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Windows 7: Video Card Recommendation Needed

16 Sep 2009   #1

Video Card Recommendation Needed

Hi All,

Well, my ATI AIW 1800XL finally bit the dust. The TV software hasn't been supported since Vista (and I'd just bought it before Vista went beta...) and I've been using Windows drivers since Windows 7 Beta. Now running 7 RTM.

Today, whilst only playing mp3s with WMP12, the system locked up and refused to boot. Throwing a cheap card in got me up and running, but I'm now browsing Newegg for cards. I've been using ATI for years, but am not opposed to Nvidia (although there are some complaints here regarding driver installation...).

Here are my uses:

I use this system heavily for business. This includes a lot of CS3 use and large, layered image files (blueprints). Since my office is in my home, this machine is not only my main business machine, but it gets a LOT of personal use as well, which includes movies, etc. I have also been known to install a game now and then (but not all that often).

I guess I'd like the ability to run GPU intensive games, but that may not happen (time is at a premium). The games I have copies of at the moment are Far Cry and Far Cry 2 (FC2 came with a 9550 CPU). I've heard good things about Crysis, but again, I may never go there. I guess I'm looking for a compromise? I'd like to keep the cost at around $120 or lower.

Relevant Specs:
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit RTM
Q9550 CPU
8GB Gskill DDR2 PC2 6400
Gigabyte EP45-UD3r (PCI-E 2.0 16x)

Thanks for any pointers,

My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Sep 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I got almost the exact same hardware that you have and I am running an eVGA Nvidia 9800GTX+ 512MB card and it's been great for me. I'm playing Call of Duty World at War, Crysis and Wolfenstein on a 23" 1920x1080 monitor and pretty much have my settings on high across the board and it handles it just fine.

The card is $119 from NewEgg right now after a $15 Mail In Rebate; - EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2009   #3

ultimate 64 sp1

or in the red corner, how about an ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/1GD3/A Radeon HD 4850 1GB

$119 @ newegg with $20 rebate = $99

you pays your money and you takes your choice...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Sep 2009   #4


Thanks Mickey & pparks. Both of these were, in fact, amongst 3 or 4 I was considering. Due to price and the composite out of the Asus, I think that's the one I'll be choosing.

Thanks again ( just needed a push )

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2009   #5

Windows 7 RTM 7127

EVGG 9600GT Great Crad for 79.00 Good Gaming
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Sep 2009   #6

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

Any card you buy look at the warranty you can just about get the same card from Evga with step up program and great support or an XFX with a double lifetime warranty. ro BFG i think still offers lifetime warranty. This is important to me because I have had a new card DOA or fail within several months and recived a new card with little hassel. Asus I'm not so sure of. The 9800 gt is a great card for allaround and about 120 or less sometimes 99 with rebate IMO BFG 9800gt 89.00 after 20.00 rebate I run this card and it is a great card for the money
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Sep 2009   #7


Thanks for the subsequent replies. I've already ordered the Asus and am awaiting delivery.

Thanks again,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Oct 2010   #8

ultimate 64 sp1

thanks for the rather late rep - over a year!

glad to know you went for the asus and it's still going strong.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Oct 2010   #9


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
thanks for the rather late rep - over a year!

glad to know you went for the asus and it's still going strong.
I always pay my debts!
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