graphic card, which one?

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There are lot lot of graphics cards available in the market. I really
get very
confused in selecting the best one at a reasonable price?

When buying graphic cards what to look for in graphic cards to get a

simple answer needed!!

Re: graphic card, which one?

Well it is a tough question you're asking here.

What do you wish to get out of your video card? Are you going to do any
image/video editing? Are you going for a gaming machine? Or a
balanced machine
able to do all of these things?

From personal experience I can recommend the HD 4850 video card from
It has a good price compared to other video cards in this performance
class and
has worked wonders for me both with image editing (lighter
renderings for
website designs) as well as for gaming.

I'm not playing any super heavy games atm though so wouldn't quite know
how well
the video card performs in for example: Crysis...

But I'd suggest you check out a couple of hardware review sites, Tom's
is a good place to start and read up on this card and see what
the test results
show. From there you should be able to come to a
conclusion wether you need a
stronger card or if this will do good
enough, Who knows it might even be too
heavy for your needs and you can
check out a cheaper video card.

/ Ani

Re: graphic card, which one?

On Wed, 8 Apr 2009 13:51:39 -0500, Aamir

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Simple answer is it depends on the budget, what games, what
screen resolution and what level of eyecandy you want to pay
for as well as how long before you upgrade again.

In other words, list these things, look at benchmarks of
games you'd like to play, and go from there.

A generic answer would be that your geographic location also
matters, in the US for example there have recently been good
deals on ATI 4870 and nVidia GTX 250 when they have a
rebate, but if the rest of the system isn't sufficiently
modern you may bottleneck newer video cards.

Re: graphic card, which one?

=93When buying graphic cards what to look for in graphic cards to get a
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a)    How does it plug in?
Are you going to use a PCI card, AGP card or PCI Express?  This is the
first step, an all other considerations are clarified further by
tackling this issue first.  PCI is the oldest of the 3 and although
still supported unofficially by many card OEMs it should be avoided
unless your system limited to ONLY using this method video
interfacing.  AGP came next and is superior to PCI, you can find some
great deals if your system supports it but there are many different
iterations of the technology and you should make sure your MOBO
supports the iteration of choice.  PCI Express is the most pushed of
the three and has a list of the most impressive capabilities as well.
However it too has different iterations and you should confirm MOBO
support before making choices.
b)    What is your primary use for video graphics?
Professional graphics and video designers use cards you don=92t here
mentioned in the graphics cards wars, so if it=92s for design use, join
a vid/graphic design forum and ask the members for advice.  If its
gaming, you should look at the websites for the video games coming out
that you want to play and see which chipsets they favor/support, then
factor in whether or not your MOBO supports the chipset and it=92s
indigenous cards form factor (pci, agp, pci express).
c)    What chipset do you favor?
Graphics chipsets and graphics cards OEMs are not always one in the
same.  Choosing a chipset based on the technologies future promise and
present performance is one consideration followed by CAREFULLY
selecting a reputable board OEM who will stand behind the product and
has a solid reputation of competitive pricing, quality of service and
product performance.

Happy shopping!

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Unfortunately, there is no simple answer for this question. Graphics
card selection is a complicated beast. And the complication is caused
mainly by price/performance.

One way you can approach it is to decide on a price you are willing to
pay and buy the best performing graphics card for that price. For
example, recently I needed a better performing graphics card for my
games. But I decided that I can spend apporximagely $100 dollars. So I
ended up buying the ATi HD3870 based on the following performance/
price chart: /

I bought the card for about $109 at the time. Now it's down to about

This is probably the most simplistic approach if you don't want to
spend the time learning all the different characteristics and jargons
of graphics cards.

Another even simpler approach is to just buy the most expensive card
on the market at the time. Then you are pretty much guaranteed to get
the best stuff. Of course, this approach is only good if you don't
have a budget.


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