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Help! Nid to be sure

By Raiden
Sep 29, 2005
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  1. I bought radeon 9550 256mb , im not sure if this is the right VC for me,
    i want to know what u think, should i return it and buy another VC my budget is only 100 to $140, and my MOtherboard only supports AGP not pci-e.

    PLs tell me wat VC i should buy that runs smoothly w/ high graphic games like HL2. TNXXX
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Probably a good idea to tell us your motherboard as well as your PSU. Just to be sure that you'll be able to use the card we recommend.
  3. Raiden

    Raiden TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    my motherboard is ECS 848p-a7 ,intel 848p P4fsb 800, LGA 775,ddr 400
    400W Power Supply

    TNX
  4. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,198

    That's an AGP 8x motherboard, so just about any AGP videocard should work without much work/effort.

    If you are talking $100-$140 USD, I'd suggest a 9600XT, 9800 Pro or similar. These have substantially more power than the the 9550 Radeons. The Nvidia 6600GT is almost untouchable for bang-for-the-buck as well and some models are under $140.


    A couple links from NewEgg:
    9800 Pro - $139
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102281

    6600GT - $139
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814135185


    Some HL2 benchmarks- figure the 9550 is well below the 9600 listed:
    http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20050705/vga-charts-pcie-05.html
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