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New video card for a heavy gamer


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Jerah

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Hi forum i bet you here this at least once a day but i did not see it posted so i will ask and see if i dont get flamed out for asking this
I am not rich by any means but i love to game. mostly RTS and RPG which can both be very taxing on the video card i have been told right now i have 1 NVIDIA GeForce 6800 256 mb and well to be honest it is not holding up to my standards. i have to run all my games on their lowest setting. Any way what is the best video card but at the best price. any thing you can tell me will help. thank you in advance.Oh and it is a PCI Mother board.

Edited by Jerah, 29 January 2009 - 02:04 PM.

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Mark D

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Howszit?

By PCI motherboard, do you mean it has AGP or PCI-E video slots?
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i am sorry to say this but i am not sure. i bought this computer form a friend and he is no longer around. all i know is its an ACER mother board and it has 2 slots for video cards and to be honest i think that the mother board is needing an upgrade as well cause one of the little fans on it.... i think it goes to the "GPU" has stopped working. so i guesse then i need to replace the MB as well.
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go here and get everest home...install and
launch it...click the + by motherboard...we want the mobo make and model number

Edited by happyrock, 31 January 2009 - 06:24 PM.

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This is my MB info also thank you for taking an interest in this. If i dont make a response in a timely fashion i am sorry cause i am a truck driver and i have to be gone this next week


Field Value
Motherboard Properties
Motherboard ID 12/01/2005-NF-CK804-A8N-SLI-00
Motherboard Name Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe

Front Side Bus Properties
Bus Type AMD Hammer
Real Clock 200 MHz
Effective Clock 200 MHz
HyperTransport Clock 1000 MHz

Memory Bus Properties
Bus Type Dual DDR SDRAM
Bus Width 128-bit
Real Clock 201 MHz (DDR)
Effective Clock 402 MHz
Bandwidth 6437 MB/s

Motherboard Physical Info
CPU Sockets/Slots 1 Socket 939
Expansion Slots 3 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI-E x16
RAM Slots 4 DDR DIMM
Integrated Devices Audio, Dual Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394
Form Factor ATX
Motherboard Size 240 mm x 300 mm
Motherboard Chipset nForce4-SLI
Extra Features JumperFree, Q-Fan, Stepless Freq Selection, SATA, RAID

Motherboard Manufacturer
Company Name ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Product Information http://www.asus.com/...ucts1.aspx?l1=3
BIOS Download http://support.asus....SLanguage=en-us

Edited by Jerah, 31 January 2009 - 11:24 PM.

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Its a socket 939 AMD board and has 2 pci express slots. You have PCI EXPRESS so you will want to get some type of pci express video card. Depends on what budget you have..

What is the exact CPU model that you have so that we can see if that is up to standard also..
Wouldn't hurt to list all of the pc specs like how much ram you have to.
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You mentioned that a fan has stopped? Are you basing that on the PC Health section of your CMOS? Sometimes the sensors don't pick up all the fans. If your system isn't just turning itself off, (it may even flash a screen saying closing down due to a thermal event), then your MB is not overheating...
Drive safe
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Thank you for the drive safe. i am basing the fan not running on the fact that i have taken off the side and put a small house fan on the fan that is not working lol. As for rest of specs here they are

Field Value
Computer
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name JERAH-PC
User Name Jerah Bradley

Motherboard
CPU Type DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2200 MHz (11 x 200) 4400+
Motherboard Name Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe (3 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, Dual Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA nForce4 SLI, AMD Hammer
System Memory 2048 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award (12/01/05)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Series GPU (256 MB)
3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce 6800 PCI-E Series
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (FQQU7A033037U)

Multimedia
Audio Adapter nVIDIA MCP04 - Audio Codec Interface

Storage
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller SCSI/RAID Host Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller Silicon Image SiI 3114 SoftRaid 5 Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive Generic STORAGE DEVICE USB Device
Disk Drive Generic STORAGE DEVICE USB Device (117 MB, USB)
Disk Drive Generic STORAGE DEVICE USB Device
Disk Drive Generic STORAGE DEVICE USB Device
Disk Drive WDC WD4000KD-00NAB0 (372 GB, IDE)
Optical Drive PZ3394W TTD552S SCSI CdRom Device
Optical Drive SONY DVD RW DRU-710A (DVD+R9:2.4x, DVD+RW:16x/4x, DVD-RW:8x/4x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/24x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions
C: (NTFS) 381543 MB (147572 MB free)

