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Kaylore
07-27-2011, 10:16 AM
I just put together a new PC and need a new Video Card. Nothing too crazy since I don't game like I used to, but my old video card is not going to cut. I want to spend around $100. I don't have a preference between Nvidia and ATI (or whoever else.) Just want to get feedback on what everyone else has and what's recommended.

snowspot66
07-27-2011, 10:20 AM
I've always liked Sapphire.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873

TheReverend
07-27-2011, 10:20 AM
I THINK what I grabbed was the AMD Radeon HD 6800 series.

My buddy who follows the stuff much closer than I do advised to always go one gen behind the cutting edge tech and found me a great deal on Newegg along with a promo code.

snowspot66
07-27-2011, 10:26 AM
With the latest 6x AMD Radeon HD generation the numbers are actually boosted I believe. Basically the 6800 is the next step up from the 5700 series so if you want to hang back one generation 5700 is a pretty good one to shoot for. I have a 58xx, can't remember the exact number, and it runs everything with ease. If you have a good case for airflow you'll probably never even hear the thing as the sapphires seem pretty good at cooling themselves.

Kaylore
07-27-2011, 10:29 AM
BY the way, I don't care about 3d even a little and it must have an HDMI output.

snowspot66
07-27-2011, 10:33 AM
BY the way, I don't care about 3d even a little and it must have an HDMI output.

3D as in 3D movies with glasses?

Kaylore
07-27-2011, 10:39 AM
3D as in 3D movies with glasses?

No. 3D as in direct x or any post 1996 graphics. I'm looking to play minesweeper on my 30 lb Super VGA monitor! :-)

Ok, its the glasses thing I don't care about.

alkemical
07-27-2011, 10:42 AM
you're such an attention whore Kaylore.

;)

Bob's your Information Minister
07-27-2011, 10:47 AM
Get a Radeon 4890. Extremely fast.

http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p3872.m570.l1313&_nkw=radeon+4890&_sacat=See-All-Categories

Make sure you have a good PSU though.

snowspot66
07-27-2011, 11:00 AM
No. 3D as in direct x or any post 1996 graphics. I'm looking to play minesweeper on my 30 lb Super VGA monitor! :-)

Ok, its the glasses thing I don't care about.

Well what I was getting at is software like Maya and 3dsMax. That would make a difference but I couldn't figure out why you would care about it.

OABB
07-27-2011, 11:15 AM
http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac?afid=p219%7CGOUS&cid=AOS-US-KWG

BroncoBuff
07-27-2011, 11:42 AM
must have an HDMI output.

If you can't get built-in HDMI, there are good adapters.

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=hdmi+to+vga+adapter&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=3403338647&ref=pd_sl_34h86jdi4j_b

Bob's your Information Minister
07-27-2011, 12:03 PM
If you can't get built-in HDMI, there are good adapters.

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=hdmi+to+vga+adapter&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=3403338647&ref=pd_sl_34h86jdi4j_b

Even $30 video cards have HDMI out.

snowspot66
07-27-2011, 12:05 PM
I'm not sure but I think most new ones don't have anything other than HDMI

broncosteven
07-27-2011, 12:24 PM
Do they have a Micro Center or Fry's out there Kahn? If so I would go with whatever they have on sale. If your worried about noise you might want to look for the cheapest one with a heatsink instead of a fan.

BroncoBuff
07-27-2011, 12:33 PM
I'm not sure but I think most new ones don't have anything other than HDMI

I think both ... Khan, does your MB support Crossfire or SLI?

Bob's your Information Minister
07-27-2011, 12:44 PM
I think both ... Khan, does your MB support Crossfire or SLI?

He said he didn't want anything expensive.

Kaylore
07-27-2011, 12:50 PM
I think both ... Khan, does your MB support Crossfire or SLI?

Yes.

broncosteven
07-27-2011, 01:01 PM
Yes.

Aaron Francisco would go to Micro Center and get a Video card on sale....

broncosteven
07-27-2011, 01:08 PM
Hey Kahn,

After you pickup your video Card can you swing by Dove Valley and hold it up behind the hot chick the NFLN has reporting on the Orton trade story so I can see it?

Thanks,

Steve

Kaylore
07-27-2011, 01:20 PM
Aaron Francisco would go to Micro Center and get a Video card on sale....

Aaron Francisco doesn't need a video card. He plugs his monitor into his pectoral muscles.