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Graphics cards........ Which one?

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banned8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
Just got called round to a mates house to sort their PC out which was playing up. Long and the short, there was no beep on boot and no display. Removing the rubbish looking graphics card and using the on-board graphics, I managed to boot and the PC is now usable again.

Hopefully its not the motherboard and simply just needs a new graphics card.

The machine is a Hewlet Packard (dunno model) and the chipset is NVidia.

The current card is a gigabyte GV-NX73TC512DL-RH Which I have managed to find in a google search - but not from the UK
http://abc.kharkov.ua/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&manufacturers_id=10&products_id=6156

Obviously a pretty cheap and nasty card!!!!

My mate dont want to spend too much on a replacement. I'd suggested about £30 which he was fine with. They dont play any newish games on it, but who knows in the future.

Just looking on ebuyer, this one seems to be a reasonable card for the money, but if I'm honest, I stopped being interested in graphics performance a long time ago and I'm completely out of touch. What I do have is a dislike for ATI - (never had anything but problems with ATI!)

So.... is this one below a good purchase for the price


8600GT
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135098 which is £40

I'm assuming this one is half decent. Problem is, with the options on there and different model numbers, its difficult to judge without a bit of research. Time I aint got!

Any pointers appreciated.
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banned8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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I have a 8600GT and it is around 3 generations old - and even then it was midrange!
Still a nice card though - mine was a passive jobbie which keeps the noise down. I don't really play games with it much, but it's handled everything so far with reasonable frame rate.

Here's a up-to date guide of the latest budget cards:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/best-graphics-card,review-31197-2.html

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148182 seems like a good buy
banned#2
Cheers for that buddy. Will take a peak.
#3
Have a look at Tomshardware. They rate all the cards on there so you can see if you're getting a good card or not and which ones to look for.

EDIT - Beat me to it, and included a link!!!
banned#4
OK looking at Toms Hardware, it seems they are recommending the 9500 which is a direct replacement for the 8600 even though there isn't a performance increase.

Looks like that card is reasonable £ for power.
banned#5
Just noticed - the one MSG recommended is a 9500GT. Will they notice any improvement over the 8600GT that would justify the extra £10? Wished I'd noticed that first .... I just rang him and he's fine about the £40 one!
#6
Yep the 8600GT card is good for £40.
Toms actually lists the 8600GTS as the 9500GT predecessor. As they like to confuse things the 8600GTS is more powerful than the 8600GT. So if he has a extra £10 I'd say go for the 9500GT (DDR3), otherwise the 8600GT is fine. Phew.
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MoneySavingG
Yep the 8600GT card is good for £40.
Toms actually lists the 8600GTS as the 9500GT predecessor. As they like to confuse things the 8600GTS is more powerful than the 8600GT. So if he has a extra £10 I'd say go for the 9500GT (DDR3), otherwise the 8600GT is fine. Phew.


Cheers again. Rep left. :thumbsup:
banned#8
Thats weird!!!

This one is only a 256MB version for £47 - but it has much faster clock speeds.

Also what does it mean by HDTV out? Surely its not referring to DVI (or they would all say that!) Doesnt mean an HDMI output does it?
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guv;2888218
Thats weird!!!

This one is only a 256MB version for £47 - but it has much faster clock speeds.

Also what does it mean by HDTV out? Surely its not referring to DVI (or they would all say that!) Doesnt mean an HDMI output does it?


Yep that's the DDR3 memory making the card faster (It's better to have 256mb at this speed than 512mb at DDR2.). My first post should be linking to this card but is actually linking to another when you click on it.
The HDTV out bit means HD will work from the dual DVI ports, as they are HDCP protection enabled - so they are the equivalent to a HDMI port. All you need then to hook up to a tv and play Blu Ray, etc is a DVI-HDMI adaptor.
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MoneySavingG
Yep that's the DDR3 memory making the card faster (It's better to have 256mb at this speed than 512mb at DDR2.). My first post should be linking to this card but is actually linking to another when you click on it.
The HDTV out bit means HD will work from the dual DVI ports, as they are HDCP protection enabled - so they are the equivalent to a HDMI port. All you need then to hook up to a tv and play Blu Ray, etc is a DVI-HDMI adaptor.


Damn.... Hadnt seen this until after the order was placed!

Went for the 9500GT 512MB card in the end.
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Looks like I was too late but if he was happy with a 7300GS in the first place then the onboard should have been fine unless he needed the dual monitor capability.

Was the 9500GT a DDR3 model?
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EndlessWaves
Looks like I was too late but if he was happy with a 7300GS in the first place then the onboard should have been fine unless he needed the dual monitor capability.

Was the 9500GT a DDR3 model?


I didnt check at the time but have now.

The 9500GT with 512MB was DDR2 priced at £50 and the 9500GT with 256MB was DDR3 at £47.

Looks like I bombed out with the choice and bought the £50 one:x
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I suppose it's the way you look at it: 512mb = more space to load textures into memory (good for games with a lot of detail like Crysis and Far Cry) vs DDR3 = faster access to the memory when loading and reading textures (maybe more FPS).

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