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linux compatible GPU for gaming/movies
G-relk 
29/8/08 8:10:16 PM
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so, i need a new GPU for my second computer. looking for something thats linux friendly, can play games and wont break the budget. i really dont know what to get, i have an ATI chipset mobo (ABIT fatal1ty FI-90HD), so something ati flavoured would be better i spose, but the linux drivers for them are shocking (the GPU that is, mobo works fine), so its prolly going to be Nvidia flavoured. bonus if its either really quiet, passive, or i can put a new (quieter) cooler on it.

also might be after a TV tuner card, so again, soemthing thats fairly cheap, does digital tv (HD is bonus), and will work fine under linux

so, whats your suggestions atomic???

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Q6600 @ 3.0ghz, asus P5b Deluxe, 2 x 2gb cosair ddr2 800, 2 x 320gb Seagate, leadtek winfast PX7950GX2, corsair 620w psu, antec p180b, x-fi XtremeMusic, Tuniq tower 120, BenQ V2400W 24" monitor
soon to come: X38-DQ6, HD4870X2, RAID 0

Cpt. Lock 
29/8/08 8:43:39 PM
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If you install the drivers and don't fuck with things ATi is fine, they also seem to have upped their game recently in releasing catalyst drivers for both windows and linux concurrently. A HD4870 should work fine, there aren't a whole lot of graphics intensive games out there for Linux though so maybe it'd be better off to stick with a cheaper HD3870?

My HD3870 worked just fine until I started fucking with the drivers.

If you want a cheap nvidia solution then just get a 9800GT

as to tv tuners check out this

http://www.hauppauge.com/site/support/linux.html


Edited by Cpt. Lock: 29/8/2008 8:59:26 PM

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G-relk 
29/8/08 9:00:27 PM
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its a dual boot of Xp sp3 and PClinux OS. the PC is mainly used for taking to lans (as its a sff case), and will be for watching movies and recording tv when i get a tuner for it.

i did have problems with the X1650 pro that i have in it atm, installed the drivers for linux, then it broke my GUI :(

thanks for that hauppauge link too, that will prove most useful :)

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Q6600 @ 3.0ghz, asus P5b Deluxe, 2 x 2gb cosair ddr2 800, 2 x 320gb Seagate, leadtek winfast PX7950GX2, corsair 620w psu, antec p180b, x-fi XtremeMusic, Tuniq tower 120, BenQ V2400W 24" monitor
soon to come: X38-DQ6, HD4870X2, RAID 0

Cpt. Lock 
29/8/08 9:07:11 PM
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Yeah I didn't have any problems per say with my HD3870 using PCLinux OS until I started screwing around with driver versions and then couldn't get my ATI drivers to install properly again. I've since whiped that partition and installed OS X though, and i've also bought a HD4870 so this was about 4 or 5 months ago.

There's TV tuner cards from most manufacturers that work with Linux, you just have to make sure that you get the right one so drivers aren't a pain in the proverbial. I had a Compro DTV200a and even though it had linux drivers it was borked as it kept getting picked up as a dvb t200 rather then australian specific dvb t200a. I know the dvb t200 (not t200a) and t300 from Compro work but there again they're both fairly ancient cards now

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G-relk 
29/8/08 9:13:10 PM
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i was actually looking at trying to get a second hand HD3850 to put in it as they are going for even cheaper now that the new 4XXX series are out.

plus, one of the TV tuners in that link is pretty much what im after (fairly simple, but with PCIe x1 support) so i might save a bit and get one as well as a 3850

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Q6600 @ 3.0ghz, asus P5b Deluxe, 2 x 2gb cosair ddr2 800, 2 x 320gb Seagate, leadtek winfast PX7950GX2, corsair 620w psu, antec p180b, x-fi XtremeMusic, Tuniq tower 120, BenQ V2400W 24" monitor
soon to come: X38-DQ6, HD4870X2, RAID 0

Cpt. Lock 
29/8/08 9:16:33 PM
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Yeah like I said I had a GDDR3 HD3870 which is pretty close to a HD3850 and it worked with the current version of PCLinux OS.

At the price they've dropped to if you don't intend on playing something like Crysis with the detail turned up they're pretty good value.

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G-relk 
29/8/08 9:30:02 PM
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yeah, i have an older 7950gx2 in my main rig, and a 3850 is a little better than that, so i will be fine (cant wait till i get my hands on a 4870x, for my main rig, but i need more moolah).

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Q6600 @ 3.0ghz, asus P5b Deluxe, 2 x 2gb cosair ddr2 800, 2 x 320gb Seagate, leadtek winfast PX7950GX2, corsair 620w psu, antec p180b, x-fi XtremeMusic, Tuniq tower 120, BenQ V2400W 24" monitor
soon to come: X38-DQ6, HD4870X2, RAID 0

Cpt. Lock 
29/8/08 9:32:54 PM
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A HD4870x2 only really shines at high resolutions. Don't bother buying a HD4870x2 just to play Crysis, Crysis is a shit game optimised for even shittier GPU's


Edited by Cpt. Lock: 29/8/2008 9:59:52 PM

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G-relk 
29/8/08 9:55:37 PM
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its ok, i have a 24" lcd (1920 x 1200 ftw), and its mainly going to be playing STALKER clear sky, and CoD 4. crysis was ok, but it didnt have the re-playability factor of something like STLAKER shadows of chernobyl, CoD 4, or MOH:A. the new crysis should be better (hopefully)

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Q6600 @ 3.0ghz, asus P5b Deluxe, 2 x 2gb cosair ddr2 800, 2 x 320gb Seagate, leadtek winfast PX7950GX2, corsair 620w psu, antec p180b, x-fi XtremeMusic, Tuniq tower 120, BenQ V2400W 24" monitor
soon to come: X38-DQ6, HD4870X2, RAID 0

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