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Planemech

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#1 10 years ago

Hi,Can you guys recommend a video card for my system that I am putting togeather? One that won't put me into the poor house.The motherboard is the GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard.The processor is a 1.8 Dual Core Intel.2 gigs of ram.I do Half-life 2, Flightsim stuff and the Call of Duty games. Hope to be able to play COD 4 with this system.Thanks




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#2 10 years ago

Budget? Would people please include this when requesting any kind of product advice, or read the Tech rules...




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#3 10 years ago
Banach

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#4 10 years ago

The best one for your money is, IMO, the GeForce 8800GTS 512mb




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#5 10 years ago

nVdia 8800GT, the 512MB version is fantastic. I have one of these, and it's not hard to find one under $200. This is the exact model I have.

Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Don't pay $50 extra for the "Superclocked" versions, either; they're basically the stock versions, overclocked ahead of time. It's so easy to just get the regular card and overclock it yourself with RivaTuner. I have mine running right now at the "superclocked" speed with the stock cooling system, and with no trouble.

With that card, I can run any Source game at over 100 FPS for the most part. I haven't tried CoD4, but I imagine it wouldn't be too much trouble. Just don't expect to run Crysis too well unless you overclock it yourself.

One thing - the cooling fan is default at 29% speed, nobody knows why. With RivaTuner you can manually speed it up though; you'll need it or you'll overheat the card.




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#6 10 years ago

Depends on budget, but the nvidia 8800GT (or GTS) 512MB is a great higher end card, as is the ATI HD3870 512MB. Both should run for somewhere between $160-$200 online.




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#7 10 years ago

Radeon HD 3870 gets my vote. You might even be able to find it for under $160 if you look around.

One thing - the cooling fan is default at 29% speed, nobody knows why. With RivaTuner you can manually speed it up though; you'll need it or you'll overheat the card.

I should note, the HD 38xx cards have that same problem. Just set the fan to 75% while gaming. It will keep it cool, and not be overly loud either.




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#8 10 years ago

Apollo75;4346222Radeon HD 3870 gets my vote. You might even be able to find it for under $160 if you look around.

I should note, the HD 38xx cards have that same problem. Just set the fan to 75% while gaming. It will keep it cool, and not be overly loud either.

I don't know why, but all the reviews I've read on the 8800GT say that its fan is too loud above 50% power...I have no idea why. I don't exactly have a sound proof case, but when I RivaTuner'd the fan to 100% from 29%, I couldn't hear a damn thing. If I concentrated and put my ear to the case, I could hear a slightly higher frequency whir, but it's really not conspicuous. I just have the thing running at a constant 100% now.

I have my 8800GT set to the "superclocked" speeds that they try to sell for $50 or $100 more. The standard is 600MHz with a 1800MHz memory clock. The Superclocked Edition is 720MHz with 2000MHz memory clock, which I'm running right now, courtesy of 20 seconds with RivaTuner. It idles in the upper 30s, up to 45 degrees Celsius, and I have yet to see it go above 65 Celsius under full load, with all the overclocking while the fan was at 100%. And considering the thing is supposed to be "safe" up to 85C, I'd say that ain't too bad.




Planemech

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#9 10 years ago

Thanks to all those who gave advice.




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#10 10 years ago

I neglected to offer a suggestion because you left out one of the most vital criteria. As mentioned you didn't say what your budget is and you still haven't. If you neglect to put such forethought into this type of question at least respond when asked.




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