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Old 03-02-2005, 06:14 AM   #1
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hey all
I currently have an albatron 128mb vid card 8x, real shitty card
http://www.computeralliance.com.au/p...x?qryPart=3358

now I don't want to dump this card as crap as it is as it still cost money I would like to get a 256mb vid card is there someway of incorporating both vid cards into each other so I would have effectively 384mb?
If not any ideas to save me some money, I will be getting a tv tuner card tomorrow and would mostly be using the vid card for watching DVD as well as playing vid card hungry games.
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No way. The only way to bind two cards together is using "SLI" technology which has only just come out. I reccomend you buy one of ATI-all-in-ones which has a TV tuner in and a graphics card combined. But if you are looking to play the latest games (half life 2, doom 3) you should go for a seperate graphics card and tv tuner card.

Heres a pretty neat one from ebuyer- http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=74499
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I agree with nasha, if ytou want to play the newer games, by the gfx card and tv tuner sepratly

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ALMOST guru yay for you
im halfway to becoming a senior...
anywho, If your looking for a very good combo, Id do this
(this is what I have... yay me)
vid card
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...127-150&depa=1
tv tuner
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...116-312&depa=1
maybe dont get the tv tuner,(card is good though) because you could hook a vcr or sumthin up to the vid card Via ViVo
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Very god choices, i'd agree with those purchases.
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it's weird because I dont actually have the ATI model, they had a sapphire one called the theatrix 550 thats the one I got, it was 20 bucks less, and had the sapphire logo on it, but now sapphire isnt even listed in that section, but it has all the same things and features, even same remote and driver cd... just says ATI so it costs more.
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Nice choices there aces!!! That card rocks as u know!!
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I know because I have it
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Yeah, jealousy drives thru me!! me and u have a pretty similar system apart from urs works and mine doesn't and urs has 200% more ram!!
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your proc doesnt work?
you should get a new one, if you cant afford another 3200 get a sempron 2400... they are pretty sturdy, And i got one stable at 2.4ghz once. (but you dont even need to change the multipliers to get to 2.0ghz, just bump the fsb ut to 200mhz)
BTW I LOVE MY RAM
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yeah but will that affect my ram coz thats only poor, and if i was gonna oc i wud get an athlon xp-m 2500+ coz of its unlocked multipliers and low volatges!! Also it has more cache than a sempron!
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yea but if u low on cash (sempron 2400 retail only costs 64.00 US)
sempron is a better choice
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For the TV Tuner card, I recommend a PCTV capture card. It has a coaxial plug, a composite plug (which that ATi one doesn't have), and an S-Video plug. I got mine for only about 80 bucks, and it gets a pretty good picture. It's not TV quality, which that ATi one may be, and there's a downside. But I use my composite plug A LOT, and since that one doesn't have it, I would recommend getting one that does, be it a PCTV or not.

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BTW it does have composite, plz look at all the pics... thats what the purple dongle thing is for...
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Hey Jack05...that card doesn't sound too bad... Are you using PCI or AGP. Or even PCIe...

Remember, you won't get very good performace out of ANY standard PCI card, so don't really expect much more if you do upgrade.

And Jamxx...any card with a TV-Tuner has a coax because it has to get a cable input ;P Most of the ATi's I've seen do have coaxal, but some I suppose are just plain capture cards...
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if you have the money though, go for a 6800 GT
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hey all
ahhhh man 80% of this is just a bloody conversation thanks guys!
To the people that replied....
It seems I have one AGP slot and 5 other PCI slots,
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BTW it does have composite, plz look at all the pics... thats what the purple dongle thing is for...
I don't see it... I just see 2 coaxial ports and an S-Video, but it does come with a composite cable? Where do you plug it in? The information that Newegg gives states that it has 2 coaxial ports and one S-Video one. I'm confused! (By the way, I'm not saying that you're wrong, I'm just wondering where it is.)

Also, The_Other_One, I know most of them do... I was just reading directly off a website and not thinking about it... Sorry.

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U dont necarailaly have to delete it, other uses can refer to this thread later!!
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