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My mom's new build needs a graphics card. Its just a simple MS word, Facebook machine, doesn't need much. Now I got to thinking, what if I used a gpu that can also be used for physx? So when she's not using it, and I'm gaming on something like Metro 2033 (cuz you know, thats what the cool kids do, actually play that game >.< ). What gpu would you recommend I get for her thats physx compatible?
http://www.nvidia.com/object/physx_gpus.html
Now price is a limit: under $100

Maybe a gt 240 or a gt 430? Looking for the best bang for the buck physx card, and can't really find any reviews or benches on the topic so I decided to just ask here.
     
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So, what, you're going to swipe her GFX card whenever she's not at the PC?

Easiest solution is to stick with onboard...
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So, what, you're going to swipe her GFX card whenever she's not at the PC?

Easiest solution is to stick with onboard...
what thats not a bad idea .
     
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um.... that is what i was thinking... y do u need a dedicated graphics card on the modern day pc for just surfing the net?

A good example of this is netbooks / nettops....

they are built for surfing the net and general use..

and they just have little intel cards
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My mom's new build needs a graphics card. Its just a simple MS word, Facebook machine, doesn't need much. Now I got to thinking, what if I used a gpu that can also be used for physx? So when she's not using it, and I'm gaming on something like Metro 2033 (cuz you know, thats what the cool kids do, actually play that game >.< ). What gpu would you recommend I get for her thats physx compatible?
http://www.nvidia.com/object/physx_gpus.html
Now price is a limit: under $100

Maybe a gt 240 or a gt 430? Looking for the best bang for the buck physx card, and can't really find any reviews or benches on the topic so I decided to just ask here.
Here is a good article as it contains various levels of Physx card (high end, medium grade and low end cards).
Link: http://www.hardwareheaven.com/articl...d=138&pageid=3

For a US$100 limit, perhaps a GTS250 is a good choice.
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From what I have read dedicate PhysX with two high end cards doesn't make sense if you only ahve a x4 slot for the card.
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Here is a good article as it contains various levels of Physx card (high end, medium grade and low end cards).
Link: http://www.hardwareheaven.com/articl...d=138&pageid=3

For a US$100 limit, perhaps a GTS250 is a good choice.
Thanks for the link +rep
     
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From what I have read dedicate PhysX with two high end cards doesn't make sense if you only ahve a x4 slot for the card.
2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1/PCIEX16_2) (Note 1)
2 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1/PCIEX8_2) (Note 2)

(Note 1) For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16_1 slot; if you are installing two PCI Express graphics cards, it is recommended that you install them in the PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX16_2 slots.

(Note 2) The PCIEX8_1 and PCIEX8_2 slots share bandwidth with the PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX16_2 slots espectively. When PCIEX8_1 is populated with an expansion card, the PCIEX16_1 slot will operate at up to x8 mode; when PCIEX8_2 is populated with an expansion card, the PC IEX16_2 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.


UD3R operates well, x4 bandwidth is still amazing since the bandwidth is barely been used for x8 as it is.

But the UD3R gives the system at x8, so x16,x8,x8 respectively. Pretty dandy. gtx 460 OC to 900/1800/100 in sli + a gts 450 (@ $80 used or something cheaper) is a pretty nice moderate system. Now I need to finish Batmans campaign >.>
     
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I would go with a gtx 260 or a 450 (if you can find a used one under 100)
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2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1/PCIEX16_2) (Note 1)
2 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1/PCIEX8_2) (Note 2)

(Note 1) For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16_1 slot; if you are installing two PCI Express graphics cards, it is recommended that you install them in the PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX16_2 slots.

(Note 2) The PCIEX8_1 and PCIEX8_2 slots share bandwidth with the PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX16_2 slots espectively. When PCIEX8_1 is populated with an expansion card, the PCIEX16_1 slot will operate at up to x8 mode; when PCIEX8_2 is populated with an expansion card, the PC IEX16_2 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.


UD3R operates well, x4 bandwidth is still amazing since the bandwidth is barely been used for x8 as it is.

But the UD3R gives the system at x8, so x16,x8,x8 respectively. Pretty dandy. gtx 460 OC to 900/1800/100 in sli + a gts 450 (@ $80 used or something cheaper) is a pretty nice moderate system. Now I need to finish Batmans campaign >.>
If you are going the one mid range card and one physx card route I would suggest that you just get SLI 460s and run the PhysX on one of the cards instead. You will get much better performance in the large majority of games that don't leverage PhysX and for those games that do utilize it I don't think you would be at a disadvantage either.
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