Video Card Upgrade?? Which one to choose?

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Old 12-23-07, 07:54 PM
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Video Card Upgrade?? Which one to choose?

I wanna upgrade my video card in my Dell Dimension Desktop! Not sure which one to get b/c there are so many. I don't wanna spend over 125 so I know that cuts down on the options but I still need some help. If you need specs on my computer let me know. I do have this NVIDIA Control Panel I downloaded w/ a game I purchased, it gives me control over a lot of settings. Thanks so much!!
 
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Hi!

There are many to choose. Here is one that has gotten decent reviews from customers.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814141026

Your Dell probably is AGP interface, so you have to look for that in a video card.

Most all computers are AGP and/or PCI-E now.
 
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What does clocking mean when it comes to these video/graphic cards?? There was a review I was reading and it said something about it being over clocked?? Thanks!
 
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Overclocking is simply forcing a processor to run at a rate/speed above it's factory rating.

Some info:

http://tinyempire.com/overclock/
 
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Just my humble opinion, but I have never found an ATI product that plays nice with other apps and hardware. The control software is also ridiculously convoluted -- if you can find it among all of the bloat that it loads on the box.

By contrast, I've never had any issues with nvidia products.
 
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Second the nvidia opinion.
 
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What does clocking mean when it comes to these video/graphic cards?? There was a review I was reading and it said something about it being over clocked?? Thanks!
If you want an overclocked video card, get a BFG card. They are already OC'd.
www.bfgtech.com
 
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If you do a search you can find a slew of component review sites. Each offers a slightly different opinion, but many of the tests are the same. Many will offer a buyers guide and their ranking of cards based on value ranges. (some places to look for reviews...Tomshardware, Anandtech, Guru3d, GPUreview) Then it's just a matter finding the one that fits your needs.

FWIW, just installed a newer ATI in my FIL's system. Simple to do, and has of yet have had no problems with it. Even though I have been an Nvidia supporter for close to 12 years now.
 
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I've had different ATI cards for about 6 years now with no problems at all. No conflicting programs, errors, etc.
 
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What do you want to use this card for? Games?

What is the reason that you want to upgrade your video card?

When it comes to 3D video cards, it all depends on what you want to use it for. Most of the 3D cards are for gaming or make high end 3D graphics.

What do you plan on using the video card for? Once that question is answered then a proper recommendation can be made.

If you are never going to play 3D games or render high end graphics you can get a very inexpensive card.

What are you needs?
 
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