what video card should i get?
hi i'm building a computer this summer and what i've come up with so far is this:
MSI Motherboard -> Athlon 64/FX,Socket 939, ATX, nForce4, 4GB DDR, 1000MHz FSB
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ -> 1.8GHz, 512KB, 1GHz, Socket 939
Antec SmartPower 2.0 500 Watt ATX
XCLIO Case -> Black 250mm fan (6 open 80mm fan slots) 0.6 mm SECC ; Aluminum Front Panel ATX Mid Tower (AND 2-4 80mm fans)
OCZ Value Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) -> 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)
Maxtor DiamondMax 200GB -> Serial ATA150, 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
NEC CD/DVD+- Burner
Acer AL1916W 19" LCD Monitor -> 1440x900, 8ms, PC
I know i'm looking at gettting a puny processor as far as AMD goes but i'm on a budget.
I'm looking at spending around 125-175 on the graphics card and wanna get the most bang for my buck.
i'm concerned about:
(1) not gettting enough performance for what i want to use it for (playing new games and video/audio editing and animation)
and (2) getting too much performance for my 3000+ card to use to the fullest.
any suggestions? right now i'm looking at: GeForce 7600 GT, Radeon X1300 Pro and e-GeForce 6800XT. but don't know enough about cards to decide on one yet.
thanks a lot guys. especially those who actually read through this lengthy post. thanks - jordan
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