Video Card Help

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  1. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    I am upgrading from a 19" CRT to dual 17" Ultrasharp LCD and was wondering If I should also update my old video card. I do like to play games and watch movies and my current video card is a Radeon 7200. I have no clue if this is a good or bad card for my application. I was wondering if I should keep this card and purchase a second card or replace this one with a card that is capable of running dual monitors. Any advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also any link to where I could buy these product would be great. Please keep the price below $250
     
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    Don't keep that card and purchase a second, its not worth it. You can get decently cheap video cards that do dual and are better then that one.

    Here is an asus nvidia 6600 in your price range.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814121196

    There are literally hundreds of video cards you can choose from, if you just want something to get the job done and play games once and while that would work. Otherwise you can go all the way up to the 300 dollars and get the best you can for that much.
     
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  3. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Im guessing one monitor will be run through the Analog RGB and the other through the Digital DVI-D? And this will replace my current card so I only need one? Is this a good quality card or just something cheap to get the job done?
     
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    Quality wise it is a great card, it just isn't the fastest on the market.

    You can run dual monitor on the card with a DVI->VGA adapter which it comes with. Also, you will have a lot less errors doing it this when then with two seperate video cards. You should just be able to drop the card in, hook up the monitors, and install the drivers and thats it. For me its usually been easy with the NVIDIA cards.
     
  5. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Do I even need the adapter? The dell Ultrasharp has DVI input and VGA. So if I use two, just run a VGA to one and a DVI to the other. But the speed is good? Where would it cause problems?

    My compuer is running XP w/ a Pentium 4 2.66GHz and 512 MB of Ram.
     
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    I totally spaced on the DVI flatpanel so you're right on that.

    About the speed. This card is way way way better then the one you have now. Im guessing you aren't too hardcore of a gamer since the past card was a 7200, so this should be more then enough for you. The only reason you would need anything more is if you want to be able to play some of the newer games like Doom3 and HL2 at high resolutions.

    From the little ive guessed about you thus far I'd say this card is more then enough for you ;).

    BTW this is an AGP card, just double checking that you have a slot for it.
     
  7. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    I believe its on the top? correct me if im wrong
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    Yes that brown slot on top is an AGP slot.
     
  9. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Anyone else have any suggestions? No body would be interested in a used 7200 now would they?
     
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    My nVidia TNT2 is starting to show its age.

    Perhaps I will go for that Asus vid card.
     
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    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    which one would suit my needs? you just a link to 20 different cards and Im not sure what I need to be looking at. Which one would be better for gaming?
     
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    Well this is the cheapest dual dvi agp card on newegg. It's the same card as the asus, except it's made by XFX and has 2 dvi ports. You could get the 1 vga and 1 dvi, but I think it would be hard to adjust the 2 monitors to look the same.
     
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    XFX makes good cards. Personally I have the dual-dvi 6600GT and it's great. If you're not a serious gamer, then the vanilla 6600 is overkill, so stick with that.
     
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    Low end DX9 cards are highly affordable, honestly, not trying to be mean here, but your 7200 wouldn't even be worth the shipping cost. :hs:
     
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    not neccessarily, it's probably worth shipping (<$10)
     
  17. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    It was a joke knowing how outdated it is.
     

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