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Big Video card compatiblity question + power question

Q: Big Video card compatiblity question + power question

Ok so, I've got a Dell Dimension 3000, 2.8GHz Pentium 4, 512mb ram.

Im doing an upgrade due to my lack of a video card and sufficient ram for games. *I'm upgrading strictly for gaming*
I'm adding ram, going to have a total of 2gigs. Did it on crucial and it should work fine.
Now as many of you already know the Dimension 3000 only has PCI video card slots. So, I did some research and found the best possible card for my mobo. (At least I think) The x1550:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814103031
And just recently I saw this:
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=8982
But can't find it anywhere in stores, could someone show me where that is available? To my knowledge that would be better than the x1550, right?
Also, what kind of Shaders and Vertex shaders do these have?

Well assuming I'm getting the x1550 how do I determine if the video card is compatible with my monitor? *This is my main concern*

Another question, again assuming I'm getting the x1550, I see the recommended PSU is 420W. Now, my original dell PSU is a 250W. So I'm convinced theres no way I'll be running this card without a PSU upgrade. I went to pcpower cooling's site, went to the compatible PSU's for my dimension 3000 and found this:
http://www.pcpower.com/Dell/Dimension/Dimension-3000.html

I've read about alot of PSU's falsely stating the wattage due to some rubbish about the ampage on the 12v rail or something, can someone notify me if this is a legit card for my system?
Also do I absolutely need the PSU upgrade or should I get the video card and see if it will run without it first? Thanks to whoever reads this and can answer my questions.

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A: Big Video card compatiblity question + power question

Google your PC and said you have a 250 Watt power supply (may be true or not but hey..its Cnet that said it) On Newegg it said that the 1550 needs a 420 watt or greater...From those numbers well...You'll need a new power supply. Or you can just upgrade =D

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Ok so, I've got a Dell Dimension 3000, 2.8GHz Pentium 4, 512mb ram.

Im doing an upgrade due to my lack of a video card and sufficient ram for games. *I'm upgrading strictly for gaming*
I'm adding ram, going to have a total of 2gigs. Did it on crucial and it should work fine.
Now as many of you already know the Dimension 3000 only has PCI video card slots. So, I did some research and found the best possible card for my mobo. (At least I think) The x1550:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814103031
And just recently I saw this:
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=8982
But can't find it anywhere in stores, could someone show me where that is available? To my knowledge that would be better than the x1550, right?
Also, what kind of Shaders and Vertex shaders do these have?

Well assuming I'm getting the x1550 how do I determine if the video card is compatible with my monitor? *This is my main concern*

Another question, again assuming I'm getting the x1550, I see the recommended PSU is 420W. Now, my original dell PSU is a 250W. So I'm convinced theres no way I'll be running this card without a PSU upgrade. I went to pcpower cooling's site, went to the compatible PSU's for my dimension 3000 and found this:
http://www.pcpower.com/Dell/Dimension/Dimension-3000.html

I've read about alot of PSU's falsely stating the wattage due to some rubbish about the ampage on the 12v rail or something, can so... Read more

A:Big Video card compatiblity question + power question

I am also using Dell Dimension 3000, and I upgraded all Video Card, RAM and PSU already, so I think I can help you a little bit here.

First, which games do you want to play? Because if you want to play newest games, then I'm sorry, you will have to buy a whole new computer. X1550 and 2gb of DDR RAM won't help you anymore.

Second, as far as I know, X1550 is the best for PCI now, but X1300 is really slightly behind. Many people believe they are the same. You can easily buy X1300 from newegg. You bought mine with $20.00 cheaper from eBay, but I guess money is not really your problem anyway.

Third, I have used X1300 and FX5500 and didn't see any problem with Dell Monitor at all. The only thing you need to be careful if you decide to buy X1300 is that there are two kind of X1300. Don't buy the Small Factor version because it is made for special kind of computer, and it won't fit into your case. The one you should buy look like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129062

Fourth, even though many people suggest that we should only use Dell PSU because the other PSU won't fit into the case, I am actually using this one of Antec: http://reviews.pricegrabber.com/power-supplies/m/601582/
It fits perfectly.
And yes, PSU upgrade is a good idea. I believe my system is working very well, so you should have at least 350W PSU. DON'T buy cheap PSU.

