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my budget is around $50-80 maybe 100 if its worth it.

the computer is equip with a P4 3.0GHz (1 core, 2 Threads)
1GIG ram (2 x 512mb)
the computer is premade from the store. (model number: VGC-RB34)
Its a PCI-e 16x slot
the display is a 42" LCD 1080p.


thanks for your help.
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I'm guessing it's AGP no? If it is, then something like this will do.
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I'm guessing it's AGP no? If it is, then something like this will do.
sorry....i cant believe i missed that...

Its a PCI-e 16x slot
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im afraid that the RAM/MOB/CPU will bottleneck that graphics card...which it probably will...
but that is a good card.
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im afraid that the RAM/MOB/CPU will bottleneck that graphics card...which it probably will...
but that is a good card.

Performance will increase no matter what. No such things as "bottlenecks" anyway. Your graphical performance (with the HD3850) will be the same as with anyone else with a similarly clocked HD3850. In situations where CPU and memory processing power matter, that's where your performance will differ (compared to someone with a C2D for example).
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but it wont perform at its maximum right?

i guess i wanted to hit(get close) to the best performance for the $.
i dont want my friend to spend a lot and im pretty much broke right now to help him out... guess budget is $50 now...
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For movies and video, just get this:

HD3450, $25 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121230


The HD3850 is like 5-7 times more powerful but for your purposes, you won't use that power.
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the specs/VGA port/magnetic capacitor/ no fan makes me frown =/
passive heatsinks can get heat soaked pretty fast.

but its a great price.
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Quote:
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but it wont perform at its maximum right?

i guess i wanted to hit(get close) to the best performance for the $.
i dont want my friend to spend a lot and im pretty much broke right now to help him out... guess budget is $50 now...

A video card will perform at it's maximum always, unless you underclock it or something. Your other components will hold you back, but they won't affect the card's rendering power.
For the price you're asking and giving the usage you plan, a HD3650 and even a HD3450 will do, but if you can get a HD3850 without breaking your budget, then why not.

Something like this would do nicely on a $50 budget:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121230

These cards don't get that hot, so a passive heatsink is not that much of a problem, but you can get this is you really want a fan in there.
Edited by Melcar - 5/11/08 at 11:40am
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