Card upgrade

By Amitad
Feb 15, 2004
  1. Guys,
    Will a DX 9 or higher card(when it will come) run the "Older Generation" games properly.?
    As much as I will like new games(with all the fancy special effects) I am a sucker for old games like System shock-2,Tomb Raider-TLR,Homeworld(Part 1 of course),and all the good games released prior to 1998-1999.
    I want to upgrade to a card which will play the latest games like HL-2,Doom-3,Stalker,Far Cry(even if these games run on 800*600 with some special effects toned down I dont mind,but the card should be able to run next gen games as well as old games).
    My budget is around $150.
    Pls help and thanks in advance
  2. playerdef

    playerdef TS Rookie

    I have a Radeon 9700pro and it plays tons of old games, even DOS games. I have yet to encounter any problems with older games. The only obstacle has been incompatability problems with windoowsXP and some old games, but not with the card itself.
  3. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 271

    radeon 9600xt. comes with half life 2 and hella fast
  4. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    The Radeon 9600XT would fit your budget perfectly :) I have yet to see the 9600XT come bundled with Half Life 2, since its not out yet ;) However you can buy the card here, off for $151.

    If you can, for $50 more you can get a 9700PRO, which is much better then the 9600XT. You can expect frame rates to be 30-40FPS faster with the 9700PRO, then the 9600XT. So if you can spare the extra 50, it'd be worth it :)

    Also all newer cards, can play old games just fine, DirectX 9 cards work with DirectX 5 games, its backwards compatible.
  5. PreservedSwine

    PreservedSwine TS Rookie Posts: 325

    R9600XT is a great bet....and all DX is backwards all old games should run just fine:)

    However, CompUSA is selling R9800PRO's for $199, if you can swing it, it's worth the extra $50 bucks:grinthumb

    Sale ends Feb 21st
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