Fifth, you may knew already since you've used cruical website ... Read more

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Ok, i'm currently trying to build a computer and i am having trouble figuring out which power supply to use for my Asus 8800GT. I've asked other Tech forums, and they all have told me the same thing, but the reviews on the product contradict what they are telling me.

I am looking at a hard drive from a company called hec (Orion). Other forums have told me that i should avoid this company and that it is junk.

Since i can't link the PSU that I am thinking about buying (not enough posts )...ill give you the brand name and you can check it on Newegg.com

hec HP585D RETAIL 585W ATX12V Power Supply

This review is the one that really caught me attention and had me confused

Pros: I bought this power supply so I could use my eVGA 8800GT. I was really pessimistic thinking I could find a suitable power supply for my card at a cheap price. Man, was I wrong. This thing is a trooper. It does everything it was supposed to with no problems at all. Glad I bought it after all. I overclock my processor and graphics card as well, and this power supply doesn't falter at all.
Cons: None.

Now i understand that i shouldn't be cheap about my PSU, but honestly i don't want to spend 50 or more dollars on this if there is one cheaper that will do the job.

Can somebody PLEASE help me out with this, by letting me know if this will do the job. And instead of just telling me it's a piece of junk, please show me what is good within my price ra... Read more

A:Question regarding a power supply, video card

get a cooler master 660Wats it will run it all it also has the graphics power connector for SLI
 

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I'm thinking about getting a 9800 GTX and a quad core processor, so what power supply should I get(wattage). Also, does the processor really affect what type of PSU I should get or is it just the video card?
 

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I'm in the process of building my first PC. I just received my power supply today (Corsair 620W). It has four listings for 12V (+12V1, +12V2, +12V3, and -12V), the first three of which are rated at 18 Amps and the last at 0.8 Amps. My video card is a Sapphire x1950XT, which, according to some reviews on newegg, requires 20-30 Amps. I looked on Sapphire's website, but I couldn't find an exact requirement.

So my question is, am I likely to run into trouble with this PSU / Video card combination? I really thought this PSU had a higher amperage than 18... I guess I read something wrong when ordering it. I did find some reviews of people running 1950Pro's with this Corsair PSU.

Also, I really don't understand the rails and what all of that means, so could someone post a quick explanation or direct me to an article that would explain the basics of a PSU? I've tried looking at some sites that I know (ie - Tom's Hardware), but I've had trouble finding an article to explain the basics to me.

Any help would be appreciated.
 

A:Power Supply / Video Card Question

Hi,

PSUs can be very confusing... the Important amps you need to know are on the +12v rail (rails)... now that Corsiar 620w PSU has three rails marked at 18a each.. so you might think.. "oh I have a total of 54amps.. becuase there are three rails at 18amps each.. right?"

Nope.... that just means that each individual rail is rated for a maximuim of 18amps each.. thats thier limit lets say.

If you look at the sticker on the side of the power supply, you can see that the 620w is divieded between all the different rails. the +3.3v & +5v have 170w dedicated to them.. the three +12v rails have 430w deidcated to them, and the -12v & +5vsb have the remaining 20w dedicated to them.

You take the 430 watts going to the +12v rails and divide that number by 12.. this gives you the total sustainable amps on the 12v rails.. which comes out to 35.8 amps.. so we'll say its 35amps even.

So, if your X1950XT requires 20-30 amps, then that power supply will be fine. The Corsiar 620w is a very nice power supply and you shouldnt worry that you made the wrong chioce, when in fact you made a great choice.. good job!

Basically they split the rails for saftey reasons.. they decided that there should not be more then 20amps on any given +12v rail... haveing said that, they still sell power supplies with a large single rail, but these usually have more heavy-duty over current protections and such... which makes them more exspensive.

