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1280x1024 on the res and plan to hook it up to a 32" lcd for movies. Figure it should be fine there since my current card does good with a s-vid cable.

Ya ,i use aa batteries all the time.j/k I'm not really sure what anti aliasing does to be honest.


Oh one more thing, i'd like what ever i get not to be real loud.
Edited by junkxp - 5/27/08 at 12:41pm
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post #12 of 22
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Just got off the phone with frys and it looks like the 512 2600xt they have listed is the 2600XT512PE and not the 2600XT512PE3. But the specs [url=http://shop1.frys.com/product/5428229?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG]here show the one with gddr3. Is this still the best choice since the 256's all have gddr3? Thinking if i order it and it's not the one listed then i may get a discount or the bigger one for the same price if i play my cards right.


also noticed the 3650 and 3450's are on sale in 512's
Edited by junkxp - 5/27/08 at 1:35pm
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post #13 of 22
Here you go man:
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...AFC-C8Junction
3650 for $39.99 after Rebate..

Thats pure win right there, all you gotta do is buy that thing and overclock the hell out of it, i'll bet even overclocked its power consumption is a lot lower than even the 2600xt

its got 512mb of ram too

Edit: yeah, if you don't even know what AA is, don't bother with it, it's like smoking cigarettes... you don't need to ever start using it, but once you do, you cant stop, and you are constantly needing more.

Don't be like me
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post #14 of 22
If you really want to be ballsy, and spend $47.00 instead (still within your original price range) I'd HIGHLY suggest getting this card:
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...AFC-C8Junction
Its an ASUS Silent 3650... god I love silent cards.

It comes with an outrageously large stock heatsink because it needs to disperse all the cards heat without a fan, but, if your crafty like me, you just buy an 80mm fan and strap it on there, and tada! you've got one of the coolest running 3650s around, which means even more overclocking headroom
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Ya, i never said i was an expert

Not so sure i want to go over clocking anything, my luck i'd fry everything. Not sure if this would matter but i leave my pc running all the time and don't like stuff to be unstable. I get about a month before a restart then i get a update or something that forces me to.

Ok back to cards... would i be better buying a 256 with the gddr3 or a 512 with ddr2(all other specs the same)?


edit: hmmm i could maybe even mill a braket for that. just looking at it though the clock speeds are lower than others i'm looking at. 3650's better than 2600's(both in stock form)?
Edited by junkxp - 5/27/08 at 3:28pm
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post #16 of 22
HD3650 is a good one IMO. You can get one for 40 dollars off newegg.
    
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Ya, i never said i was an expert

Not so sure i want to go over clocking anything, my luck i'd fry everything. Not sure if this would be matter but i leave my pc running all the time and don't like stuff to be unstable. I get about a month before a restart then i get a update or something that forces me to.

Ok back to cards... would i be better buying a 256 with the gddr3 or a 512 with ddr2(all other specs the same)?


edit: hmmm i could maybe even mill a braket for that. just looking at it though the clock speeds are lower than others i'm looking at. 3650's better than 2600's(both in stock form)?
Frying a Video card is VERY hard to do... you have to be either really stupid or really determined to get it to pop.
If you download ATI Tool you can even have your computer scan for the highest stable overclocks for you.

But if you're super 100% against overclocking, the 2600xt is going to be better due to higher stock core speeds, again though, after overclocking, the 3650 will beat it hand down, especially if you milled a bracked and put an 80mm on that silent one

Finally, about the VRAM, there are a lot of newer games coming out with crazy high resolution textures, and at 1280x1024, I'm not sure if 256mb can cut it anymore, but like you said the 512mb one is GDDR2... and on a 128bit bus that doesn't leave a lot of memory bandwidth...
So I'd like to be able to tell you what to do in this situation, but I'm not really good enough with RAM to know
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post #18 of 22
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Frying a Video card is VERY hard to do... you have to be either really stupid or really determined to get it to pop.
If you download ATI Tool you can even have your computer scan for the highest stable overclocks for you.

But if you're super 100% against overclocking, the 2600xt is going to be better due to higher stock core speeds, again though, after overclocking, the 3650 will beat it hand down, especially if you milled a bracked and put an 80mm on that silent one

Finally, about the VRAM, there are a lot of newer games coming out with crazy high resolution textures, and at 1280x1024, I'm not sure if 256mb can cut it anymore, but like you said the 512mb one is GDDR2... and on a 128bit bus that doesn't leave a lot of memory bandwidth...
So I'd like to be able to tell you what to do in this situation, but I'm not really good enough with RAM to know
I'm sure i could stumble on a way to fry it, seem to have a knack for breaking things. That and not knowing what i'm doing is why i never tried to oc my cpu.
Not real worried about games in the future i can always get a better card later. I'm just looking for the best cheap card for now.
Not 100% sure but i don't think this motherboard is all that good either.

If anyone can help me with the 512 ddr2 vrs 256 gddr3 ...i could use it. Looks like that 512 2600 goes off sale in a few hours.

If all else fails and you had 50$ and wanted a card asap. Which out of the ones listed would you buy?
Edited by junkxp - 5/28/08 at 6:22pm
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post #19 of 22
just get the 2600xt 512, ddr2 isnt THAT much slower than gddr3, and i think the extra megabytes will help a lot
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HugeDink View Post
just get the 2600xt 512, ddr2 isnt THAT much slower than gddr3, and i think the extra megabytes will help a lot
Actually the 256mb version with DDR3 will perform better.
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