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Windows 7: Which graphic card?

20 Jul 2009   #1
TheBull

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 
Which graphic card?

I'm contemplating buying a graphic card, but have no clue on which one to get!
I'm not really playing games, mostly for my graphic drawing programs. So looking at my specs what would you guys suggest?

Thanks!!


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20 Jul 2009   #2
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

How much you willing to spend, and what power supply do you have (make and model number)?
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20 Jul 2009   #3
ivanmor

Windows 7 (ultimate_rc_x64_347803)
 
 

Hey Bull!

Alot depends really like Stormy said, with money you have and the power supply.... it also depends what your graphics needs are.... that said...

If your looking for all round game playing, have no need to exceed say 1 22inch monitor, and have at least one PCI-X power connection, I would suggest either a Radeon 4600 series or the NVidia 9800 range, both shouldnt put you in the poor house and are both respectiable starting points....

I am sure everyone has their preference, ATI vs Nvidia, i was a nvidia guy for so long, but the HD line of ATI, is simply amazing!
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20 Jul 2009   #4
7echno7im

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64
 
 

Here is a quick run down i just saw for best performance per dollar.

$500 - Nvidia GeForce GTX 295
$250 - Nvidia GeForce GTX 275
$150 - ATI Radeon 4870

Since you don't play games or do any rendering, really, any cheap video card will do.. What do you have now?
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21 Jul 2009   #5
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

if you don't do any gaming, i would recommend a passively-cooled card that relies on a large heatsink rather than a noisy fan.
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21 Jul 2009   #6
Snives

Windows 7 Professional x64 (MSDN)
 
 

Just as a side note, nVidia's 300series and ATI's HD5000 series are both rumored to release very soon. If this is the case you can expect to see price drops on current gen as well as the obviously new cards being available. It might be worth looking into before purchasing anything at this point.
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21 Jul 2009   #7
Duesco

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
if you don't do any gaming, i would recommend a passively-cooled card that relies on a large heatsink rather than a noisy fan.
That depends on what he means by rendering, if he's doing some wacky AutoCAD something he might need a workstation card. If not, an HD 4650 would be peachy.
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21 Jul 2009   #8
lokiundergod

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Ah, the eternal question...or, rather, one of them, anyway!
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24 Jul 2009   #9
Konceptz804

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 7echno7im View Post
Here is a quick run down i just saw for best performance per dollar.

$500 - Nvidia GeForce GTX 295
$250 - Nvidia GeForce GTX 275
$150 - ATI Radeon 4870

Since you don't play games or do any rendering, really, any cheap video card will do.. What do you have now?
Me personally I'm looking at selling my two 8800gt cards and getting a single GTX 275, my PS3 has taken me away from PC gaming.
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24 Jul 2009   #10
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Konceptz804 View Post
Me personally I'm looking at selling my two 8800gt cards and getting a single GTX 275, my PS3 has taken me away from PC gaming.
And my PC brought me back from console gaming
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