I hope this helps,
Wasper
 

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I am planing to get this power supply: Newegg.ca - XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply
with 2 of these video cards: Newegg.ca - PowerColor AX6970 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Has enough power for them but someone said to me that it don't have enough 6pins to support them since both Video cards require 2x6pin adapters

One thing I have issues with is telling how much pins/what pins a CPU comes with even when it shows list:
SO here's a list of pins:
1 x Main connector (20+4-pin)
1 x 4+4-pin ATX 12V
1 x 8-pin EPS12V
8 x Peripheral
8 x SATA
2 x Floppy
4 x PCI-E

and here is the required pins:
6 pin / 8 pin x 2

from what I seen n read, there should be but I want to make 100% sure :3

A:Power Supply + video card question

the connectors you are after are the4x PCI-E connectors.

They should be 6 pin with an additional optional 2 pins hanging off the side.

might i ask why you think you need 2 6970 cards? one is about the most powerful single cored card you can get and will max out anything easily, so 2 will be pointless. Bit like buying a Ferrari just to drive to the local corner shop...

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i upgraded my video card to a ati radeon 9800 from a geforce 4 mx 440.

ati says i need a 300w power supply, my pc has a 250w.

the only devices hooked up to my power supply are two cd drives(one dvd-rw, one cd-rom) the floppy drive, and the hard drive. and i guess the motherboard is included right?

i disconnected the cd-rom drive since i dont use it much.

would there still be a problem? everything seems fine so far.
 

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Hi,


I have a Gateway GT 5082 ( Athlon 64 X2 , 2ghz flavor) I believe I have 2 problems if I want to purchase a decent video card. The stock power supply i believe is only 300W. Probably need around 400W to power a good video Card.

It comes with a PCI Express slot but even if I had the recommended power supply I really dont see an empty slot on the motherboard to put in the power connection from a new video card ( such as the nVidia 7950 GT ).


Do they sell external power supplies that I could run indepently of my computer and just power a video card? It would seem like a pain in the *** to replace the oem power supply so let me know what you think!

Yes I know there is an inherently 3rd problem the fact that I purchased a gateway haha... but just looking for some solutions here.

Thanks
 

A:Video Card External Power Supply Question

Welcome to Techspot jnava121 :wave: ! Yes, the do make dedicated psu's, although the only one I know of is made by thermaltake, which I have due to a similar issue. If you live in the U.S., then look Here. Don't be thrown off by the wattage, becuase this thing will power up to a GeForce 8800GTS. Yes, it should also power a 7950GT as well. Good luck!
 

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I am currently thinking about purchasing an EVEREX gPC3 Sempron computer and had a few questions about some things. First off, I need to know if this RAM would work with the computer: http://www.amazon.com/PNY-Channel-P...ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1230244237&sr=1-1
Secondly, I own a eVGA GeForce FX 5500 video card that requires a power supply of 250W, but the factory default is only 200W. I was looking at a 450W upgrade, but need to know if it would even work with it. http://www.amazon.com/DiabloTek-400...5?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1230244094&sr=1-5
I do plan on putting XP Pro on it, so OS issues are not a problem.
Thanks for the help, and have a Merry Christmas!
 

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I have a OCZ 500W power supply, but it doesn't have the 6-pin connector my ATI 5750 needs. Alright, so I have the splitter included with my card that splits the 6-pin into 2 Molex plugs. I'm pretty sure I need both of those plugged in, but I'm unsure of the orientation of the wires. I took a picture of how I *think* it should be set up:

So you can see the longer end will connect to my PSU with the 6-pin, and the shorter end, also with the 6-pin, will connect to my GPU. My question is if the end coming from the PSU is right. The cable coming from the PSU end doesn't actually "split" into 2 Molex plugs. It goes to one Molex, then continues to another Molex, and then continues to a plug, that I can't identify.

I'm assuming this is right because my PSU is "SLI Ready", and it has two of the cables you see in the picture (the longer one), meaning one for each card. Sorry if this is confusing, but I really don't want to damage anything
 

A:Solved: Question about connecting power supply to video card.

I can answer the plug you don't recognize part for you. It is a Floppy drive Power Plug. Did your PSU come with a manual?
 

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Hello, im thinking about buying a AWESOME tweaked out system from www.yetipc.com and i have a OS question...

