Which graphics card is best for me?

Ok, SO currently i have a NVIDIA 8600 GTS. Pretty good i reckon :)

I would like a graphics card with an HDMI output (i.e can cope with HD),

Money may be a bit tight so just wondering what my options are.


6 Answers

  • Victor
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    Since money is a concern, that I'd go with a ATi card; they perform similar or better than their nVidia counter-part, and the price can be $20 less or more!

    Example 1:

    ATi HD 4670 : as low as $64.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...

    nVidia 9600GT: can be bought for as low as $ 79.99http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...

    The 4670 and 9600GT have similar performance, but the 4670 is $10 cheaper. Also, the 4670 uses LESS power than the 9600GT since it ONLY draws power from the PCI-E x16 slot, and not from a 6-pin connector too...like the 9600GT. (a 350W should be able to handle a 4670 with ease, while the 9600GT needs 400W approx.)

    The 4830 isn't too bad...slightly slower than the 4850, but it's under $100 ($94.99)

    If you have a budget under $100, i strongly recommend a 4670 or 4830. If you budget is under $60, then a 4650 will also be okay. NOT recommend purchasing anything lower than a 4650 even for just HDTV,etc. (4550 is about $3-$6 less than the 4650, but it's performance is only HALF of the 4650!)

    If your budget is from $110-$150, then a 4850 will also be nice.

    In all, if you plan to just watch Blu-ray, HD-DVD, a 4650 or 4670 will do. The others, are nice for some casual gaming.

  • 1 decade ago

    hi ben

    in the scheme of things the geforce 8600gts is still a capable card and should be able to cope with most of the latest games however the lack of HDMI support is one of the cards specs that show its age and a new upgrade would sort this out

    so whats out there that wont cost the earth...well before we begin there are HDMI adapters that fit on dvi ports and gives you a fully working HDMI port,and these can be purchased from http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145972....and if the HDMI is all that you are looking for then this may be a inexpensive solution

    however theres the Gainward GT220 1GB DDR3 DVI VGA HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card ( http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176559 ) which is one of the latest nvidia cards and comes with a HDMI port aswell as a dvi port,however the specs are not that much better than the geforce 8600gts...then theres the Gainward GT240 1GB DDR3 DVI VGA HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card ( http://www.ebuyer.com/product/180046 ) which is also a strong performer however the problem buying a decent card with a limited budget isnt that easy

    my top recommendation is the "Gainward GTS250 Green Edition 1GB GDDR3 DVI VGA HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card" ( http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173695 )...this may be £90 however compared to your current 8600gts this will eat it up and spit it out...and with your required HDMI support this has everything you need

    for example theres a 700mhz core clock and a massive 1gb of gddr3 memory running at 1000mhz(2000mhz ddr effective ) and with a 256bit memory interface and 128 stream processors and you have a allround amazing gaming card thats the best sub £100 there is.period !

    i hope this helps,any problems let me know

    good luck mate !

  • 1 decade ago

    Bro! If u r not a NVidia fan boy then buy an ATi 4670. It is far better than its counter-part nvidia 9600 GT.

    Otherwise buy an nVidia 9800 GT atleast.

    ATi is better because it is cheaper and over performs 9600 GT

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Definatly a new version of nVidia would be right for you, i have the GT 9600 and i've had no problems, there are more recent ones than that you should check their websites, they would have details on all the graphics cards available.

    Source(s): www.nvidia.co.uk
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  • 1 decade ago

    Get the RADEON HD 5770 1G

    Source(s): i have 8 of them
  • 1 decade ago

    Get a nvida geforce.

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