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I was thinking of posting system components like Jack did above in his post threw Newegg.

What should I look for in a case?
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Western Digital Caviar SE WD2000JS 200GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$54.99


HIS Hightech H260PRF512DDN-R Radeon HD 2600PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

$99.99

Antec True Power Trio TP3-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails - Retail
$89.99

GeIL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GX22GB6400DCK= - Retail

$55.99

ABIT IP35-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

$89.99

Intel Dual-Core E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E2180

$91.99

Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM
$111

Total $594
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I highly recommend a Core 2 Duo. The processor you have listed is a Pentium D and is not as cost efficient as the Core 2 Duo.

Also if you are not going to play DirectX 10 games then you do not need a DirectX10 card; and get a DirectX 9 card that outperforms the Radeon HD 2600PRO for less money. If you do play DirectX 10 games then you would probably need a card with a little more juice.

Edited by jackflash1991, 29 October 2007 - 05:28 PM.

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Aren't most new games going towards directx 10?
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Yes they are. If you are want to play DirectX 10 games you might want to beef up the card a little. A card may say DirectX 10 but it may not have enough juice to play a DirectX 10 game well. If you are interested in a better card I highly recommend the Nvidia 8800GT that I believe just came out yesterday. http://techreport.com/articles.x/13479

Edited by jackflash1991, 29 October 2007 - 06:39 PM.

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While the 8600 gt's are wonderfully. They are a bit out of my price range.

Are directx 10 video cards backwards compatible with directx 9?

How much ram should I look for?

Which are the better brands?

How many bits? 64-bit? 128? 256? ect.?

Passive cooling or fan cooled?

Any other tips on what to look for in a video card?
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While the 8600 gt's are wonderfully. They are a bit out of my price range.

It is the 8800GT but yeah I understand that it is too much.

Are directx 10 video cards backwards compatible with directx 9?

Yes!

How much ram should I look for?

It mainly depends on the card but probably around 320mb or something.

How many bits? 64-bit? 128? 256? ect.?

What do you mean?

Passive cooling or fan cooled?

Again it depends on the card. Fans are better but if you buy a lower end card, that does not make that much heat, then passive is fine.

Any other tips on what to look for in a video card?

Yeah Tom's Hardware make a monthly reviews for the best gaming cards for the money and they will be releasing the November article in a couple days.
The Best Gaming Graphics Cards For The Money: October 2007::: http://www.tomshardw..._for_the_money/
Bump the thread in a couple of days to remind me to post the new November issue.

Edited by jackflash1991, 30 October 2007 - 07:47 PM.

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Bits refers to memory interface.

Also, what brand names do you recommend?
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How many bits? 64-bit? 128? 256? ect.?

Oh you really do not need to worry about that much.

For the brand it is not that important. Just do not get some kind of odd ball company and stick with something that you know of like EVGA, MSI, XFX. ASUS, GIGABYTE, and more.

Tom's Hardware make a monthly reviews for the best gaming cards for the money and they will be releasing the November article in a couple days.
The Best Gaming Graphics Cards For The Money: October 2007::: http://www.tomshardw..._for_the_money/
Bump the thread in a couple of days to remind me to post the new November issue.


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How many bits? 64-bit? 128? 256? ect.?

Oh you really do not need to worry about that much.

For the brand it is not that important. Just do not get some kind of odd ball company and stick with something that you know of like EVGA, MSI, XFX, ASUS, GIGABYTE, and more.

Tom's Hardware make a monthly reviews for the best gaming cards for the money and they will be releasing the November article in a couple days.
The Best Gaming Graphics Cards For The Money: October 2007::: http://www.tomshardw..._for_the_money/
Bump the thread in a couple of days to remind me to post the new November issue.


Edited by jackflash1991, 31 October 2007 - 04:13 AM.

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How many bits? 64-bit? 128? 256? ect.?

Oh you really do not need to worry about that much.

I disagree with this, I would try and go for minimum 256-bit memory :)
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Well yeah but the main thing you have to look at is the card name. Like GeForce 8800GTS 320mb, or Radeon X1650 GT, or Radeon HD 2600 XT.

Raw performance without you having to worry about anything else: http://www23.tomshar...phics_2007.html

Edited by jackflash1991, 31 October 2007 - 06:45 PM.

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Jackflash is right, a higher bit interface will not increase performance, this should never be a bottleneck of a card thus should mainly be ignored. If this does bottleneck the card, the overall card was poorly engineered.
James
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Unfortunately with my wife having our first child and not being able to bring in a second income, my dream of a new computer has died. However, if I buy a PCI video card for my current system, will that improve my situation enough for me to play www.out spark.com/fiesta or second life online?

I played fiesta, but I had a problem with buffering using my crappy intergrated video.

Would this card help and allow me to play?

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130289

~Steve
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Generally speaking, PCI cards are as bad as they come, whatever kind of intergraded card you have will give similar performance.
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