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Old 08-18-2006, 02:31 PM   #1
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well, i have been looking around for a new video card lately, so far the cards i want the most all come out of the geforce 7-series. I was wanting the 7900 or 7800, but then someone told me that if your computet dosn't have a really good cpu, then you wouldn't be able to get a higher end card.

Here are my system specs.
CPU: AMD 3500+
Ram: 2 512 (looking to upgrade to 2 gigs)
harddrive:120 (7200 rpm/ 8mb cache
Video card:ati radeon 9800 pro (yes i do have a PCI express slot open)
power: 450 watt

By my specs what video card should my computer be able to handle. also be specific about the card ( my friends also said that different versions of the same card have glitches and problems)
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I wouldnt recomend getting a high end card right now, as Dx10 is soon to come out, and with it all the new video cards. If you still want a video card, I recomend the GeForce 7600 GT. I just got it myself, and personally am very happy with it.
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Old 08-18-2006, 03:53 PM   #3
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well my system specs are low, and the upcoming cards would be too much to handle. right??
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The higher end models, yes. The lower ones, no.
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how are your system specs low???
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What is your budget? Are you looking for high-end, mid-range, or low-end solutions? Any company preference (i.e. ATI, NVIDIA, VIA etc)?
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Old 08-18-2006, 05:30 PM   #7
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Any company preference (i.e. ATI, NVIDIA, VIA etc)?
Does VIA make video cards? Just wondering.
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dude i would highly recommend my card, the x850xt, i never get under 50fps in fear, maxed out, it overclocks aweesomely if you get the arctic cooling aftermarket cooler i have, pwns my friends 7600gt
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Does VIA make video cards? Just wondering.
Yes they do. They make integrated and discrete graphics solutions. Integrated solutions are made purely by VIA themselves, but their discrete solutions are part of a joint venture with the S3 Graphics Co., Ltd. They're actually not bad...low power usage, low thermals, high clock speed, affordable price, it's really a shame they have such a small share in the graphics card market.

Here's X-bit Labs' review for the S3 Chrome S27 GPU. Enjoy.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/vid...hrome-s27.html
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I think that my system right now is medium, but my friends say it is low. The only thing i am thinking of changing right now is my video card and ram. my budget on the video card is $300 give or take.
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Everything but the 9800 Pro is pretty good. The 9800 Pro was probably one of the best cards of it's time (cost $400 when launched!), but now it's considered pretty ancient.

For $300, some good options are the 7600 GT, 7800 GT, 7900 GT or the X850 XT PE, X1800 GTO, X1800 GTO2, X1800 XT and X1900 GT. Those all fall within the $300 budget. The big part is where your loyalties lie. Do you prefer ATI? Or do you prefer NVIDIA?

Each company has their pros and cons, so there isn't really one "best" one.
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from what i have heard, the 7 series is a great set of cards, i am mainly looking at the geforce 7800 but i have no idia about the differend versions of this card, also i have head that some versions of the 7800 have glitches and problems.
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Does VIA make video cards? Just wondering.
The S3 series with all the nice stuff...just not NVIDIA or ATI
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Yes the 7800 GT have had its bad times. You just need to make sure you get the updated, fixed, w/e u wana call it, the newer version of the graphics card.
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Ah, thanks Alvino and Lhuser! I didn't know anything about VIA. Now I do!
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Is the 7800 GT the AGP version are the PCI express version of the video card.
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from what i have heard, the 7 series is a great set of cards, i am mainly looking at the geforce 7800 but i have no idia about the differend versions of this card, also i have head that some versions of the 7800 have glitches and problems.
The 7800 line came in three variants. The 7800 GS is basically a dumbed down version for AGP users. In terms of performance, it's along the lines of the X850 XT PE, but with newer technologies (i.e Shader Model 3.0 etc). The 7800 GT is the lower-end for the PCI-E group of the 7800 line. It has 20 pixel pipelines and 8 vertex shaders. I forgot the clock speed, but it's pretty fast. Relatively cheap price for the performance. Then there is the top-end or the 7800 GTX. It has 24 pixel pipelines and 8 vertex shaders and its very fast. It was the leader of the market for a little bit, until ATI launched the X1800 series.

The 7800 GTX, unfortunately is out of your $300 budget range. If you still want to stick with the 7800 line, your only option is the 7800 GT. Why not the 7800 GS? Because it's more futureproof to convert to PCI-E. Not to mention the higher bandwidth and superior performance.

Yeah, some 7 series cards had some problems a while ago. Mainly because eVGA and XFX pre-overclocked them, and a whole bunch went kooky.
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Ah, thanks Alvino and Lhuser! I didn't know anything about VIA. Now I do!
No problem!
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well now that alvino has made everything clear for me i have one question. Is the 7800 GT still a good card even thow it is a "lower-end" version.
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Very. It'll be fine for today's games. Don't think that when I say "lower-end" that it sucks, it's still superior to some cards.
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