Input
Keyboard HID Keyboard Device
Mouse HID-compliant mouse

Network
Network Adapter Marvell Yukon 88E8001/8003/8010 PCI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Network Adapter NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller - Packet Scheduler Miniport (192.168.2.11)

Peripherals
Printer Auto HP DeskJet (Copy 1) on JAKE
Printer Send To OneNote 2007
USB1 Controller nVIDIA MCP04 - OHCI USB Controller
USB2 Controller nVIDIA MCP04 - EHCI USB 2.0 Controller
USB Device USB Audio Device
USB Device USB Composite Device
USB Device USB Composite Device
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
USB Device USB Mass Storage Device

Field Value
Physical Memory
Total 2047 MB
Used 648 MB
Free 1398 MB
Utilization 32 %

Swap Space
Total 3939 MB
Used 555 MB
Free 3384 MB
Utilization 14 %

Virtual Memory
Total 5986 MB
Used 1203 MB
Free 4783 MB
Utilization 20 %

Physical Address Extension (PAE)
Supported by Operating System Yes
Supported by CPU Yes
Active Yes
Field Value
CPU Properties
CPU Type DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2200 MHz (11 x 200) 4400+
CPU Alias Toledo S939
CPU Stepping JH-E6
Instruction Set x86, x86-64, MMX, 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, SSE3
Min / Max CPU Multiplier 4x / 11x
L1 Code Cache 64 KB (Parity)
L1 Data Cache 64 KB (ECC)
L2 Cache 1 MB (On-Die, ECC, Full-Speed)

Multi CPU
Motherboard ID OEM00000 PROD00000000
CPU #0 AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+, 2211 MHz
CPU #1 AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+, 2211 MHz

CPU Physical Info
Package Type 939 Pin uOPGA
Package Size 4.00 cm x 4.00 cm
Transistors 233.2 million
Process Technology 11Mi, 90 nm, CMOS, Cu, SOI
Die Size 199 mm2
Core Voltage 1.100 - 1.400 V
I/O Voltage 1.2 V + 2.5 V
Maximum Power 89 - 110 W (depending on clock speed)

CPU Manufacturer
Company Name Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Product Information http://www.amd.com/u...,30_118,00.html

CPU Utilization
CPU #1 / Core #1 0 %
CPU #1 / Core #2 3 %

and 2 of these
Field Value
Memory Module Properties
Module Name Corsair CMX1024-3200C2
Serial Number None
Module Size 1024 MB (2 ranks, 4 banks)
Module Type Unbuffered
Memory Type DDR SDRAM
Memory Speed PC3200 (200 MHz)
Module Width 64 bit
Module Voltage SSTL 2.5
Error Detection Method None
Refresh Rate Reduced (7.8 us), Self-Refresh

Memory Timings
@ 200 MHz 3.0-3-3-8 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)

Memory Module Features
Early RAS# Precharge Not Supported
Auto-Precharge Not Supported
Precharge All Not Supported
Write1/Read Burst Not Supported
Buffered Address/Control Inputs Not Supported
Registered Address/Control Inputs Not Supported
On-Card PLL (Clock) Not Supported
Buffered DQMB Inputs Not Supported
Registered DQMB Inputs Not Supported
Differential Clock Input Supported
Redundant Row Address Not Supported

Memory Module Manufacturer
Company Name Corsair Memory, Inc.
Product Information http://www.corsairme...r/products.html


Ok well i am off to Indianapolis be back in a few days. Also i would give me a budget of 600$
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good video card benchmarking here at the tech report...
you can easily get a great card for under $600.00...be sure to check out the power requirements for the card you choose...you may have to get a bigger PSU to support the card...
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