Need help finding a decent sub-300W video card

I’m running a 3.0 ghz overclock and a 4850 on a 350w ps. And it’s mostly stable, heh. Well, my stability index is now 9.73, so it can’t be that bad.

Is your 300w one of those green 80% efficient models or just a standard 300w?

Funny, my old 8800gtx still hasn’t gotten “old in the tooth”, and it was released a year before the 9600.

Is that supposed to be an advantage? So you could finally play WoW:Expansion no. 5 with the 9600. Woohoo.

You picked the wrong subject to call me wrong on ;)

EDIT - Ooh, didn’t notice this part:

you use them by enabling DXVA in your media application of choice.


man, you’re an obstinate ignorant slut g4m3rd00d with a join date of april 2009.

the 2nd digit in the 8800gtx meant it was a $500 card when it debuted. the 9600gt and 8800gt cards were $250 then dropping to $150. of course your 8800gtX was a high-end card which continued to trump the performance of a budget mid-range card even the year after.

perhaps you should wander on back to the [h] and get off qt3.

does not excuse the nonsense about the 9600 being a good card. How much was the 8800gt at launch? Still not a piece of junk after 2 years.
EDIT: Also, nvidia in the past released mid-range cards that performed close to or equal to the high end models of their previous generation. Example: the 7600GT - equal to 6800GT. The whole 9 series was a joke, and the 9600 was n00b bait. (hate it when I forget arguments on the first reply)

Well, the card arrived.

And it don’t work. Though not because I don’t have enough power.

But because my Shuttle SK22G2v2’s motherboard is apparently incompatible. Which strikes me as odd, because I naturally assumed that by sheer virtue of having a PCI-e slot, it’d be compatible with a PCI-e card. Guess not. Even after flashing my BIOS (latest version 8/4/08), still nothing. It won’t even send a signal to the monitor. The fan spins, but that’s pretty much the only sign of life.

So in the end I’m gonna have to return the 4850, eat the $65 I spent in tax, overnight shipping, and 15% restocking fee, and just wait for eVGA to RMA my 8800GT.

Don’t I feel like an asshole.

Er, wha? Surely you jest.

Try turning the monitor off and on, plugging it into the other vcard port. It sounds like the monitor isn’t recognizing the switch in cards. Sometimes monitor inputs get “stuck” and don’t recognize the new video card output - i had this situation come up a few years ago.

huh? Your motherboard doesn’t have a PCI-e x16 slot?
Did you check in the bios if the PCI-e slot is set at x16 ?


Tried both DVI ports with both of my monitors (HP LP2475w & Dell 2005FPW) every which way. Neither gets even the whisper of a signal. On a hunch, I yanked out the 4850 and popped my 8800GT back in. It was immediately detected when I turned the rig back on. Shut down, swapped it out for the 4850. Nothing.


I can’t think of what else it could be other than it somehow not being compatible with my SK22G2v2. I’ve found lots of anecdotal evidence of 4850s working with Shuttles, but none of them working with my specific Shuttle.


1.0 vs 2.0 PCI.

You apparently have 1.0???

PCI-X is NOT PCI-Express. Not at all, not even CLOSE.

that guy actually linked to PCI-X? w00t!

dwolfs, PCI-X is for sas controllers and stuff…

Web Shows

Yeah. This is the link to PCI-e.

PCIe 2.0 motherboard slots are backward compatible with PCIe v1.x. PCIe 2.0 cards have good backwards compatibility, new PCIe 2.0 graphics cards are compatible with PCIe 1.1 motherboards, meaning that they will run on them using the available bandwidth of PCI Express 1.1. Overall, graphic cards or motherboards designed for v2.0 will be able to work with the other being v1.1 or v1.0.