I intented to install 4-8 OS's on this computer, mainly:
windows XP (SP1 baby!)
windows 2000 pro
windows 2000 advanced server (or maybe just server)
windows 98SE
Linux (And redhat)
Solaris

Now i know that'll be quite a job to get all those baby's to boot correctly, but it's been a dream of mine for awhile... and with 500GB space, who cares

Anyway, i was wondering about Game / Program compatiblity on 2000. Will most programs that run on NT (isn't NT XP?), run on 2000 pro?

I've been wondering about this for awhile. I've seen most programs run on 2000 pro, (it's a awesome fast OS ).

If games / most programs run fine with 2000 pro, i think i'll use it as my main OS. And of course, For my shiny new server comp

So any know about this?
 

A:OS Compatiblity question

2000 is NT 5.0 and XP is NT 5.1. But there is not complete compatibility among these OS's. 2000 and XP are closer relatives than NT and 2000, for example. But with XP's Compatibility Mode, you can run NT apps just like they were on NT. I don't think 2000 has that ability.

Overall, I would say that with that many OS's, you should be able to run just about anything. But I think you'd find XP quite a bit faster than 2000 if all the themes and eye-candy were disabled and it was run with the 2000 GUI.

The biggest problems you'll find with compatibility will be trying to run 9x family apps on NT machines, and vice versa. XP has a 95, 98, 2000, ME, and NT compatibility modes.
 

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I was having some memory issues with this GP7-650 Gateway computer. I have discovered that WinXP can often be very particular about memory; whereby WinXP will not install and gave numerous error messages; even though after installation, the problematic memory will sometimes work. I do have various memory that were for Apple computers laying around that are labeled as PC100. I have this 128mb Micron memory with US APPLE, PC100-322-620 that just would not work during WinXP installation, yet another 64mb PC-100-322-620 that was non-Apple labeled was finally able to install WinXP without numerous error messages. But I do see this PC100-322-620 often labeled as for Apple Computers like thei Mac, etc. Yet after I installed WinXP with this PC100 64mb, the Micron 128 did work. But then I was curious as to why the 64mb PC100 gave the message: serial presence device (spd) device data missing or inconclusive do you wish to boot at 100mhz bus speed ; properly programmed SPD device is required for reliable operation; yet the Micron 128mb did not. How important is this SPD on a memory chip? Also, apparently, other forms of Apple memory do not work like the Kingston KTA-G3/256 definitely caused problems, though it worked to some extent. Any insight into any of these issues? Basically, I'm just trying to get this Gateway to get the right memory without spending too much money. The gateway chat person said that all it required was PC100 SDRAM; the web site called for: 128-MB 100Mhz 64Bit... Read more

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Hey guys I was planning a building a new computer and I was wondering if an Intel E2160 will work with this motherboard: ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard Thanks
 

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hello, ho can u switch form an installed videocard to an on-motherboard video card? help plz
 

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I'm looking to get a video card for my Pavilion  p7-1254 and I'm wondering what cards are compatible?

A:Video card compatiblity with p7-1254

Hi, Please check the following post    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Upgrading-graphics-card-on-my-HP... Regards.

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Hello all,

i know somebody who owns a portege R830-1C8. He asked me, if my notebook RAM is compatible with his notebook.

Actually he has inside the notebook 2gb 1Rx8 PC3-10600S-09-11-B2.

My RAM is 4GB 2Rx8 PC3-12800S-11-12-F2.1600.

Can he use my RAM?

Thx and greetz

A:Toshiba Portege R830-1C8 RAM compatiblity question

Both are PC3, but not sure about the speed difference.
It may work, give it a try.

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Hi,

Going by the specs of my PCs power pack (included photograph of the power pack below) will my PC manage OK with a graphics card that requires a 300 watt power supply and 30.5 watt max power consumption?

I'm particularly interested in the 30.5 watt max power consumption.

Thanks

I'm hoping to get it very soon (if it will work OK) so any quick answers would be really great !
 

A:Graphics card power question?

