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17-Dec-2007, 09:31 PM #1
Question Solved: Help me pick a video card
Okay, so I'm one of those stupid people who bought a computer without even considering a video card. My computer only has slots for a good old PCI card. I'm not a serious gamer, though I have been known to "dabble" in a few of the older games, Nothing that really all that hard core 3D. It just doesn't catch my interest, nor my time, to be playing WOW all day. I'm looking for an upgrade from my on-board memory that will also allow me to do some video editing. (I want to take all those old tapes from my old camera and put them all together) I need a card that will let me input old analog video as well as output it. The input is more important. And of course I'd like to have a better image quality. I'm running on Windows XP and I think I should have enough RAM and power for any video card. If anyone could suggest a card that would fit my specifications I'd appreciate it. A link and a price would be helpful too. Thanx!
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17-Dec-2007, 09:47 PM #2
Not all Video Cards work on all computers
You will therefore need to provide your motherboard and CPU and type of Ram, how much installed (OK everthing !)

By the way are you sure that your new computer does not have PCI-Express Video slot on board ?
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17-Dec-2007, 10:25 PM #3
Most important is the model / make of motherboard. That will tell what it can / can't support.
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18-Dec-2007, 12:35 AM #4
My computer isn't new. I've had it for almost three years now. I'm pretty sure it just has PCI on it. It's an HP media center computer (though how you call it a media center without a video card i'm not sure) It's using an Intel Pentium four processor (3.00GHz). Its got a gig of ram in it (DDR2. Is there anyways to check what kind of motherboard I have without taking it apart?
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18-Dec-2007, 12:38 AM #5
unplug it and open the case and see if its got one of these brown slots
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18-Dec-2007, 12:41 AM #6
http://pc-wizard-2008.en.softonic.com/

you can also try this, it should give us the info we need
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18-Dec-2007, 12:43 AM #7
no brown slot, just the white ones
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18-Dec-2007, 12:52 AM #8
Manufacturer : Hewlett-Packard Company
Mainboard : Asus Goldfish3
Chipset : Intel i915GL
Processor : Intel Pentium 4 630 @ 3000 MHz
Physical Memory : 1024 MB (2 x 512 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card : Intel Corporation 82915G/GV/GL, 82910GL Integrated Graphics Device
Hard Disk : WDC (250 GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : HP DVD Writer 640c
DVD-Rom Drive : IDE-DVD DROM6216
DVD-Rom Drive : PY5245V DWP211C SCSI CdRom Device
Monitor Type : Hewlett Packard HP vs15 - 15 inches
Network Card : Realtek Semiconductor RT8139 (A/B/C/810x/813x/C+) Fast Ethernet Adapter
Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.01.2600 Service Pack 2
DirectX : Version 9.0c (March 2006)

General Information :
Manufacturer : ASUSTeK Computer INC. (Asus)
Product : Goldfish3
Version : 1.xx
Serial Number : X312345678
Support MP : Yes, 1 CPU(s)
Version MPS : 1.4

Chassis Information :
Manufacturer : Chassis Manufacture
Type : Desktop
Version : Chassis Version
Serial Number : Chassis Serial Number
Asset : Asset-1234567890

Sensor Information :
Hardware Monitoring : SMSC DME1737

On-Board Device Information :
Device : (Ethernet)
Device : (Sound)
Device : (Video)
Embedded Controller : Yes

Slots Information :
Slot PCI-Express : Available (32-bit) 3.3v, Shared Slot Opening
Slot PCI : Available (32-bit) 3.3v, Shared Slot Opening
Slot PCI : Available (32-bit) 3.3v, Shared Slot Opening
Slot PCI : Available (32-bit) 3.3v, Shared Slot Opening

External Connectors :
Mouse : PS/2
Keyboard : PS/2
USB : Access Bus (USB)
USB : Access Bus (USB)
USB : Access Bus (USB)
USB : Access Bus (USB)
USB : Access Bus (USB)
USB : Access Bus (USB)

Internal Connectors :
AUX : On Board Sound Input from CD-ROM
CD : On Board Sound Input from CD-ROM
IDE : On Board IDE
FLOPPY : On Board Floppy
CPU_FAN :
SYS_FAN :
ATXPWR :
FP_AUDIO :
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18-Dec-2007, 07:47 AM #9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143110

something like this

check to see if you have at least a 250watt power supply, you have to open the case for that, label right on the side of the unit hopefully.
http://www.more-shop.co.uk/images/me...y-UNit_MED.png
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18-Dec-2007, 12:40 PM #10
Yep, my power supply has max output of exactly 250watts. Think I should replace it? I've been thinking about it because its getting old. I think I've overworked it a few times. I will probably just start over again with my computer again next year hopefully. I want at least a dual core :-)

Are you sure that video card will let me input analog video for editing? How can you tell? Oh and do you think maybe I should get a sound card? What about direct X? should I upgrade that too? will that make a difference? Thank you
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18-Dec-2007, 04:07 PM #11
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Yep, my power supply has max output of exactly 250watts. Think I should replace it? I've been thinking about it because its getting old. I think I've overworked it a few times. I will probably just start over again with my computer again next year hopefully. I want at least a dual core :-)

Are you sure that video card will let me input analog video for editing? How can you tell? Oh and do you think maybe I should get a sound card? What about direct X? should I upgrade that too? will that make a difference? Thank you
old psu should probably be replaced yes
without knowing what hw you are using to do video editing I cant answer that. When I was looking at that stuff you could buy and external box that just plugged into you pc, i dont think you need anything fancy in the way of a gfx card for that, fancy cards are for 3D video games and some graphics and CAD applications.
Sound cards are to get stereo quailty sound from your pc but you need speakers to go with it, most new MB come with very good sound, yours may not.
Direct X is not an issue, highest one is DX9c until you get into Vista which is DX10
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18-Dec-2007, 04:11 PM #12
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,12...1/article.html

is this what you are talking about?
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18-Dec-2007, 04:54 PM #13
One of the things I was looking for was to also help get a better resolution when doing anytype of image changes. I like to use Photoshop and for the video editing I'm going to look into getting Adobe Premiere. Otherwise I'll just keep playing with Nero or some freeware. The thing I hate is that when I try to make subtle changes(like say in Photoshop) my computer wont always show them when I know from using better computers, that there should be a difference. I want more detail.

My video camera uses those yellow/white/red audio video RCA plugs to output sound and video to my TV and usually I just record to VHS. I want to take those VHS and cut/edit to a DVD but also to continue using my camera and to just skip the VHS part. I want to cut out as many intermediates as possible and just go straight from my camera to PC. Maybe I'll just get a breakout connector. In any case, its a great camera, it's just not digital. Eventually, I'll probably get a good digital one, but for now, for learning purposes, I'm going to stick with my good old analog one.

I plan on my next computer being built to run CAD software for me but right now that would just clog my processor so I just use one of the chem department's. (I'm a math/chem geek; I need that stuff to do my HW). Having a tv tuner might be nice too but not a big deal.

Thanx for the help!
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18-Dec-2007, 05:40 PM #14
your info says 15" monitor, if that is correct then you could use a much better much bigger one, at least a 19" lcd, then you can turn up the resolution such that you can see what you are trying to see
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18-Dec-2007, 06:31 PM #15
if those specs are right (asus goldfish3 mobo) then it can support a PCIe graphics card. it also says that the PCIe slot is available.
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