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I just put together a system with a MSI model MS-7680 motherboard. So
far so good, it runs and I have Windows 7 installed. I'm using the
motherboard's VGA video output but would like to get something a bit
better. A single PCIE x16 slot is available. I'm not into gaming or
intensive video stuff. I have a 17 inch Samsung lcd that I would like
to use via a DVI port. An HDMI output would be nice but not if it adds
a lot of cost.

Any suggestions? Again not interested in gaming but lots of MS Office
stuff and web surfing.

Harry

Re: Suggestions for inexpensive video card

havant@earthlink.net wrote:
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The thing is, if you select a card too low in price, it's just a duplicate
of the Intel graphics you've got now. When I selected this, I wanted something
from the tier one above the low end stuff.

PowerColor AX6670 (1 x HDMI, 1 x D-SUB, 1 x DVI) 1GB GDDR5  $90

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131399

If we look at the 6670 here, it rates 35FPS, versus 5FPS that the
cheapest card I could find would manage. It has a decent core clock
(to help with video decode), as well as GDDR5 memory (saves a bit of
power, considering the performance level of the memory). There are
single GPU cards costing hundreds, that can manage 2-3x more than that
card, but then their power dissipation would be a lot higher too.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-gaming-graphics-charts/Aliens-vs.-Predator-Gamer,2667.html

Every generation of cards, has a level of "pond scum". (It means,
even though the model number is increasing, the performance is
the same.) I start with memory bandwidth ratings here, to get some
idea of the placement of the card. The 6670 GDDR5 version is 64GB/sec
memory bandwidth, meaning it is above the 12.8GB/sec level of pond scum.

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

Then I can look at the charts on Tomshardware, to get some idea
whether the card is any good or not.

The GT 440 GDDR5 is a rough equivalent from Nvidia. But skimming through
the cards, I didn't find one that was entirely satisfactory.

When it comes to power consumption, these newer cards won't have power
numbers on Xbitlabs. The GT 440 doesn't use an Auxiliary PCI Express
power connector, so that means power should be below 12V @ 4A or about 50W
or so. The HD 6670 doesn't have an Auxiliary power connector either.

These are older generations of cards and their power numbers. These
are peak numbers in 3D gameplay. The idle numbers are quite good now,
unlike previous generations that didn't save as much power when idle.
You can see the 5450, a cheap card, is also a low power card. Years
ago, you'd find 35W cards on the low end, but that thing only draws
9.2W flat out. It would be little better than your Intel graphics.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/images/video/gpu-power-consumption-2010/crysis_power.png

HD 5450   Fragment Pipelines 80. Texture Units 8, Raster Operators 4

http://www.gpureview.com/Radeon-HD-5450-card-625.html

You can see a comparison here, of a 5450 versus Intel build-in graphics. 5450
is in the same ball park. Selecting something a little more aggressive than
that, will help justify the purchase. Check the Feedback tab on the Newegg
pages, as they can tell you how loud the fan is.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/11

    Paul

Re: Suggestions for inexpensive video card

Thanks for the input. You gave me a lot of things and ways to
consider.




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Re: Suggestions for inexpensive video card

havant@earthlink.net wrote:

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I would recommend an ATI 4670 or 5670 based card.  They use very little
power (don't even need an extra PCIe power plug-in like most cards) and
are fine for non-gaming use.  The 6xxx series is NOT a real upgrade
from the 5xxx series, so don't pay more $$ for one!

I like the HIS brand because they have good, quiet coolers in their Ice
Q series, and you can get some of them with a factory overclock
("Turbo") if you want.  Look at
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161334


Re: Suggestions for inexpensive video card

havant@earthlink.net wrote:

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Start by looking:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/3erw747

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havant@earthlink.net;1292491 Wrote:
> I just put together a system with a MSI model MS-7680 motherboard. So

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ATI Radeon 4000 series such as the HIS H467QR1GH (~$60) will suit your
needs.




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