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  1. #1
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    Need help comparing Graphics Cards

    I have a desktop PC that I built about 6 or 7 years ago, primarily to run MAME and some other Emulators in an Arcade Cabinet and some PC Driving games, nothing too intensive. I currently have an NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 and it seems to run fairly well, but someone recently suggested an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT. I know they are not Bleeding Edge, in fact they are older but perform well enough and reasonably priced.

    I tried to compare the Specs, but I don't really know what is key to better performance.
    From my niave perspective, it looks like the 8800 is better, but I don't know if it's worth the effort (cost is minimal). I have noticed a hint of stuttering occasionally in some Pinball games. (I'll look up my PC Specs when I get home, but I believe its a quad-core, w/8gb RAM, running Win7.)

    I would appreciate your feedback (or if there is something better in a low price range) (looks like the 8800 is about $45!)

    Thank You very much!

    NVIDIA GeForce GT 430

    GPU Engine Specs
    Graphics Clock (MHz) 700 MHz
    Processor Clock (MHz) 1400 MHz
    Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 11.2
    CUDA Cores Per GPU 96

    Memory Specs
    Memory Clock 800 - 900 MHz (1600 - 1800 data rate)
    Standard Memory Config 1 GB DDR3
    Memory Interface GDDR3
    Memory Interface Width 128-bit
    Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 25.6 - 28.8

    Feature Support
    OpenGL 4.2
    Bus Support PCI-E 2.0 x 16
    Supported Technologies CUDA, 3D Vision, PhysX, DirectX 12
    Display Support Maximum Digital Resolution 2560x1600
    Maximum VGA Resolution 2048x1536
    Standard Display Connectors HDMI, VGA (optional). Mini HDMI, Dual Link DVI
    HDMI1 Yes

    Standard Graphics Card Dimensions
    Length 5.7 inches
    Height 2.713 inches
    Width Dual-slot

    Thermal and Power Specs
    Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 98 C
    Maximum Graphics Card Power (W) 49 W
    Minimum System Power Requirement (W) 300 W

    Legacy Specs
    Audio Input for HDMI Internal


    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT

    GPU Engine Specs
    CUDA Cores 112
    Graphics Clock (MHz) 600MHz
    Processor Clock (MHz) 1500MHz
    Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 33.6
    Graphics Performance 28

    Memory Specs
    Memory Clock 900MHz
    Standard Memory Config 512MB
    Memory Interface Width 256-bit
    Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 57.6

    Feature Support
    OpenGL 2.1
    Bus Support PCI-E 2.0
    Supported Technologies 3D Vision, PhysX, CUDA
    SLI Options 2-way

    Display Support
    Multi Monitor Yes
    Maximum Digital Resolution 2560x1600
    Maximum VGA Resolution 2048x1536
    Standard Display Connectors Dual Link DVI
    HDTV
    High Dynamic-Range Lighting 128bit

    Standard Graphics Card Dimensions
    Length 9 inches
    Height Single Slot
    Width Single-slot

    Thermal and Power Specs
    Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 105 C
    Maximum Graphics Card Power (W) 105 W
    Minimum System Power Requirement (W) 400W
    Supplementary Power Connectors 6-pin & 8-pin

    Legacy Specs
    Audio Input for HDMI SPDIF

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    What's reasonably priced? Your budget? Anything under $50 isn't going to be much better than what you've shown here and may be hard to find. Unless you're shopping ebay.
    I consider $200 too much for a video card but I'd be willing to spend $150 on a good one with 2GB video memory and DDR5 memory, memory bus has to be 128. But higher end cards need more power supply power, and a PCI-E slot.

    That 8800 GT says it needs 400W psu, but you have to think about the other things running in your computer too. All your USB equipment, etc. Those and fans take power to run. Your hard drive/s, and DVD drives. So if your power supply is only 400w or 500w you'd have to change that too.
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