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Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by Overlord, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. Overlord

    Overlord Regular member

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    I was looking to add a video card to my first build after its finished, im looking to play games like bioshock (the newest generation of games) at 1024x768 and at pretty high quality settings, i only want to spend like 200$ but 300 is my absolute limit.
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    what type of slot does your motherboard have for videocard as in pci, agp(which type of agp as in 2x, 4x or 8x) or pci/e 16?
     
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    find something with a high core and memory speed..i would go with a nvidia 8600gts or a ati radeon x1950 pro. i have a radeon x1950pro and i can play test drive unlimited with everything maxed out. it actually performs better then the 360 version. make sure u have a good cooling system as well. the new cards run really hot and tend to overheat sometimes. i have 2x120 mm fans..one intake and outake..and then an 80mm blowing towards my radeon..good luch
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    braunerf1, edit your sig to conform to forum specs ASAP. you have 10 lines of text.
    1. Text-only signatures should have at most 5 lines of text.
     
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    sammorris Senior member

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    Nice speakers though, braunerf!
    If you've got PCI express 16x you can see if you can find an 8800GTS (320MB), they're fantastic, but if that's out of your price range, try an X1950 Pro. JUst make sure you've got a decent power supply, not some crappy 400W unit that came with the case.
     
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    That power supply should be fine. As for cooling, what do you mean? As long as you've got at least a 120mm case fan, or two 80mm case fans you should be alright with either, just plug them in and go.
     
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    The 8800 GTS is about 60 bucks more and and has a better price performance ratio. My vote goes to the 8800 GTS.
     
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    yea i say the 8800gts too.i have it and i havent tryed a game yet i couldnt play. although u will need a good cooling for it, either put in enuf fans or swap of the hsf for a better one. although i just put mine in front of the window with a big box fan and its running fine
     
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    make sure your case can fits your new graphic card

    remember the 8800 or 1900 are about 10''.

     
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    ya i no..i love these speakers..on half volume im already pissing the neighbours off:p..i only paid 279CAN for them..reg 529 canadian
     
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    heh I paid £150 for them when they were rrp £280, although mine are second hand, they're well looked after. Why can't houses have thicker walls? :mad:

    The case size argument is valid, but most normal cases will fit the GTS, the GTX is the long one.
     
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    nonononononono
    the 8800GTX will mince that card, it's only two overclocked 7900GTs in there, I'd wager even an 8800GTS could beat it.
     
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    Ok 8800 it is then, thanks a lot guys, and hopefuly im done with the questions on my first build.
     
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    Good luck!
     
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    Yeah the 8800 GTS does beat it, but only by a little bit. Have fun with your GTX, I wish I had one!
     

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