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Windows 7: need a recommendation for under 40 dollars!

18 May 2010   #31
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Unless it is hidden in Nvidia's OEM channel, there is no such thing as a GT 210,

Every PC needs good graphics.

despite what they are calling it on ebay. It is about as low as you can get for a video card, and about the equivalent of the 9400 GT,

Video Card Comparison -

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18 May 2010   #32

xp sp2

No it wasnt on ebay, it was in one of those many online shops I've seen. But you're right, the online shops dont seem to really know what they're selling, in my opinion. I'm not talking about stuff like newegg or nextag. Some of the ones I've seen say its a 1gb gddr3 and then when you click on it, its a 512mb gddr2 or something.

But you're right, the geforce 210 was the card I was talking about. I used the nvidia 'help me choose' feature and the major feature difference that I found was that,
Geforce 210 - has no PhysX support but has 3D vision ready.
9500gt - has no 3d vision support but has PhysX and SLI.
The CUDA cores are also a little lower, as well as the relative graphics performance on the GeForce 210.

Of course, for me this is something like deciphering a binary code haha

But I guess failing the gt240, I should stick to the 9500gt.

Thanks again guys :)
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18 May 2010   #33

Windows 7 Professional x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
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.
Interesting read, I really like reading stuff like that. I need to check if they tested my PSU, Antec EA-430.

Anywho, here is a good comparison of the Geforce cards: Wikipedia - Comparison of Nvidia graphics processing units

FWIW, I would go for the 9500GT, the GT 210 is almost half as slow (because it's 64bit and the 9500 has 128bit bus). On the other hand, the GT 220 is abit faster than the 9500.
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19 May 2010   #34

xp sp2

Thank you for that wiki link. I'll be definitely getting a graphics card within the next week and I'll post here, what I bought. For me thought the 40 dollar limit is just as important.. :)
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19 May 2010   #35

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

well good luck :)
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20 May 2010   #36

xp sp2


Thanks to all your help I was able to purchase a Graphics Card. Though it wasnt the 9500gt or the gt240, I settled for the gt 220. Which according to Josh was faster than the 9500gt anyway. I bought a 1gb gt220 and without delivery, the price on ebay came up to 22,50.

Quite cheap I think. With delivery, it stayed just under the 40 dollar mark. I just hope all goes well now on my pc.

Thank you all really much for your help! Have a good weekend
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20 May 2010   #37

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

congrats if ya need anymore help we're all here
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20 May 2010   #38

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit RTM

I have to disagree with the 9500GT nay sayers. Been running the 1GB version for about a year now and it has run everything from Civ 4 to Aliens versus Predator just fine. Heat hasn't been an issue, it overclocks well, doesn't require a seperate power supply link and with a 1080p HDMI hookup I enjoy the latest releases in HD. I was so pleased with the card I now run 2 in an SLI set-up on my new PC. Sure it's not going to let you enjoy dx11 but for someone with a budget it's quite a nice little card. Recently I picked up one brand new from newegg for $62 and it had a $10 Mail in rebate which made it even cheaper. Scoring 6.x in Win7's WEI at the moment with the SLI set-up and enjoying Battlefield 2:Bad company at max resolution and that game is fairly new.
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