PC hardware forum: Video card purchase questions and opinions

by: dddienst May 13, 2005 7:22 AM PDT

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Video card purchase questions and opinions

by dddienst - 5/13/05 7:22 AM

My video card recently died (Fan stopped and the GPU overheated) So I need to pick a new one and have some questions.

Is brand name important? I ask this because when I first built my PC I bought an Albatron card which died in a few months and replaced it with a BFG card (geforce fx 5600)which lasted about 2 years. I see TigerDirect has a GeForce 6800 card very cheep but it is from a company that is unheard of.

My BFG card had 256 meg of RAM, what would the differance be or what effect does having more ram on the video card have VS more motherboard ram? I use my pc for video editing and run programs such as Vegas, Poser, and Shade7. I am also looking to keep my video card costs under 200.

My pc has an MSI motherboard with 1Gig ram and an AGP slot 4X I think.

I guess my choice is name brand 6600 or noname 6800 and if it is worth spending more to find a 256meg card vs a 128.

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