AM   
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sure, standardised in terms of pci-e connections... but if your motherboard is a few yrs old then I'd bet so is your power supply.

To make improvements in performance, the power requirements in the last few years for new video cards (admittedly, more higher end ones) has gone through the roof.



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RE: Video cards - 4/19/2012 7:09:53 AM   
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What is your current card?

My laptop has got 5650 mobility and is able to run everything in 1600x900 (however usually I'm playing in widowed mode)

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RE: Video cards - 4/19/2012 8:13:51 AM   
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A gforce 200 series

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RE: Video cards - 4/19/2012 8:19:54 AM   
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Nvidia gforce 210 1 gig ram to be precise. anything got to better

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RE: Video cards - 4/19/2012 2:09:32 PM   
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So the choice should be limited to your power supply, budget and other parts of your PC.
IMHO nothing more expensive than 100$

Are you from Australia?
Here is the cheapest reasonable purchase:*
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42051116-Inno3D_GeForce_GT_430_Video_Card_1024MB_128_bit_DDR3_RAM_700_1066MHz_Clock_PCIe_

If you think that your gaming habitats might change, try this one:
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42051028-ASUS_GeForce_GTX_560_DirectCU_Video_Card_GDDR5_1GB_256_Bit_VRAM_810_4008MHz_Cloc
but it is over three times more expensive, so its up to you.


*I checked only this store, to give you an idea, what to get.

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RE: Video cards - 4/19/2012 2:16:42 PM   
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Thanks doom yep I'm a happy vegimite Ozzie, I think I check that sight. I have a Asus P7P55m motherboard.

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RE: Video cards - 4/19/2012 2:20:27 PM   
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So basically the difference between the two you shown me is clock speed and price of course. So what does clock speed equate to FPS in a game with high end graphics?

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RE: Video cards - 4/19/2012 5:07:48 PM   
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I'm not an expert in this area.
But there are three main differences:
RAM type: DDR3 and DDR5
CPU speed: this is how fast data is processing (more/less)
# of bits: This is how many data can be processed at once.

If I would try to compare it to the motorization language:
RAM: model of your car, so for example that would be Chrysler Grand Voyager '96 vs '08 (both 3.8 liters)
CPU: How fast can you drive on a highway, so this is 10 MPH vs 40 MPH
bits: How many lanes there are on a highway, so this is 2 vs 4


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RE: Video cards - 4/20/2012 2:46:18 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: doomtrader

So the choice should be limited to your power supply, budget and other parts of your PC.
IMHO nothing more expensive than 100$

Are you from Australia?
Here is the cheapest reasonable purchase:*
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42051116-Inno3D_GeForce_GT_430_Video_Card_1024MB_128_bit_DDR3_RAM_700_1066MHz_Clock_PCIe_

If you think that your gaming habitats might change, try this one:
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42051028-ASUS_GeForce_GTX_560_DirectCU_Video_Card_GDDR5_1GB_256_Bit_VRAM_810_4008MHz_Cloc
but it is over three times more expensive, so its up to you.


*I checked only this store, to give you an idea, what to get.


I was gonna say have you tried cleaning you fan with pressurized air? But seeing that you own a GForce 200 series it's not even worth it I think. A new vidcard can be a huge boost to your performance *but* it's also limited by the other components of your pc. Your pc is as fast as its slowest component, be it your Memory, Mobo, vidcard, or a slow harddisk. So if your pc is ageing I wouldn't pay more than what Doomtrader says, about 100$.

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