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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Chesapeake, VA, USA

    Budget Graphics Card?

    I found out last night the onboard graphics on 785G mobos doesn't support VGA through the DVI-D adapter, which spoils my plan to run dual VGA monitors. I either need to get a new monitor or a 2nd graphics card... graphics card is way cheaper. This card is really just to hold me over until I can justify dropping $200 on a top of the line graphics card, but if I get one, I want it to be decent enough to run older games.

    I'm figuring something in the $40-50 range should be just fine for what I need. Radeon 3850 looks good per Tom's benchmarks- $50 for a Palit 3850-256, but 70% as fast as a 4850. Any other recommendations on a good cheap graphics card?

    For reference, Rest of the build:
    $99.99 AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz
    $102.98 Asus ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO
    $84.99 Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB
    $129.99 4GB RAM, DDR3 1600, OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK
    $24 Sony Optiarc DVD Burner
    $49.99 Case, AZZA Orion 202 Black with red trim
    $76.19 PSU - SeaSonic SS-500ET 500W
    $42.55 HSF - Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus
    $12.98 3.5" Card Reader + USB port
    $13.97 Keyboard - Lite-on 104 key PS/2
    $49.99 Graphics Card - Palit Radeon 3850 ???
    $0 Monitor - will reuse existing dual 21" CRT and 19" LCD monitors
    $687.62 Total
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Quebec, Canada
    For older games, the 3850 should do fine and be much more powerful than the on-board HD4200 (which from my experience is roughly equivalent to a 9800 Pro when overclocked a bit).

    For video features, the 4xxx series card has slightly better support for hardware video acceleration, if that matters to you.

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