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(Low Budget) Graphics Card Recommendations

Question: (Low Budget) Graphics Card Recommendations


I have a decent PC with a crappy graphics card which is the only thing holding my gaming back
I have 4 gigs of RAM and an Intel Core 2 duo E6400 of 2.13 Ghz
Its a Dell Optiplex 745 MiniTower and it has a Power Supply of 305w or so

I need a Graphics card within 20-50$ (Without having to upgrade the entire thing)
Yep, I know I'm cheap, but I'm pretty desperate since my PC can't run even most games such as League of Legends and DOTA 2
(Dota 2 ftw)

But for some weird reason I can run Elder Scrolls Oblivion perfectly yet games like "Skullgirlz" won't despite being a linear game

And after researchin' my sh*t, I came across these Graphics cards

NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 = $50

NVIDIA GeForce GT 720 = $50

GeForce 210 = $27.50

NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 = $50

NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 = $38

AMD Radeon HD 6450 = $35

Tell me the "best choice" out of these since my budget is pretty much limited, and if the cards that I chose
"will even" work or fit inside the case

Also does it being Single-Width or Dual-Width matter?
And if it does which of the graphics cards that I listed will actually work?

I am just looking for a graphics card that will improve my PC, not one that will turn it into a gaming computer
Answer with minimum detail please :3
Just kidding write as much as you want

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Answer: (Low Budget) Graphics Card Recommendations

I'd recommend going to Ebay and looking for something like a Radeon HD 7850. I saw some sell for around 50ish bucks. The HD 7850 would be a huge improvement over the cards you listed.

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What is the best budget Graphics Card under $100? I can go a tiny bit over (my dad doesn't complain XD). I heard that EVGA GeForce 8600GT is a good deal on

Answer:Best budget graphics card?

Go to ebay and look.

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Heya, I'm looking to upgrade from my gf4 MX440. I'd like to keep it at or under $100 and these are the cards I've been looking at:

Radeon 9250 128 mb 400 mhz ~$80
Radeon 9550 128 mb 250 mhz ~$100
Geforce FX 5500 Dual RAMDACs 350 mhz ~$100

Which of these would be the better buy? Also, other reccomendations are welcome, these cards are from my local best buy and have the easiest access to.

Answer:Graphics card on a budget

I'd go with the GE force. The cheaper radeons tend not to have fans on the cards and run hot. Performance is about equal for all cards.

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My current Specs are
800mhz AMD duron
120GB HD
192 RAM
and an ATI Rage 128 PRO 32MB graphics card

im gonna upgrade my system cos im sick of it being so damn slow

so i thought
new mobo
2.4/2.6 amd athlon xp
512 RAM

and i want a good/ish graphics card only thing is- im on a budget, ill only have 40 quid left for the graphics card but i want a better one that what i currently have... (i dont know much about them)
also would i need a certain type of board to be compatable with it?

i can NOT go over £40 by the penny lol

Thanks a lot


+type of graphics card
+compatable mobo

Answer:graphics card on a budget

Since I am in the United States, I am not too familiar with the European money system, but by using a convertor, I see that the amount is equivalent to about 50$ if you are using the United States money system, so I am sorry to say, but 50$ just wont get you much.

How about upping that amount to 100?

If you CAN go up to 100, I would shoot for the Geforce3 Ti, or if you cant find that, the Geforce MX 440 AGP 2x/4x or AGP 8x.

If you can pull a miracle and get up to 150, you can get the Geforce FX 5200 ULTRA by ordering it online.

Just look around, search NewEgg, BestBuy, etc. and hopefully you can find something suitable.

Good luck with the upgrades!

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Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 256MB Advantage AGP +DVI +TV out for £59 inc. this still a good option or has something else sneaked up on the inside.want a replacement for a 128mb NVIDIA FX5200.

Answer:budget graphics card £50-£60

256MB and Fan free on the sparkle from click here The Gigabyte offer GT Editions which are bumped up memory clocks and there warrantys are good.

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Hi I am looking to upgrade my system with an AGP graphics card. I am looking for a 512mb Brand New Graphics card and I am wondering what I should buy. Any sujestions would be great


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Sapphire makes a decent graphics card.

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MB KT7A XP SP2 Pro 768 RAM 1.2Mhz AthlonCurrently have Hercules Ti500 (Nvidea Geforce 3 or 4)Looking to spend £50-60 want best performance 3d games possible?Suggestions gratefully received.

Answer:What is best budget graphics card?

click hereclick heredon't know if these will be a lot better than what you have - you could always try hunting on ebay for a radeon 9600 or 9800 (pro or xt are best) - always people upgrading and selling good cards on there but only buy from those with good feedback

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I just a ordered a new mobo with an agp slot and was wondering if anyone could recommend a decent budget graphics card. I?m not looking for eye candy, my monitor can only handle 1024x768 at 75hz, just something that won?t make me feel I?m playing games in slow motion.

Answer:budget graphics card?

9600/5700 for bout 100$ but decent enuff to last you a bit longer

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i would like you most esteemed advice givers of technology to give me some hints in the right direction of what to buy i have an agp and pci slot available

Answer:i have a budget of £100 to buy a graphics card with

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can anyone recommend a budget graphics card of around £100

Answer:budget graphics card

If you're partial to Nvidia cards, check out the GeforceFX 5600's for some budget performance. The ti4200 and ti4800 cards are still quite decent for the price, too, if you aren't fussed about having a DX9 card.

If you're more of an ATI fan, you could look at the Radeon 9500's or 9600's for some low price, high-performance action. Personally, I'd say the Radeons are a bit of a better deal right now, but some people still prefer the Nvidia cards.

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What is the best AGP card out there for less than £100?Any tips welcome. :)

Answer:Looking for budget AGP graphics card

You need to know what AGP your motherboard will take. That means knowing what motherboard you have

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Well my parents desktop is finally dieing, and their laptop wont turn on any more -_- ./sigh.

So I'm trying to come up with a decent build for them so my younger siblings can play some games, do homework, get online etc.

Planing on using the budget box build for the tower. But now I want a decent graphics card to pair with it. Any good recommendations? Have another $75 or so to spend on this build.

Kinda leaning towards:
ASUS ENGT430/DI/1GD3(LP) GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

But would love any better recommendations.


Answer:Good graphics card to go with the TS Budget Box,2761-2.html

They recommend a 5670 ~$80 or 5550 for ~$60. I'd say the Radeon 5550 would be more than fine for a general purpose machine and a little gaming.
These are meant to give comparable performance to a Geforce 9600 GT, and more than enough for a little gaming at 1650x1080 resolution or below.

I don't think any of the lower end fermi offerings are particularly good from what I've read. Have to go for GTX 460 and upwards or not at all.

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Hi my Saphhire Radeon x700 has died and I'm after something that will cope with some games I still play ie Deus Ex: Invisible War, plus Google Earth, but does not need to be leading edge. My processor is Sempron 2800+.

Answer:Budget graphics card recommendation

An ATi Radeon 9550 or similar should suit your purpose.

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Any suggestions, please, for a replacement budget graphics card for my sonís system (details below). He is a young gamer, who is frustrated by being unable to play the likes of Driver on his current system set-up.

Heís convinced heíll need to spend over £100 (which he doesnít have!), but I think he should be able to get a semi-decent budget card for more like £50 - £60 and still have some latitude for the immediate future.

For example, would the ECS EliteGroup AG400T8-D64 from the Review section be suitable for him?

My knowledge of graphics / games is non-existent, although I should be able to fit a new card for him (have upgraded most things, although not a graphics card).

Iíve learned a few things from other threads, but still lack the confidence to make my own decision in case I boot up and itís not compatible.

2nd-hand, self-built system, P3 500, Legend QDI BrillianX-1S/2K V1.XX 100 MHz motherboard, Award 4.51 PG BIOS, 160 MB RAM, 8.46 GB Fujitsu MPE3084AE HDD, RAGE Pro Turbo AGP, recent, but not latest Detonator, DirectX 8, W98 SE.


