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I believe there are similar threads like this, but none that go into the detail that I want. Sorry for not searching real hard.
OK, what I want to know is what are the things that constitutes a good graphics card? What is the best, and what are the worst. Also what is the best graphics card that one could get for $150 or under.
Please go into the absolute deepest detail you can, and don't be afraid to explain, or use "big" words
Thanks alot! I know this is asking alot, but I feel that you guys can handle it, right?
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I look at the number of pixel pipelines first, then the memory size and type, also the memory interface (128 bit or 256 bit). A card with 12 or more pipelines, 256MB of GDDR3 memory with a 256 bit interface is a very good card. Clock frequencies are important too, but you can always overclock, you can't change the memory size and stuff like that
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Ok, great! So what card would you suggest for my system, if it isn't too much trouble.
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7800GT(X) depending on how much you want to spend.
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I usually look at AGP stuff because that's what I'm stuck with but I've heard good things about 7600GT's for PCIe, it seems like it would match your CPU nicely, no bottlenecking. Not sure on prices, but I bet they are less than $200.
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What is so good about a 256 bit interface? What does that mean?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102505
Would that be a good one for my system?
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post #7 of 13
The interface is basically how big of a chunk of memory can be accessed at a time, so bigger is better. That card is also very good, minus SM3.0.
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Woah. OK another word IDK...sm3.0???
Man I am the biggest noob here!
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post #9 of 13
Don't worry about it, SM3.0 is Shader Model 3.0, if your card has this it can render more advanced stuff. You only really need this if you want HDR (High Dynamic Range) which makes games that support it look truly amazing.
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SM3.0 is pretty much required nowadays.
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