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Windows 7: need recomendation on video card

11 Nov 2009   #1
sblocker

windows 7 ultimate
 
 
need recomendation on video card

hi i just built a new computer so i have a pretty small budget for a video card. my budget is about 100. also what video cards are compatible with widnows 7?


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11 Nov 2009   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Do you game or don't you?

If not, you likely don't need to spend $100. I spent 50 and am happy.

If you don't game, you might consider a "passively cooled" video card (no fan), which will keep down the noise and be one less fan to worry about.
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11 Nov 2009   #3
ThePizzaMan

Windows 7 Ulitimate Beta 32 Bit, Windows Vista 32 Bit, Ubuntu 9.10 32 Bit
 
 

if you do want to game a 4850 would be a good idea... you can find them for about $100 on newegg most of the time
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11 Nov 2009   #4
sblocker

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

i do want to game but i wont be gaming all day type of thing
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11 Nov 2009   #5
ThePizzaMan

Windows 7 Ulitimate Beta 32 Bit, Windows Vista 32 Bit, Ubuntu 9.10 32 Bit
 
 

4850 would be a good choice if your psu is up to it
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11 Nov 2009   #6
Xzaviar

6@Win XP 1@Vista (1@Win 7 (Mine))
 
 
My choice

I like ATI. No paticullar reason, I usually stick with the underdog at any given time to support continued choice in product. That is why I usually buy AMD for my procs on four of my six home pc's. Both ATI and Nvidia are excellent cards.
Two of my sons' computers use the Gigabyte HD4650 with 1 gig of DDR2 and run thier games (BF2142, Frountlines Fuel of War, Crysis...) very well. As for my personal computer I went with the Gigabyte HD4670 with 1 gig of DDR3. I think the DDR3 preforms noticablly better for only $20.00 more. They are both running Dual Core P4 at 3.4 Ghz while I run a Phenome 550 at 3.1 Ghz and mine just preforms better at games and the only thing I can attribute it to is the Vid Card.
Enough said, here's a link to the card on Newegg. Only $74.00
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

P.S. You said that you wouldn't be gaming all day or anything like that. When you are playing a game if you cut corners on your video card even a short time playing can be dissapointing and make you wish you spent even 20 - 50 dollars more.
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11 Nov 2009   #7
sblocker

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

yeah thats what i thought. what i meant by that i was not going to be serioousally gaming like you no how some people are but at the same time i wanted to be able to play the latest games good.
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12 Nov 2009   #8
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Here is a review from Toms hardware Titled best Graphics cards for the money:November 09 Hope this can help with your decision. Fabe Best Graphics Cards For The Money: November '09 : October Review And November Updates - Review Tom's Hardware
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12 Nov 2009   #9
ThePizzaMan

Windows 7 Ulitimate Beta 32 Bit, Windows Vista 32 Bit, Ubuntu 9.10 32 Bit
 
 

do you know what your power supply is though? you always need to take that into consideration before you buy any video card
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12 Nov 2009   #10
Mivo

Windows 7 Pro (64-bit), Arch Linux
 
 

*nods* Knowing what power supply unit you have is important. For about $100, you can get decent mainstream cards for gaming, but they tend to want a decent PSU. I'm partial to Nvidia cards, since I used to have all sorts of issues years and years ago, so my past seven or eight cards have all been Nvidia models. (But I also use Linux on a couple computers, so Nvidia is generally the preferred choice.)

I'll have some suggestions, but let's find out the Watts of your PSU.
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