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Old 04-27-2012, 12:15 AM   #1
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im looking to buy a new graphics card since i only have the one integrated into the mobo. im wondering if i have to choose a DDR2 one since my ram is DDR2. If i have to that would be a big let down. the link is my motherboard.



Newegg.com - ECS AMD690GM-M2 AM2 AMD 690G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:19 AM   #2
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no you do not, most new graphics card use a pci express slot so as long as your board has that then you are fine
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You have a PCI-E x16 port which is great, but I see it's a MicroATX; does this mean your computer case is also MicroATX? In other words, is your case titchy? If so, then you'll probably (almost certainly) be limited to a half-height graphics card. Power is of course something to take into account, and more so if your computer is a titchy one, because some of those types (Flex, I believe they're called) tend to have unusual PSUs which are difficult to get ahold of, let alone with a decent wattage. 'n no, you're safe; RAM and VRAM are totally different, in terms of compatibility (I've certainly never heard of, seen, or experienced any such issues) and so you could get a GPU with GDDR5, if you wanted.

If you're after further help, it would be good to post your PSU, case, budget, what you'll be using the GPU for, and how fussed you are about FPS.
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:10 AM   #4
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You'll be talking anything from about three inches long to 11 inches long.

Also from around 30 to 450 for a card.

Give us something to go on here mate, help us out, what games do you want to play? What size is the case?
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:48 AM   #5
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Make sure how much ram your MoBo will support that is where your money should have been spent, especially if you want to play games.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:02 AM   #6
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Newegg.com - RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply


this is exactly what I have and im looking to play l4d2.
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