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Buying new graphics card

Q: Buying new graphics card

I am buying new graphics card with a tight budget of 100$.I was gonna go with nvidia gts 450 but then i found hd 6770 with slight increase in the cost.I am very very confused as to which card to go for and also confused between nvidia & ATI.Need some advice here.
Also i am upgrading my psu I was gonna go for corsair cx 430W but then HD6770 card demands more power.My budget for the psu is also restricted to 50$.Please help me.

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A: Buying new graphics card

I think you'd need to give us a few locations for websites and how much your budget equates to in local currency. There will be a huge difference in availability of parts and the pricing between US listed items and those actually purchasable in India.

The Seasonic I listed the other day remains the best option for a power supply, and is in my opinion far superior to the Corsair unit. Ultimately though, most main branded power supplies will be absolutely fine at your intended power levels (in terms of hardware).

The decision between AMD (used to be ATi) and Nvidia comes down to two things. Its quite simply the price you are prepared to pay vs. the performance of the GPU. In essence you want to purchase the fastest GPU in your budget. If thats the GTS450 then that is your decision. If you increase your budget you will always find something better, but you then end up in a position where you keep choosing the next fastest GPU and spending even more money.
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The link above is a link to the computer he has, the tech specification page, io think it has an AGP slot it says accelerated AGPx8 or something, can you double check i dont know if it will definently take AGP GFX Cards.

If you can find one between £30 - 60 i would be very appreciated, hopefully the best quality for the price. In dollars thats around $65 - 130.

Thanks Again.

A:Buying a Graphics card (AGP), need help!

The FX5500 isnt too bad.
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But I bought one and put it in my computer and all i get is green lines. The person i bought it from said it was tested and everything before it was shipped.

I just need to know if this card should be compatible with my laptop or find one that is.


A:Buying a new Graphics card

I've seen the green lines with video cards that are burning up (bad fans). That makes me wonder if you've got all the connections made properly. Those little ribbon cables and clamp sockets can be tough.

One other thought: did you go into the Device Manager and Remove (Uninstall) the old 2600 graphics adapter before you shut down and switched the graphics cards?

As for whether the new card is compatible, have you tried contacting Lenovo Tech Support?
I would suspect that if it fits in the laptop it would work.

For the others looking:
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Cheers !

A:Im Buying a new Graphics card......?

Get the Radeon HD 2600 Pro. That's a better card than the X1600 Pro.
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You need a gfx card that is compatible with the MXM II standard.
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A:Help buying graphics card

well between those three i think u can go for the 6800 as it will outperform the the other two easily
between i dont know whether it is good to for a refurbished card

so the best advice will be to go for the ATI card as the performance will be good enough as well u get the satisfaction of going for a new card. :grinthumb
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My budget is around 7k-11k and if possible suggest cards with PS/Vs version 4 or above. Please see the specifications of the PCI slots from the above link and suggest cards which my desktop will be able to run.

A:Help in buying graphics card

What currency is that budget in? Also what power supply do you have?
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Whats the differences apart from prices?

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What's your budget for the card?
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They are both rated as the same card within their generation. The 960 is the newest card.
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A:What should i consider when buying a graphics card?

the appalling information given by HP doesnt even detail what kind of pci version it has.
Its definitely pci e and 16x lol, id hazard a guess at 2.0.

Now that doesnt hugely matter as PCI is backwards compatible, and the difference between a pci 2.1 and 2.0 is minimal, the speed tranfers are still the same.

Im going to be blunt and say you cant really upgrade your GPU to anything half decent with your current power supply. As its only 300w it is less than most modern cards draw.
a 500w+ is recommended.

so you need to factor in the price of a branded PSU before you look into getting a new card.
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A:Buying New Graphics Card, Which One Should I Buy ?

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A:Buying a New graphics card

ATI HD3870 all the way..... its what i have and its amazing! and its right at $100
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A:Graphics card buying suggestion

I would go with either the 7770 or 6850, Nvidia don't have great cards at that price point.
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A:buying a new graphics card..2.0 compliant..?

It should work fine.. I wouldn't spend a whole lotta money on a older system though.. If you look in the "Tips & Tricks" forum under my "Bargain of the Day"

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A:Is it worth buying a new graphics card?

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A:Buying Graphics Card... 8800 GTS?

actuallyl the 8800 gts is only 299 right now, have fun
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A:Buying new Graphics card for Dell Inspiron?

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A:IMPORTANT: Buying new Graphics Card - BSOD Problem

How old is your current power supply?

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Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
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A:Deciding on buying new graphics card and need help with motherboard slots

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A:Linking a DDR2 memory graphics card with DDR3 SLI graphics card?

Now this card has DDR3 memoryClick to expand...

Which card?? "A card with DDR3 memory", or "A thingy with a red switch on it" tell us just as much.
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A:Random restarts with AMD graphics card but not Nvidia graphics card

Quote: Originally Posted by cannotdisplay64

so i think ive narrowed it down to a driver error with amd and another driver with my new board, a damaged AMD card, a second dodgy power supply or something else that i haven't thought about or discovered yet.

Has anyone else had a similar problem or have any suggetions as im pretty much all out of ideas at this point and its starting to grind my gears that i cant use my expensive new computer as it should be. Any help is appreciated.


P.S. sorry about any spelling or punctuation mistakes made but Im very tired at the time of writing this and will be going to bed

The comparison you are making between GPU brands is pointless as a diagnostic. The MAIN difference I can see is that one card requires external power, and the other one does not. A proper diagnostic would be to test another GPU that requires external power.

I've heard that the specific PSU you bought will sometimes not power all the hardware it is supposed so.
People saying it could barely power a SSD, or even an extra fan.

My thoughts. Try using another PSU, try using a similar GPU. Use your old PSU and see if it still happens for starters.
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You could always stick the new one in and boot up in safe mode. Then proceed to uninstall all the remnant drivers. That *shouldn't* cause any problems, but it may be choppy when you boot up.(I've had this happen before, swapping a Riva TNT2 for a GF6600).
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RichardB49 said:

Can i install a tv tuner card (psi) and a graphics card (agp) at the same time?
Also how to I disable shared graphics? I am running Windows XPClick to expand...

You sure can!!,not sure what you mean by shared graphics though
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A:Buying a new GFX card

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Since your in America, I can suggest to you a good deal I keep seeing floating around.

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A:Buying a new Video Card

Welcome to Techspot!! :wave:

Well first things first, The AIW 9000 is a pretty/very old peice of hardware, but it would do the trick, excluding your gaming needs.

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You would defently want to go for something more like the AIW 9600:

Theres quite a few reviews on that page too from customers that you may want to read.

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I'd get the card I suggested
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PaulWuzHere said:

$50. I was thinking about a sound blaster live. Plz give comments or sugestionsClick to expand...

No suggestions needed. :wave:
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Any suggestions?

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Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
What is your budget ?
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A:Buying a new video card!

4670 is cheap and good. It's in some cases better than 9600 GT, averagely about the same level. ATI cards also offer a bit better compatibility (no random issues like with some nvidia cards) with older PCI-E 16x slots.
For that budget, you could also get a Radeon 4830: or almost (4$) 4850:

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A:Buying a new graphic card!

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A:Need help buying new card? PCIExpress x16? PCI 2.0?


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I would recommend this card :

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A:Buying a New Video card

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