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hey guys i want to know what to look for in a video card. What are the key factors in a video card. I just want to know so when i go and buy a video card i don't get home and it sucks.
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A few things to know would be is your motherboard agp or pcie. How big is your power supply, how much ram you have, how money you want to spend. Once you know these things then you can start shopping. The best agp card in my opinion (and it depends on who you ask) is the BFG 7800 gs. I can run everything at top settings and there is no lag. It is also overclockable depending on your cooling of course. Post some more of your computer specs and you will be able to get more help. Until then, all of the opinions are just that.
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well i got pci-e.dont know the power supply but it is upgradable if needed and money, well we need to keep it at around 150.

i was just wanting to know what to pay attention to like how many pixel pipelines and how much ram gpu clock speed. stuff like that.
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- Memory bus speed (64, 128, 256 bit)
- GDDR speed (DDR, DDR2, DDR3, DDR4)
- Core speed
- Pipelines and pixel shaders (unlock ability?)
- Architechture (G71, G73, R580 etc.)
- And price/performance of course!
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post #5 of 11
1 - dont' go anywhere!
2 - order online!
3 - next time just ask "best card for 150" lol

That's my best advice...going to best buy...you'll get something like a 9200se for 150...it's a ripoff.
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post #6 of 11
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130017

that would probably be the best you can get

is a great card and can run all the newest games on medium/high
    
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post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by mootin
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130017

that would probably be the best you can get

is a great card and can run all the newest games on medium/high
No HDR though
    
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by legoman786
No HDR though

what're YOU talking about? a 7600GT can do HDR just fine.
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post #9 of 11
Half life 2:lost coast on full detail runs beatifully on my 7600gt with all the HDR features enabled.
    
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post #10 of 11
The key factors when considering a video card purchase (in my opinion):
- price range
- use (what games you play)
- size of your monitor (no point getting a $600 card if you only have a 17" monitor)
- features and specs. (remember that bigger/more is not always better)
- benchmarks and real world performance tests
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