I would replace the power supply. While liteon make fairly good Optical drives sometimes, their power supplies are really not high quality, and you only have 19A on the +12Vdc rail and a limit of 268W devided up between the +12Vdc and +5V rails. You should look at something from OCZ, Corsair, Antec, in 500 550 w range.
 

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Do the agp video cards mainly benifit just the gamers? Is there any benifit to bypass an integrated video card and go with an agp card for those of us who don't 't game?
 

A:video card question

Yes, there is a benefit. Using a standalone card will free up some of your computer's system RAM (anywhere from 32MB to 128MB), which will speed up the general running of your machine, especially if you have less than 512MB of RAM. The RAM in your machine will also perform faster, as it isn't spending half of its time looking after the onboard video, this will result in Windows loading faster, MP3s encoding faster, and so on.
 

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I just bought a game that runs extremely slow and choppy.

I have a laptop compaq presario r4125ca with a 3500+ amd athlon 64 processor and 512 ram. My video card is ati mobility radeon xpress 200m.

The minimum video card listed for this game is

Video: 128 MB AGP GeForce4 Ti4200 / RADEON 8500 or higher video card
Is mine good enough? If not, is it upgradable in a laptop? I phoned a local computer store and they said most manufacturers don't allow you to change the video card for laptops. This sounds insane to me.

thanks
Greg
 

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When i was looking for a new video card, i see lots of video cards with 64-bit memory thing. I looked at my color in the properties section and saw 32-bit. Can i still use the 64-bit thing? Thanks.
 

A:Video Card question.

32-bit is just what the OS operates on and the 64-bit on the GFX card is its memory interface ( higher = better. max is 256 ). So yes you can use it.
 

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What temperatures are safe for my video card? It idles at about 49degrees celsius and when i play games it goes up to about 70-80 degrees celcius. Just want to be safe
 

A:Question about my video card!

Normally the temperature should be below 149oC.

Your operating temperature is normal, as long as your video card have the heatsink and fan.

Some of video card has no fan can be operating at much higher temperature.

and it is called Celsius
 

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I am looking to upgrade Vid card i currently have a AGP only slot. I was wondering if i should buy a ATI x1950 AGP card or if it would be overkill since my processor would be bottlenecking it. my system is P4 3.06ghz w/Ht 1.2gb DDR ram. Should i get the ATI or go for lower end card. Will my CPU bottleneck it much?
 

A:Video card question

If it were me I always go for the Best Card I can afford.

Gaphics Overkill......Never.........eheheheh
 

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Hi guys, wanted to ask something about these new vid cards that are out, I use a 9200 ati card that has a tuner built in but its agp, been wanting to upgrade. Thing i dont understand are pci express cards, I only have +2400 athlon and i think its only a regular pci slot(. I wanted to buy a card from newegg for only 120 $$ it was a 6600 nvid card, thought it was cheap but its only pci express. Would it work on my mobo. Its a 266fsb socket A K-7 M811 series has 5 pci slots. Was thinking of getting

PROLINK Geforce 6600 PV-N43ET(256KD) Video Card - Retail
* Geforce 6600
* 256MB DDR
* PCI Express x16
or
* GIGABYTE GV-NX66T128D Geforce 6600GT
* 128MB 128-bit GDDR3
* PCI Express x16 Video Card
If it was possible to install it on my board.

Another thing, could someone tell me how is the video card food chain is? from worse to best or any site lists them.
 

A:Video card question pci help?

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Just recently bought a new computer from DELL. (Oct2006) and now I am thinking about upgrading to Vista now but I have a question about my video card. According to microsoft I am ready to upgrade to Vista Business but I want Vista Home Premium. When I print out the report for my system from the microsoft vista advisor it has the following about my video card.

No issues with the following devices:

Radeon X300 SE 128mb Hypermemory
Radeon X300 SE 128mb Hypermemory Secondary

What do the above two terms mean?

Thanks for the help

Travis
 

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I have a friend whose computer went down. All I know is they were playing a game and heard a pop and it went blank. I opened the case and saw the video card had a burn mark on it. The card was a Radeon 9600 Pro Advantage 256 MB V/D/VO. It was installed in what I believe to be called the AGP slot next to the pci slots. I am not sure if the problem is just the card or the system board. I thought I would try to replace the card first, I am not sure if I can switch to a pci card or if I have to install a similar card in the agp slot.
The machine powers up and the light is on on the board.
Any ideas and should I be able to use any card, just to find out if it is video or system board?
 

