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    Default I need some graphics card info.

    Hi everyone I've just joined the forum and have pretty much the same question as all before me!
    This is the system that I am building, and have most parts allready but am confused about the graphics card.

    Based around Mike's Hardware "Best Value System"
    Motherboard Asus A7N8X Deluxe v.2
    Processor AMD Athlon XP 2800+
    HS&Fan Cooler Master Aero7 Lite (3200+)
    Memory 2x512Mb Crucial PC3200 DDR SDRAM
    Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar JD 120Gb (8Mb, SATA)
    Floppy Drive Alps 1.44Mb
    DVD+- NEC ND2500A Dual Format 8X

    Graphics Card Tyan Radeon 9600 Pro, 128Mb
    Sound Card nVidia APU (6ch, on board)
    Speakers Creative Inspire 5300 OEM

    From what I have read this looks like a 3D gamers card and I dont play them, but I do want to edit video, at present I have just added a Firewire card to my existing setup but the new MB has Firewire on board.

    So, as I would rather spend less than 100, better 60-70, what can I get for this new system? and from what I have been reading prefer ATI.
    Thanks in advance for all help regards Lorne.

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    I'm over in the US and it's 12:00 midnight here, so I'm too tired to find a converter to change those amounts into US dollars. As such, I'm just completely guessing about how much 60-70 is in US dollars.

    Anyway, I'd hate to go exactly opposite of what you said about wanting ATI, the nVidia GeForce FX5700 has proven itself to be pretty good. If that's too expensive, a Radeon 9600 Pro is just fine. Stick a big third-party cooler on it and overclock its pants off. It'll have performance going into the Radeon 9700 Pro range after overclocking!

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    Edinburgh, UK


    From what I read "3d gaming cards" as you put it, are quite good for video related tasks, after all, games aren't exactly light on system resources..

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