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I want to upgrade my video card. This computer isn't for gaming. My budget is $70 (I am OK with MIR). Should I get 8600GT, 2600XT or 3650? Thanks.
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post #2 of 11
If its not for gaming, then get whichever card fits your budget best. The 3650 would be the best for HD content though.
 
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post #3 of 11
Id' get the DDR3 8600GT (The ddr2 versions aren't that great)

EDIT:

Oh not gaming? Then 3650 DDR3
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post #4 of 11
For watching movies, definitely the 3650.
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post #5 of 11
The 3650 DDR3 version. Dx 10.1 support, onboard audio chip for HD playback.
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post #6 of 11
Another vote for the 3650 DDR3, it's simply the best out of the three.

The 3650>2600XT>8600GT
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Penicilyn View Post
The 3650>2600XT>8600GT
How do you figure? I agree the 3650 over the others in this instance, but the 8600GT (DDR3) is better than the 2600XT.
     
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post #8 of 11
Between those 3 the 3650 is by far the best
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post #9 of 11
Why are you looking to upgrade anyway? The 8400GS should be just fine for video playback, whether it be SD or HD. Hell onboard graphics like the AMD 690g and 780g play Blu-Ray content just fine, much less "upgrading" your graphics card. Sounds like a waste of money to me.
     
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post #10 of 11
how much Vram on each chip? for gaming, 8600GT (only if its GDDR3) for HD movies, 3650, because 8600GT is not hdcp compatible (8600GTS and above is). im pretty sure 3650 is though. BUT, IF THE 3650 IS 512MB GDDR3, THEN ITS THE BEST DEAL FOR BOTH!!!!
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