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Hello, I want to make 3D models in programs like 3D max and Maya 2011 and I'd like to know what is the best budget card I can use? I'll have around 400USD to spend on it...

Answer:What is the best budget graphics card for 3D modelling?

The graphic cards that are designed for 3D and game development are
- AMD FirePro
- NVIDIA Quadro

The Quadro are better and more powerful but very expensive so you may be able to get a lower end FirePro for $400

Will have a look

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My friend is looking for a pci-e graphics card for about £40-£60.

Any Sujestions for a good card for that price.


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I am looking to upgrade my FX5500 256mb graphics card because i think it is pants!!

My shortlist includes:
geforce 6200 (£30) and possibly 6600 (if i get lucky on price)
ATI Radeon 9550 (£28) and possibly 9800 (price permitting)

I am inclined to go the nvidia route as that is what i am used to. What would you reccommend? Is it worth me bothering or should i wait until i can afford a 7800GS (might take a while!!)

My price limit is around £40 (i should be able to sell my current card for around £30) and i am limited to AGP cards.

Thanks in advance


Answer:Budget Graphics Card upgrade?

What do you need the card for? Just regular computing, or games? If it is games, what games are you trying to run?

If you are into the newer games, I'd look at nothing less than these cards:

1. nvidia 6600GT
2. ATI 9800pro
3. nvidia 6600

in that order.

Good luck!

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Any Graphics card Which is PciE 2.0

which is 80:140$

and hopefully runs These Games Perfectly atleast or at a 40ish Fps on high Details with a 1240x1024 resolution

World of warcraft
Leauge of legends
And some Mmorpgs

List any pls

Answer:Shopping for graphics card, $80-$140 budget

For a current card I would recommend the Sapphire Radeon 7770 this can run Civ V (A much more demanding game than any of those you mentioned) at 40 FPS.

However some previous generation cards are going down in price signifigantly. Like the GTX 560 / 550 TI and the Radeon 6870 and 6850, all of these cards should be able to run your games very well, however these cards are running for about $160 - $140. You could get a great deal on ebay, now that everybody is selling their old cards for the GTX 600 series and Radeon 7000 series.

Links to those cards. (Sapphire 6870) (Gigabyte GTX 560) (MSI GTX 550 TI) (Sapphire 6850)

To tell you the truth, I would just save up for one of the old Radeon 6900 series cards, or a good current card.

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what is the best gaming graphics card that i could buy for a price around ?100 (bit more or less) bearing in mind the power supplier i currently have is a 400w power supplier

thank you

Answer:recommendation for budget gaming graphics card

You are likely more limited by a 400W PSU than your budget. First check you vendor and sort by price, then check the specs for the one with 400W or less minimum PSU.
An nVIDIA 650 of some kind may fit you well.

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I am hopelessly out of date with graphics cards but need to replace my old ATI Radeon ALL in Wonder Card. I have just got an Abit AN7 NForce2 motherboard and would be looking for the card that will give me least compatability or driver problems.I am not a big gamer but would like to be able to play Age of Empires 3 when it is released so that would be my most graphics intensive game. I am also looking for something quiet, no hair dryers, and as close to 50 quid as possible.Any advice very helpfull, hoping to buy this weekend.Barry.

Answer:Best budget graphics card for nforce motherboard?

click herethese cards are compatible with your Mobo,hope this helps good luck..

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Looking to get an ATI All-in-Wonder card and also boost the performance of my existing card (a GeForce3 ti200). I'm using a P4 1.7 and 512MB RAM.

Found a great deal on the 9000 Pro at $150 CDN (complete with remote, etc.). The obvious question is, with a P4 1.7, will this be much of a performance boost over my existing card?

Any other All In Wonder cards in the budget range you would recommend? I'd like the break out "box" and remote control.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Any suggestions?  I've got an older system but can't spring for a new one just now.  My camcorder can shoot full HD video, but it's very choppy when viewed on my PC.  I'm looking for a (fairly) inexpensive graphics card that will allow me to play and edit full HD video.  There are so many to choose from though that I don't know where to start...

Answer:Looking for a budget graphics card that will allow me to process full HD video

You must have already asked this question  elsewhere or did d Google.If you are looking just under $300 there are some good ones. But does your budget tallow that?What do you mean by HD? You mean it a reproduce HD?Or do you mean the card itself has hardware that integrate into video editing software? If so,m what software does that?From  eHow:QuoteBecause high definition video is so popular, video editing programs have adapted to accommodate it. If you have footage from an HD camera that you want to edit on your computer, you should have no trouble importing it in the same way you import your non-HD footage.Read more: How to Edit HD Video | I missing something?  Don't all current video cards playback HD?

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Hello everyone.

Can someone post a good GFX card for no mor ethne $100 for a miini tower PC such an emachine El series etc. So a low profile GFX card. My friend does some basic gaming WoW, Moonlight etc.

i know a regular card is too big. What is one of the best 100 dolalr or below gfx cards that are low profile and can fit into mini tower PCs? The slot can be the regular PCI 2.0

Thanks guys

Answer:Solved: Best budget Graphics card for mini tower form factor?

The biggest problem with OEM PC's is that the power supplies aren't typically up to the task of an addon card. So it's generally recommended to replace the power supply as well. With this being a mini-tower, I wouldn't be surprised if it does not use a standard sized power supply, so that is likely not an option.

If you want to simply try a new card anyway, your options will be limited by the card size. There isn't much of a selection of low profile cards. Find the latest generation chipset which fits your budget.

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Does anyone have any good recommendations for a good card?

Since I posted in another thread that my fan died on my old card, I'm not sure if I should buy the same brand again.

My current card is an nVidia GeForce 8400GS with 512MB RAM. It was manufactured by BFG, and they offer lifetime 10 year warranty. I'd like to get my card RMAd, but they need a proof of purchase and I don't necessarily have that.

I'd like to stick with a good card under $60 since I'm on a budget at the moment.

Would nVidia or ATI be best? And just FYI, I do a lot of gaming, video and pic editing.

Answer:Graphics Card Recommendations

BFG doesn't make video cards anymore. About the best you'll do for $60 is a deal. If you can wait for a rebate, then this is likely as good of a card as you'll be able to find for that price. - MSI N240GT-MD1G/D5 GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

A Guy

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I'm sick of reaserching graphics cards. puke: Can I get some recommendations for a card. Better if it's under $150. AGP interface.

I have a
Dell D 4600
Intel p4 3.06ghz

Answer:Recommendations for Graphics Card.

I would go with a AOpen nVIDIA GeForce 6200 Video Card, 256MB DDR, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, AGP 8X, for $137.00 US dollars at :grinthumb

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Hello,My current graphics card, Geforce 7800GTX, has gone kerput and I now need a new one. My experience is pulling me away from a 7800GTX so does anyone have any suggestions?My setup: 450W PSU, Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe MB, 2 x 1 Gb Ram, 320Gb Hard Drive.Obviously I'd like to spend as little as possible but could go up to £100-£150ishThanks

Answer:New Graphics Card Recommendations..

I was looking at these two... anyone have any opinions? I'll be looking to run top end games, Bioshock hereandclick here

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can anyone reccommend a good midrange card to replace onboard video for around 50 bucks or so

Answer:graphics card recommendations

Not for $50. $50 is low end, very low end.

You can check and have a look around but fifty bucks isn't going to get you far. What are you wanting to do with the card. If gaming is what you are looking to do, you will need more money.

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my dad wants a decent grafix card to play FSX on - its the ONLY game he will be playing

currently he has it running on high settings (near highest I think) on a crappy nVidia 6200GS - its a bit choppy at times

his budget is about £70.. maybe stretch to £80

can anyone make any recommendations?

it will be going into a new build which will be dual-core with 2Gb RAM

Answer:£70 for Graphics Card - recommendations please?

