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shrpsam93
Hey guys, i have a question, ive got a computer that im putting new parts in and i want to find a really good graphics card that has at least 512mb of video memory but wont cost too much. any suggestions?

thanks
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    OH Smeg

    But at the moment neither the 512 MEG PCI Express Cards are overly expensive. the Base ATI's start at $69.00 and the NVidia start at $50.00.

    Of course if you are looking for AGP cards that is a different story as 512 MEG is the current Top of the Range or at least up there and are considerably more expensive that the PCI-E Cards. Roughly double the price of a PCI-E Card if you want AGP.

    Col

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    OldER Mycroft

    These systems tend to infer that the card has 512MB of graphics RAM, when in actual fact it can have a LOT LESS than that figure - making up the total by 'borrowing' from system RAM.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TurboCache

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HyperMemory

    Trading Standards authorities have implemented measures to ensure that both ATI (now AMD) and Nvidia make it clear on the branding of their boxes exactly what amount of RAM is actually fitted to their respective graphics cards.

    However, if you are in the market for an economy model, there remains the possibility that you may encounter one of the older releases where this problem has not been properly addressed.

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    shrpsam93

    ok thanks for your help guys :)

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    Slayer_

    You can pick one up for 50 bucks and its powerful enough to run even the latest games at acceptable graphics.

    It can, for example, play Mass Effect and Assasins Creed, at MAX graphics and get over 40fps.

    The 9600 GT truely is the best Econo card you can buy right now. And probably the best Econo card nVidia has made since the 6600 card, which only recently, doesn't have enough power for modern games...

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    eM DuBYaH

    Where can you get a GeForce 9600GT for $50?!?

    Best I've seen is around 85.

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    Slayer_

    Considering the bang for your buck, that's still a really damn good deal.

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    shrpsam93

    thats the exact answer im looking for, thanks heaps

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    OH Smeg

    Try looking at these

    AM4350-DVH-512D2 NEW! Amaze ATI HD4350 PCI-E 2.0 512MB 64-bit GDDR2, 600/800MHz, Dual Link DVI, HDCP, HDTV, HDMI, Fan $69.00

    GXY-GF8400GS-E2LP 8400GS 512MB DDR2 64-bit, Galaxy, PCI-E 16x, VGA, HDTV, DVI, Fan, Includes 2x Low Profile brackets.

    $50.00

    Those where taken from todays Australian Price List and list the current RRP as of 5-8-09 for PCI E Video Cards with 512 MEG of RAM.

    Col

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    shrpsam93

    maybe its better if i gave u guys the model number.
    its 8S661FXMP-RZ

    hope this helps a little

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    JamesRL

    There are fewer cards out there since this is older technology.

    My advice is to get the best you can if you intend on keeping this computer for a while, cause a year or two from now you might not find any AGP cards on the market.

    Something like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121315
    would give you a card with 512MB of RAM and a fairly modern chipset, at a reasonable price. ($50). For $100 there is much more selection.

    Avoid the FX5XXX or the Geforce 6200 cards, or anything else that only supports Direct X 9. Vista supports direct X 10, and that should be your minimum.

    James

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    Slayer_

    nVidia still making new drivers for those, the 5000 series is gone now though.

    But a 6000 series won't get you far, especially not AGP :(.

    You might be better off looking to ATI, I believe they have a bigger range of AGP cards. Though I have found the "HD" cards have lower performance.

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    shrpsam93

    well i believe this is a wrap, thanks guys for all your input, greatly appreciated :)

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    OH Smeg

    First ATI AGP

    HIS-3650-E2-A HIS ATI 3650 AGP 512MB 128-bit DDR2, 2x Dual Link DVI-I, TV Out, DX10

    RRP of $119.00 AU

    GV-R465D2-1GI NEW! Gigabyte ATI HD4650 AGP 1GB 128-bit GDDR2, Dual Link DVI-I / D-sub / HDMI / HDCP, Fan

    RRP of $189.00 AU

    and NVidia

    XFX-6200-512D2-A NEW! XFX GF 6200 AGP 512MB 64-bit DDR2, DVI, VGA, TV Out, Heatsink

    RRP of $95.00 AU

    There is far less and it is more expensive for AGP Cards as this technology is now absolute, but that should give you some idea of what is currently available.

    However as this is a P4 System even with the best Video Card the system may not support some of the new games or it may require considerably more RAM to run the same game more slowly that one of the newer systems. You may get better results with placing the Existing RAM with 2 X 1 GIG Modules of DDR1 RAM. But even this is far more expensive than the current generation RAM.

