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GFX card for common use?

Postby Cr4z33 on Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:41 am

I need to replace my faulty HD 6950 with a new graphic card.

I don't need it to play games, but just for common purpose like surfing the Internet, some Photoshop editing (no heavy files) and stuff like that.

I was thinking about the AMD R7 family like the 240 or the 250.
What do you have to suggest me instead? :D
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Re: GFX card for common use?

Postby Kaelan002 on Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:56 pm

If it's literally to drive monitors, GT 210? You can get a passively cooled single slot one for under £20 new.

Will only drive two displays simultaneously though mind, as opposed to 3.
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Re: GFX card for common use?

Postby Cr4z33 on Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:12 pm

Kaelan002 wrote:If it's literally to drive monitors, GT 210? You can get a passively cooled single slot one for under £20 new.

Will only drive two displays simultaneously though mind, as opposed to 3.

Hmmm but then I can have the 240 with 2 gigs for less than € 50,00 and that's a fair good price for the money I want to spend.

Any Cons I might not have considered?
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Re: GFX card for common use?

Postby Kaelan002 on Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:30 pm

Well, I mean, it's still a crap card. :P

It's still ancient and not really up for gaming, is there any reason to spend the extra over getting the cheapest card possible (210)?
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Re: GFX card for common use?

Postby coldandtired on Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:15 pm

Or if it's a casual PC updating the motherboard to one with an onboard GPU? Price depends on whether the processor is compatible.
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Re: GFX card for common use?

Postby Cr4z33 on Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:39 pm

Yeah lol it's still crap, but then 2GB are better than 1. :lol:

As for an onboard solution it's definitely a no go as I don't wanna swap my oldie but goldie Rampage Extreme III. :wink:

Alright thanks all.
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Re: GFX card for common use?

Postby Security on Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:15 pm

The amount of memory a has GPU doesn't mean much at all and is more of a way to get you to buy that more expensive card especially in the low end of the market.
And in the high end speed matters more then the amount of GB you have on the card, and even then you need to go beyond full HD resolutions to see the difference.
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Re: GFX card for common use?

Postby heuji on Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:46 am

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/review/budge ... ics-cards/

or

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/test-centre/ ... y-3217736/

they'll also explain just because it has more memory doesn't mean that it's a good thing. on an old-ish review they even say:
Well, when it comes to memory configurations, we certainly wouldn't recommend 4GB. That amount of RAM really is overkill for a card costing this little, while the price of the memory pushes it well beyond the £60 mark - if you're spending this amount of money, you'll almost certainly fare better if you lift your ambitions to a proper £65 product, like the Radeon R7 250X.

However, 1GB vs 2GB is a trickier decision. The difference will amount to an extra £3-£5, and you'll probably net a couple of additional frames per game. Most of the time, you won't be making much use of the extra RAM, but for what little extra it costs to buy, we would recommend the 2GB version.

Of far more importance, though, will be the memory bus and core clock speed. Most of the GT 730s now come with a 64bit memory interface. Originally, it was thought that the 1GB versions would carry a 128bit bus, while the 2GB cards would have only a 64bit bus. As it turns out though, most 730 card manufacturers have decided to use the 64bit interface, regardless of whether there's 1GB or 2GB onboard. In our opinion, that's a mistake, as the narrow 64bit bus really does keep a lid on overall performance. So here we're covering the MSI GeForce GT 730 2048MB. This isn't as easy to find as the 730 with a 64bit memory bus, but it'll produce superior performance for a little extra.

pretty much explains the pitfalls of budget cards in a few paragraphs, minus the obvious inferior products used.
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Re: GFX card for common use?

Postby Cr4z33 on Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:52 pm

So at the end what should I buy for about € 50,00?

An Nvidia Geforce 210?
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Re: GFX card for common use?

Postby Little_Devil on Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:35 am

I would go for the extra memory. Yes there is a tipping point with any circular buffer, but it does have its benefits.

It all depends on how much CPU time you are using tbh. In a games environment where the CPU is busy, then a larger graphics memory is needed. This all depends on CPU speed, game complexity and how much multitasking is going on.

If you are just using it for streaming, which is often the case these days with web sites, then a smaller amount of memory is required.
I am pretty sure these people that state you don't need much graphics memory for surfing are gamers, where they are running minimal applications at the same time. I know I have quite a few programs in the background doing various tasks, all eating up CPU time so having that little extra memory on my work computer is a bonus.
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Re: GFX card for common use?

Postby Salva on Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:38 pm

if your still looking for a card Ijust purchased a new one and have my old r9 270 that I was going to put on ebay but i'm more than happy to send it your way if you pay the postage
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