The Nvidia 8600 GT never gave me any troubles when I was running crysis on Medium, So I don't think it would perform too bad with FSX, The 8600 Ranges from £40 (I think) To around £100 depending on where you buy.

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My son has a Dell Optiplex 760 .
It is running Windows 10 Home .
Has a Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00ghz
4 GB of RAM
64-bit operating system

I am wanting to get it where he can play games on the Steam network , right now it is not capable . One of the games I was looking at for him to play says he needs at least a

Graphics: Graphics Card NVIDIA GTS 240 or higher (or equivalent)

DirectX: Version 9.0
My question is will this card work in his PC ? Will I be able to find one under $100 ? Preferably closer to $50 or if not this exact card maybe a similar card that would work ?
Any suggestions will be appreciated .

Thank you for your help

Answer:Graphics Card Recommendations

What's the exact "service tag/serial" number on that Dell OptiPlex 760?

Depending on which case size and power supply wattage it is, I can recommend a graphics card for you.

Since it's running a 64-bit operating system, you might consider taking advantage of that and increasing the amount of RAM to 8 GB.


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I would like to know your opinions on choosing a new AGP graphics card for my desktop machine, with the following specs: P4 2.80ghz, 1GB RAM, 350W PSU (full specs can be found here however, I've upgraded the RAM from 512MB to 1GB)

About a year ago I tried to install a GeForce 6600 256mb card on the same machine, with little success, so I'm a little wary of nVida cards.

Ideally, I'd be looking to spend under £120 (about $200)

Answer:AGP Graphics Card Recommendations

What was the problem with the 6600?

ATi X800 series would work well.

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i am currently looking to purchase a new pc. After alot of browsing the internet i think i have decided what i want. Ok so here is the system i am getting that is just inside my budget of £1250.

AMD64 Athlon X2 4200+ 1mb cache
2.0gb DDR 400mhz ( is it best to have 4 x 512mb or for the same price 2 x 1gb)
300gb S-ATA150 16mb Buffer
16x sony double layer DVD+/-RW
2 x Nvidia Geforce 6600GT 256mb ( or for £5 more the 7800GT 256mb)
Microsoft Windows XP Pro
Audigy Soundblaster 7.1 24bit ( is it worth the extra £25 )
Yusmart 19" TFT Monitor 8ms response time (extra £180, would i be best off getting it from there or somewhere else? )
Thermaltake Soprano Case
600W HiPoint PSU ( anybody know whether this is good or not? )

I have put a few query i have in the brackets above.

I play battlefield 2 alot so i really want to know whether the 2 x 6600gt would cope with the game in high resolution.

Answer:Graphics card and CPU recommendations.

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Hey guys! I was hoping that you might be able to suggest a good graphics card upgrade for me. I'll do my own research, but it's been so long since I bought myself a new card that I thought the best place to start would be to ask some experts. So here I am.

I'll be using the computer to run some pretty GPU intensive software for college (game art & animation) so I need some power. I also game, but have no need to have the highest framerate. As long as I can raid smoothly, I'm happy, even if I do have to lower the graphics a bit to do it.

My computer is a Dell XPS 7100, with a hexacore processor (PhenomxII, I believe? Not on it currently), and I'm about to upgrade to 16 gigs of RAM. I'm looking for something affordable, so I know it won't be top of the line, but I currently have an Radeon HD 5450, and it certainly needs to be better than that... because that sucks pretty hard. It's a PCI-e slot.

Ideally I don't really want to spend more than $150 right now. I could maybe go to $200 but really that would be pushing it.

Any suggestions off the top of your head?

Answer:Graphics card recommendations? :)

On Newegg right now $150 gets you a HD6850 1Gb card, there is an HIS HD6870 for $155, most of the HD6870's are $180-$200.


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I have been looking to get a new graphics card lately as my current one is starting to lack power for modern games. I was just wondering if you can give me some recommendations of some good graphics card that can be covered by my current power supply (620W) and rig ( see details) or if you know a good power supply calculator that I can look into so I can check what I can take.

I am also not looking to spend a lot of money as if that was the case I would probably just buy a new computer. My budget probably be anywhere from $100 - $300, or that is the amount I am willing to pay.

Any help would be appreciated.

Rig Details:
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAMPhenom II x 4 955 Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P ATI Radeon 4870 4GB Corsair DDR3 Hard DriveOSMonitorPowerSeagate ST3500418AS 500GB Windows 7 Home Premium BenQ G2420HD Corsair 620HX CaseCM 690

PS: Did some research and narrowed it down to these 2 :

HIS Radeon HD 6950
HIS Radeon HD6950 1GB IceQ [HIS-6950-1GBD5-IQ] - $239.00 : PC Case Gear


Sapphire Radeon HD 6870.
Sapphire Radeon HD6870 1GB [11179-09-41G] [SA-6870-1GD5] - $195.00 : PC Case Gear

Answer:Graphics Card Recommendations

id go for the XFX 6950 2gb card i did.. and have 0 complaints!

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So all I really want to know is how do I know what graphics card will function correctly with my computer,,, right now I have integrated Rad. 6550D for gaming and tbh i hate it. Here are my specs and the computer i have.

Quad core AMD A8-3800 (each is 2.4GHz, rated at 5.40GHz!)
Genuine Win 7 Home Premium
AMD Radeon HD 6550D

And the computer I have is
Mine is the 1147c...

QUESTION:So I get about 7-12 FPS in games like CoD:BO, GTA, etc. Would getting a new grahpics card do the trick, and would you be so awesome to get me a suggestion? Will be buying in 2-4months, so can be 200-400 as it will drop i hope, right?

Question 2: Is AGP or PCI better, does my computer support it, and is there maybe even something better than both?

To save you some time: Here is some of the info HP releases for video graphics, I'm not sure if this will help you but... *Integrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed.
Radeon HD 6370D, 6410D, 6530D or 6550D Graphics (model dependent based on processor)
Supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards
Two DVI-D ports (Both ports can be used at the same time)

Answer:What graphics card should I get? Recommendations?

You would probably want a 6800 (at least 6700) series card if AMD is what you prefer.

If nVidia is your preference then the 570 (at least 550) is where you would want to be.

If you are not aware a new generation will soon be out. That means in 2 or 3 months, you will have a whole new selection of cards to choose from.

If you do choose a card, please make sure your power supply is rated to carry the graphics power requirements.

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Hey Peeps,

Been a long time since i posted on here but finally got time for computing again

Anyways, At the end of last year i started a new build and all thats left now is to get a graphics card that i finally have funds for

Would just like some recommendations on to what one to get as theres such a variety of choise

Heres my specs so far:

MB: Asus Rampage Formula Republic of Gamers Series iX48 Socket 775
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz, FSB 1333MHz, 12MB Cache
Memory: Kingston 4GB DDR2 1066MH
HDD: 1x Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM & 1x Samsung EcoGreen F2 1TB 5400RPM, 32MB Cache
PSU: is a 400W, but will have to upgrade for the GPU
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64bit

The max i would really like to pay is around the £250 mark and i've been looking at this ATI =

Also i haven't done much research yet but i was wondering if it would be worth waiting for Nvidia to bring out there new range..... not 100% sure about ATI's 5800 series, it just seems to me like they've rushed to get them all released and might be lacking something

Thanks for your help everyone

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Need help buying a new graphics card for my PC to replace my Geforce FX 5500

PC Specs:
Intel Celeron 3.06GHz
1GB Ram
Windows XP SP2
use for gaming eg call of duty 4 (as old card isn't good enough)

Budget of around £50. Any suggestions cheers?

Answer:Graphics Card Recommendations

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I'm contemplating building my own machine so I'm looking for advice on what graphics card to go for. I reckon I'll go with an AMD athlon processor to begin with so I'm looking for a 256MB card that'll complement it. I'll probably go for an AGP slot one so if anyone has any ideas or wants to set me on the right path it would be much appreciated.

