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Windows 7: Graphics Card Recommendations

28 Jul 2010   #1
evolution83

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 
Graphics Card Recommendations

Does anyone have any good recommendations for a good card?

Since I posted in another thread that my fan died on my old card, I'm not sure if I should buy the same brand again.

My current card is an nVidia GeForce 8400GS with 512MB RAM. It was manufactured by BFG, and they offer lifetime 10 year warranty. I'd like to get my card RMAd, but they need a proof of purchase and I don't necessarily have that.

I'd like to stick with a good card under $60 since I'm on a budget at the moment.

Would nVidia or ATI be best? And just FYI, I do a lot of gaming, video and pic editing.


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28 Jul 2010   #2
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

BFG doesn't make video cards anymore. About the best you'll do for $60 is a deal. If you can wait for a rebate, then this is likely as good of a card as you'll be able to find for that price.

Newegg.com - MSI N240GT-MD1G/D5 GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

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28 Jul 2010   #3
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

You don't need a receipt on a 8400GS if you have a ten year warranty. The card came out in late 2007. They should replace it without a proof of purchase. Talk about a rip off.

As for a new card, I'd go with anything you see on this page. And Newegg will probably be the cheapest place to find most of those cards.
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28 Jul 2010   #4
evolution83

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Jeez. I checked out some of the BFG cards to read reviews, and many of the cards seem to die fairly fast in just a few months, much like some of the ATI cards I was reading about.

This makes choosing a decent card difficult.
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28 Jul 2010   #5
Colonel Travis

Black Label 7 x64
 
 

I got a crappy GT 220 1GB for that $39.99 price that's on the page Petey7 linked - Splinter Cell Conviction, Ps and PPro CS5 all run great. My max resolution is only 1600x900. Better cards are almost pointless in my case until I get a bigger monitor, but for what I have at the moment it is more than sufficient.
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28 Jul 2010   #6
evolution83

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

I think I may just purchase this card, as it's basically the same as I have now, only from a different vendor. The card also has HDMI ports that were on my original card.
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29 Jul 2010   #7
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Just remember to hang on to every proof of purchase you get. It might save you from having to buy another card latter on.
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29 Jul 2010   #8
evolution83

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

I will, and I normally do, but I just don't know what I did with my old receipt. I'll be sure to put this one away in a safe place for when this problem happens again.
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29 Jul 2010   #9
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Just out of curiosity I called BFG cause I used to buy a lot of BFG cards and never had a problem RMAing them. They didn't ask for proof of purchase. Phone number 1-866-234-3499. I just told them I had a 8400 gs fan that stopped working and the card went bad. They just asked for my name, email address and mailing address and said they would email me an RMA # within 20 minutes Now I don't know if it's because they have my name in the system or what but you might want to call them, when prompted press#1 for video cards. good luck. Fabe
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29 Jul 2010   #10
evolution83

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
Just out of curiosity I called BFG cause I used to buy a lot of BFG cards and never had a problem RMAing them. They didn't ask for proof of purchase. Phone number 1-866-234-3499. I just told them I had a 8400 gs fan that stopped working and the card went bad. They just asked for my name, email address and mailing address and said they would email me an RMA # within 20 minutes Now I don't know if it's because they have my name in the system or what but you might want to call them, when prompted press#1 for video cards. good luck. Fabe
Just called again to inquire about an RMA. The guy I got this time was very helpful unlike the last idiot who just gave me short answers about any question I asked.

The rep told me I could go to Frys (where I bought my card) and get a copy of proof of purchase since I paid with a credit card. Then, all I'd have to do is register the product online, then create an RMA and they'll send out a new card.

Since I'm down the street from Frys, I'll just go after work.
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