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BuckyP
12-04-2008, 07:47
Which chipset would you prefer if getting a new video card? My current machine is running a GeForce 256 meg. My wife is getting this machine, and I'm looking for a new card for it. I know I want 512 memory, but not familiar with all the DDR, GDDR3 speak. I'm inclined to go with another GeForce, since my current card has worked well. My previous card was a Radeon with 128 meg, which I remember working well to. Right now the Radeon seems to be more popular? Anything else I should know?

TIA.
Bucky.

havensal
12-04-2008, 13:06
I prefer Nvidia (Geforce) cards myself. I have had good luck with them. I have had a few issues with my ATI's (Radeon) not playing nice with some software, both games and business. :dunno:

Big Al 24
12-04-2008, 18:48
The chipset is on your motherboard. Nvidia makes them as well as many other companies. The video card you have is a Nvidia product too. ATI (AMD) makes chipsets and video cards too. Either company will serve you well these days, and they both have driver issues depending on who you ask.

RaiderRodney
12-05-2008, 07:06
Had both and been pleased with each company. Right now the ATI have a little better performance for your dollar with the 4850 and 4870 series cards. You are you running PCIExpress slot right?

BuckyP
12-05-2008, 07:08
Had both and been pleased with each company. Right now the ATI have a little better performance for your dollar with the 4850 and 4870 series cards. You are you running PCIExpress slot right?

Yes, PCI Express x16 v2.0

RaiderRodney
12-05-2008, 07:23
Yes, PCI Express x16 v2.0

Ok, only other major concern you have then is your power supply. You will need at least a good 500 watt with decent rail voltage to run the newer cards. And make sure the size of the new card will fit your case.

I would recommend the Sapphire 4850 or 4870 whichever is in your price range. Have fun!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770

BuckyP
12-05-2008, 08:13
Thanks for all the replies. I just pulled the trigger on a BFG Tech GeForce 896 mb card. I really like the current GeForce that I have. Sorry I missed your post RaiderRodney, I would have looked into the cards you suggested.

As for power, I have a 650w Antec Power Supply, and the case I have is huge (full tower). Not only that, but the slot for the video card doesn't run in line with the hard drive bay.

Thanks to all that replied!! :wavey:

d3athp3nguin
12-05-2008, 08:24
If you decide to dabble in linux... Nvidia has much better video driver support.

BuckyP
12-05-2008, 09:01
If you decide to dabble in linux... Nvidia has much better video driver support.

That's good to know, especially if MS doesn't fix this downward spiral of bloated OS known as Vista.

I've actually dabbled in Linux a bit. I thought the Corel (sp?) Linux showed promise many years ago, but they never went anywhere with it. We used to run a Quake 2 server on this machine.