Answer:Recommendations for graphics card/system set-up

I think we need to know your budget, and what you want to do with the card first.

If you have no budget, get a 6800ultra agp card.

Pci-e is the newest graphics slot. If you going to be building a new pc, might as well use the newest tech. There isn't much price difference between agp and pci-e.

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We've had various problems with this computer recently, notably it doesn't restart and crashes Cubase(music recording program) at a certain point every time. After having a technical guy thoroughly look at it in the last week, we've discovered it's my ATI Radeon 9800SE graphics card causing the problems. When we take it out we have no restart problems whatsoever with the onboard graphics. We've also replaced the power supply with a much better, 450 watt one and the processor fan. So this computer is now close to what I want it to be - which is a reliable system for home recording, digital photography and some gaming.

I think I'm gonna avoid the ATI cards altogether, cos it seems most graphics card problems I read and hear about are ones with ATI cards. This one is an AGP card so I guess I would be looking for something similar, preferably in the £100($200) price range if possible. Nividia seems to have a very good reputation - if I get one of their cards will it be easy making the change from the ATI card to that one? It'll just be a case of uninstalling the ATI drivers and software right?

I'm not too up on the technicalities of graphics cards so if you could recommend me some based on my needs(see 1st paragraph), and explain a little about them it would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance.

Answer:Replacing graphics card - recommendations?

The nVidia 6600GT is worth a look at, I think it's very slightly over £100, but you won't be dissapointed with your gaming performance.

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Hello,    I am looking for an upgrade in the graphics card category so I can play some steam games I just bought. I have an HP Pavilion p7-1534 Desktop PC. My games don't really require much to run but I am having some trouble trying to get a decent 60fps. Here's one game that I would like to run at a good 60fps on high resolution ( You can find the recommended requirements scrolling down. This is the hardest game to run in my game library. The price range would be up to $50, if there is no available card in this range then $80 would me my utmost. My monitor only goes to a maximum 1980 x 1080p resolution. I have been trying to find what graphics card I have, how much power it uses, and how big of a graphics card my desktop can hold. So it would be fantastic if you could find the answers to my questions. Thank you for your time, -Tyrone Morgan      

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Hello ya'll! I've got a Compaq Presario 5430 with a 64 mb Nvidia GeForce 2 MX graphics card that came with it. I've noticed that I'm unable to play more and more newer games because I believe my graphics card won't run 'em. (I hear sound but no pic (black screen)). I want to stay with NVidia cause I've had no problems (knock on wood) and just looking for an affordable graphics card upgrade.Any recommendations! Thanks.

Answer:Recommendations! Video Graphics Card

Could you post some system specs? I can't seem to find the specs for the Presario 5430 motherboard. I'm guess it's because it's too old. Just need to know if that motherboard is AGP 2x/4x or AGP 4x/8x. If your board supports 8X AGP, then you can take full advantage of some of the newest AGP cards which can run in AGP 4X or 8X. Such as these:
or see them all at Newegg AGP4x/8X Cards section

but if your board can only support up to 4X, then buying those cards would be a waste of money. You could look at these instead:
Newegg AGP 2x/4x GPU section

Note: Newegg only ships in the US, so if you live in Canada or elsewhere, you're out of luck. Try and for Canadian shipping.

Keep in mind that upgrading your video card has the potential to improve your framerate significantly, but in order to take advantage of that potential you have to make sure that your system is not being bottlenecked by other parts, such as your CPU or RAM. A process is only as fast as the slowest step in it. So if you have, 256MB (or even 512MB) of RAM, try to upgrade to 1GB if you want good gaming performance. If you have an old CPU, you might want to replace that too.

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Hey guys, I'm new to this website (and I'm not very good with technology at all) so please bear with me.

I recently got Minecraft for my computer but the problem is that it lags too much. I have NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 (it's an integrated one).

I was told that upgrading it would greatly reduce lag. I don't really play any other games on my computer so I don't want a ridiculously expensive one.

My CPU is AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
I have 4 gigs of RAM.
Any suggestions? I heard that if I just install an external card, my computer would just ignore the integrated one. Is that true?
Thank you very much in advance...

Answer:I want to improve Minecraft FPS. Graphics card recommendations?

Yes you've got all the information correct.
If you have any information about your power supply, do post it here.
Someone else who's smarter will probably have an actual graphics card recommendation.

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I have built this pc and am playing Microsoft flight simulator and want better graphics and maybe overclocking in the future

Processor:AMD phenom quad core 955 BLACK EDITION
Motherboard:AUSUS M4N68T-M LE V2
Ramatriot 4GB x2
Psu:Standard Dell Psu 250
Hard drive:1tb hitachi sata cable
150mb Wireless internet card!
Toshiba Samsung Dvd/cd RW drive

i am unsure of what graphics card to buy?
i know i need to buy a decent PSU,im thinking a modular corsair have my eye on 1! :-D

Answer:Recommendations for graphics card on recent build?

It really depends on your budget for the GPU, and what resolution you play at (or intend to play at).

Let us know both of these, as well as what PSU your eyeing up, and we can advise you of suitable GPUs for your build.

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I need to buy an internal DVD burner for my ancient Dell, I'm on a sickeningly tight budget, and I could use some advice. Here is what I'm looking for:

I don't need any bells and whistles like headphone jacks, buttons which do this or that, or blazing speed. It doesn't have to be pretty, stylish, hip, or particularly quiet. I'm not willing to spend an extra dime for any of these things. And, I don't need a software bundle or a cable or any other paraphenalia - OEM is fine.

What I do need, and for which I will spend as many extra dimes as are necessary (but no more), is accuracy, reliability, and durability in performing the core functions of a DVD burner - reading and writing CDs and DVDs. I need it to install with a minimum of headaches, not make coasters, not be finicky about media (because, in keeping with the sickeningly tight budget referenced above, I'll probably buy whatever's on sale), and not be a flimsy piece of **** which disintegrates in 6 months. I feel these things should be easy to get apart for cleaning, and just as easy to get back together, too. Dual-layer would be nice, but isn't essential, and if it inflates the price more than a couple bucks, forget it. A company with decent support would be nice, too.

Finally, the minimum requirements have to be in line with my Methuselah of a machine - 1.3 G P4, 768 M Ram, WinXP Home - and if manufacturer's specs for this sort of hardware are as fooli... Read more

Answer:Budget DVD burner recommendations

DVD burners have dropped in price and can commonly be found on sale at any PC store for under $50. Not on sale, usually around $60. Be sure you get an IDE/ATA/PATA drive and NOT a SATA drive; the cable connector is totally different. Just about every DVD burner I have seen for sale in the past 18 months has been dual layer. It isn't really an extra option you'd pay more for, dual layer is standard. And in my opinion, one brand is just as good as the next and they all usually have a one year warranty. Coasters are usually caused by user error or cheap blanks or some type of compatibility issue between the burned disc and the device trying to read it, and rarely due to the DVD burner being cheap or faulty. Newegg online has many different DVD burners, almost all are under $30 before shipping. Here's one with free shipping for $22.99
Good luck!!!

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Looking for a _fairly_ cheap laptop. The thing is I'd like a light one, but with a big screen. The thing I'm not so worried about is performance. It's only going to be used for Office (doh! Need a beefy maching for that I guess), Email and web. So... Cheap (sub £1000 if poss), light, fairly decent screen. No need for bleedin' edge stuff. Going to need a pc card slot as it'll be on a wireless network (but I'm assuming that's standard).Anyone out there bought a stunner lately?

Answer:Budget notebook, any recommendations?

have a look click here

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I haven't bought a new computer in like 8 years and i'm a bit out of the loop on pricing.

