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Old 12th November 2008
DrJ DrJ is offline
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I know you know that Oliver, but it seems that the OP is rather literal about and new to computer components. It is indeed difficult to get up-to-speed if you have not done it before, or have had a many-year break.

My suggestion, thinking more about it, is try the Q35/Intel video. Just make sure there is a 16x PCI-E slot so that a video card could be added later if on-board does not work out.

There is one other thing to consider with video cards: the more powerful they are, the more power they consume and the more noise they make. The nVidia [7|8|9]300 usually is passive. The faster ones can be made quiet too, but you usually have to add a third-party heat sink. Then again, I am very sensitive to computer noise, and not everyone else is.
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