Building a computer. GFX card question?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by GavinMajesty, May 9, 2006.

  1. GavinMajesty

    GavinMajesty Guest

    Alrighty guys!

    Iäve decided to bite the bullet and build a dedicated audio machine.

    Specs so far:

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+ (Socket 939)
    Asus A8V-E SE VIA K8T890 (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard
    Corsair 2GB DDR XMS3200PT TwinX (2x1GB) CAS3
    Antec NeoHE 430W Modular ATX2.0 PSU

    And my Edirol USB interface.

    Now, my friend designed this machine for me and recommended a
    PowerColor ATI Radeon X800 GTO 128MB DDR TV-Out/DVI
    GFX card.

    Now, this is 100% audio, he's a gamer.

    is this card Overkill for what i wanna do (running nuendo, 90% audio work, i.e, very little realtime midi processing).

    he then said to me

    "Kieran88 says:
    ive got an x300 here that has a DVI and VGA output"

    which he is willing to give to me for free.

    Now, how much does the GFX card play in the role of processing power of a DAW and more to the point, would this card suffice?

  2. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    Feb 21, 2005
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    Yes, the X800 is overkill. An X300 will suffice. I wouldn't buy a high end card because most high end cards have fan-cooling instead of passive cooling. You can do without the noise and perhaps additional case cooling. Further they draw more power, which could up the the need on your PSU, which would drive up costs both in use and purchase. I have some el cheapo Gigabyte nVIDIA 6200 in my DAW. Works like a charm.

    I didn't know the VIA K8T890 supports AMDs X2. Is that finally done?

    I have the Antec NeoHE 430W in my P150 case included. It is a fine PSU. I especially like the modularity, plus it's really quiet.

    I see no HDDs in your specs.
  3. GavinMajesty

    GavinMajesty Guest

    Brilliant! thank you!

    These are the same MOBO/CPU/HD that my friend kieran built his PC with so i preusme so...

    Excellent! again, thank you!

    I have like 5-6 HDD's here already, lol gonna format 2 of them!
  4. arbiter

    arbiter Guest

    Go with something on the low end that is passively cooled. (no fans) or has a very small temperature controlled fan.

    The newer stuff like the x800 and 6600/6800 GT cards use big noisy blower fans that can also take up an empty PCI slot with the heat sink.

    Check this X300. If it's a Hyper Memory model, make sure you set up the drivers to only use it's own built in memory. If you enable the Hyper Memory support, it will dip into your system RAM to get more memory when it needs to render special effects.

    I've also found lots of good Geforce 6600LE's and GS's on the market that are geared toward the home theater pc builders...they are usually cooled with heatpipes and big passive sinks...they might work if you need graphics horsepower for anything.
  5. GavinMajesty

    GavinMajesty Guest

    hey guys! thanks!

    My friend is giving me the x300 for free so providing it's not gonna cause crashes and stuff, i'll def. use it!

    How does the rest of the system look?

  6. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    Feb 21, 2005
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    You mean my system?


    Antec P150 w/ NEO HE 430W
    Gigabyte K8NF9 Ultra
    AMD X2 3800+
    2GB Twinx C2Corsair RAM
    Gigabyte VGA GV-NX62TC256D8
    1x WD250 GB SATAII
    2x Maxtor 300GB SATAII
    NEC ND-4551A
    Apacer Cardreader 14-in-1 (no floppy)
    2x Samsung TFT SyncMaster 710N


    Yamaha 01v96v2
    Yamaha i88x
    all connected with mLAN


    Cubase SX3

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