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#1 scoby

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 06:52 PM

I have no idea what that other thread is about, but here I could use some insight from you tech-heads and gizmo geeks. I want to upgrade the graphics card in my PC so that it's better than my laptop's http://www.notebookc...70.23698.0.html

it needs to be able to run google sketchup well http://sketchup.goog...py?answer=36208

-3D class Video Card with 512+ MB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 1.5 or higher and up to date.

SketchUp's performance relies heavily the graphics card driver and it's ability to support OpenGL 1.5 or higher. Historically, people have seen problems with Intel based cards with SketchUp. We don't recommend using these graphics cards with SketchUp at this time.

and various other programs, preferably without getting too expensive. I don't remember what my desktop uses now or what kind of processor it has, but if it actually really matters I can find that out for you when I get back. all I know is I took the worst graphics card selection available because I planned to upgrade. the pc is about a year old.

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 12:45 PM

the 5770 is pretty reasonable, I've been looking at one of them myself.

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 04:00 PM

cool. does it matter which specific one I get though? http://www.newegg.co...=5770&x=31&y=37 I guess I need to check if I have two slot things free in the back.

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 05:57 PM

I have a 5770 and it's been good for all the games I've played on it. It might not be Future Proof for long as far as playing new games with max settings goes but I imagine it'll totally PWN that google sketchbook. 100 dollar is about 60 pounds I think, seems like a good deal. I don't think it matters which one you get very much, I bought one from XFX despite them having a bad record honoring warranties in europe because they give you a free door handle sign that says DO NOT DISTURB - I'M GAMING

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 10:56 AM

cool. does it matter which specific one I get though? http://www.newegg.co...=5770&x=31&y=37 I guess I need to check if I have two slot things free in the back.

get the one that has the hottest warrior babe on it

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 12:18 PM

I bought one from XFX despite them having a bad record honoring warranties in europe because they give you a free door handle sign that says DO NOT DISTURB - I'M GAMING


Haha you got one of these too? I'm pretty sure I told you about the one I got last year that is still hanging up on my bulletin board by my desk.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 12:19 PM

get the one that has the hottest warrior babe on it

I've known so many people during my short college stint who would say this for real with a grin from ear to ear.


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Posted 29 August 2011 - 09:44 PM

get the one that has the hottest warrior babe on it

ya I did

thanks for the help everyone

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 10:23 PM

I've known so many people during my short college stint who would say this for real with a grin from ear to ear.

gotta have some eye candy to look at through the neon lit window on the side of the case bro.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 10:33 PM

There are still people who put their case ON the desk?


#11 Barack Obama

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:26 AM

anyone who refers to their PC as their 'rig' and has a window on it probably has it on the desk.

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:28 AM

idk if you have an enormous desk or small computer it might make sense to have it up there though

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:48 AM

Well, I guess. Maybe it's the concept of having a huge case at all that's foreign to me. Most people I know have a laptop now. I never quite saw the use of having it on the desk though, especially back when everybody had CRT monitors.


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Posted 31 August 2011 - 12:04 AM

laptops are not very environmentally friendly

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 01:57 AM

Yes, but isn't it so that most desktop computers use a lot more power on average?


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Posted 31 August 2011 - 05:01 AM

depending on how that power is generated, I'm sure the power used by your average desktop doesn't come close to the amount of resource depletion involved with making laptops.

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 07:03 PM

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 03:19 PM

If I had an Applé McIntosh I would prolly have it on my desk. Like.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 11:42 PM

Is this thread about graphics cards any more?  Anyway, I have a shitty generic power supply in my off-the-shelf Best Buy box, and need to replace my GFX card.  Should I get a new power supply, since it was supporting a GFX card at some point, or should I not risk it and just replace the PSU?

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 03:36 PM

It depends on the PSU really.
If your system wasn't built as a gaming machine, there's a good chance that your PSU will be some crappy generic piece of tat that's not really going to be well suited to feeding a decent graphics card.
My system, for example, only came with a GeForce GT 420, which isn't designed for gaming (runs Dead Island on high setting pretty well, but cries at the thought of running games like Champions Online or Deus Ex: HR with anything near), but the rest of my system is fairly decent (2.8Ghz i5 with 6GiB of DDR3).
Because it's not powering a good graphics card, my PSU is some weedy little box of crap that only pumps out around 250W, which isn't enough to power, say, an AMD Radeon 6850, which needs at least a 500W PSU.


Your best bet would be to open your system, find out how much power your PSU can pump out and what connectors it has.


Also, while I'm here...
Does anyone know if the XFX AMD Radeon 6850 or 6870 are any good?
I'm planning on buying a new graphics card and PSU between now and early 2012, but I don't want to spend more than about £200-£210 on the graphics card and £70 on the PSU.
Also, yes, I know about AMD's iffy numbering system (6870 is below 5870 and such).

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