A:Video Card Question

VWM8534 said:

I have a friend whose computer went down. All I know is they were playing a game and heard a pop and it went blank. I opened the case and saw the video card had a burn mark on it. The card was a Radeon 9600 Pro Advantage 256 MB V/D/VO. It was installed in what I believe to be called the AGP slot next to the pci slots. I am not sure if the problem is just the card or the system board. I thought I would try to replace the card first, I am not sure if I can switch to a pci card or if I have to install a similar card in the agp slot.
The machine powers up and the light is on on the board.
Any ideas and should I be able to use any card, just to find out if it is video or system board?Click to expand...
Hi...
Yes, you can install an older AGP card if you want to do some testing. It is recommended that you install an older card though for the possibility of the card being short circuited or something similar.
You can also install an older PCI card for the needs of your test. In that case keep in mind that even if the system works (indicating that the motherboard is ok) the AGP slot can be damaged anyway.
In most motherboards you get warning sounds if any computer subsystem like the graphics card failed. Did you hear any sounds?
 

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I need to know if my video card has the shader model 3.0. How do I find what video card I have though?

A:Video Card Question

Take a look on the manufacturer website, there look for your owned Graphic card... or try to google it....
Or you can try check this feature in specialized software like EVEREST etc... Is lot of ways, how to do it

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will the ATI Radeon 9600xt be a good video card to play games?
i can't afford a 9800 xt right now..
im not a hardcore gamer but i do have some games i would like
to play Max Payne1/2,Need for speed,and Soul reaver
if it would play these games that would be great

heres my setup
AMD 2800
Volcano 12 HS/FAN
NF7-S MoBo
WD 120gig HD
Corsair XMS 256 pc4000
and just orderd an Antec PS
(this is why i can't afford it LOL)
if i can add the 9600xt and run these games that would be great

Also is there a HUGE differnce between the 9800xt and the 9600xt?
 

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I have a slight question.. what would be better for gaming between these two.. Pny fx geforce 4 or evga - e geforce fx?
Im thinking pny would probly be better from what ive been hearing, but i dont know..so any opinions would help..thanks
 

A:Video card question..

I had a PNY card and loved it because they have lifetime warrenty, I had the GeForce 3 ti 300 and it stopped working. So I called them and they said that they would replace it with the same card or better.
They didn't have the Ti 300, so I got the 500 instead, much better card and I didn't have to pay for it. All in all, I'd get the PNY and when the card stops selling do something to it so it stops working and doesn't have any sign of abuse. Then send it back and get the next better card.
 

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Which one is faster, Geforce 6800 GS AGP 256mb card or X1400 Radeon Hypermemory 256mb? What is the equivalent of X1400 Radeon in Nvidia?
 

A:Video card question

anyone????
 

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For nearly two months I have been getting lines appearing across my display. I had a pc look at the display itself and was told that there wasnt anything wrong with the display. I had my suspisions that it could be the video card - the pc is an old Dell Dimensions XPS 800r which makes it about 7 years old. The pc shop also suggested that I take it along to them to get it checked out.

Before doing the later, I was wondering whether anybody can tell me how to do a diagnosis test to find out whether the card is the problem? Also, if the video card is on its way out, could that explain why my pc is getting slower and slower to the point of sometimes not being able to open a program when I want to.

Many thanks for any help and sorry if I have been long-winded in the process.

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Have you tried another monitor to eliminate that as the problem?

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Greetings.   Re: Windows 7 in Dell Inspiron 546 desk top unit. I have, in the past, accessed websites that broadcast events, movies, etc off of cable and most recently Sling. I connected for a trial subscription and when accessing an event, I was greeted with a pop up that told me the quality will be less because I have an outdated video card. Outdated for what reason? My card came with my computer and according to all I can find out, my card is current and doesn't need updating. Are they saying I should get a video card that will work with their broadcasts, etc.Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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If you dual link video cards say 256mb and 256mb will they combine and equal 512mb? If they don't then then whats the point of dual linking video cards?
 

