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Recomdended graphics for newbie

by CaptainArcher / March 19, 2006 4:08 PM PST

I am attempting to build a system for my first time. My knowledge is very limited when it comes to graphics cards. Please recomdend a good graphics card for under $200 to go with the following configuration. I am going to use an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+, Asus a8n-e motherboard, 2 GB Corsair pc3200 ram, 300GB sata 150 hard drive with 16mb buffer. Dual layer, multi format dvd burner with lightscribe, and a second dvd-rom/cd burner drive. I plan to install Windows xp pro, and Snapstream Beyond TV with a Hauppage wintv pvr150mce tuner. The main use for this machine will be as a media center for recording and a lot of video transcoding and editing. I do not plan to play any very demanding games, but HDTV is probably in the future for this box. What type of graphics card do I need? I know nothing about ATI vs GeForce, or the model number system on them. Thanks for all advice. I am spending my tax rebates on this hardware to get this project under way, so I will be making a final choice in 2-3 days.

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nVIDIA 7600GT
by nathanpsz2 / March 19, 2006 7:25 PM PST
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Why?
by CaptainArcher / March 20, 2006 5:03 PM PST
In reply to: nVIDIA 7600GT

Looks like a good suggestion, but I am also interested in why. I am hoping to gain at least a basic understanding of graphics cards. What makes one better than the next, etc

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Because...
by nathanpsz2 / March 20, 2006 7:17 PM PST
In reply to: Why?

...It has a low price, very high core and memory speeds, the 7 series GPU (the GPU is like a CPU, except that it processes nothing but graphics), and support for PixelShader 3.

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