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Lookin 4 a good gaming Graphics Card

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I want to get a new graphics card because the one that came with my computer(I probaly should have built it) doesnt even exist for all I know... I want one for playing new game and being able to run them in a playable way .
Max im going to spend is $160(without tax and shipping),

PCI-E
Also want stable fps '

Also I dont want something im going to regret getting...
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Do you know the size of your power supply? and does it have an extra GPU lead on it to supply more power? Those are things you are going to want to check before buying any GPU
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Post by paintball4pros4 »

nope, dont see any wires to power supply, and for the size, it seems big but probally isnt that high tech...
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paintball4pros4 wrote:nope, dont see any wires to power supply, and for the size, it seems big but probally isnt that high tech...
No no, size as in what wattage, not physical size. But you make a good point, a lower wattage high quality PSU is better than a higher wattage low quality PSU.
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Can you be more specific on the computer you have. Is it a brand name and do you have the model number. What operating system are you using and how much memory do you have. What games are you interested in playing also will determine what you need.
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Post by paintball4pros4 »

hp pavilion media center M8100N

okay, my hardrive has 322 gigs free space
OP-S is windows vista :(
x16 pci-e slot
ram 2943 mb

Games: Counter-strike 1.6, Day of Defeat: Source, Counter-Strike: Source,
Half Life 2.... So I want something that can support HDR, good shader
For games I want them to run smoothly and still can put all my graphics settings on high even with Fraps on.

I also make movies with my games on sony vegas 7.
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As previously mentioned, we really need some more information about your computer, particularly the power supply. The size of the power supply could limit your graphics card choices, as well as the availability of a dedicated GPU lead. We don't want to recommend something for you, only to find out that you can't even run it on your system.

You mentioned it was pre-built... what brand and model is it? That would be a great place to start.

Also, finding a GPU that can run slightly older games at max detail shouldn`t be too much trouble, but to run at max settings on anything even slightly newer will get very expensive. At this point, without further information, I would probably go with an 8600GT, or maybe even 8600GTS, which can be had for less than the $160 you mentioned.
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ssamurai26 wrote:You mentioned it was pre-built... what brand and model is it? That would be a great place to start.
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Sabrewings wrote:
ssamurai26 wrote:You mentioned it was pre-built... what brand and model is it? That would be a great place to start.
paintball4pros4 wrote:hp pavilion media center M8100N
Hmm... I missed that for some reason. I could have sworn it was not there before
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Post by YouGiveMeRash!!! »

Take a look at the MSI ATI Radeon HD 3850 OC

Should fit into your budget. This is the card to get for performance/price ratio and if you want to stick to your budget. It fits between the performance of an 8600GTS and 8800GT.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 50-T2D256E

The 256mb version of the 8800GT has just been released, but it's around $210-220 shipped. If you can hold out a little longer (price drops and more availability), I would suggest going with the 256mb 8800GT. It's performance is almost IDENTICAL to the 512mb 8800GT when not using AA and AF filtering which sells for a lot more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814150264

I don't know what resolution you'll be playing on, but if you're not using a big monitor with really high resolution, you'll be in good shape with both cards. The 256mb 8800GT is considerably faster though in most games.

The HD 3850 is a great card too for ~$170, so if you need the card now...get it.
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