What Videocard Should I Buy?

Nigel Atkins

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i think its time i upgraded my grapichs, as the one i have now realy strugles with Race.

my specs are:-

Amd Athlon 2.8ghz 64 socket 754
1 gb ram
9600xt
Biostar NF325-A7

my budget is around £150, now with my current MB i can only use AGP so would i be better getting a new AGP card or could i upgrade my MB to PCI-E GPU for about the same money.

thanks for any advice :)
 

Bram Hengeveld

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i use two 7600GT cards from nvidia but then you pc must be compatible with SLI technology.

if not? you can think of buying the 7900GT card which has 512MB memory.. i think it will fit in your budget, the rest of you system looks good for RACE

good luck
 

Nigel Atkins

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TheStig[RPM said:
]you can think of buying the 7900GT card which has 512MB memory.. i think it will fit in your budget, the rest of you system looks good for RACE

good luck
is the 7900GT a PCI-E card?

i can get a 7800 GS for £150
 

Nigel Atkins

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paarma said:
Hi!
I would upgrade just your video card for that budget.
I would choose Ati X1950 Pro.
You need a good PSU for that.
my PSU is a Colorsit 550watt would this be ok for the X1950?

thanks Ako :)
 

Nigel Atkins

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paarma said:
Ako878 said:
my PSU is a Colorsit 550watt would this be ok for the X1950?
Cant really say for sure...sorry. My best guess would be..yes.
i phoned overclockers and i need a psw with at least 20amps on the 12v rail and mine is 30amps, so all being well i should have my new GPU up and running for tonights tornement :)

thanks Ako
 

Nigel Atkins

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paarma said:
bloody computers ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)

i installed the card, rebotted my pc started up race and was just changing the graphics settings and my pc shut its self down :-s

after 3 attempts i have now put my old card back in but was to late for the tornament :-({|=
 
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FOG-Racecarmike

Glad you got it sorted dude, shame about having to spend more money to get it though...
 

Nigel Atkins

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Jr-FOG-racecarmike said:
Glad you got it sorted dude, shame about having to spend more money to get it though...
thanks :)

hopfully i have spent wisely, the new psu has a 5 yr warrenty, in 2yrs or so i want to build a new pc with twin gpu. now i already have the psu for it \:D/
 

Nigel Atkins

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[Central Topic] What Videocard Should I Buy?

my current 8600GT is just not good enough, i`m sick of constant screen freezers and am looking for something to replace it with.
i only play racing games Evo and rFactor mainly.

Gigabyte GA-G33m-DS2R
Intel core 2 E4500 @2.2GHZ
Kingston PC2-6400 CL5 (4x1GB)
Corsair HX520W PSU

i recon i`ve got around £250 to spend, i have no preforance over nVidia or ATI i just want something reliable and no more screen freezers.

Cheers Nigel :hug-right:
 

Abdul Al-Amry

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Hi Nigel,

I am in the process of building a pc. From the recommendation and based on the price range you have, go for the ATI HD4870 1 GB.