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Well they could render different parts...Like one part render background and another can render the gunshots and main stuff....Thats just what i think though =] Just take off stress off of each videocard
 

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i dont know much about the video card. and would like your help. i have a geforce 7600 GS PCI-E card. and would like to get something better. for about $150. is there any out there for that price? im running vista
 

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Hope this is in the right place.What i need is a recomendation for a new video card.I do play games quite alot but not looking for the absolute most powerfull one out there.Just one that can play most of the games out so far.With my 2.93 processer and 1024 meg ddr ram running winxp home 80 gig hd i have pretty decent specs to play most games.But my video card is lacking.

Which is why i'm posting this question here in hopes of finding some help on what i would need to play some of these newer games.My current video card is a Geforce mx 4000 agp 128mb ddr vga+s-video out from nvidia.Nice card and served me well in the past.What i seek now though is a card thats not to expensive yet will allow me to play games like final fantasy and everquest 2.

I've looked up some cards but not to knowledgable on exactly what i need (never bought a new card in a long time and then i lucked into this one being at my local wallmart).I'd like it to be under $100.00 if at all possible.Like i said i'm looking for a card to play these games and give me excellent video for the price.

I've looked up a few cards on http://www.tigerdirect.com/ But am confused on what exactly i need.So if some one could do me a favor and scan over what they have there and give me a recomendation on what would be my best buy to upgrade my card (please do not think of those with rebates though i've not had any luck with them)I'd greatly apreciate it.
 

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Hello Everyone

Thanks for taking the time to read my post here. I am thinking about buying a new video card. Have P-3 500 HP Vectra.

I already know what card I would like to get. Just would like to have opionions on whether it would be worth my time.

Card in thought is ATI Radeon technology All in wonder 64mb on board memory.

The computer I am running does not have AGP slot sucks. There is a AGP video built in the motherboard. Matrox Graphics MGA-G200 AGP. This video card only has 8 mb on board memory.

Now question is I have to buy PCI card no getting around that. Been reading AGP are much better proformance then PCI cards.

There are some software titles I would like to run and a few games but can't run because of only 8 mb of onboard memory for the built in video card.

Would it be worth going with the PCI card that has 64 mb of onboard memory instead of using built in AGP video card that only has 8 mb.

It would seem that I could run the software and games that I would like but don't want to lose anything that the AGP video card gives me.

Seems 64 mb PCI video card would be better then the 8 mb AGP card but so much is said about AGP being better then PCI.

That's my hold up and thought I would ask for some opionions of people who have upgraded and could give experiences of there own.

Thanks to any replies.

Mickeyy
 

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I just had a quick question about a graphics card I want to buy. I have 1.5 gigs of DDR2 Ram in my computer. The video card has DDR memory, 64 mb onboard, and uses system memory to support up to 256 mb. Will I have compatability problems with my ram being DDR2 and the cards being DDR? (Can the card use ddr2 ram to support the full 256 mb)?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814121193R

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Hello! Welcome to TechSpot!

from the link:
REFURBISHED: ASUS EN6200TC256/TD/64M Geforce 6200TC 64MB onboard and Effective Memory Size 256MB 64-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - OEM

64mb ddr on video card based ram, with up to additional 256mb system shared ram (in you case ddr2).
I think the question is
Is there a Compatability issue between the on card ddr and system
shared ddr2?
I have never heard of a card that could extend out of resident ram into system ram before but ther it is.
If you have'nt bought this card yet, I wouldn't recommend it, {REFURBISHED & OEM} are the key(scare) words, on top of the compatability question.

