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I just built a new computer. Here's the specs:
Motherboard - Intel DP55KG
CPU - Intel Core i7 K 875 @ 2.93Ghz
Memory - 8 Gb (3.49 Gb in XP)
Video - NVidia  GeForce 210 (512)
Dual-boot  Windows 7 Premium 64 bit, XP Pro SP3

The video card isn't cutting it and it's only getting a 4.9 rating in
Windows 7.
This computer I'm using now has an Nvidia Geforce 9800 GT (512Mb) card in
it and I took it out and tried it in the new one and it raised that rating
to 6.8. I bought this card almost three years ago when I built THIS
computer. This is the card at http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_
9800gt_us.html
My card looks exactly like the one at the above URL.
My problem is that if you click on the "Compare and Buy" button it takes
you to a link that has all kinds of cards with GeForce 9800 GT in the name
but they are all prefixed with different brand names and NONE of them look
like the one I have. No doubt some of them are just as good but I want to
make sure I get one at least as good as the one I've got. If I remember
right this one cost me around $100. I'm willing to go a little higher if
I'm sure it's a good one.
Does someone in the know want to check this out for me and give me some
advice? I guess I don't *have* to have a 9800 GT but I want something that
performs at least equally well as the one I have.

Thanks.

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Re: Video card help

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This chart gives benchmarks.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2010-gaming-graphics-charts-high-quality/3DMark06-v1.1.0,2484.html

This page can help with some of the details.

http://www.gpureview.com/videocards.php

A 9800 GT is based on G92. A 8800 GT is also based on G92.
Nvidia does a bit of rebranding for fun. A GTS 250 might be
close to that, performance wise. This would be an example
of one of those here.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133322

I'd just search for the next best thing, rather than matching
the card exactly. Make sure you have the PCI Express power connectors
to drive whatever you buy.

    Paul

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 Thanks Paul. I went for a PNY XLR8 GEFORCE GTS 250 1024MB GDDR3 PCI-E,
DVI-I from Tiger Direct for $111.99 (after rebate). I'll let you know how
it works!

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It works great. It yielded a 6.9 in Windows 7. My overall rating is only
5.9 which is the read/write speed of my hard drive.
Actually I bought two of them. The other one went in this computer which
had the GeForce 9800 in it. I've got some kind of problem with this
computer crashing about once a day. The video acts all flaky when it
crashes so I'm going to see if the video card was the problem.

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