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    Question Upgrading my Video card. 10.10 / 64 bit -HP A6600F

    Hello,
    I have a retail bigbox HP desktop, (model # A6600F) which has the Nvidia 7100 on-board. I have been having some latency issue with it playing full HD videos and I'm looking to replace it.

    The case size does limit my options but I am more restricted by my price and availability selection.

    I have to buy it from Bestbuy and it has to be under $80. I am not expecting miracles from this system but I know a decent Graphics card and memory can go a long way.

    I am maxed out at 4gb of ram but have no other upgrades except a wireless card.

    This system is used for web surfing & editing my 720p/60fps HD videos for my youtube channel. (I am no pro videographer.)

    Some models I'm looking at are:

    XFX - ATI Radeon HD 4350 1GB DDR2 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Model: HD-435X-ZAH2 | SKU: 9647906

    Asus - NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS 512MB DDR2 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Model: EN8400GSSLNTBBY | SKU: 9652935

    Sapphire - ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB DDR2 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Model: 100264hdmi | SKU: 9972065
    (I like the Sapphire because it has HDMI but I don't know why/how I would really use/need it?)


    edit: I will of course, also be upgrading the power supply to a minimum of 400w.

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    Re: Upgrading my Video card. 10.10 / 64 bit -HP A6600F

    Well, I invest in AMD, so I'm a bit biased.

    However, the additional 1/2 GB of buffer memory on the first HD 4350 is a plus.

    If you don't have an HDMI connection on your monitor, then I wouldn't buy a graphics card just because it has an HDMI connection. Why bother if you won't use it?

    DVI works good if your monitor has that.

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    Re: Upgrading my Video card. 10.10 / 64 bit -HP A6600F

    I tried searching to see if the 4350 has any issues running in Ubuntu but I can't seem to find any. Are there any ATI issues that I need to be aware of?

    The few ATI issues I found seem like they were resolved fairly quickly but I do not know those users freek level and I am a total Linux noob.

    XFX - ATI Radeon HD 4350 1GB DDR2 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Model: HD-435X-ZAH2 | SKU: 9647906

    Thanks

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    Re: Upgrading my Video card. 10.10 / 64 bit -HP A6600F

    most of the video issues around there are about ATI & Intel cards (nvidia have better video support)

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    Re: Upgrading my Video card. 10.10 / 64 bit -HP A6600F

    The onboard card I have is a Nvidia 7100 and I can barely even view my HD videos.

    Would it be better to go with a newer 512mb Nvidia card instead of the 1gb ATI?

    I haven't built or upgraded a PC since '00. I'm really out of the loop and then to add to it, I know nearly nothing about Ubuntu.

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    Re: Upgrading my Video card. 10.10 / 64 bit -HP A6600F

    Let me preface this by saying I have no experience with recent ATI cards. The only ones I have are X1300 on my old desktop and mobile X1300 on a company laptop which use default legacy drivers.

    Someone kept suggesting nvidia GT 220 or GT 240 when I was looking for a new computer, so I bought a PC with GT 220, and have since switched that to GT 430 which is faster using less power running cooler and does DirectX 11 (Win7). I got a Galaxy GT 430 minus $25 in Best Buy rewards. But if shopping at Best Buy, the following looks like a good deal: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+G...&skuId=1592171

    Either the GT 220 or GT 430 have been faultless with nvidia drivers in Lucid or Maverick, even though Linux does not know what model the GT 430 is yet (in lspci).

    I was going to suggest upgrading your power supply because the ones HP supplies are sometimes marginal, but I see you mentioned that. When I tried to install a hotter video card in my HP desktop from 2004, its 250W psu could not even boot with what only used 130W max from the wall outlet (Kill A Watt meter). But that early Athlon64 PC currently with the X1300 has been running fine for years with a conservatively rated 330W psu.
    Last edited by efflandt; December 4th, 2010 at 07:10 PM.

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