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A little graphics help

By Patrick4357
Sep 1, 2005
  1. Ok, first off, I thought a nice graphics card was around 600$, to play DOOM II, and Half-Life2 and all of that, guess I was wrong. People are recommending some "cheap" graphics cards (example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814133137)

    I have alot of graphics confusion, only really know about processors, and motherboards at this time. What is a good graphics card (that won't lag on low to medium settings, or even high is you can) that will run RTS games. As you know, FPS are more graphics hungry than them, so it will probably be cheaper than a huge graphics card. Like Warhammer, and so on. Thank you.


    My future getup at this time:

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813153030

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103539
     
  2. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    The 6600GT is a good card, and shouldn't have any problems with medium to high settings. Though it's an AGP card, and the future motherboard you link to is PCI-E.
    Aside from that, it looks like a good match.

    But with ATI's announcement of new cards right around the corner, I'd wait a bit, as prices should drop when ATI's new cards are in the channel, which might mean that you either get a better card for the same price, or at worst that you get the 6600GT cheaper...
     
  3. Patrick4357

    Patrick4357 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What is the future in PCI slots? Newer, and more upgradability than the AGP slot?
     
  4. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Greater bus speed, bi-directional communication, virtualization etc.
    It's a bigger step than the PCI to AGP was, as PCI-E brings more to the table.

    Though right now, it isn't much difference in speed between the two (except for video editing, and only then with special software), but in the future this will change.

    TheInq has gotten some info about PCI-E II from intel, which you can read here...
     
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