Here are my considerations:
-Light gaming (I mostly play league of legends, heroes of the storm, hearthstone, and starcraft 2). Fairly low graphic intensity
-Will be doing a good deal of work from home. This is mostly spread sheets and word processing.
-Watching movies/netflix
-My memory storage requirements are pretty low, I had under 100g of memory used on my last computer.
-Longevity, I would like a computer that will last at least 6 years. So probably no refurbished
Any recommendations would be great.


This is my best find (and probably not a good one since things labeled gaming tend to inflate the cost in my experience):

iBUYPOWER Gamer Power WA550B Desktop PC:
WA550B iBUYPOWER Black Gamer Power PC with 8GB Memory Key Features and Benefits:

AMD Quad-Core PC FX-4300 Processor with 1TB Hard Drive
3.80GHz, 4MB L2 Cache
8GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory (expandable to 16GB)
Gives you the power to handle most power-hungry applications and tons of multimedia work
1TB SATA hard drive
Store 666,000 photos, 285,000 songs or 526 hours of HD video and more
24x Double-Layer DVD+/-R/RW drive
Watch movies, and read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
Connect to a broadband modem or wired broadband router with wired Ethernet via the iBUYPOWER Desktop PC including Windows 8.1 Home Premium (Monitor Not Inc... Read more

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Hey guy, my sis is getting a refund from dell since tha laptop was way to messed up.
Now she needs a laptop again...anywhere from dell,hp,sony...any place that you can apply for credit.
Im mainly looking for her to get a dual core(aiming for intel, but amd is fine)
2gb of ram...i could go with a 1gb then buy another gig separate for cheaper.
a good wireless card and a decent int gfx card or a dedicated one...for light like fifa, so nothing hard core.


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I am looking to upgrade/replace 6 older workstation pc's (purchased 11/07) and am looking for advice on new builds.

The workstations are used for our P.O.S. program and accessing online vendors (low graphics requirements).

Emphasis on reliability, low cost.

Willing to reuse old components, especially monitor,keyboard & mouse.

Prefer established online vendors like Newegg.

Is the "budget box" build the best bet?

Current System Specs: Dell OptiPlex 745
HARD DRIVE..., 80G, S2, 7.2K, 3.5, WD-UNIC
Dual In-line Memory Module 512, 667M, 64X64, 8, 240, 1RX8
Processor, 945, 3.4, 2X2MB Pentium D Presler, D0

Answer:Building new budget workstation pc's, looking for recommendations

Budget? AMD or Intel? Does it matter? What programs?

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Any recommendations on an Intel CPU I5/I7/Xeon that's good for multi-tasking.
Minimum of 4 cores @ 3.5GHz. Budget: £300
Thanks in advance!

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Hi all,

My fiancťe is looking to buy a laptop, but as we're saving for our wedding I want her to buy smart - I don't want her to walk into a PC World and handover £££ to some kid reading from a sales script. I only know PCs and have never shopped around for a laptop or understand their capabilities much, so I'm hoping to find a few opinions from some people in the know, or at least find a few people who can point me in the right direction with helpful, up-to-date articles etc.

What does she need it for?

Typical girl stuff - Whatever it is, it'll need some good CPU/Mem to handle multiple browser tabs and windows to let her get lost online through endless breadcrumb trails and allow her to compare things she finds; wedding blogs, dresses, ideas, and interesting articles she'll come across - and of course, Facebook.

She likes her TV programs, and has DVD boxsets and we have NetFlix - I imagine she'll want something with a good quality screen (15"+ she's said) and sound to allow her to sit in bed on duvet days and watch her shows and movies on it.

She works in an office environment and sometimes emails projects to herself; she's looking at doing some Advanced Excel courses this month, so it should be good for Microsoft Office-type software (which I can provide through work).

Lastly, she's not much of a gamer but she does own a few old games on Steam (Rollercoaster Tycoon 3), has recently tried and liked Heart... Read more

Answer:Budget Laptop Recommendations - Autumn 2014

I have had several friends buy Dell refurbished laptops, here in the US they carry the same warranty as a new machine. Worth looking into!


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i`ve only got around £40.00 to spend on a card.any Suggestions?

Answer:budget Graphics cards

Either the FX5200 or Ti4200. If these are still too much for your budget go the the GeForce4 MX 440 128mb whcih is retailing around £35-£40.

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Hi I just bought the gtx 750 ti for my lenovo k430 and it didn't work (stuck on lenovo screen). What are some good budget graphics cards that I can use with this desktop?

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Hey there,
I built my PC myself about 2 years ago,.. and since then have been very busy and graphics cards have kind of been one of the things i've not kept up with,.. resulting in me knowing nothing about them. Currently my motherboard is a MSI K800 Neo, it has a AGP slot and in it i have a sapphire atlantis pro 9600 ( i think 256mb ).

So,... recently my girlfriend comes over and starts playing the sims,. not just the sims but the sims with every addition under the sun, and she complained about my PC. I have been thinking about it so I will upgrade it soon,.. I have windows vista and currently my " gaming graphics " are my lowest rating by far,... so i thought it might be nice to sort it out.

Being a student, and having just bought a car i don't have a great deal of money to spare. Graphics card wise,... i would be willing to spend about £100, which i'm pretty sure can buy you a good AGP card. I would like it to be the best i can get for gaming at that price. Also, if there is any kind soul out there that would explain some graphics card terms to me so i understand that would be really useful! I do understand AGP is kindof a think of the past and everyone now has PCI-E and all that jaz, does that mean the AGP cards have stopped being made? Have they come down in price? Either way,... £100,... a little more a little less i don't mind too much,... for the best graphics card i can get ( and please can you tell me if it is actually that mu... Read more

Answer:Graphics cards, My pc and budget,.. help please, easy q.

You want to know about AGP Graphic cards,see this:

And this is for the best AGP Graphic Cards aviable today:

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I was wondering what the best "budget" graphics card out there is. I.E. under $300.

Answer:Best Budget Card!?!

nvidia 6800 on newegg

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Heya there, I have a budget of around about £150 and I'm looking for the best AGP card to fit that price, preferably NVIDIA as I've had issues with ATI in the past. I want to be able to run games like Half Life 2, or Elder Scrolls Oblivion on high quality.

The rest of my PC is pretty decent, 1GB ram & 3.4Ghz P4. Just need a better GCard.

So, any recommendations? And thanks for any help you can offer

Answer:What's the best AGP card on my budget?

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Question: budget gfx card

I only have about $80 bucks US to spend on a vid card for some casual gaming. I was thinking about a FX5200 with 128 mb ram. What are your guys' sugestions on what to buy?

Answer:budget gfx card

Stay away from the 5200. It'll just dissappoint you.

I'd recommend looking for a cheap GeForce4 Ti 4200. You might be able to find one under $80 now.

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I am trying to up the graphics on my computer since i was stuck using only PCI slots i upgraded to an Abit AW8d mobo SLI enabled. So i'm on a pretty tight budget for building my PC, i can easily use up to $200 on this and i can put in more if i need to but is it better/cheaper to get x2 SLI video cards or one high end video card.

What i'm running atm:
Abit AW8D SLI mobo
Dual pentium 4 3ghz cpu
1.5 gbs RAM
3d Fuzion Nvidia FX5500 (PCI vc)
stock PSU

also have a question for the PSU if i can afford to use the SLI. When i buy the PSU does it have to have SLI support or be a SLI enabled PSU or can i just get a PSU with a solid ammount of watts and it will work? Because i noticed that some PSU specs say "SLI support: No" but it didnt seem right to me so if someone could clear that up for me it would be great thanks.

Answer:Which card offers best SLI for budget

Ok i did some research and found some good deal SLI cards i can afford but i'm stuck with the decision between these two cards can you guys tell me which one is better, they are essentially the same price just one has a better rebate which i don't expect to get anytime soon in the next 4,000 years.
The links to both cards are below, help is appreciated.

