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Either new computer or new graphics card?

By pappyrican
Nov 13, 2005
  1. ok u guys please help me.. i got a computer like 3 year ago. and i have played lots of games on it.. an now that i try to play halo.. no texture no nothing.. it lags an crap. i dont know.. so im asking new graphics card or just a new computer?????
    Machine name: VALUED-CB7D4C82
    Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) (2600.xpclnt_qfe.010827-1803)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Sony Corporation
    System Model: PCV-RX860(UC)
    BIOS: Award Medallion BIOS v6.0
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz, ~2.4GHz
    Memory: 480MB RAM
    Page File: 134MB used, 992MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
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    Display Devices
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    Card name: SiS 650_651_740
    Manufacturer: SiS
    Chip type: SiS 651 Rev 00
    DAC type: Internal
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1039&DEV_6325&SUBSYS_811C104D&REV_00
    Display Memory: 32.0 MB
    Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: SONY SDM-S71
    Monitor Max Res: 1280,1024
     
  2. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer TS Rookie Posts: 464

    I love playing halo

    I love playing halo, and i have a worse computer than that. Make sure you have all the visuals set on low. You don't have a ton of ram, I would upgrade to atleast 512MB. I can play halo on low visuals on a 733MHz processor so that looks good. I would get a new graphics card. You have a 32MB integrated card, and thats terrible. I have a 64MB integrated graphics card, and it runs barely. I would get a new card.
     
  3. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    Your computer isn't too bad, except the integrated video.
    Here're your specs(I think anyway).
    http://www.epinions.com/pr-Desktops...V_RX860_Desktop_PCV_RX860/display_~full_specs
    So you have an agp 4x slot for video cards.
    This card would be a good choice if you can spend about $150usd.
    6600gt
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814122206
    If you don't want to spend as much, here're two other cards for ~$125
    6600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814145112
    x700
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814131307

    And if you really are on a tight budget, go for something like this.
    9600xt
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814153012
     
  4. C_Conqueror

    C_Conqueror TS Rookie Posts: 217

  5. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer TS Rookie Posts: 464

    get ATI

    If you can afford around $200 you could get the x800 Pro. It's alot better than the 6600.
     
  6. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    The 6600gt is about the same or better than a 9800 pro.
    http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20050705/vga-charts-pcie-02.html#3d_mark_2005
    I considered the 9800 pros before I posted, but didn't really like any of the ones I saw on newegg. All the new ones it seems aren't as fast as the older 9800 pros. I also think the 9800 pro lacks a thermal sensor(which can be handy especially if you overclock).

    Also, all the cards I listed had reviews that specifically said that that card would work on a 4x motherboard. Not all agp 8x cards can work on a 4x board, and it's good to know if it will beforehand.
     
  7. pappyrican

    pappyrican TS Rookie Topic Starter

    u guys lol

    u guys seriously :).. can anyone tell me one good cheap card like 100-120 or even less?.. that i can play halo on.. so texture an stuff can show an wont lag.. u guys are awesome for helping me thanks much
     
  8. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer TS Rookie Posts: 464

    here is one

    Here is a nVidia 6600 that will run as a 4x or 8x AGP. It is $113.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130232

    There are 6600 cards for $100, but they are made by unknown companys. This card should do halo at max graphics with high resolution. I would still upgrade your ram if you can afford it. Good Luck.
     
  9. pappyrican

    pappyrican TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks

    oh thanks dude ur awesome.. but what if i dont upgrade my ram.. what would happen or what wouldnt happen? lol
     
  10. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer TS Rookie Posts: 464

    Ram

    I would upgrade the ram if I was you, but you will be able to play halo with the graphics on medium. I would love to know how you got 480MB of ram, thats a weird number. Thanks for the complement. Good Luck.
     
  11. beerabuser30

    beerabuser30 TS Enthusiast Posts: 294

    Ram should decrease the lag and the card should make the game look better. If i was you I would invest in new ram before a new graphics card.
     
     
  12. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,198

    On-board, shared vmem 32mb card + 512mb ram system = 480mb.

    When you dump the on-board and go with a real videocard, you're system will be 512mb.

    I'd say a videocard upgrade would do nicely as the rest of the system is fairly decent. As mentioned though, the upgrade to 1 gig total memory is fairly cheap and may improve a number of more modern games.
     
  13. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer TS Rookie Posts: 464

    Stupid Me

    Duh, why didn't I think of that! :dead: Thanks Sharkfood.
     
  14. C_Conqueror

    C_Conqueror TS Rookie Posts: 217

    o yeah I never noticed it had to be an agp 4x
     
  15. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer TS Rookie Posts: 464

    Go with the card

    Go with the card I put in my post higher up. It's cheap and fast. It's also 4x AGP.
     
  16. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    How do you know it's agp 4x compatible?
    I think on newegg, they list all 8x cards as being 8x/4x compatible, but I doubt all of the cards support agp 4x, since agp 4x requires 1.5v signaling voltage, and 8x requires 0.8v.

    The chaintech 6600 I listed is 4x compatible,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814145112
    as several reviewers on the newegg reviews said. I couldn't find any reviews that said the evga supports 4x, although I personally think evga is a good brand, so it likely is 4x compatible.
     
  17. wirm

    wirm TS Rookie Posts: 91

    If you want a *really* cheap card just for HALO, you can get something from nVidia's FX series.

    My FX 5500 128 MB video card runs HALO just fine. And it's only PCI. Of course the graphics are down pretty low :).

    Still, it was like $60. If you get a $90 card, it should run great.
     
  18. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer TS Rookie Posts: 464

    Older

    Is this card old enough to suit you?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814129045

    It is 2x/4x AGP. If that won't work what will?
    Its a decent card too. And only $60.

    And if your motherboard is that old, maybe you should consider upgrading it. You can get a good one for $100. And then a card for $100. You would have a better system for $200. Think about that.
     
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