Somebody set up me the nvidia, please?
November 8, 2010 4:55 AM   Subscribe

Please help me find a nvidia GPU for my three-year-old Shuttle SG31G2 computer.

Three years ago you helped me build a SG31G2 Shuttle computer with a nvidia 7900 GT card. Now the card is giving up the ghost, and I need to get a nvidia-based replacement that will fit inside the case and within my financial and power budgets.

At the Sudhian forum I have found the answer for those who like ATI, but I run Ubuntu most of the time, and I prefer nvidia. This other thread would answer my question if it weren't 18 months old, an eternity in GPU years. Also I am overwhelmed by the minute differences in makes and models and memory sizes.

Size: It should be a single-slot cooler solution, and not too long.

Money: Under $150 is good, under $100 is better. I was generally happy with the 7900's performance except that 256Mb wasn't enough memory to drive bigger games like GTA4. I might be buying this one in the States and have a friend ship it, so links to US stores are OK.

Power: The 7900 GT draws around 50 W and has worked with my power supply for three years. Anything in that range is good, I guess.

posted by kandinski to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I outsource all my hardware decisions to Tom's Hardware. Their review of the new Nvidia GT 430 is positive as seem to be other reviews on the net. It's priced below $100, will fit in your case and is said to run even more intensive games with decent fps. It's certainly better than your 7900 gt.
posted by Authorized User at 8:07 AM on November 8, 2010

Mod note: few comments removed - we don't really just snarkily link to search results here. Be helpful or feel free not to answer.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:39 PM on November 8, 2010

Best answer: Actually, from what I see at newegg, there aren't any card faster than the gt 430 in a single-slot version yet. And the 430 is much slower than an 8800 GT, which is still giving modern cards a run for their money. So if I were you I'd go with a single-slot 9800 GT, which is the same card as the 8800 GT (Nvidia numbering conventions are insane). There's also a single-slot GTS 250 (basically a rebranded 9800 GTX) by Sparkle on Newegg, but I'm not sure I'd buy a Sparkle videocard.
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 5:39 PM on November 8, 2010

(And by "cards faster than the GT 430", I mean current generation Nvidia cards, like the GTS 450). As for memory, 512 MB should be enough, but there's this Zotac card if you want 1 GB.
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 5:58 PM on November 8, 2010

You should also check that the 9800GT fits into your case. If it doesn't, the GT 240 with GDDR5 (not DDR3) would give you superior performance to the 430.
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 11:25 PM on November 8, 2010

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