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Topic # 68430 21-Sep-2010 20:31
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I'm a bit 'out of the game' when it comes to video cards, but I think it's time for me to update....

My main uses are casual gaming, as well as being able to play Freeview|HD and HD video back without frame drops etc.  Passive cooling would be nice, but as long as the heatsink doesn't sound like a small plane, I can cope.

I was thinking of something like an Nvidia GT220.  Would this perhaps be a bit light though?  Maybe a 240 would be better bang for buck?

Thoughts?

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  Reply # 382899 21-Sep-2010 21:23
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GT220 is really not at all suitable for gaming. Even the GT240 is at the very low end for gaming. Personally I would be looking at the 9800GT or the GTS450.







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  Reply # 382998 22-Sep-2010 08:18
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Depends on what games too... playing games over 18 months old the 220 might handle them fine but if you want to play anything newer then youre best looking at ATI 5xxx range.




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  Reply # 383021 22-Sep-2010 09:04
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+1 for Radeon 5750 being a good bang for your buck at around $200+.

http://pricespy.co.nz/category.php?l=s58417848&cols=532,531,6716&o=produkt_pris_inkmoms#rparams=l=s5...

Computer Lounge, PBtech, & Playtech are all good companies to buy from IMO.




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  Reply # 383038 22-Sep-2010 09:40
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just bought a Raedon 5670 1 gig ddr5 for $200 , really happy, can now play all games on high settings.




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  Reply # 383339 22-Sep-2010 20:20
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thanks guys. 

What about from the nVidia stable...??  Any recommendations.

I'll have it for a few years, so $200 isn't bad.  Was more than I 'budgeted', but yea.

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  Reply # 383374 22-Sep-2010 22:56
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my radeon 5770 run all games on the market at max res and detail.
anything above this card (including the 5770) i can highly recommend




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  Reply # 383381 22-Sep-2010 23:23
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get ati 5970. it can run every game with max settings at least for the next 3 years.





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  Reply # 383396 23-Sep-2010 00:47
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allstarnz: thanks guys. 

What about from the nVidia stable...??  Any recommendations.

I'll have it for a few years, so $200 isn't bad.  Was more than I 'budgeted', but yea.


The new Nvidia GTS 450 1GB will be around $200-230, is should be available now or shortly in NZ.

Performance going by reviews is on par with the ATI/AMD Radeon 5770 1GB which is about $230-250 atm.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3909/nvidias-geforce-gts-450-pushing-fermi-in-to-the-mainstream

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3917/nvidia-geforce-gts-450-launch-roundup-asus-evga-palit-and-calibre-overclocked-and-reviewed

http://hardocp.com/article/2010/09/12/msi_n450gts_cyclone_video_card_review/

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  Reply # 383401 23-Sep-2010 01:00
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nakedmolerat: get ati 5970. it can run every game with max settings at least for the next 3 years.


Maybe after he wins lotto... Money mouth 

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  Reply # 384420 25-Sep-2010 21:57
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its about time nvidia caught up!
buy ATI :D !




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