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    Default suggestions on what video card to buy.

    i was thinking of buying a new video card, maybe 512 mb. Since i dont know much about computers im just here to ask you guys what kind i should get.

    right now i have a sapphire radeon x300 se 128 mb (it came with my computer).

    and here are my computer stats if it helps.

    Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 2.2ghz
    Ram: 1024
    OS: Windows xp professional

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    Default Re: suggestions on what video card to buy.

    What motherboard, ram and power supply do you have? List the brands and specifications. What are you expecting out of a new video card? If your PC a custom build or is it a branded PC (Dell, HP, etc..)? We need much more info from you to help.
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    Powercolour HD 6970 2GB w/XFX 8800GT 512MB Hybrid PhysX
    Creative X-FI titanium HD w/Technics class A 300W amp and tower speakers
    PC P&C 500W PSU
    2TB Seagate
    Coolermaster 690II w/Corsair H100 tucked under the hood

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    Default Re: suggestions on what video card to buy.

    Quote Originally Posted by f0rkishu
    ......right now i have a sapphire radeon x300 se 128 mb (it came with my computer).......
    That is an AGP card?? I didn't think there were any 512mb AGP cards on the market, someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Edit: Correct myself, lol will Google before opening my mouth first next time lol

    http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&q=512mb+agp&meta=
    Last edited by ANZAC_ELITE; 11-16-2005 at 10:31 AM.
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    Default Re: suggestions on what video card to buy.

    sorry i guess i missed out on alot of information.. its custom built pc.
    I have 1 gig of ram. (i thought i mentioned it)
    And my old video card was pci-e, not agp LOL (forgot to mention)
    i couldnt wait that long so i bought a ati radeon x700 256mb (i got it for cheap, 100 dollars). Now the question is... was this a good buy? because as of the first day of having it, its working perfect for me. But the one thing i dont like now is that my monitor is a acer 19 inch lcd monitor with a 16 ms rate. I need to buy a new monitor with the lowest ms rate so i wont have to see those ghost streaks during game play ^^

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    Default Re: suggestions on what video card to buy.

    I liked my ATI radeon x700 pro, although I've updated to a GeForce 7800 Gt, the old card seemed to do alright with anything I tried running at defualt settings, even BF2. For $100 I'd say you got a very good deal.

    As for a new monitor, things might look better on a CRT monitor but I'd hold off from buying a new monitor for now until you find it affordable to buy one with native DVI support.
    Last edited by Spongebob; 11-20-2005 at 07:05 AM.

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    Default Re: suggestions on what video card to buy.

    the money doesnt matter ^^ im just wanting a better monitor. i was thinking about getting a samsung lcd monitor with 4ms. I really liek lcd monitors. But whats the differents between crt and lcd (pros and cons) i rather want someone to tell me because as for now im just lazy to look things up.

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    Default Re: suggestions on what video card to buy.

    Quote Originally Posted by f0rkishu
    the money doesnt matter ^^ im just wanting a better monitor. i was thinking about getting a samsung lcd monitor with 4ms. I really liek lcd monitors. But whats the differents between crt and lcd (pros and cons) i rather want someone to tell me because as for now im just lazy to look things up.

    These are the main adavatages of both for me.

    LCD (liquid Crystal Display)= Nice space savers and they use less electricty.

    CRT (cathode-ray tube)= Less expensive. Can usually support higher refresh rates which makes for less eye strain.

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    Default Re: suggestions on what video card to buy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spongebob
    CRT (cathode-ray tube)= Less expensive. Can usually support higher refresh rates which makes for less eye strain.
    Not usually, always, but eye strain isn't a problem for LCDs. They work differently and won't damage your eyes or even bother them. The response time and low refresh rate do, however, reduce the realism in games because the monitor can't diplay things fast enough to provide the illusion of reality. It's fine for gaming below 60FPS (and above 30 is usually playable), though ghosting and the like are always a problem.

    Also, CRTs do actually have better image quality. Some LCDs do have really nice image quality, but it can vary from monitor to monitor and application to application. As long as there isn't anything wrong with it, a CRT will always display something exactly as it's meant to be displayed.

    My opinion on the whole matter is LCDs are only to be used when portability is required or more desk space is needed. They certainly are useful for LANs.

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    Default Re: suggestions on what video card to buy.

    ahh i see, that sounds better. Ill check out the crt monitors this weekend. Mayber there will be something i like.. i dont wanna strain my eyes and make my eyes be ruined more. ^^

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    Default Re: suggestions on what video card to buy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yawgm0th
    They work differently and won't damage your eyes or even bother them.
    I agree that you can get by with a lower refresh using a LCD display and still make things look good but I disagree with you that an LCD display won't cause eye strain. They do.

    I ran across an old CRT monitor a long time ago that had a max refresh rate of 60Hz, so thats why I said usually instead of always.
    Last edited by Spongebob; 11-21-2005 at 11:40 PM.

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