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    I am building another machine and want to swap video cards. The newer machine is just for certain things and I want to take the video card I have from my other machine I built in Dec. and put it in my newer machine because my older machine is for more heavy duty things. It is a 7900 GS PCIe and the new board will have PCIe 2.0. Will that work in this board? If so, what would be a good card to use for my board now that is the old standard PCIe under $125? Will the new 2.0 standard work in my board or is it best to look for a card that is of the old standard 1.1? The new card will be running a 24" 1900x1200 monitor.
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    Default Re: Video card questions?

    PCI-E is backward compatible, so yes your 7900 will work in the newer board.

    I'll let others make a card recommendation. I've been out of video cards for a while and am not up to speed on what is good and what sucks.
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    It is backwards compatible as said above, both ways. So a new card will work in your old system, and a old card will work in your new system

    I do not game myself, So I would not be the wisest person to suggest a card either. Hopefully some of our other great members will chime in and help you out with picking a card

    One thing you do have to consider is that you need to pick a card that will be supported by the Power Supply you have in each system

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    Windows 7 Professional
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    How important are the stream processors?
    The visiontek 4850 has 800 where many of the GTX and + have only 112.
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    More is better. I would get a ATI card over a Nvidia, but like I said I am not so up to date on what GPU is better these days as I do not game.

    So hopefully someone else will chime in there. If it was me I would get a Sapphire 4850 or 4870

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    I have just read the MSI 9800gt review, & the title of the review gives no indication that the card is overclocked, until you get into the review itself.

    I have begun the process of obtaining parts for my new system, & whilst not into the heavy gaming area, I do want to game in some aspects. My main area of need is for video & photo editing. Initially I was looking at the Palit 9600 sonic, as I could not afford nor saw the need for the 8800.

    But then the 9800 hit the market & was able to pick up a Galaxy, 9800GT 512mb Hybrid Power card, cheaper than the Palit card, & at least $100.00 cheaper than the 260, 9800 GTX, & the 4850 cards. Since then the Galaxy card has actually gone up in price.

    So far I have seen no reviews of the Galaxy card, & in general there has been a lot of flack towards Nvidia over this card, so I wonder is it justified?

    The other thing is why has the stock 9800GT been really so neglected in reviews, as not everyone is into heavy gaming.

    Finally is there anyone out there that has one of the Galaxy cards that I have purchased that can give opinions on them?

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    the 9800GT is a decent card (and Galaxy is a great NV board partner), but has since been well outperformed be ATI's newest offerings (the 4800 series) as well as Nvidia's (the GTX 200s). but quite honestly, the 9800GT and GTX are far too expensive for what they offer in terms of performance... since the release of the HD4850, nv's been forced to lower the price of their 9 series cards and release the 9800GTX+ which will normally run about parallel in terms of performance with the stock HD4850. In terms of value, i'd definitely have to recommend the Radeon HD4850.

    You can pick up a stock 4850 for about $190 these days, but lots of board partners have brought out factory overclocked versions, but more importantly they've put non-standard coolers on the card. This is essential if you want to overclock because the HD 4850 has a habit of running extremely hot (up to 65C idle) if you dont mod the fan. If i was going to buy a new card now (its been all of 6 weeks and i kinda wish i waited) i'd spend the extra $40 and buy the Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 1GB model, mainly for the Zalman cooler they've slapped on because this makes overclocking so much easier (it comes OC'd anyway).
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    When I purchased the 9800, I paid $143.00 for it, it now costs $159.00, & the cheapest 4850 was $279.00. Today, the cheapest 4850 is $217.00, for an Expertvision Sonic card.

    The cost is not so large now, but, at the time, the difference in price is the cost of a decent power supply.

    The main question though for me was, more for video & photo editing than for gaming.

    Currently, I have an old Athlon 2000, with 512meg ram, & a Leadtek, MX-400 64mg ram, so I think the other options may work a bit better, which really cannot come quick enough.

    Many thanks for your reply.

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    what currency is that in?? US? Australian? When the 4850 came out it started at US$229 and i bought mine about 2 weeks after it came out for AU$179 a piece (mind you that was after a discount). The 9800GT is an OK card for around $150, but thats all... the newer GTX+ model (which is about US$219 i believe) is a quality card for price, and just about parallels the HD4850, in terms of value, until you get to high resolutions. For video editing, etc, a Geforce 9 Series card (or newer) would be my suggestion, because they all support CUDA, which you can use to accelerate CPU intensive tasks. Also for video/photo editing, i would recommend you get a quad core CPU, because this multimedia editing sector is the only one that widely supports multi-threaded processors, as such i would suggest either the Q6600 or the newer (but more expensive) Q9450, both are very highly overclockable and will offer great multimedia performance (with mine fully OCd i can convert 2 hours of video to XviD in under 30 minutes!! YAY!!)
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