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I am trying to decide what video card would suit me best, I am looking for an Nvidia that will be good for gaming but not too spendy, I am getting an hp tommorow with a PCI-e slot and I plan to upgrade this february when I egt birthday money, I am also wondering, is 256 mb necessary? cards with 256 mb seems to be a lot more expensive than cards with 128mb.I want to play games like hl2 WOW halo CoD2 F.E.A.R and Bf2

Answer:looking for a budget video card

i am also comfused about the connection, what kind of a connection on the video card do i need and what should I look for in an LCD monitor, my grandparents are helping me cover teh cost of the lcd but it needs to be somewhat cheap, I will probably get a 17" what type of connection is best and what will it be compatable with is mostly what ia m trying to figure out.

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Im taking out my 9600 pro to put in my new comp, and I wanted to put in a cheap (under or equal to 40 bucks) video card in to replace it. Im not going to play modern games with it, just maybe starcraft and the like. Any recommendations

Answer:Best Budget Video Card

You don't even need a $40 vid. card for games like starcraft. Geforce 4 MX or a Radeon 7500 or something.

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Current Spec: K7S5A motherboard (only AGP x4) click here 1.5Ghz Athlon 512Meg RAM Creative GeForce3 Ti200 64Mb GPU Looking to upgrade GPU to a DX9 compatible one - but I don't have money to burn - nor does the motherboard support anything over x4 AGP. Do you think I would get any benefit in upgrading the GPU to a Sapphires Radeon 9600 128mb which I can get for £50 + vat? Or do you think it will make little difference to being able to play HL2? I know this card is x8 AGP and I wont get the best out of it until I upgrade the motherboard - but is it worth the pennies... Comments and views appreciated. Kenny

Answer:Good Budget Card for HL2?

all AGP cards are and/or should be backward compatible so you can use AGP x4 my recommendation would probably be this one click here its 128MB RAM and there are a host of other stuff on it too...check it out and see what you think. i am thinking of getting that card too as I need a new card to play Doom 3...

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Question: Budget Gaming Card

Hey guys. Anyone who's seen my other thread can guess whats coming (if you didnt get it from Budget Gaming Card ) Anyhow, I'm building myself virtually a new system, and have ~£75 (~$135) to spend on a graphics card. I'm hoping to play the likes of Half Life 2 at a good level (who isnt?) and was hoping someone in here might know which card I should buy. If possible (really pushing it now), I'd like the card to last a couple of years, cos being a student I don't know when I'll be able to afford another upgrade. Also, I'm in the UK, so newegg and zipflyzoom are out of the question, but I'm gunna order a bunch of stuff off Novatechs' website, cos they're the cheapest I could find, with a frankly brilliant reputation.

My build will hopefully look something like this:
CPU: £76.36
AMD Athlon 64 3000 Venice Core 512k 90nm Socket 939Pin
RAM: £31.73
400MHz 184Pin 512MB PC3200 DDR RAM DIMM 2.5V 3.2Gb/Sec
MoBo: £57.28
Foxconn nForce4 Socket 939 PCI-E Dual DDR400 5.1Sound GB LAN SATA Raid, ATA
What does Micro ATX mean btw?
PSU*: £14.10
400W ATX Is apparently quite noisy, but I'm not too worried about getting a silent rig.
OS: £65.93
Win XP Home w... Read more

Answer:Budget Gaming Card


Hey thats a pretty good system...But i'd recommand you get a atleast 1 gig ram and as far as a good video card is concerned you can either get a Geforce 6600 GT but if your willing to spend a Few extra bucks not much though you can get a Geforce 6800 128 mb ( plays bf2, doom 3, and hl2 on high settings on my computer....But if you have a 1 gig ram )which is a really good card and they are pretty cheap aswell.. OR if you want any ATI video cards and you have a PCI-e i'd go for the Radeon X800 pro or X800 XL but i think those are really expensive as compared to the budget you stated so i would go with the Radeon X700 XT ....

well the conclusion....I'd go with the Geforce 6800 (Vanilla) ..its much better than Geforce 6600 GT

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Question: Budget Video Card

What would be the best video card for under $100? I'm not looking to spend a great deal of money on a video card since I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I would still like something decent.

Answer:Budget Video Card

geforce fx 5200

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Power supply says 300w Id like to keep my budget around 200$ for a new video card avid wow player tryin to get more fps

CPU-Z TXT Report


CPU-Z version 1.57


Number of processors 1
Number of threads 4


Processor 0
-- Core 0
-- Thread 0 0
-- Core 1
-- Thread 0 1
-- Core 2
-- Thread 0 2
-- Core 3
-- Thread 0 3

Processors Information

Processor 1 ID = 0
Number of cores 4 (max 4)
Number of threads 4 (max 4)
Name Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200
Codename Yorkfield
Specification Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33GHz
Package (platform ID) Socket 775 LGA (0x4)
CPUID 6.7.7
Extended CPUID 6.17
Core Stepping M1
Technology 45 nm
TDP Limit 95 Watts
Core Speed 1999.9 MHz
Multiplier x FSB 6.0 x 333.3 MHz
Rated Bus speed 1333.3 MHz
Stock frequency 2333 MHz
Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, EM64T
L1 Data cache 4 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache 4 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
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Answer:Looking for video card with $200 budget

I forgot to mention i do use a hd tv for a monitor so not opposed to a hd card

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My Pc specs:
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4590S CPU @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4033 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 210, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 97 GB (24 GB Free); D: 278 GB (30 GB Free); E: 277 GB (33 GB Free); F: 278 GB (59 GB Free); I: 0 GB (0 GB Free);
Antivirus: None
m buying Gskill ripjaws X series 8gb ram too so means 8+4=16 gb ram
my budget is 6000Rs

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Ok so i am in the market for a new video card, i have around 200 so i was thinking on this...

Any other suggestions?

Answer:$200 Video card budget

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Hi I'm new here. I don't have much experience building computers, and this is only my second one. I have an AMD XP 3200+ Processor with a K7S41GX Motherboard. I need a decent video card but I'm on a very limited budget. My price range is preferbly around $110 or $120. I was going with a Nvidia Geforce 6600 (, but im not sure my motherboard supports pci-e cards. my old choice

Can you guys tell me what would be the best card in my price range?

Answer:New low-budget video card

yeah, i reckon a 6600 would be ok

u can get it in a AGP 8x version too

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What is the best budget video card out right now? i want one that will last a year er 2 without needing to upgrade? I am looking for hopefully sub 150 but would prefer sud 100 dollars thanks.

Answer:Best budget video card

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hey guys..after a long timei am actually here because i am confused between some graphic cardsi am a brand loyal i always choose Nvidiamy basic purpose is1] Counter Strike Global offensive (when it comes out)2] Nvidia 3d VisionThese are my choices :-a] Nvidia GTX550 ti 1gb    I've researched enough to understand that Gb's in GPU mean nothing and just for marketing purpose    this is a card that is totally for budget gamers..i have seen some videos about this cards and its can run most of games at high and ultra settingsb] Nvidia GTX560 [NON-Ti]     Yes, because ti version is out of my budget...i've read somewhere that buy this card if you're gonna     game at high resoultions or else get a GTX550 obviously outperforms 550ti but i wanna save    some money here.This is the link that i saw for reference..i know these results are just theoriticalc] Suggest if anyMy second query is of Nvidia 3d Visionas i am looking forward to it i wanted to know its requirements far as i know..1] 120HZ monitor (I have ...its a CRT monitor  )2] nvidia 3d Vision (I dont have)3] 3d Supported Graphic card (I am gonna buy)pls let me know if u guys know any morePS: NO I dont want any AMD no posts about AMD\ATI

Answer:Graphic card on budget !

Why limit yourself to nVidia ? Seriously?ATI cards outperform nVidia cards on a lower budget. A $200 ATI Radeon will probably be faster than a $200 nVidia card.(Before people have a go, I know there are exceptions to this.)