    Col

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    OH Smeg

    But at the moment neither the 512 MEG PCI Express Cards are overly expensive. the Base ATI's start at $69.00 and the NVidia start at $50.00.

    Of course if you are looking for AGP cards that is a different story as 512 MEG is the current Top of the Range or at least up there and are considerably more expensive that the PCI-E Cards. Roughly double the price of a PCI-E Card if you want AGP.

    Col

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    OldER Mycroft

    These systems tend to infer that the card has 512MB of graphics RAM, when in actual fact it can have a LOT LESS than that figure - making up the total by 'borrowing' from system RAM.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TurboCache

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HyperMemory

    Trading Standards authorities have implemented measures to ensure that both ATI (now AMD) and Nvidia make it clear on the branding of their boxes exactly what amount of RAM is actually fitted to their respective graphics cards.

    However, if you are in the market for an economy model, there remains the possibility that you may encounter one of the older releases where this problem has not been properly addressed.

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    shrpsam93

    ok thanks for your help guys :)

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    Slayer_

    You can pick one up for 50 bucks and its powerful enough to run even the latest games at acceptable graphics.

    It can, for example, play Mass Effect and Assasins Creed, at MAX graphics and get over 40fps.

    The 9600 GT truely is the best Econo card you can buy right now. And probably the best Econo card nVidia has made since the 6600 card, which only recently, doesn't have enough power for modern games...

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    eM DuBYaH

    Where can you get a GeForce 9600GT for $50?!?

    Best I've seen is around 85.

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    Slayer_

    Considering the bang for your buck, that's still a really damn good deal.

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    shrpsam93

    thats the exact answer im looking for, thanks heaps

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    OH Smeg

    Try looking at these

    AM4350-DVH-512D2 NEW! Amaze ATI HD4350 PCI-E 2.0 512MB 64-bit GDDR2, 600/800MHz, Dual Link DVI, HDCP, HDTV, HDMI, Fan $69.00

    GXY-GF8400GS-E2LP 8400GS 512MB DDR2 64-bit, Galaxy, PCI-E 16x, VGA, HDTV, DVI, Fan, Includes 2x Low Profile brackets.

    $50.00

    Those where taken from todays Australian Price List and list the current RRP as of 5-8-09 for PCI E Video Cards with 512 MEG of RAM.

    Col

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    shrpsam93

    maybe its better if i gave u guys the model number.
    its 8S661FXMP-RZ

    hope this helps a little

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    JamesRL

    There are fewer cards out there since this is older technology.

    My advice is to get the best you can if you intend on keeping this computer for a while, cause a year or two from now you might not find any AGP cards on the market.

    Something like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121315
    would give you a card with 512MB of RAM and a fairly modern chipset, at a reasonable price. ($50). For $100 there is much more selection.

    Avoid the FX5XXX or the Geforce 6200 cards, or anything else that only supports Direct X 9. Vista supports direct X 10, and that should be your minimum.

    James

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    Slayer_

    nVidia still making new drivers for those, the 5000 series is gone now though.

    But a 6000 series won't get you far, especially not AGP :(.

    You might be better off looking to ATI, I believe they have a bigger range of AGP cards. Though I have found the "HD" cards have lower performance.

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    shrpsam93

    well i believe this is a wrap, thanks guys for all your input, greatly appreciated :)

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    OH Smeg

    First ATI AGP

    HIS-3650-E2-A HIS ATI 3650 AGP 512MB 128-bit DDR2, 2x Dual Link DVI-I, TV Out, DX10

    RRP of $119.00 AU

    GV-R465D2-1GI NEW! Gigabyte ATI HD4650 AGP 1GB 128-bit GDDR2, Dual Link DVI-I / D-sub / HDMI / HDCP, Fan

    RRP of $189.00 AU

    and NVidia

    XFX-6200-512D2-A NEW! XFX GF 6200 AGP 512MB 64-bit DDR2, DVI, VGA, TV Out, Heatsink

    RRP of $95.00 AU

    There is far less and it is more expensive for AGP Cards as this technology is now absolute, but that should give you some idea of what is currently available.

    However as this is a P4 System even with the best Video Card the system may not support some of the new games or it may require considerably more RAM to run the same game more slowly that one of the newer systems. You may get better results with placing the Existing RAM with 2 X 1 GIG Modules of DDR1 RAM. But even this is far more expensive than the current generation RAM.

    Col