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I am looking into the possibility of upgrading my card as a birthday treat.

 

It can get very confusing looking at all the makes etc...

 

At the moment I have a Geforce FX5600 (AGP) and have looked at the new 7800 series for AGP but this appears to me more for gamers, also I do not know if my system has a 340v supply.

 

It may not be worth upgrading my card, though I would like better performance?

 

Any thoughts, suggestions etc on cards would be appreciated.

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Good luck David. You are going to get so many different opinions on which new garphics card to purchase it won't be funny. However, take the suggestions one at a time, do your homework on each and then be sure you know exactly what you want the card to do for you that your old one can't do. Also, be sure which ever one you decide on, make sure your monitor is capable of giving you the results you expect from the new card too. (That is make sure they are compatible in all respects).

 

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I am looking into the possibility of upgrading my card as a birthday treat.

 

It can get very confusing looking at all the makes etc...

 

At the moment I have a Geforce FX5600 (AGP) and have looked at the new 7800 series for AGP but this appears to me more for gamers, also I do not know if my system has a 340v supply.

 

It may not be worth upgrading my card, though I would like better performance?

 

Any thoughts, suggestions etc on cards would be appreciated.

Better performance for what? Games (which are one of the few things that really stress a video card)? Watching/rendering video? 3D CAD applications?

 

What are the rest of your system specifications? Quickly looking at your card, I have to wonder what sort of performance you want to improve upon. But, I only recently upgraded to a Radeon 7500 video card with 64MB of RAM, so I'm not running in the same league.

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Hi

 

Well my son is starting to get interested in gaming and at the moment we share the computer ( I am to mean to buy another in the short term if we can both survive sharing!).

 

So I am looking at a better card for gaming though it would be nice (if it is around) a better card for rendering the home video's

 

I also think I maybe opening up a potential stroung discussion?

 

My System Specs are as follows (and hopefully what is needed?)

 

System Information

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Time of this report: 3/3/2006, 13:33:24

Machine name: DAVID

Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1519)

Language: English (Regional Setting: English)

System Manufacturer: TriGem Computer NETHERLANDS

System Model: Dream Sys

BIOS: Ver1.0

Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 3.20GHz (2 CPUs)

Memory: 2048MB RAM

Page File: 394MB used, 4570MB available

Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS

DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

DX Setup Parameters: Not found

DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

 

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DxDiag Notes

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DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.

Display Tab 1: No problems found.

Sound Tab 1: No problems found.

Sound Tab 2: No problems found.

Music Tab: No problems found.

Input Tab: No problems found.

Network Tab: No problems found.

 

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DirectX Debug Levels

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Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a)

DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)

DirectInput: 0/5 (n/a)

DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a)

DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)

DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)

DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

 

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Display Devices

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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600

Manufacturer: NVIDIA

Chip type: GeForce FX 5600

DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC

Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0312&SUBSYS_91241462&REV_A1

Display Memory: 256.0 MB

Current Mode: 1152 x 864 (32 bit) (85Hz)

Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor

Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200

Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll

Driver Version: 6.14.0010.8198 (English)

DDI Version: 9 (or higher)

Driver Attributes: Final Retail

Driver Date/Size: 12/10/2005 03:06:00, 3955456 bytes

WHQL Logo'd: Yes

WHQL Date Stamp: n/a

VDD: n/a

Mini VDD: nv4_mini.sys

Mini VDD Date: 12/10/2005 03:06:00, 3536768 bytes

Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4052-11CF-D457-2EB100C2CB35}

Vendor ID: 0x10DE

Device ID: 0x0312

SubSys ID: 0x91241462

Revision ID: 0x00A1

Revision ID: 0x00A1

Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_B ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_D

Deinterlace Caps: {212DC722-3235-44A4-BD29-E1652BBCC71C}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive

{212DC723-3235-44A4-BD29-E1652BBCC71C}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_MedianFiltering

{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch

{212DC722-3235-44A4-BD29-E1652BBCC71C}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive

{212DC723-3235-44A4-BD29-E1652BBCC71C}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_MedianFiltering

{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch

{212DC722-3235-44A4-BD29-E1652BBCC71C}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x32315659) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive

{212DC723-3235-44A4-BD29-E1652BBCC71C}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x32315659) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_MedianFiltering

{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x32315659) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch

{212DC722-3235-44A4-BD29-E1652BBCC71C}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive

{212DC723-3235-44A4-BD29-E1652BBCC71C}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_MedianFiltering

{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch

Registry: OK

DDraw Status: Enabled

D3D Status: Enabled

AGP Status: Enabled

DDraw Test Result: Not run

D3D7 Test Result: Not run

D3D8 Test Result: Not run

D3D9 Test Result: Not run

 

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You already have a nice machine for video editing although I would suggestion another internal hard. 160gig is nice, but more HD space you can work on several projects at once. I don't think a new video card would help that much just for video editing. The way I understand it, Videowave and MyDVD only use the GPU for 3D transitions and effects. The rest is very CPU intensive. I've read some very good results on the new AMD dual core processors which still has a bit of an edge on the Intel dual cores when it comes to video rendering.

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You already have a nice machine for video editing although I would suggestion another internal hard. 160gig is nice, but more HD space you can work on several projects at once. I don't think a new video card would help that much just for video editing. The way I understand it, Videowave and MyDVD only use the GPU for 3D transitions and effects. The rest is very CPU intensive. I've read some very good results on the new AMD dual core processors which still has a bit of an edge on the Intel dual cores when it comes to video rendering.

Yep... with what you have there, I'd say you'd be as well off saving the money to put towards the next machine, or at least the graphics card for the next machine. :)

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Yep, pretty nice machine. What do you have to capture your video to your machine? You might spend a few bucks there if you are not real happy with what you have. There is another series of posts about cameras and camcorders, you may also want to look at those posts if your camera/camcorder is a liitle old.

 

Yep... with what you have there, I'd say you'd be as well off saving the money to put towards the next machine, or at least the graphics card for the next machine. :)
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Well David, I expected that you would really get a lot of "Buy this one" or "Buy That one" type of replies. However I highly go along with the all the other replies and suggestions they had. You have one nice machine now that you have given the entire run down on your computer. Stick with what you have and I suggest that you will find it to work quite well with video editing, and other process heavy programs. Even Games, although you can spend a whole lot of bucks on a game intensified card, You would have to be a real gamer to do that I suspect.

 

And if you run into any problems running a particular program in EMC, come on back to this forum and you will have plenty of help from many of the users that really know their stuff. Glad to have you aboard David. And have fun with that neat computer you have.

 

Frank..........

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Hello Everyone

 

Thanks for your replys.

 

You are all saying what I must admit I thought was the case, but I felt it was worth asking the question.

 

My son's are not to happy in that they are not getting an upgrade. Though I have been away for a week and we may have my godson (16yrs) moving in with us who has quite a serious gaming machine and I think that may keep them happy for the moment (as long he alllows them access!).

 

I have taken on board about an extra HD, though looking at my power supply leads in the case, it may have to be an external drive (USB2)

 

Thanks again

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Hello Everyone

 

Thanks for your replys.

 

You are all saying what I must admit I thought was the case, but I felt it was worth asking the question.

 

My son's are not to happy in that they are not getting an upgrade. Though I have been away for a week and we may have my godson (16yrs) moving in with us who has quite a serious gaming machine and I think that may keep them happy for the moment (as long he alllows them access!).

 

I have taken on board about an extra HD, though looking at my power supply leads in the case, it may have to be an external drive (USB2)

 

Thanks again

If you have room in the case for the drive, you can always get a "Y" power cable adapter to get another power connector for the new drive.

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