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The L A U G H I N G Man
09-20-2004, 12:55 PM
Hi um can anyone give me some suggestions cuz im looking for a video card and i dont no which one is good or bad.

Yawgm0th
09-20-2004, 01:07 PM
Post your system specs and budget. If you need help with the specs, try CPU-Z from my signature.

The L A U G H I N G Man
09-20-2004, 01:11 PM
Thanks alot.

My system is a Compaq Prasario with a AMD Athlon XP 2000+ motherboard
256mb ram, 1.67 ghz with 40gb ram and 7200 rpm.

Yawgm0th
09-20-2004, 02:53 PM
You had better make sure you actually have an AGP slot before you try to upgrade the video. I'm betting some Compaqs don't.

In any case, I can't see you getting much out of that system even with a new video card. A 9800 Pro or GeForce 6800 would make sense for future use, but they are just a waste of money for that system. A Radeon 9600 or maybe 9600 Pro would make sense if you are just looking for a nice gaming boost right now. It's not that great, and it won't provide good performance on a stonger system, but it's just about the best that thing can take advantage of.

If you are willing to throw some money at this, another 256MB of RAM would be a great start. After that, a new processor (maybe a Sempron 2800) would be good for you. If you're willing to spend even more to get a powerful video card, a new power supply and a video card (a GeForce 6800 or 9800 Pro instead of the 9600) would be good. Otherwise, you can get a good 9600 (I would recommend you purchase a Sapphire 9600 from Newegg.com) for around $95 U.S. The 9600 Pro would be worth the few bucks more it costs, as well.

The L A U G H I N G Man
09-21-2004, 12:53 AM
Thanks for the suggestions, but the problem is, im from India and i dont hae that much moeny.My parents gave me a budget of about Rupees 10,000 whic is 10,000 divided by $50 which comes to about $200 which i dont think will be sufficient or will it?.And BTW i have a inbuilt 8x APG slot in my pc.

Morgan_Lander
09-21-2004, 05:00 AM
Well, here in the US, you can get a Radeon 9800 Pro for around the $200 USD mark on-line.

Yawgm0th
09-21-2004, 06:46 AM
If you can't afford that (I'd bet your prices are worse), go for a Radeon 9600 card of some sort. The 9600XT wouldn't be a terrible card, and you can likely afford it.

The L A U G H I N G Man
09-21-2004, 01:07 PM
Well its not the question of my able to afford it, its just that my parents arnt very interested in promoting my gaming skills and i think im fortunate to atleast get that much as a budget now.Well im currently looking at the ASUS Geforce 5600 ultra 128mb ram.What do u think of the card?.Will i be able to play nfsu in the higest setting, will i be able to play games like half life 2, UT 2004, Far Cry 2 NFSU2 etc and all the other top games?

Yawgm0th
09-21-2004, 01:40 PM
It will play the games just fine, though I doubt it will paly anything at top settings (which I consider to include resolution since alsmot any game can be played on top settings at low resolutions). Exactly how much will that card cost you and how much would some of the other cards cost?

The L A U G H I N G Man
09-22-2004, 12:58 AM
Um im not sure, but wat iv found out about the Radeon 9800 pro that it is Rupees 18,450 :blackeye: so blah, iv had it!Adn when i asked my mom about it she was like just :nono: :screama: .So now im really in a ditch!.Any ways, theres my list of vards iv found out on.

Gainward FX PowerPack! PRO/680 TV/DVI GeForce FX5200 128MB 8X AGP Video Card w TV-OUT & Digital DVI

XFX NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 128 MB DDRAM

MSI Ti 4400 128 MB VTD, Ripping card

Sapphire - Radeon 9700 128 MB Card (second hand)

From the above video cards, which one of tem would you recommend to me?

Eaglee
09-22-2004, 05:40 AM
definitly go for the 9700. and do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY from the fx5200.

Yawgm0th
09-22-2004, 06:25 AM
I'd have to agree. Even if it's used, it's not a bad card.

The L A U G H I N G Man
09-22-2004, 11:39 AM
Ok but iv been reading some really good comments about the Geforce 4 Ti4400 card.

Yawgm0th
09-22-2004, 12:28 PM
The 9700 should be much better...

The L A U G H I N G Man
09-22-2004, 01:23 PM
GeForce4 Ti4400 128 MB

General Features:
nVidia GeForce4 Ti4400 GPU
nVIDIA nfiniteFX II engine
Dual programmable Vertex Shaders
Advanced programmable Pixel Shaders
nVIDIA Lightspeed Memory Architecture II
nVIDIA Accuview Antialiasing
3D Textures
Shadow Buffers
4 dual-rendering pipelines
8 texels per clock cycle
Dual cube environment mapping
128 MB high speed DDR RAM memory
High-Definition Video Processor (HDVP)
AGP 4X with Fast Writes
AGP 4X / 2X and AGP Texturing support
32-bit color with 32-bit Z/stencil buffer
Z-correct true, reflective
High-performance 2D rendering engine
Hardware accelerated real-time shadows
True-color hardware cursor
Integrated hardware transform engine
Integrated hardware lighting engine
High-quality HDTV/DVD playback
TV-Out and Video Modules
Multibuffering (double, triple, quad) for smooth animation and video playback
Microsoft DirectX and S3TC texture compression
nVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
Up to 8.8 GB/sec. memory bandwidth
125 million triangles/sec. setup engine
4.4 billion AA sample/sec. fill rate
1.12 trillion operations/sec.
Complete Linux drivers, including full OpenGL
Microsoft DirectX optimizations and support
Complete OpenGL 1.3 and OpenGL support
WHQL-certified Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95
Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95 display drivers
Microsoft DirectDraw, Direct3D, DirectVideo and DirectActiveX drivers

wayout44
09-22-2004, 03:04 PM
Stick with the R9700 as not only are you power but also DX9 support if you go with a GF4.

The L A U G H I N G Man
09-22-2004, 05:55 PM
what is the AA sample/sec. fill rate of the r9700?