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Hello everyone,

 

I know this might be below you pros, but even idiot amatures need help sometimes!

 

Computer:

intel pentium dual CPU

E2180 @ 2.00GHz

2.00GHz, 2.00 GB of RAM

 

That's what it says in the System Properties of my computer, sorry I don't know how to give you more information.

 

so I have a 2.00ghz dual core with 2GB of ram and I'm trying to decide what videocard I want to stuff into it. Keep in mind I'm a gamer and I only have 200some dollars to work with(canadian collars, rofl). So here are the two cards I'm considering:

 

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/sea...AIN#detailspecs

 

and

 

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?...N82E16814187080

 

I just run a 19" dual monitor display, nothing super fancy, usually using 1280x1024 resolution. I'm not a crazy hardcore gamer, I just enjoy lovely graphics and smooth gameplay. I would like everyones opinions on both cards, and don't throw in too many big words that I won't understand! I need a clear "This one is better for this reason" answer please! Thank you everyone, I apreciate it! please don't flame me because I'm an amature =)

 

P.S.: Feel free to surf Tigerdirect.ca or newegg.ca to find a better card, if either of these are bad...I have about 250$ AFTER SHIPPING AND HANDLING to work with, so about 200-210$ cards~(Oh, and only GeForce cards)

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What games are you playing?

 

That CPU is going to bottleneck both those cards pretty hard.

 

The GTS 250 will fit your resolution better then the 260(Depending on the games), but there will still be a bottleneck.

 

Depending on the games you play you may be able to find a lesser card that will suit your needs, while providing less of a bottleneck as well.

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Well I found 2 major problems. 1 is a 6-pin connector...I don't have a power supply for that...so I'd have to get a power supply that supports 6 pin connectors...

EDIT: I found a converter that turns 2 4-pins into a 6-pin, so I should be fine with that.

If my cpu will bottleneck that badly, can anyone help me find a better suited card that maybe uses a 4-pin power supply connection? I don't mind getting a new power supply if I'm going to get a cheaper video card.

 

I'll mostly be playing MMOs like the upcoming Aion will probably be my main game. It's pretty graphics heavy.

 

This is a possibility I found:

 

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Sea...&CatId=3669

 

it seems to still be a good card, and I could afford to get a power supply with it.

 

or

 

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Sea...&CatId=3669

 

almost the same card, higher model number but lower clock speeds, I don't really know which is better.

 

 

 

this card also looks good:

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/sea...AIN#detailspecs

tiger direct doesn't like to post whether or not you need a 6-pin connector, so I'm not sure how or if this one plugs in...

 

 

 

okay well, sorry I keep changing my post, I keep finding cards...

I think this is the one I'm going to go with:

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Sea...&CatId=3669

any pros/cons about it going in my PC? I'm not sure how it connects, so I may have to buy a power supply too.

P.S: this one is on sale, so a quick response would help me a lot, I need to act fast !

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The 9800GT is a better choice, the 9600GT should work as well.

 

You could probably get by with an 8 series card as well.

 

As for PSU, what PSU do you have? (How many watts?)

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my PSU is 400w

 

I'm really looking into this one:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?...N82E16814130469

 

It's pretty cheap, comes with the power adapter I mentioned, and seems to be pretty powerful, what do you guys think?

 

 

SOS:

 

I almost bought that newegg one when I found the same card on TigerDirect but now I'm confused! the newegg one doesn't list the shader clock but the tigerdirect site does list it at 1836mhz...

 

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Sea...&CatId=3669

 

these are the same cards no? should I buy the newegg one for cheaper and risk not having shader clock?

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4850 is a radeon, I'm allergic to that terrible name. I've only had problems with radeons, I'm sticking to geforce. Feel free to try to convince me otherwise, but I'm NEVER getting a radeon, I'm ONLY purchasing geforce, please keeps posts on this thread about geforces.(4850 also doesn't list the shader clock on newegg or tigerdirect)

 

Thank you for the reply though~

 

Also, regarding that 4850, it has 800 shader processors while the one I want has 125, that seems like an awful lot more, how important is shader processors and why doesn't the 4850 have a shader clock when you look at tigerdirect/newegg?

 

 

please, I need to know if these two are the same card.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?...N82E16814130469

 

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Sea...&CatId=3669

 

the tigerdirect one lists a shader clock, where the newegg one doesn't. if this is the same card, why doesn't newegg list it and should I risk not having shader clock for a cheaper price? I'm probably going to buy this card once I get confirmation....

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Comparing the number of shaders between two cards with different architectures isn't really apples to apples. The best you can do is look at reviews that compare the card. The GTS 250 is more or less the same as a 9800GT or 8800GT (512MB)...all the G92 chip. I wouldn't go as far as saying the 4850 is better...they're all pretty much even.

 

I can understand your want for only nvidia cards...mine are all cool, quiet and the drivers just work. Pick a card that has what you want at the best price. I game at 1920x1080 (1080p) and my 8800GTS (512 MB) has been just fine. I wouldn't worry too much about the clocks...just pick a card from a reputable manufacturer and clock it to your hearts content :)

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Thank you, now all I need to know is if these two cards are the same, because this is the one I want, but it's cheaper at newegg but newegg doesn't mention shader clock, that's the only thing worrying me before I click buy :P

 

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?...N82E16814130469

 

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Sea...&CatId=3669

 

also the newegg one states the original price to be 169, where the tiger one original price is 224...that's also odd, is it just the sites or are they slightly different cards?

 

and also, can someone tell me if I'll be able to use it with a 420w PSU and 2ghz dual core CPU...?

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