Help choosing a video card

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  1. .eclipse

    .eclipse Senior Member

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    Hi, I'm looking for a decent deal on a video card (I've been shopping through newegg..) and what I'm basically gonna be using it for is a few games here and there, along with some editing (faster rendering qualities), and watching HD movies. I'm not sure what I'm really looking to pay, but just a few cards in this ballpark would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Nicasus

    Nicasus Been watching you all day

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    A little vague there.

    What "games" do you play here and there? Do you play minesweeper & patience here and there, or is it Crysis & Call of Duty here and there?
     
  3. .eclipse

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    Nah, mediocre graphics like WoW
     
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    I would recommend the GeForce 9800 GT or something that has similar specs to it. It's not an expensive card (you can find some online for less than $130) and it can run most new games like Black Ops quite smoothly. It should be perfectly capable of running WoW with no lag. Also, it has HD DVD and Blu-Ray support.
     
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    Well, rendering speed would be a CPU upgrade.

    My RIO and I have a pretty decent gaming pc in our room (living on base ftw!) running dual 8800GTs with SLi enabled and a simple Wolfsdale 8600 Processor and 6 Gb of RAM on Windows 7. It mows down a lot of modern games pretty easily. WoW will run smoothly maxed out on the 8800GTs.

    If you want to go a little bit modern, I hear the GTX 480 is really, really well made, but they are a bit pricey. If you're an AMD guy, go with a ATI 5650 HD.
    Though it's possible that in order to get the most out of your 5650, you'll have to spend a some extra money upgrading your system.


    What are your PC specs?
     
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    this.
     
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    this
     
  10. cronik

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    this. I'm currently using it and its great.
     
  11. xlink

    xlink GR's Tech Enthusiast

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    9800GT was a good card... two years ago.

    it's outdated and better can be had now for less money.
     
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    Now its all about the 500 series NVIDIA or the 6000 series ATI. The 560 and 570 are great deals, stay away from the 580, over priced for the performance.
     
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    I currently am running an ATI 6870... very nice card for around ~$200. Hasn't given me too many problems outside of having very little support for a Linux distro... but who needs that :snooty:
     
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    While those are phenomenal cards, he doesn't need that much power for World of Warcraft :p.

    As someone mentioned before; GeForce 9800GT. You probably won't be playing the game maxed out, but there's not much of a difference when it's maxed out.
     
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    Get a GTX 460 or a radeon 6850.
     

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