Graphics card suggestion plus wandering off onto general Q ;-)

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Neil, Oct 10, 2004.

  1. Neil

    Neil Guest


    hoping some of you knowledgable people could give me a suggestion for a
    graphics cards.
    Think i have a max of £90 for the card. It will be used with AMD Anthlon xpm
    2500 and ABIT NF7-S V2.0 motherboard. RAM will be 512mb but yet to be
    decided. In time i'll oc the CPU - more out of curiosity than anything else
    as this is my first build ;-)

    Anyhows what i need is something with good output options as ideally i'd
    like to hook it up to my TV for movies. Granted i'm toying with the idea of
    a chipped xbox and/or divx dvd player but, for now, id like my computer to
    handle it, unless its a completely daft idea? My TV is a new model and has
    all the usual input options if it helps any suggestions. Do graphics card
    let me out put in widescreen as the TV is?

    Also while i'm here - the motherboard is good for OC'ing isnt it? I think i
    read it somewhere but as all the numbers are so similar i hope i havent got
    confused. I know i'll need the cooling (heatsink and fan) for the CPU but
    what i'll buy is yet to be decided. Taking this one step at a time while i
    try to read the many many reviews and options available. Daunting stuff ;-)

    any comments would be appreciated to help this newbie. I'll come back and
    report on my build if i ever get the cash together ;-)

    Neil, Oct 10, 2004
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  2. Neil

    [ste parker] Guest

    If you're not relaly interested in overclocking the CPU then it seems
    like a bit of a waste of money just to spend extra on an XP Mobile just
    for the sake of curiosity. I'm assuming you're not buying it
    specifically for low power usage to put in a small form factor case or
    something there....

    Are you going to keep your PC next to your TV? Maybe this means it'll
    be in a little box after all? If not, I'd get a cheap DVD player and
    use that.

    Yeah, that board lets you set anything you need to overclock easily. In
    fact you only need to change 3 settings (multiplier, clock speed,
    voltage). In fact, now I think about it, it's easy to overclock your
    CPU by accident seeing as the motherboard won't recognise it and you
    have to set the various things mentioned above yourself.... When I
    first installed mine I was running it at 11.5*166 at 1.575v, I just took
    a guess tather than double checking :) Should have been 11*166 at 1.45v
    I think. Now have it set at 11.5*200 at 1.6v, and I could go more but
    no need to really.
    [ste parker], Oct 10, 2004
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  3. Neil

    Neil Guest


    thanks for the reply. I can see what your saying but unfortunately i know
    within five minutes i'll be hooked on this computer building lark and will
    want to try overclocking, i'll catch the bug i just know it. I thought
    buying the xpm will atleast give me the best opportunity esp after all the
    positive comments made.

    I've spent the day looking at on the net at options and will probably buy a
    seperate divx player as it will hook up the rest of my kit, i've got the
    full home cinema kit already - that was my last project ;-)

    i know it might sound odd but i really just fancy giving a PC build a go as
    i need a new one anyway. Just thought i'd get a couple of comments on the
    prospect of output from a graphic card. From what i'm reading a seperate bit
    of kit prob best route.

    Thanks for the reply.
    Neil, Oct 10, 2004
  4. Neil

    [ste parker] Guest

    I say you pay for what you get, and if you want to save a fair bit of
    money with fairly low risk (and I say this because of the lack of
    problem with overclocking what he's planning getting) should it come to
    trying overclocking, I think he's chosen the best way of doing it.
    [ste parker], Oct 11, 2004
  5. Neil

    Cuzman Guest

    Cuzman, Oct 11, 2004
  6. Neil

    Rob Morley Guest

    Retek don't seem to have much in the way of quality control (not really
    practical with the stuff they're dealing with I guess), but I've found
    they are very good at sending out replacements and communicating with
    Rob Morley, Oct 11, 2004
  7. Neil

    [ste parker] Guest

    I'm tempted by the Hercules 9700 Pro (to upgrade from a Hercules 9500
    Pro), I know this isn't the ATi one you mention, but what should I be
    looking out for regarding potential lack of quality if I were to buy?
    [ste parker], Oct 11, 2004
  8. Neil

    [ste parker] Guest

    Guess I'll stick with the 9500 Pro for now then, it's not like I'm
    unhappy with it in the slightest. Out of interest, if you're willing to
    spend that much on a 9700 Pro then why not go for a 9800 Pro instead?
    [ste parker], Oct 15, 2004
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