buget performer video card

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  1. Zak8022

    Zak8022 New Member

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    i'm helping a friend peice together a new PC... and i'm having trouble finding coming up with a good video card for his budget. he says he doesnt want to spend more than $150 on teh video card, which he knows wont get him uber performance. i just want to get him as much as i can for that $150.

    its been two years since i built my pc, and i honesly havent been paying attention too closely to the video card market.

    can any of you offer some suggestions for a good bang-for-you-buck video card?
     
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    the 6600GT is probably the best band for your buck card. XFX has a double lifetime warranty on their cards so that's a good deal. I still consider them second tier compared to BFG and eVGA tho.

    if you're building a new pc what are you going with AGP? It's a dead technology at this point so if you're buying a new mobo anyway you might as well make it an NF4 board with pci-e.

    in any case that is a good card and you will like it.
     
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    i have an nForce2 board with 8x AGP, only 350W PSU. think i'll run into any trouble if i get this card? i heard you might/probably need a cable splitter for the power supply cable since the card itself requires it's own.
     
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    Another vote for the 6600gt.
     
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    You'll get better performance from a 6800 (non GT or Ultra)
    This is right on the breaking edge of the budget for the card but still fits
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1004009&CatId=880


    I would also have to agree with AeroSquid; if you're building new then get a mobo with PCI-E. And if you still want to go with the 6600GT, then TigerDirect has a XFX 6600GT PCI-E for the same price...sadly no 6800s close enough to $150 though.
     
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    ok. very good points. i hadnt thought much about pci-e.

    is pci-e the new agp when it comes to graphics? (remember, i've been out of this for a little while). will we be able to find a good pci-e mobo deal?

    i think the only reason i had gone with AGP initially was b/c he chose this mobo combo...
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...-details.asp?EdpNo=1567095&sku=MCM-7NJL6-3000

    we are not set on that for any reason other than it was a good deal. i'll look around and see if i can find a good mobo combo that supports pci-e.
     
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    Zak8022 New Member

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    ok.. i'm looking on newegg... and i see pci-e x1 and pci-e x16.

    wtf is the difference??? and which one do i care about as far as graphics are concerned?
     
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    no, PCI-E is the new slot when it comes to anything, but yes it replaces AGP

    PCI-Ex16 will be your graphics slot, the PCI-Ex1 is for other periphapels(sP) as they begin to expand into the PCI-E world, PCI-E vid cards are also rahter cheap for the performance you get out of them.
     
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    sweet.

    are pci-e x1 slots backwards compatible with old school pci peripherals?
     
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    don't believe so but im nto too ontop of the PCI-Ex1 stuff im pretty sure its a different slot http://www.google.com would help
     
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    cool.

    the more i think about it... the more i think going the router of some of this newer stuff may not be for him. i know he (or his fiance) is stringint on his buget, and i think we can compromise and get good performance with some of the non-cutting edge stuff.

    i'm thinking Athlon XP 3000/3200 and a 6600GT. that should definately fit our buget.

    thanks for your help guys.
     
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    6Double5321 Into the blue again, after the money's gone

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    No.

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    The blue slot in the pic is the PCI-E x16 slot.
     
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    i wouldn't suggest the pci-e as a necessity. if he's a gamer and wants future upgradability to keep on top of things.. i would then.
     
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    awesome. that helps alot. thank you very much.


    another question. i havent been able to find any mobos that even offer pci-e with a non-64bit socket mounting. is this correct, or am i not looking well enough? at this point, i'm looking for my own edification (sp?) and not for this project. i'm still going to suggest the cheaper AGP/Athlon XP setup to my friend... even tho it has less future upgradablilty potential.
     
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    If you're building a new computer with outdated tech, make sure you come as close to maxing it out as you possibly can. Buy lots of RAM - two gigs if you can, so you won't need a pagefile - it'll make a big difference on how long the computer lasts before it's painful to run new software on it.

    The Athlon XP 3200+ is only 40 "Intel megahertz" faster than the 3000+, and even the 200 "AMD megahertz" difference isn't enough to justify the jump in cost for the faster chip. Save some money by going with the 3000+ and splurge on a Serial ATA disk or something.
     
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    I doubt that you could get a noticable diffence in performance with the 6800 vinilla. If you wait a bit you can get a 3000 939 sempr0n ($91) that is exactly is the same as a ($145)venice 3000 except for 128 cache instead of 512. And then you could get pci-e and not spend much more money for so much upgradability.

    ...The sata disks are as much as IDE drives now, and they are not faster....
    Unless your talking about a raptor or so...
     
  18. Jeff Merr

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    6800LE > 6600GT

    ...with softmod(RivaTuner) the 6800LE is the best card you can get for the 125-130$ range.
     
  19. Zak8022

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    please explain this softmod thinger more.
     
  20. PeacefulAnarchy

    PeacefulAnarchy You get one for the money, two for the show, three

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    Not at all...If it is a generic/crappy 350w PSU, then you'll be in trouble...

    If it weighs four pounds, you're set.

    Hey! Glad to hear it all worked ;).

    This is the softmod link I sent Jeff:

    http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/geforce_6800_unlocking/
     
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    PeacefulAnarchy You get one for the money, two for the show, three

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    A good Sempron 64 w/ 256K cache, and a Chaintech VNF3-250 AGP motherboard combo on Newegg is MUCH cheaper than a comparable AXP system with motherboard of equal quality.

    Keep in mind, good quality Socket A motherboards are on the brink of extinction. It's being left to the PCChips/ECS dogs.
     
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