Help me pick a video card

Discussion in 'hardware' started by Luxeon, Dec 17, 2010.

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  1. Luxeon

    Luxeon Registered Member

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    Dell Inspiron 530 (NOT slim model). Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Integrated Intel G31/G33 graphics. 4gb RAM, stock power supply, which I think is 300w.
    I think it is a PCI Express X16(?), but not positive on that. The computer is only a bit over a year old.

    No gaming.

    The reason I want a new card is that I notice some occasional choppy video playback, and would like to take advantage of browser hardware acceleration.
    We are also doing some very light video editing--no pro stuff, just making some DVD's with videos and slideshows for family and friends.
    Secondarily, I think you can stream videos to a TV with the right video card--cool!

    What I would like: DirectX 10.1 or greater, quiet operation, will work with stock power supply, reliability, maybe able to stream videos with good resolution to a TV (I may never use this feature, but having it available could be nice).
    Budget: less than $100. I see some video cards on Newegg, and I have had good results with their products. But, I'm confused. The number of different cards/chips are...staggering. Radeon, Nvidia, fan, fanless...ugh.

    Any experts out there have a suggestion or 2?

    Many thanks,
    Bob
     
  2. TheKid7

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    Here are the specifications:

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/inspd530/en/OM/HTML/appendix.htm#wp1052310

    The specifications imply a PCIe X16 version 2.x.

    If your case has plenty of air flow, I would get a fanless one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121360

    For one with a fan, I would get this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150322

    NOTE: The manufacturer's specification for the above video card calls for a 350 watt power supply as a minimum. However, I saw that more than one user said that they had a 250 watt power supply and there were no problems.

    Basis of above choices:

    1. Keeping in your price range.
    2. User feedback reviews.
    3. I picked NVIDIA over AMD. Just my preference.
    4. Making sure that the video card is not so thick that it will block the adjacent expansion slot.
     
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  3. Boyfriend

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    +1 for above (TheKid7) recommendation. I will also go with NVidia due to wide support of CUDA in most multimedia applications including players and converters.
     
  4. Noob

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    What processor you have?

    Choosing a Graphics card involves the processor too because the proc can be a bottleneck for your Video Card.

    Also, if you want BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK (Get the most for less) AMD is a better option.
    They are cheap and faster than Nvidia offerings when comparing price vs price but if you want only pure performance at any price etc, it's Nvidia.
     
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    BTW, EVGA offers one of the best warranty covering!!! :D
     
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    I know that you said you don't want an overpowered graphics card for gaming, however I think you can get very good deals on used gaming cards from ebay.

    I bought a HD4870 from ebay 2 years ago for £100, which today would probably cost shy of £60.

    The HD4870 would be too much for you IMO.

    However the HD4350 is pretty cheap http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-233-AS&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=938

    You can use it for playing hi def videos perfectly fine, and you can also do the occasional video editing too.
     
  9. axial

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    Noise from built-in fans in video cards is a huge factor in my evaluation process. There are a couple of websites that cater to evaluating "silent" components; one informational site that is widely respected is Mike Chin's
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/
     
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