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Question concerning video card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jlabit, Apr 4, 2006.

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  1. jlabit

    jlabit Thread Starter

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    Been tryig to play Batttlefield 2 with this machine of mine that is getting pretty old. It is a Barton 2600 XP on a MSI K7N2 MB, with an ATI 9600 video card. Looks like I am going to get an AMD 64 3700 processor on an Asus socket 939 motherboard with PCI express 16 graphics capability. Looking at some video cards on e-bay and at Pricewatch. Looks like the ATI X800 is more expensive than the X1300, which I don't understand. I know $200 is about all I can afford for the video card. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

    Jim
     
  2. pugmug

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    If you are looking on ebay for a vid card to start with then leave what you have in there now alone.
     
  3. acameron

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    X1300 is a budget card. the X800 and X850 are better. Here is a link for ATI PCI-E cards all w/ 256MB of DDR3 Ram. It starts with the higher $$$ cards at the top, just scroll down till you hit your budget.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...318922&Submit=ENE&Subcategory=48&Order=priceD

    3 things to look for ....

    1. Pixel Pipes (the more the better)
    2. Core3 Clock Speed (higher = better)
    3. Memory Clock Speed (higher = Better)

    If you find a couple of cards you like you can go here www.guru3d.com or here www.tomshardware.com and search for comparisons on those cards ..... get stuck ... come back here for input from everyone. We all have our fovorite cards :D

    I myself am a fan of nVidia but ATI apparently does something right as they are the "other" big name in GPU's.

    EDIT: Pugmug is right....I would stay away from e-bay :eek:
     
  4. digger747

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  5. acameron

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    One other thing you have to watch is your PSU. These new cards all draw more power than the PCI-E slot can give them, so they need to be plugged in to the PSU.
     
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