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hi all,

i hav a frend who is strapped for cash, but wants a comp for his room. he is going to run 98se and primarily run CS on the rig. thing is, he only has $500CDN to spend.
so he wants me to build it for him and i got this far:

amd athlon xp 2000+ -$95
ecs k7s5a mobo(sound/lan) -$59
512mb micron ddr266 -$89
maxtor 30gb 7200rpm h/d -$69
generic case w/300watt psu -$29
lite-on 52x cd-rom -$23

this adds up to $361CDN and he has about $140CDN to spend on a video card. he already scavenged a set of speakers,kb/mouse and found a nice 17" monitor on the road during junk day. so for $140CDN i can get him an ati radeon 9000pro, radeon 9100, radeon 9200, gffx 5200 or gf4 mx440-8x.

remember, he will primarily use this computer to play CS and he has a broadband cable connection. which video card will allow him to get the best possible frame rates?

Answer:which budget video card?

Of those, Radeon 9200 or GeForce FX 5200. The latter has DirectX9 capabilities so I'd pick that one - in fact, I already have

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Hey guys, I'm pretty new here and to the whole computer thing, I was just wondering if anyone could recommend a decent graphics card that not to expensive, My current one doesn't have Direct3D, So yeah. Cant play any online games for the moment. Right now I'm using Matrox Millennium G450 DuelHead DVI PCI. And I couldn't download the drivers to actually get Direct3D working so I'm forced to buy a new Graphics card . Thanks Mike ~ .

Answer:Recommendations on graphics cards?

What are your system specs? How much are you willing to spend on the GPU?

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Have IBM Aptiva with AMD K2-350MHZ, MMX, 3D Now. Want to do something with the graphics and have been informed that this system (with ATI Mach 64 Rage Pro Turbo AGP 2X) does in fact NOT have an accelerated graphics card! Makes you wonder about ATI? Any recommendations for a good medium-priced card I can replace the ATI Rage Pro with? Thanks!

Dene Francis
[email protected]

Answer:Graphics Accelerater Recommendations?

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I'm looking for a Nvidia PCI-E x16 graphics card to replace the onboard GeForce 6100.

This is not for gaming, just to improve my graphics performance.

Power supply is Corsair 400CX 400 watt.
Two hard drives and two combo drives installed.

A GeForce 6600 GT would have been good, but they are now as rare as hens teeth.

Maybe a 7600 GT or 8600 GT??

I want to stay well within the limits of the PSU.


Answer:Recommendations replacement graphics

mjnc said:

I'm looking for a Nvidia PCI-E x16 graphics card to replace the onboard GeForce 6100.

This is not for gaming, just to improve my graphics performance.

Power supply is Corsair 400CX 400 watt.
Two hard drives and two combo drives installed.

A GeForce 6600 GT would have been good, but they are now as rare as hens teeth.

Maybe a 7600 GT or 8600 GT??

I want to stay well within the limits of the PSU.

Thanks. Click to expand...

I've used the Asus EN8400GS Silent 512mb card in a couple lower end setups and they run fine. Fanless so they're quiet, no external power connector so they work well with lower wattage power supplies.

Newegg has a bunch of 512mb PCIe cards from both nVidia and ATI in the $30-$45 range that should fit your needs.


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Hi all,

I want to upgrade my current 'gaming' hardware setup. Especially the Graphics card and the Processor. My current ones are:

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual core processor 4000+
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT (512mb)

I have a relatively slow PC, is this caused by the processor? Because it's only 2.1 GHz?
What would be a better setup to play some heavy games, like Red Alert 3 on HQ, or Crysis etc.?

Another question: A friend of mine said the graph. card was pretty good, so if I replaced the processor I would be able to get much higher preformance, and speed... Is this true?

Thanks in advance, and sorry for my bad English.

Answer:Graphics and Processor recommendations?

The video card is nowhere near good. A decent video card for great performance at any resolution upto 1440x900 would be the HD 4670. Light-years faster than that 8500GT and cheap too. (<$100)

The CPU should be okay though, but if you want to upgrade, the only worthy upgrade would be a Phenom II X3 or one of the older Windsor chips with 2MB of L2 cache memory.

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yeah.. i recently fried my mobo apparently and my old one was agp 8x compatible.. im planning to get around 70$ for my old video card but i can spend to up 90$ or so on this card... is there anything 256 bit that i can get? im lookin for a 512mb video card... so far i've come up with a radeon his iceq 6500pro, its like 80$ but it only has 128 bit support..

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Dear friends,
The need for a better graphic card has come for me!

1) i do not play any games on my desktop.

2) My need is excellent TO top-class picture resolution

3) My budget is 100$ max!

4) i slant heavily towards Nvidia, as my experience with them was good

5) one of my medical friends suggested XFX GeForce 9500GT for the

6) i browsed the web and found some comments for &against the above

7) i have an Intel DG35EC (3SERIES) mother board (desktop)

8) I have a Toshiba satellite L300 series (PSLBGG) laptop too and any
suggestions for a correct graphic card for it will be really helpful .I do
not mind shelling out an extra 70-90 $ for it as the pic. quality is even
worse ! The M-B is Intel's, though it is mentioned as Toshiba's!

I thank all the knowledgeable folks who take time off to guide me
regarding these graphic cards!


Answer:Nvidia graphic card-budget is 100 $ max!

what's wrong with the one you have?

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Hi i was wondering if you guys could find me a good low budget agp card, my budget is 140 and lower (tax and shipping included)

Im using the card for gaming, so i need a good and fast one with high clocks and pipelines.

The current one im planning on getting is

Answer:whats a good low budget agp x8 card?

Thats a pretty sweet card.
Just as another option, heres a pretty good nvidia card:

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Compaq Presario SR2186HM (M2N-61LA)
Athlon X2 BE2400 2.3GHz
2Gb Ram
Vista Home Basic (Win7RC1)
Seagate 120Gb Sata
WD 500Gb x2 (1 internal, 1 External)
PSU ordered today.

Presently using on-board video, looking for a budget Video Card PCI-E 16 Nvidia card with VGA and HDMI. Not gaming intended, need HDMI to use as Home Theater System.

Located in US, Newegg is preferred source. Price Range $50 to $75.

Any Suggestions appreciated. Found this any opinions on this one also appreciated. Like I said gaming is not a consideration.


Answer:Solved: Looking for Budget Video Card

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I operate on an Optima WorkPro PC, it has standard everything, and I have recently gotten into Counter-Strike. I have about $150 AU to spend on a video card. Any suggestions/stores to buy from? Im looking for something that will give better performance then the 16mB stock video card(pretty much anything) and maybe last me for a year or so.


Answer:Decent Budget Video Card

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Is there such a card out there that can play Half Life 2 and not break the bank. I do have a slot on my mobo and I cannot afford anything more than $100. I know that's cheap these days of the $500 card but it's all I can afford at the time. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Intel 2.53ghz
Windows XP
80g hardrive
geforce mx 440

Answer:Small Budget Video Card

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Hi, I'm new to the site and have had a quick look at the forums and articles. Have found them very helpful. I am now looking to get some experienced help with upgrading the video card capabilities of my machine.

Will try and stick to the upgrading question framework as much as possible, so here goes...

1. Gaming limits - I will mainly be playing RPG's and RTS's. Am hoping to be able to run Dragon Age and DOW 2 at a decent level (not necessarily maxed out). Also looking to purchase Starcraft 2, Diablo 3 and The new Star Wars MMORPG in the future.

2. Budget - £150 to £200

3. Current PSU - This is all the info I could find, but I am looking to upgrade this as well

Power Provided - 400 Watt
Voltage Required - AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

4. Computer Specs

Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 630i
Graphic interface - PCI-E
Memory - 4GB PC2-6400/800mhz DDR2 SDRAM
CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200
CPU Speed - 2.33 GHZ

For a bit more info. the model of PC is - Fujitsu Amilo Pi 3745 Tower

5. Country - United Kingdom

Hope I've given you enough info to help me out.

