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    Hey Fellas,

    I'm gonna pretty much use the same setup as my comp but she doesn't need a 9800Pro. Whats a decent vid card that she could use? No gaming will be done or anything.

    BTW.... do you think I should use the XMS Extreme memory as well or no?

    Thanks.

    Edit: Maybe the MX440 or something with 128?

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    If my old RADEON card wasent broke you could have it. Good hardware acceleration and overall decent video card, for 1999. But it is broke and hangs the computer.

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    don't get the 7000 or 7500 those cards are shit. my friend has the 7000 (might be the 7500 not sure).

    an mx440 is great for what u need. 5200 would be my next choice (or 8500, not sure though i've never seen one...)

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    Absolutely no gaming?

    Just get the lowest priced card you can.

    Or even a used PCI card from an old PC.



    You also don't say if you are building the whole PC. If so then you could use a motherboard with onboard graphics.

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    Does the Abit NF7-S already have onboard graphics?

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    Originally posted by Sasage@13 August 2004 - 14:58
    Does the Abit NF7-S already have onboard graphics?
    no.

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    I have a Nvida MX-440. It is good.. I even play Max Payne on it.

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    As VB suggested onboard vid . Then use the savings for other goodies like more memory or a dvd rw. But get a mobo you can upgrade with 8x agp. People are so fickle , she may complain when her new roomie can't play his new game.

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    Originally posted by Virtualbody1234@13 August 2004 - 11:43
    Absolutely no gaming?

    Just get the lowest priced card you can.

    Or even a used PCI card from an old PC.



    You also don't say if you are building the whole PC. If so then you could use a motherboard with onboard graphics.
    the "no games" part makes it easy to go as cheap as possible, but there's still nothing wrong with spending a few bucks on a card with decent 2D quality and driver support, right? games aren't everything...

    i'd suggest getting an original Radeon (or Radeon 7000, which is the same thing just with a different name). ATI's cards tend to be pretty reliable as far as desktop image quality goes. a Nvidia MX card would be comparable... but with so many companies manufacturing those, the image quality can be unpredictable (might be good, might be not-so-good). most importantly, just go with ATI or Nvidia at least for the driver support, to save your sister & yourself from unnecessary problems that might come with fishing a generic piece of junk out of the clearance bin.

    if image fidelity is not a huge concern, a Nvidia motherboard with any onboard Geforce chip should be a safe choice.

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