Father's System

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Bman, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    So I am getting my father to get a new computer finally. He is one of those people who does not like to spend money, try's to save as much as possible. He has asked me to research his new video card and motherboard. Let's start with the videocard.

    The way he described it is that he is most concerned with the best possible quality image for the lowest price. I told him there are many details with cards, once you get your price range and model, they are basically the same, but its performance in different programs and games that change. I told him videocards can be from 40 to 1000+ bucks. I know for a fact if he can pay lower then $100 he will be happy.

    Now I remember there being quite a bit of sites that do reviews on cards, I remember at least one site that you could choose the make, ram, etc and it would list all reviews and compare cards. What are the best sites for reviewing videocards and there prices.

    I am thinking for him it does not need to be amazing, he watches some downloaded shows, and browses the internet, so not much, but I told him he should probably get a card with at least 1GB of ram for future use. And if possible I don't want him to get a better card then mine (i have not updated yet and I have a 8800GT still). lol

    So that was alot detail bugged together lol Any help would be great.
     
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    what does he want to do?
     
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    why not an ATi all-in-wonder? if he's not concerned with gaming, an older model or even used all-in-wonder will be fine and provide good quality picture output..
     
  5. Bman

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    Well I have been looking at these 2 cards, to differnet price ranges

    Newegg.ca - SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

    Newegg.ca - DIAMOND 4850PE31G Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

    What are the main differences between these 2, I see one shows core clock and one does not. A few changes, I like that the one has HDMI. Would a all in wonder do just as good. Which one would be a good choice, what price?
     
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    Yea I think the $100 HDMI one is good. Though the only thing good about HDMI on a monitor is if you don't have speakers right? Cause DVI is the same thing but does not carry sound.

    Thinking about getting him my same motherboard.

    http://www.shopbot.ca/pp-evga-nforce-780i-sli-775-a1-evga-price-99099.html

    Any motherboard suggestions? What should he look for, I know that motherboard is for Nvidia but he ain't doing sli.