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help choosing budget video card to play doom 3

By Bloctete
Jun 24, 2005
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  1. i really want to play doom 3 at decent quality for the price

    my current choices are
    chaintech- gefoce fx5700le 256mb
    http://www.chaintechusa.com/tw/eng/product_spec.asp?MPSNo=14&PISNo=269

    chaintech- geforce fx5500 256mb
    http://www.chaintechusa.com/tw/eng/product_spec.asp?MPSNo=14&PISNo=271

    sapphire- radeon 9600 pro 256mb
    http://www.sapphiretech.com/vga/9600pro.asp


    im going for the 256mb. i dont know if thats the right thing to do.
    any other suggestions for other video cards would be nice :):) around this price range

    thanks a bunch guyz
  2. kol_indian

    kol_indian TS Rookie Posts: 368

    Hello and welcome :wave: :wave: to techspot

    between those three i think the ATi sounds good or u can check at a 5700 (not le ) if u can get one or ATI 9800 Se i think it comes for $98 so that sounds good all these cards will give bare minimum performance at medium settings with all eye candy off so choose wisely :grinthumb
  3. HowlingPhoenix

    HowlingPhoenix TS Rookie

    If you really want to play Doom 3 at a decent quality level you might want to look at an Nvidia card since the game uses OpenGL and NVidia is known for doing that much better than ATI. My advice is to go for a Nvidia 6600GT it might be slightly above your budget..(around $160) If you search around you MIGHT find one cheaper..just a suggestion, good luck with finding yourself a decent video card.
  4. Bloctete

    Bloctete TS Rookie Topic Starter

  5. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    It depends on your screen res. and aa/af settings, if you use lower res.(800x600, 1024x768) and no aa/af, then it is ok.

    You may consider a 6600 "vanilla", they are decent, and cheaper. I have a 6200, unlocked to a 6600, and I think it good.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814121197
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/2004-27gpu2_3.html
    It gets 30+ fps in doom 3. A 6600gt gets around 70 though.

    If you can afford it though a 6600gt is the way to go, if not a 6600 would be a good second bet.
  6. thedoggy1012

    thedoggy1012 TS Rookie

    "System Requirements :

    Minimum System Requirements :
    Windows 2000/XP only
    Pentium 4 1.5 GHz or AMD Athlon 1500
    64MB GeForce 3 or ATI 8500
    384MB RAM
    2.0 GB free hard drive space

    Recommended System Requirements :
    Windows 2000/XP only
    Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or AMD XP 2800
    ATI Radeon 9800 or faster
    Geforce 6800 FX
    512MB RAM
    2.0 GB free hard drive space
    5 Channel Sound Card

    Supported Graphic chipsets :
    NVidia GeForce 3.
    NVidia GeForce 4.
    NVidia GeForce 4 MX
    NVidia GeForce FX and higher
    ATI Radeon 8500s, 9000s and higher'

    these are from doom 3 .com and i THINK YOU SHOULD GET an ati 9800 but it also counts on your cpu and your ram
  7. izx2

    izx2 TS Rookie Posts: 58

    Hey... I have a nVIDIA GeForce FX5500. PCI version! It can play Halo at max. settings and 1024 x 768 w/o lagginess or trouble. It cost me about $90 plus S/H. And I see that your computer has an AGP slot so I think that none of 'em would have any problems. Even my previous Intel integrated crap worked with Doom 3... So, I think none of those cards would have trouble. :angel: If I were you, I would go w/ the nVIDIA 5700LE because it's a higher number... :haha:
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