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Windows 7: Video Card

17 Oct 2010   #1
lostsoul62

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 
Video Card

I'm building a new computer AMD Phonom2X4 Model 955 which is a quad at 3.2 gigs with 4 gigs of DDR3 1333 RAM and bought a cheap 28 inch monitor and am thinking about getting a DIAMOND ATI RADEON HD 5570 DDR3 1GB PCI Express Video Card. Does this sound like a strong enough video card if I want to play some game? Do I need a more powerful video card if I have a bigger monitor?


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17 Oct 2010   #2
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lostsoul62 View Post
...Does this sound like a strong enough video card if I want to play some game?
Depends on the games. What are you looking to play?
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Do I need a more powerful video card if I have a bigger monitor?
A general answer would be "yes". Bigger monitors run at higher resolutions and need better graphics cards to drive them.

To be more specific, that card will have no problem running the very high resolution a 28" monitor requires. As in, it will put a decent picture on the screen.

To run a game at a high resolution at a decent frame rate is going to depend on the game. (See Answer #1).
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17 Oct 2010   #3
lostsoul62

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 

I'm not a big game player but I would like to play some games once in a while. I can go as high as $150 for a video card and Fry's electronic has some really good buy so would you have any suggestions?
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17 Oct 2010   #4
youllbelost

Dual Booting Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate Edition and Fedora 16.
 
 

Dont know about the cost but ATI HD 5770 is an awesome card and is not so costly. you just might have to go upto 200$.
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17 Oct 2010   #5
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lostsoul62 View Post
I'm not a big game player but I would like to play some games once in a while. I can go as high as $150 for a video card and Fry's electronic has some really good buy so would you have any suggestions?
At the moment, the GTX 260 based cards may offer the best performance for the price. Some may be had for less than $150 (with rebate). For example:

Newegg.com - Galaxy 60XMH6HS3HMW GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) GC 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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17 Oct 2010   #6
lostsoul62

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by youllbelost View Post
Dont know about the cost but ATI HD 5770 is an awesome card and is not so costly. you just might have to go upto 200$.
FRYS.com*|*ATI
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17 Oct 2010   #7
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lostsoul62 View Post
I'm not a big game player but I would like to play some games once in a while...
Which ones?

No one wants to tell you "yeah, you're fine", then have you come back wondering why you can't play Crysis at 1920X1080. Neither do they want to say "no, forget it", if you're going for The Sims.

List a couple of the games you have in mind and it will be easier to give you good advice.
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