Thanks Guys

Answer:Upgrading video card and PSU on a budget

here you go

GPU - Club 3D ATI Radeon HD 5770 512MB £112.99 inc VAT £96.16 ex VAT
PSU - Corsair VX 550W £75.99 inc VAT £64.67 ex VAT

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I am looking for the very best video card for around the $250 area. I'll start off with what I have.

AMD Anthlon XP 2000+ @ 1.66 Ghz and 624 MB of Ram. The video card I currently have is pretty pitiful. The computer I have is a eMachines w2040.

I am wanting to play mainly City of Heroes, Battlefield 1942, and other games in that genre and what not. I would love to play Far Cry too, but I'm not sure if I have the processor to do so.

I want to make a purchase in the next few days, and currently I've been suggested to buy a Radeon 9800 Pro AGP 8X 128MB DDR Video Card for $200, but can I get a better one (OR, will that do?) for alittle more?

Also, I probally need a new PSU, correct? Taking suggestions on those too.


Answer:Educate Me: Very best video card under a budget

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My budget is low so its only around £65

I dont play demanding games, My games i play is
SWTOR/LOL/Mw3/Smite/L4D/Counter-Strike Global Offensive/Dota 2/Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition/Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist/Mafia II/Sims 3/Sims 4 when it comes out/Garrys MOD/Warframe/Tomb Raider/Need 4 speed world/World of warcraft/Star Craft 2/Hearthstone.

My main games are LOL/Dota 2/Smite

Thats the most iv have got on my PC lol.


Answer:Budget graphic card for AMD FX 4130

What is the exact make and model of the PC you are looking at putting the new GPU in? Assuming you are upgrading a pre-built machine?

What is the exact make and model of the PSU in the machine, this will potentially be a significant limitation on what you can install. If you are upgrading from integrated graphics then your current PSU is quite likely not going to up to the job of any new GPU unfortunately.

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Hey just need some advice. I need to know whether there is a new budget ATI card and Whether the 6800 is any good

EG. is the 6800 a lot more powerful than the 9600XT

Answer:Is there a new ATI budget card and is the 6800 any good?


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My budget is low so its only around £65
I dont play demanding games, My games i play is
SWTOR/LOL/Mw3/Smite/L4D/Counter-Strike Global Offensive/Dota 2/Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition/Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist/Mafia II/Sims 3/Sims 4 when it comes out/Garrys MOD/Warframe/Tomb Raider/Need 4 speed world/World of warcraft/Star Craft 2/Hearthstone.
My main games are LOL/Dota 2/Smite
Thats the most the i have got on my PC lol.

Answer:Budget graphic card for AMD FX 4130

I just want stable FPS over 60FPS on mid to high settings.

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alright, my fx5200 burnt out on me so now i'm looking for a video card to hold me over till i can save up for a PCI-E rig.Games I play: Halo, GTA: VC, counter-strike: source, DoD: Source, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch (occasionally), and soon BF2. I kno they're not the newest games, but I'm not much of a heavy gamer anyway, meaning i don't pay attention to the little stuff like HDR or anything of the sort, but I also want some pretty decent framerates, even if it means 30FPS.Also, I'm hoping it can stay in the $40-$70 range, tho that is asking for a bit much, I kno.there is one that seems to have my attention: ( SAPPHIRE 100562L-GN Radeon 9600PRO 256MB 128-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail)My Specs:Intel Celeron D 356 (3.33GHz, 512K cache, 533 FSB)1024MB DDR400 RAM160GB Maxtor (80GB main, 80GB backup)300W Enlight PSU (on it's last legs, ordering FSP Group 350W with card)WinXP Pro SP2 (TinyXP edition)15" IC Power LCD monitor (1024x768 Max res)Do you think the 9600PRO would keep me suited for maybe till the end of the year, or am i aiming too low?

Answer:strictly budget gaming card

Does this take your fancy card here is mid price ranged-

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I would like to put some home video onto my hard drive and burn to CD.Which is the best value card which will enable me to do this and where is the best place to purchase.Thanks

Answer:Which TV / Video Budget Capture Card


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Hey, what is in your opinion is the best bang for the buck pci-e video card under $60. I am extremely poor but i want to play some basic games.

Answer:Best ultra-budget video card

well, for under $60 bucks you're a little limited but heres what i found, i'd recomend the 6600




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Figured I'd check here on suggestions for my older gaming system for a video card upgrade. Currently have a ASUS ATI Radeon HD5450 with 512MB DDR3 RAM PCIE card in a motherboard with a PCIE 2.0 slot. I tried an upgrade a few years ago to same GPU Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5450 with 1GB DDR3 which was a PCIE 3.0 card and it wouldn't work in this system no matter what I tried. However the video card was completely fine in a newer build with a PCIE 3.0 slot.I am thinking that I might need to stick with a PCIE 2.0 or 2.1 type card and not a 3.0 card.Was wondering what people had for video card suggestions for a 2.0 or 2.1 card with a $100 budget.I also have on order a Phenom II x4 945 3.0Ghz CPU that I bought used for $30 to replace the Athlon 64 x2 4450B 2.3Ghz which is starting to feel crippled with even what should be lightweight modern games.The motherboard is a Biostar MCP6PB M2+ as seen here: this Phenom II 945 CPU, and best video card I could get for it for $100 or less, it will be the final upgrade for this system. I have a better AMD FX8350 4Ghz system with a much better video card, but this system is my alt gaming system and trying to get a few more years out of it for gaming without lag for lower end games.Games played on this old system are: World of WarcraftTera RisingAllodsRiftand other free to play mmorpg gamesLastly power supply is a 550 watt EVGA

Answer:Video Card Suggestion with $100 budget

Looked at newegg and filtered for PCIE 2.0 cards... the best card I could find was the NVidia GT730   with 1006Mhz Core Clock 384 Cuda Cores and 1GB DDR5  ( but I have little trust in MSI brand )Also found these others with same GT730 in which I didn't find any better GPU for less than $100 and PCIE 2.0 as well as AMD only has a HD6450 which barely scores better in benchmark info online than that of the HD5450 I already have. Surprisingly there are many Geforce 8400GS's still for sale too and that is worse than the HD5450 I have now.Here are the 2 others I looked at and not sure why this one below is 902Mhz Core Clock and the last one is 700Mhz core clock and they also vary in Cuda Core count of 384 and 96. The one with less cuda cores and slower clock has 2GB instead of 1GB RAM. seen before a GPU with different core count for the same GPU like this. I am assuming the 902Mhz card is overclocked or superclocked and the 700 Mhz is the base clock ? Is the cuda core count difference a typo in the listing?My current HD5450 is a passively cooled card and I have a 80mm fan in front of it to keep it cool, so if I have to go with a passively cooled card to avoid MSI, I could. I have had Zotac cards and motherboards before and no problems.

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Best Budget Video Capture Card.

Can anyone suggest a good Budget Video Capture Card for under £100.
Also should i go for one that does HD? The Videos are not in HD.

I need one to transfer some VHS Tapes so i can burn them to a DVD.
I am running Windows 7 64 Ultimate with a AMD Radeon HD 7700 Graphics Card.


Answer:Best Budget Video Capture Card.

Anything AMD or nVidia you can afford. More memory is always better. All modern cards can handle HD. Tiger Direct, shop by price, read reviews. Choose

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Hello can anyone recomend a budget sound card for around £20. I have an onboard one that is sounding nasty in games (pc chips 810lmr motherboard, win 98, geforce 4 mx jobby). I have just looked at dabs and the choice is baffling as there are a lot in that price range.

Answer:budget sound card recomendations

Have a look on at their sound cards. You should be able to pick up a soundblaster 4.1 at your price range. Or there are the CMI7838 cards, which are not the best, they will provide better sound than your current onboard card.

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Does anyone know good budget graphic cards that would allow sketchup pro render smoothly and most importantly fast?

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