Video Card and Motherboard/Chip Recommendations?

uriah heep stan10x10 at gmail.com
Sun Nov 18 03:06:41 UTC 2007


On Nov 17, 2007 9:09 PM, Chris Miller <lordsauronthegreat at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Nov 17, 2007 5:37 PM, Richard S. Crawford <rscrawford at mossroot.com>
> wrote:
> > Long story short, my wife and I just got a financial windfall, so I've
> decided
> > that it's finally time to upgrade my old desktop.  In that computer, my
> hard
> > drives are just fine, the power supply is relatively new, the network
> card
> > and sound card are adequate for my purposes, and I have a spiffy new
> DVD/CD
> > RW drive that I got just a year ago.  So I don't want to invest in a
> whole
> > new computer.  All I need is a new graphics card and a new motherboard.
>  I'm
> > not a hardware kind of guy, so I need some help in making some choices.
> >
> > Requirements:
> >
> > The graphics card be powerful enough to handle Compiz/Fusion (I want my
> wobbly
> > windows!) plus some light gaming (nothing more exceptional than Second
> Life,
> > really).  I'm not above using proprietary drivers if I have to.  I have
> a
> > brand new 22 inch widescreen LCD monitor with a 2ms refresh rate, so the
> card
> > needs to be able to handle that (I can't think of any that wouldn't but
> you
> > never know).
>
> I wouldn't suggest a GeForce 8-series, because they're so new the
> drivers tend to be a bit wonky.  A GeForce 6 or 7 series PCIe should
> do you more than fine, and you should be able to find one for about
> $100, tops.
>
> > The motherboard must be capable of handling IDE drives.  I looked at a
> few at
> > Fry's last night that didn't have IDE controllers built in.
>
> They got renamed "PATA"
>
> Anything that has IDE, ATA, or PATA will probably work.  I haven't
> seen any boards recently which don't have capacity for at least two
> PATA drives.
>
> Of course, this may mean that you just need to upgrade to SATA ;)
>
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Can not say much about motherboards till I know what cpu you will be using.
Please say brand and model number or if you will be getting another about
what you want to do and your budget.
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