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Thread: GeForce 3 Ti500, what am I loosing?




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    I am building a new machine based on the P4 3.00 GHz 800FSB CPU. I planned on using my (now) old video card, the GeForce 3 Ti500. But I thought maybe I will be choking the whole system by sticking to this old card.

    So I started doing research on a new card, which I can afford. So far they (GeF5900, and the Rad9800) are around $400-$500, which I don't want to dish out right now.

    So I am wondering, what am I going to loose if I stick to the "old" card?

    I play Q3A as my all time fav, but will be going to H-L, and UT (Unreal Tournament) for multiplayer action, and even Homeworld2 when the machine is up and running.

    Now that I think of it, should I switch to Windows XP, or is sticking with Windows 98 sufficient.

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    Switch to XP, it's much more user-friendly and looks a bit nicer too ;D

    You won't lose much, playing your old games like HL will run even better with that kind of cpu, just dont expect your fps to skyrocket in newer games (DX9 compatible maybe?), you need a good video card (with DX9 support if necessary) coupled with a good processor (i.e. your P4 3.0C)
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    Quote Originally Posted by saburrito
    Switch to XP, it's much more user-friendly and looks a bit nicer too ;D
    Thanks, will do.

    Quote Originally Posted by saburrito
    You won't lose much, playing your old games like HL will run even better with that kind of cpu, just dont expect your fps to skyrocket in newer games (DX9 compatible maybe?), you need a good video card (with DX9 support if necessary) coupled with a good processor (i.e. your P4 3.0C)
    I didn't understand your answer, except for HL and UT being old games.

    I am already using DX9 with my current system (P3/450MHz, GeF 3 Ti500).

    So, I *do* need a better card other than my GeF 3 Ti500?

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    In other words that graphics card is fine if you plan to stick with your old games but if you want to play the latest games on your computer you are going to need a 5600 ultra or 9600 xt minimum:thumb:
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    yah, radeon 9600xt's go for $167, best mid-range card out there. Also, has anyone ever gave you the "get a 2.4C CPU + a good mobo and RAM and o/c it to 3Ghz because it's much cheaper" talk? With the overclocking ability of P4 C processors, its a hell of alot cheaper and faster than buying a 3Ghz. Anyways, just ask if ya wanna know the details :thumb: . : peace2: Mista K6
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    I constantly find myself playing the role of underdog. No expert here .... but yes your system would run the newer games much better with a newer video card ....the GF3 will be a choke point in newer games. However: You do not NEED a better video card to play the newer games. You will prolly have to settle for lower graphics settings to keep them at a playable framerate but they will still be very playable with the card you now have. It all boils down to what you are willing to accept for now. If the money isn't there right now then the card you have will do the job untill you can afford to upgrade the card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugbydude
    In other words that graphics card is fine if you plan to stick with your old games but if you want to play the latest games on your computer you are going to need a 5600 ultra or 9600 xt minimum:thumb:
    OHHhhhhhh... perfectly clear. Now I see that sab really did say that afterall. thx rugby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrairieDawg
    I constantly find myself playing the role of underdog. No expert here .... but yes your system would run the newer games much better with a newer video card ....the GF3 will be a choke point in newer games. However: You do not NEED a better video card to play the newer games. You will prolly have to settle for lower graphics settings to keep them at a playable framerate but they will still be very playable with the card you now have. It all boils down to what you are willing to accept for now. If the money isn't there right now then the card you have will do the job untill you can afford to upgrade the card.
    To quote Mr. Burns: "Exxxcccellent."

    so thx for the great reply. i will play my old games multi-player and it will be cool, but if i buy new games i will play them multiplayer but with diminshed graphics quality. np - u shld c how i play q3a now - everybody is sarge, all flat power ups, ...etc.

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    with a GF3ti500, everything set on low for q3a? :eek: :eek:
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet
    I am building a new machine based on the P4 3.00 GHz 800FSB CPU. I planned on using my (now) old video card, the GeForce 3 Ti500. But I thought maybe I will be choking the whole system by sticking to this old card.

    So I started doing research on a new card, which I can afford. So far they (GeF5900, and the Rad9800) are around 0-0, which I don't want to dish out right now.

    So I am wondering, what am I going to loose if I stick to the "old" card?

    Now that I think of it, should I switch to Windows XP, or is sticking with Windows 98 sufficient.
    Yes upgrade to XP as the modern memory requirement will likely cause probs for 98 and specifically get the Pro version or ya won't be able to use the hyperthreading technology offered by that system for better performance but ya can stick with that video card till ya ready for something else.

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