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Rackhir

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www.pricewatch.com tracks price on video cards. You can also give Google's Froogle service a try, though you really need to know what you are looking for.

One word of warning, there are cheapo versions of a lot of cards with 128bit memory access. These cards suck, make sure whatever you get has 256bit memory access if you are looking for a card with good performance. So if you find a version of a card that has a dramatically lower price, make sure the specs don't say that it has 128bit memory access.

If you've got $600-$700 nVidia has just released the GeForce 7800 GTX.
 

Captain Tagon

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KenM said:
Online or retail? What kind of games you going to be playing?

Either/or. Just whatever comes out the cheapest but still decent. Working on a limited budget here. The big title I need it for is BF2, as the little GeForce 4 with 64 megs of RAM is good enough to run anything else I've been playing recently.
 

Captain Tagon

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Rackhir said:
If you've got $600-$700 nVidia has just released the GeForce 7800 GTX.

I've got like $150 tops. I know that makes it hard for anything like really top of the line. But I'm really just looking to limp along for another few years before I'm out of school and get a real job to actually afford the super nice ones.
 



KenM

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Nvidia. What kind of slot you have? AGP? Look on NewEgg.com they have great deals.
 
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KenM

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There are types of slots for motherboards, PCI, AGP and PCI express is fairly new. You have to check your motherboard specs.
 


KenM

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I thought it would be under system info, its not. You might be able to chck the computer makers site if you bought the computer. What kind of graphic card you have? A 64 MB gforce 4? Sounds like you have AGP.
 
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Jarrod

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Easiest way would be to open the machine. Big circuit board in the middle -- motherboard. Along the back edge there will be a row of connectors that line up (ish, offset ~1/2 an inch) with openings along the back of the case (might be covered). There should also be expansion cards already plugged in.

Then find the video card. It's the expansion card your monitor is plugged into :) might not exist; could be on the motherboard.

If the connectors are a range of sizes but look to be the same rough shape, it's probably PCI Express. Some will be ~1inch long, the one your video card is in would be longer.

If all connectors are identical in color and spacing, including the video card, it's PCI.

If all but one connector are identical in color and spacing, while the odd man out is the same size but different color and inset a bit, it's AGP.

If you can take a piccy and post it we can very easily let you know.
 





Rackhir

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KenM said:
He could have a normal PCI slot. That would be bad if he did though.
No. PCI slots haven't been used for the PRIMARY graphics card slot in more than 5 years and his video card was of a type never produced until well after AGP had taken over and it was only ever available in AGP.
 


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