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  1. #1
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    Oct 2008

    sad Need help in Purchasing Budget GPU

    Hello friends

    First of all I am a complete noob in Computer and its Hardwares. I am looking for budget GPU (under Indian Rupees 3500) for my PC at home

    The following is my Desktop's Configuration

    Mainboard: Mercury PIG31T (FSB:1333/1066 Mhz)

    Processor: Core 2 Duo E7200 2.53 GHz (3 MB of L2 cache FSB 1066 MHz)

    Chipset: Intel G31 & ICH7
    - North Bridge: Intel G31
    - South Bridge: Intel ICH7

    Physical Memory: 2 GB Dual Channel DDR2 800 RAM in a Single Slot (other slot is vacant)

    Video Memory: Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 (GMA3100)

    Expansion Slots Available in the Mainboard: 1 x PCI ExpressX16 slot
    1 x PCI ExpressX1 slot

    Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC 662 6-channel HD Audio

    Back Panel I/O:1 x PS/2 keyboard/Mouse connectors
    1 x VGA Port
    4 x USB 2.0 Ports
    1 x Audio port (Line-in, Line-out and Mic-in)
    1 x COM Port
    1 x RJ 45 Lan connector

    System BIOS: AMI BIOS with 8Mb SPI Flash ROM
    Supports Plug and Play 1.0A, APM 1.2, Multi Boot, DMI
    Supports ACPI revision 1.0 specification

    Since i don't know which detail of my PC is important in deciding the GPU i have copied most of the details from the manuals i got with my PC

    I use my PC mainly for watching Movies, for office related works(like MS Office Suite), Listening to the music and occasionally for playing games(mostly made of prior to 2008)

    I kindly request you guys to help me out in choosing budget and cost effective GPU compatible with my Mainboard and rest of the system

    Looking forward to your advice and suggestions

    Thanks in advance

    (Please bear in mind that i am not a computer expert)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2005

    Re: Need help in Purchasing Budget GPU

    Here is a complete list of graphic card and their prices: Agp Cards Price List

    However, the prices may differ at some different locations/ shops, so choose your graphic card within your range that suits you.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008

    Re: Need help in Purchasing Budget GPU

    Thanks a lot Unidentified for the link

    but i still have one doubt

    how to find the compatibility of GPU with my main board?

    while trying to find various models of budget GPU i came across words like PCI 2.0 16x GPUs AGPs etc

    if possible could you kindly enlighten me which type of GPU i should look for my Configuration?(in compatibility wise as well as brand wise Nvidia Vs ATI)

    Thanks again
    Last edited by mebaali; 04-03-2009 at 04:14 PM. Reason: Typo

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Re: Need help in Purchasing Budget GPU

    Your 1 PCI Express x 16 slot means that you can run crossfire but the link speed will be at 8x/8x not 16x/16x. but dont fret my friend running at 8x/8x doesnt have any noticeable performance difference(s). heres how it ranks in performance, if you have a pci-e slot at 16x then its 100% speed but lower it to 8x then it runs at 95% speed. i had a link that compared 8x/8x sli versus 16x/16x and the difference was 1-3 fps so you good with that mobo. i wish i had the link for the comparison i had. if i find anything ill post it.

    heres a crossfire hd4850 8x/8x vs 16x/16x comparison.

    heres for sli 8x/8x vs 16x/16x (the 750i sli runs sli at 8x/8x)
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  5. #5
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    Oct 2008

    Re: Need help in Purchasing Budget GPU

    Hi Tech Guruji

    Thanks for the comments

    But I am a novice in GPU, i don't know what is crossfire or SLi?

    If you don't mind could you give me an advice on purchasing decent GPU under $50 (it should be compatible with my mainboard)

    Thanks in advance

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