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I may buy this Card

By akaivan
Mar 30, 2006
  1. So guys what do you think of the SAPPHIRE 1024-TC13-05-SAL Radeon 9250 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card. LOL Its around 50$ and my budget so will it run dome of the newer games at fair graphics? LIke bf2 ?? :slurp:
     
  2. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 638

    Not to make you feel down but I really don't think you'll be able to run any newer games with reasonable performance on that card.

    OK, maybe if you run them at lowest resolution with most of the good stuff turned off.

    Sorry dude.
     
  3. notcorn

    notcorn TS Rookie Posts: 49

    I have a HIS Excalibur version of that card and it seems identical in specification. This card is definitely ageing but I managed to squeeze reasonable performance out of it. In BF2 I managed:

    Resolution 1024x768 @60Hz
    Terrain-Low
    Effects-High
    Geometry-High
    Texture-High
    Lighting-Low
    Dynamic Shadows-off
    Dynamic Light low
    Anti Aliasing-off
    Texture filtering-High
    View distance-100%
    With playable frame rates in or around 30fps but settings slightly lower should yield a better frame rate. Not bad for $50 I paid €100 or $120 for this at my local store. I noticed you only have 256mb RAM though you'll need at least 512mb for BF2 with reasonable graphics.
     
  4. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    hmm, yea im upraging my memeory to , so should i go with the video card?
     
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,457   +228

    Unless you are in a real hurry, if possible, I recommend waiting until you can afford a better card, although I can understand not wanting to wait. While the 9250 might run BF2 ok, more or less, a better card will run it that much better. With the 9250 when the next big game comes along, you'll be back in the same position. It might not run it at all.

    Still, by then maybe you'll want to buy another card anyway. It's up to you.
     
  6. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,851

    can you squeeze a few more dollars into your budget? I think 9600xt's are around 70 dollars, they are a pretty good deal. Again not top of the line, but a bit better then what you have selected. But more RAM for BF2 is a MUST.

    EDIT yep here is one on newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814153012
     
  7. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    hmmm, 80 i really cant go that far. Whats the best cheapest card than can run bf2?
     
  8. notcorn

    notcorn TS Rookie Posts: 49

  9. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    yea i may go with the SAPPHIRE 100577L-1 Radeon 9550 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card. Will this run bf2?
     
  10. notcorn

    notcorn TS Rookie Posts: 49

    If a 9250 can do it this should certainly manage it. All the same older cards will provide little more than a quick fix think about it, can you hold out longer and buy a better card if you don't want to wait it doesn't seem so bad not too expensive either.
     
  11. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    yea i can wait for another card. What card is it, and when will it be out, and how much will it be lol
     
     
  12. notcorn

    notcorn TS Rookie Posts: 49

    Well I'm considering jumping up to Pci express myself Maybe with an X1600
    What do you think about this one : http://www.komplett.ie/k/ki.asp?sku=315478
    (€145=$175) I really can only really buy from this site but thankfully prices are reasonable. I’ll need a new mobo too maybe I can manage with this while waiting for a Pci express card: http://www.komplett.ie/k/ki.asp?sku=313691.
    There are of course great cards for less than this I’m just thinking ahead I suppose.Also Directx 10 is on the way and new Dx10 compatible cards might drive down prices on older cards.
     
  13. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    hmm thats a real nice card, i wish i can afford one of those. I guess i need to start cutting lawns again lol. Bye the way how long you thing the other card going to go down?
     
  14. crazdude

    crazdude TS Rookie Posts: 198

    dude, why dont u just keep saving up to get more money, patience, if u buy a 9250 most modern games wont run good, or wont run at all, if i were u i wud save up for a 9800 at least
     
  15. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    How much is a 9800. Im not a serius gamer, i just play once in a while./
     
  16. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,457   +228

    A 9800SE is not that expensive. Take a look at the assortment of 9800SE cards at Newegg here.
     
  17. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    Ok guys what about This
    One?

    Im pretty sure this can run bf2, i thinks i have seen the 6200 in requirements?
     
  18. crazdude

    crazdude TS Rookie Posts: 198

    that is a better video card than the 9250, its kind of equivalent to a 9500-9600, am sure that wud be a decent card
     
  19. D@nny

    D@nny TS Rookie Posts: 193

    I have that card I used to play bf2 untill I was getting system crashes. But I Played it fine for about a year or so. Just a warning though you'll only be able to play BF2 at AGP settings at 4x not 8X. I dunno if the system device failure is the video card or not. I advise getting a better card though. The radeon 9250 isn't really a gaming card and wasn't realy designed from a game like bf2.
     
  20. crazdude

    crazdude TS Rookie Posts: 198

    he meant the geforce 6200
     
  21. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    yea im pretty sure i saw in the bf2 systen requirements it will need a geforce 6200 or higher
     
  22. notcorn

    notcorn TS Rookie Posts: 49

    The worst thing about that card is it's memory 128mb 64-bit really isn't great.
    This one is has double the bit depth and memory size but unfortunately more than double the price:
    6200@ Newegg
    Maybe you could manage with a 64bit bit depth but get least 256mb if you can there's bound to be cheaper than this out there.
     
  23. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    hmm the thing is i cant afford that. What about This one?
     
  24. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 1,058

    Posting BF2 -read me file
     

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  25. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    wow bf2 asks for alot! i guess im never going to get to play it, :(
     
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