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Windows 7: need a recommendation for under 40 dollars!

17 May 2010   #11
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

IMHO, 1GB VRAM really only becomes usefull for gaming at higher resolutions (such as 1080P)

Below that, 512MB should be sufficient with no real performance difference between the 2.



Having said that, if your wanting to game at 1080P, you'd want a more powerful GPU ideally anyway.


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17 May 2010   #12
windo7

xp sp2
 
 

Thank you very much for all those suggestions.

Yes I do not play computer games anymore, so I guess many of you are right about me not needing the 1gb. I will check out the Ati's that you guys mentioned as well.

Right now I have a GT240 and a 9500GT in ebay. Though I dont think the GT240 would go for my price range, I'm hopeful. I'm only wondering about the amperage there because it requires 18A on a 350W PSU. What I have is a 400W, with a 16A PSU.

I really dont want to upgrade the power supply just for a graphics card. Though newer PSU's seem more energy efficient than mine Besides, the machine itself is 3 years old and I'm just trying to get it to run 2 more, maybe 3.
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17 May 2010   #13
windo7

xp sp2
 
 

The HD 4670 you guys recommended, seems to be around 50euros. The 4650 goes from 40 to 50 and the 3650 isnt really that much cheaper than the 4650.

I've put a HD4650 in my ebay to see how it goes. I'll bid if its under 40. Wish I was in the US, everything seems to be so much cheaper! hahaha
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17 May 2010   #14
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
If you don't play games, then 512mb is perfectly sufficient for your requirements.
Even if you do play games. I have a 9800GTX+ with 512MB of RAM and I play Crysis, Wolfenstein, Call of Duty World at war and I play at 1920x1080 and it's just fine as far as I am concerned.
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17 May 2010   #15
windo7

xp sp2
 
 

yeah but I doubt I will, so I'll just stick to the cheaper 512mb.

What do you think about the geforce gt240 on my 400W,16A pc? I only read good things about that card. Except some people say it crashes. with Windows XP. Though thats not my concern, I'm about to upgrade the OS anyway.

I used to have a GeForce FX5500 with 256mb RAM on a barebone PC I had. I tried Far Cry with that once but, it was BAAAD. haha that was a long time ago
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17 May 2010   #16
ThePizzaMan

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

hmmmmm it could work but then you run the risk of killing your gpu overtime
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17 May 2010   #17
windo7

xp sp2
 
 

Really? I didnt know it would hurt the card. I thought as long as i had enough power it'd be ok, since the card only requires a 350w psu. Well i was tipping more towards the gt240 than the 9500gt. Thank you for your reply.
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17 May 2010   #18
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThePizzaMan View Post
hmmmmm it could work but then you run the risk of killing your gpu overtime
Or anything else that the power supply is connected to if it isn't strong enough and up and dies. The cheaper ones have a bad habit of usually taking at least the motherboard and sometimes more (ram, video card, etc), when they blow out.

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I thought as long as i had enough power it'd be ok, since the card only requires a 350w psu
One thing to remember is that not all power supplies are created equal. Just because it says 400W doesn't mean it is. Not saying yours is one of those (you didn't say what the make and model of it is) but this article here,

The Bargain Basement Power Supply Roundup Review

should give you an idea as to just how bad some PSU's are.
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17 May 2010   #19
windo7

xp sp2
 
 

Thanks for your reply again. My psu is an Atx p400 p4. It has one 12v 16A. I read that somewhere else too, that not all are equal haha. Atx isnt those bad ones right? I know its not the mercedes of psu's.

I really want to fit the 240gt on it but i dont want to do something disasterously stupid. If the 9500gt is the safest way to go then i guess i'll have to stick with it.
They happen to be both 1gb by the way and i have only the next 12 hours to decide if i should bid or not.
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17 May 2010   #20
windo7

xp sp2
 
 

Thanks for your reply again. My psu is an Atx p400 p4. It has one 12v 16A. I read that somewhere else too, that not all are equal haha. Atx isnt those bad ones right? I know its not the mercedes of psu's.

I really want to fit the 240gt on it but i dont want to do something disasterously stupid. If the 9500gt is the safest way to go then i guess i'll have to stick with it.
They happen to be both 1gb by the way and i have only the next 12 hours to decide if i should bid or not.
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