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ok basically i have recently decided to buy a graphics card. Only problem....I know almost nothing about graphics cards other then a couple basic things like video ram is good. most of the reason i want to get a card is because my board dosen't have an Svideo out and i want to be able to watch netflix on my tv. i don't really play a lot of resource intensive games on my pc. about the only games i play are the total war games and an occasional fps. i maybe doing some video editing in the future but thats about the most intense thing i will do. anyway i want to get something thats used for about $20 or $30 dollars off ebay or some where else cheap.

i want to get something thats better then what i have on board which is the
radeon hd 3300 chip set.

i also considered the idea of buying a really cheap card for like $10 and then just change my hardware profile whenever i want to watch things on my tv.

apparently my board is also able to do something were it uses a card and the onboard called hybrid crossfire which i don't really understand.

anyway thanks for reading. any ideas or suggestions for cards would be greatly appreciated
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There's really no retail cards worth getting in that price range, your best off advertising local for something since shipping will take a good chunk of your budget.
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There's really no retail cards worth getting in that price range, your best off advertising local for something since shipping will take a good chunk of your budget.

do you mean the $10 range or the $30 dollar range? so do you think i should just use the hardware profile switch then? i really just want video out my onboard has so far been able to do everything i have wanted it to do.
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do you mean the $10 range or the $30 dollar range? so do you think i should just use the hardware profile switch then? i really just want video out my onboard has so far been able to do everything i have wanted it to do.
In the 10$ range, I'll see what I can find in around the 30$ range though

edit: this is what I found..

http://cgi.ebay.com/PNY-NVIDIA-GeFor...#ht_500wt_1156
http://cgi.ebay.com/XFX-PV-T72S-WANG...#ht_2064wt_905
http://cgi.ebay.com/EVGA-Nvidia-e-Ge...#ht_646wt_1139

not sure how much of an improvement that will be
Edited by Yumyums - 4/28/11 at 8:27pm
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You're not going to find much, if anything that cheap that will beat your current HD3300.
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You're not going to find much, if anything that cheap that will beat your current HD3300.
well ok then. so what is it that makes a card good? what should i look for when judging cards when i finally do upgrade someday?
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well ok then. so what is it that makes a card good? what should i look for when judging cards when i finally do upgrade someday?
Talking about NVIDIA cards, you should compare performance by looking at number of CUDA cores, number of ROPs (Raster Operation Processors), number of Texture Units, Memory Bus Width (128-bit, 256-bit, etc), Memory Speed (1800MHz, 3600MHz, etc.), Shader Clocks, Core Clocks, and so on. You can't compare NVIDIA card to AMD's directly, but you follow the same principle for comparing between them.

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Or you can just ask us and we'll tell you the best for the price at your set budget.
    
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Talking about NVIDIA cards, you should compare performance by looking at number of CUDA cores, number of ROPs (Raster Operation Processors), number of Texture Units, Memory Bus Width (128-bit, 256-bit, etc), Memory Speed (1800MHz, 3600MHz, etc.), Shader Clocks, Core Clocks, and so on. You can't compare NVIDIA card to AMD's directly, but you follow the same principle for comparing between them.

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^good information right there +1 REP. I agree with him
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