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Need help buying an old pci card

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by ace80, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. ace80

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    A few weeks ago i decided to strip down my gf's old comp to use as a mediacentre pc in the front room. Everything works fine albeit a tad slow opening apps but when it gets there watching t.v. is fine.
    Currently using a external usb digital receiver and onboard vid(intel extreme graphics - 945g me thinks) - and there's nothing extreme about it, :laugh: Using monitor at mo as no output for t.v.

    Anyway any suggestions for a pci card with s-video output, ati or nvidia (although prefer ati), as i dont know alot about the cards back in those days.
    Silence is a must and would like to keep cost roughly around £40.
    Many thanks:)
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    your best bet would be a 9250 or up and i dont know much about the nvida but i am saying the 6000 and up google thse things
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    Ok from what i've found there's really only 2 choices,
    ati 9250se or nvidia fx5200. Now the ati card costs about £25 while the other around £40.
    ati specs are 4 pipes, core 240 mem 200, 128mb
    nvidia - 4 pipes, core 333 mem 350, 256mb
    Would i really notice a difference just using it to watch telly and for playback?

    Really i'm answering my origonal question here but i've read that people have had alot of issues with the nvidia card(which is swaying my decision to ati) and its almost double the price of the ati card(deffinatly leaning to ati now).
    A quick side question, is the 9250 unlockable or a good clocker to get it to the nvidia specs? If it does then my mind is made up.:)
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    wuth the 9250 it all depends who makes them i had a powdercolor card and it would not even run stock if i tryed to find the max core with atitool but befor that i had a saphire one and i almost made it to 300 core so it all depends i dont know much about the nvida one but eather one should be fine o and about the pipe thinf those cards i think only have 4 pipes so u cant flash them to get more
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    I dont know if you can find one there but I bought a BFG FX 5500 OC PCI for a friend of mines computer a few months back from NewEgg for under $50.00 and its working fine. I used to have the same card in AGP and it gave me no problems and would overclock.
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    9250>5200 all day long. THe 5200 was Nvidia's worst card ever next to the MX4000. They also made 9550 PCI cards that would really be worth the extra if you can find one.
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    thanks for replies guys :)
    yeah that 6200 would've been nice :ohwell: , shame about price. If i could only hop on a plane to usa, it seems u have much bigger back catalogue of older cards there.
    So far its the 9250 thats got my vote, although gonna check out some shops at weekend and prices will be a tad more, thats even if they still stock pci grfx cards.
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    Think about JUST a Theatre/TV out card. Do you really need a card to drive a hi-res TFT? If you want to connect a monitor, use the internal GPU, and use the Theatre/TV out for the big-screen.

    @Sniping
    Thanks for the post. Interesting info. Shame it's not 2x DVI. Currently running a silent workstation using a Quadro 280NVS over 2x1600x1200=3200x1200... but I think an x1300 would be faster. But 2 DVI is a must. Shame

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