G'Luck
 

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]Ok i was wondering you know the settings for the video cards i have a nivada gforce 5200 and i was just wondering about the setting like u can change alot of stuff on the video card to make ur games run better just wondering if somone could tell me what to change and all that stuff thnx
 

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My systems card is a 32 megabyte. 64 megabyte stuff wont run on it, right?
ATI Technologies Inc (ATI Technologies Inc)
Model : Radeon 7500 Series (RV200)
Bus Type : AGP
Total Memory : 64 MB
Texture Memory : 116 MB
Processor : RADEON 7500 Series AGP (0x5157)
Converter : Internal DAC(400MHz)
Refresh Rate (min/max) : 56/85 Hz
 

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most of the aplications that request 64 MB won't work because when they say 64 they really mean 128...and almost everywhere pxiel shader is requiered.
 

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Hi All, would appreciate any help or advice on this! I have an older Dell Optiplex, GX 270.2046 memory, 500 gb HD. I would like to greatly improve the video, if possible what type of video card do I need to fit the slots on the board?? Seems like the video is now built into the MB. If this is possible, besides what type of card, any recommendations on brand, memory on it, etc. The processor is 3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4. Thanks!!
 

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Hi Y'all
New guy here and I really appreciate this tech forum.
My question is this - I have a Sony Vaio that was given to me by my daughter and I would like to play a particular PC Game on it.

The thing is that the machine meets all the game's spec requirments except that I can't figure out if my Video card does. To wit - the game calls for a GeoForce 2 or compatibile and the Sony has a SIS 650_651_750 CARD. Can anyone tell me if this card is compatible and/or what memory it has or doesn't?

Thanks much for any help.
 

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Now doing an upgraded system soon and that's a new MOBO an Vid card which will be a ATI Radeon X1300 PCI-E.

Okay here's the question do I plug in my LCD monitor in the video card itself to play any games and so on instead of whatever it may have for a stock video ? My reason for asking this is cause well it'll be the first PC I'll have that'll have a video card an not some stock MOBO with the card integrated within the board.
 

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I've got a 2.5yr old sony vaio desktop and I typically do a full OS refresh every 9 months to keep it running clean/quick. I'm also currently running Vista.

Here's my question: I just upgraded from a 15" monitor to a 19" and the screen is a little blurry but not too terrible. I'm not a gamer and don't really watch movies on this particular machine but I think I need a video card to clear things up. I've never bought one before. Any suggestions and how much do they typically cost? Remember not looking for something to game on.

Any help is greatly appreciated,
Adam
 

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I have a S3 Trio 3D/2X video card with 4MB of memory, it uses a AGP slot, but it has only 2 "plugs", one short one followed by a long one. I want to upgrade to a card with more Video ram, so I searched for cards with AGP slots, the problem is, all of those cards have 3 "plugs", which looks very different from mying. I think they may not work with my motherboard. Is there different kinds of AGP slots?
 

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Agp is for accelerated graphics port. It has been the same size since its introduction. are you sure that yours is currently a agp card. The are 3 major kinds of slots. the lighter brown, agp, white is normally pci and the dark brown are isa. in that order.
 

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Hi, I'm thinking about purchasing an Nvidia GeForce 7950GX2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130023) but I'm worried whether or not my PSU will be able to handle it. I've read in many reviews that this is a power hog and that has me concerned. My current PSU is an Enermax Noisetaker 485w (http://www.enermaxusa.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_42&products_id=76). Any suggestions?
 

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I used this PSU calculator (http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp) to test how much I would need with the 7950 and it came out to about 350w. Does that mean I should be fine?
 

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I think i know the answer to this question but i would like some input to be sure.Can the digital output on a video card go bad while leaving the vga output working properly?Thank's for any input.
 

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It sounds plausible. If the dvi output port is damaged it may not work while the vga output could still work if not damaged.
 

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are there any video cards that will support the resolution for my television? it is 47 inch widescreen panasonic. i know TV's have an odd resolution, but surely there is a card to support it? my current card is ok, but the words are blurry. and it needs to be a pci card, since i'm already using my pci x16 slot. but if i can find a pci x16 to work, i'd be glad to replace the one i have and buy another pci video card. i want to use my tv to extend my screen, not as the primary monitor.

thank you for any help
 

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You won't be able to get tyhe words clear on that tv. A new graphics card is not what you need. You need a HDTV. Otherwise, You could set your current tv to 640x480. It's a 4x3 ratio, though you should be able to find the 16x9 widescreen ratio.
 

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