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    Anyone know anything about graphics cards?

    I'm looking at new pc's. I'm not a gamer at all, but I will be doing some editing of home videos. A friend tells me even for this light use I need a separate (non-integrated) video card. He said even a cheap one will massively outperform the integrated card on the machine I'm looking at. Anyone have any suggestions for what I might need and what the cost might be?

    The system I'm looking at is dual core, 2.7ghz with 6gb RAM, if that helps.



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    Re: Anyone know anything about graphics cards?

    How intense does your friend get regarding his computers? A lot of these guys really over-recommend, especially with someone else's money.


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    Re: Anyone know anything about graphics cards?

    My friend is a true geek. I only pretend to be one. So yes, I'm sure he is over-recommending.



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    Re: Anyone know anything about graphics cards?

    I agree with your friend. For internet/email/office integrated graphics is fine. For games/video editing you want a separate graphics card. Nothing fancy required. Plenty available at Best Buy, etc. in the $50-100 range. Make sure that you get one that is compatible with your motherboard slot (PCI, AGP, etc.).



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    Re: Anyone know anything about graphics cards?

    KNow anything about this: Nvidia 9300 GE


    Seems like a pretty low-end card from what I've seen so far but might be all I need and I can get it already isntalled on the pc I'm looking at dirt cheap.



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    Re: Anyone know anything about graphics cards?

    It won't hurt to have a separate one, but I don't think it's going to give you THAT much of a boost if you're just doing basic home video stuff, though tt depends on what sort of video you're working with.

    Are your home videos in HD? Are the AVCHD or old fashioned MPEG?


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    Re: Anyone know anything about graphics cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    KNow anything about this: Nvidia 9300 GE


    Seems like a pretty low-end card from what I've seen so far but might be all I need and I can get it already isntalled on the pc I'm looking at dirt cheap.

    What is your price range? I could make some recommendations if you gave me a range....



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    Re: Anyone know anything about graphics cards?

    Videos are standard definition. I just got a JVC flash memory camcorder, I assume it's DVI.

    If I'm spending $500 or more on a tower I'd like to get by for less than $100 if possible on a card. I see several on Newegg for that or less.

    Thanks all.



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    Re: Anyone know anything about graphics cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    He said even a cheap one will massively outperform the integrated card on the machine I'm looking at.
    The system I'm looking at is dual core, 2.7ghz with 6gb RAM, if that helps.
    He's right. It would be a crime to buy a machine iwth that much power and not buy a video card.

    Go over to newegg and look for them there. No need to spend over $100.

    Also, what monitor are you using? Does it have a DVI or HDMI connection?



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    Re: Anyone know anything about graphics cards?

    I have a cheap Acer 19" monitor that is only a few months old. I don't intent to use the pc for watching videos at all. Only editing the home movies, which I'm about four years behind on due to my existing pc not being up to the task.

    I was looking at an eMachines with dual core 2.7ghz and 6gb for about $400 that would probably require an additional card. But I was just on Newegg and they have a Lenovo quad core 2.33ghz with 6gb, a giant hard drive and the NVIDIA card I mentioned above already installed for $520. I'm thinking that sounds like a better deal.



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    Re: Anyone know anything about graphics cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    KNow anything about this: Nvidia 9300 GE


    Seems like a pretty low-end card from what I've seen so far but might be all I need and I can get it already isntalled on the pc I'm looking at dirt cheap.
    The 9300 GE is actually an integrated GPU on the motherboard. It's a little misleading.

    I would recommend you purchase either an ATI HD 4650 or 4670. They can be had for $50 to $70 and have HDMI connections in case you ever want to hook them up to an HDTV.



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    Re: Anyone know anything about graphics cards?

    I do some video editing, as well as having HTDV cards in a couple of my PCs. For SD video, you could probably get by with the integrated graphics and not be disappointed, depending on what chipset is used, video RAM available etc. However, for HD video, I would strongly recommend a separate graphics card.

    My preference is nVidia based cards (although they are not perfect). If you have a player/editor that supports nVidia PureVideo HD, that will offload a significant amount of the video processing work to the graphics card, freeing up your CPU for other tasks.


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    Re: Anyone know anything about graphics cards?

    Here's a great price on a 4650: Newegg.com - ASUS EAH4650/DI/1GD2/A(LP) Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

    I recently got a 3650 and it has plenty of horsepower for me, and I've been using it for HD video playback. This is the one I have: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131169


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