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Please help me to buy a suitable Graphics Card

By LegendMind
Mar 19, 2005
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  1. Hello There,

    Actually I was reading posts on this site for a couple of hours to get some help to by me a new Graphics Card. Currently I am using on-board graphics card. My Sytem Specs are:

    Processor: Intel Pentium-4 1.80 GHz
    Board: Intel D-845 GEBV2 with onboard audio and video
    Video: On-board graphics card i.e. Intel Extreme Graphics
    RAM: Kingston DDR 256 MB

    I want to have a card within my budget which is 70$-90$. I know it is a low budget but I can not afford more than it yet. I want to play games like Doom3, Quake 3, Unreal 4, Half Life 2, GTA: Vice City and my upcoming favourite Stronghold 2.

    Please suggest me a card best suitable for me according to my budget,system specs and game types i want to play.

    Currently I am thinking of Radeon 9550 or GeForce FX 5700.

    Help in this context will gratly be appriciated.

    Thanks in Aadvance.
    Also Thanks for reading my a bit long post :).
  2. nellakita

    nellakita Newcomer, in training Posts: 54

    my friend has a FX5700 LE and he can play any game with total stability
    if you read the forum on this card it accually highly recomended over the ATI RADEON
    something to think about but both ATI RADEON and GeForce are really good cards but for the money the 5700 would probale be the better buy
  3. nellakita

    nellakita Newcomer, in training Posts: 54

    MSI GeForce FX 5200 FX5200-TD128 Video Card
    $52 - $65
    this is also a really good card for the money it will do everything you would like it to
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    I think an ati 9600 or 9600 pro if you can afford it would be a good choice.
    Compare some cards here . For your price range though, you can't expect blazing framerates at high graphics settings.

    Edit: for ~$100 the 6200 is a decent card. 6200
  5. LegendMind

    LegendMind Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 54

    Thank u folks but I don't want extra blazing speed out of a cheaper card I know it is not possible but I want to play games I mentioned in my thread's start to play at low or medium settings even on 800x600 is ok.

    I want a card which is not outstanding but which can handle new games at least at the levels to play. I think now I have cleared it more that what type of Graphics Card I want.

    So, any suggestions will be greatfully welcomed.

    Thanks.
  6. LegendMind

    LegendMind Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 54

    I recently read my Motherboard's (Intel D845-GEBV2) Manual and found that:

    The D845GEBV2 AGP socket can accept universal AGP cards that comply with the AGP 2.0 specification. The D845GEBV2 can use 1X / 2X / 4X card(s) operating at 1.5V.
    Note: Legacy 3.3V AGP cards are not supported.


    I thought to let u folks know it as well so that u can suggest me card in the light of this information.

    Thanks.
  7. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    I think all 8x agp are 4x compatible too, so any 8x agp should work.
  8. LegendMind

    LegendMind Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 54

    Well any more suggestions...? :wave:
  9. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    Does it have to be <$90?
  10. LegendMind

    LegendMind Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 54

    Well not very strictly I can spend more if a good choice to be made upto 100$-110$.
  11. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    I think a 6200, like this
    would be a good choice. I think it gets similar performance to a 9600 pro in far cry, but in doom 3 it gets performance about between a 5900 and 5900ultra. Some 6200's have 4 extra pixel pipes that can be unlocked to get more performance. Even without unlocking, it's a good deal.
     
  12. Kitaro

    Kitaro Newcomer, in training Posts: 19


    SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9600 Video Card, 128MB DDR, 128-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP $81.00...

    Here's the site: Newegg.com (Non pro)

    -Kitaro

    I realise you said you could go up a bit more in price. But I'm sure that if you're really on a budget, you'd prefer to save a few bucks.

    But if I'm wrong... you want to spend a little more for the 9600pro?

    SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9600PRO Video Card, 128MB DDR, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP $94

    newegg.com (PRO)
  13. LegendMind

    LegendMind Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 54

    Thank u very much guys u are really supportive to me. I think that now I am real close to make a choice but I am a bit confused too. The confusion is that one of my friend says (perhaps he is wrong) that GeForce cards support more game titles than Radeon. Means that GeForce has compatibility to more games than Radeon. Is it true?

    I think that perhaps I will go with nVidia GeForce FX 5900 or a GeForce 6200 as vnf4ultra suggests. But I want to know the difference between them are they both same or what r they?

    Thanks.
  14. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    I couldn't find too many benchmarks comparing the 6200 to the 5900. But I did find this . Those are pci-e cards, but I would think they would be comparable to agp. The 6200 is clearly beating the 5900 in far cry. Here you can compare their 3d mark scores. Here's a doom 3 bench. Here's a hl2 bench. Did you really mean the 5900 though. The 5900 is usually a lot more money than a 6200, even though the 6200 performs better in some cases.
  15. Need_a_Dell

    Need_a_Dell Newcomer, in training Posts: 60

    I bought an ATI Radeon 9600XT from futureshop about 6 months ago. I got it for $200. I know that this is a little out of your price range but it won't be as expensive in the US. (I'm in Canada.) The 9600XT has been great in every way and I've been able to play every game that I've ever thrown at it...including Doom 3! :O My mobo doesn't accept AGP 8x but the card still works.

    If you can, check it out.
  16. rliu

    rliu Newcomer, in training Posts: 78

    I live in the UK and I bought a GeForce FX 5200 AGP8X 256 MB card for about £50, approx. $80 I think, and it works fine with GTA Vice City. I had a AGP 4X slot as well and similar specs in terms of processor speed (AMD 2000+).
  17. nellakita

    nellakita Newcomer, in training Posts: 54

    im really glad you have found your self a pretty good card i just built a comp for my father with that same card in it and it works great good for you and it was still easy on the pocket i see
  18. Tonkyboy

    Tonkyboy Newcomer, in training Posts: 33

    Out of all the cards mentioned here, the 6200 is certainly the superior, but also the costliest. I think you will find it will last longer as well in terms of the features on the card. If you dont want to go that high in price, then the Radeon 9600 or the Geforce 5700 card would certainly be the next to look at.
    I missed out for a couple of years because I couldn't afford to upgrade my old Radeon 7500, which just would not run many titles, so if you can afford it, buy the best you can possibly stretch your budget to now, and it may just last a year or more longer with newer titles coming out.

    Good luck with whatever you buy.
  19. LegendMind

    LegendMind Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 54

    Well Folks, here I'm back. Actually I was busy in monotonous meetings at office and could not give attention to my Graphic Card Saga :)

    I was once again reviewing my MotherBoards FAQ saction one of the point says:


    The D845GEBV2 AGP socket can accept universal AGP cards that comply with the AGP 2.0 specification. The D845GEBV2 can use 1X / 2X / 4X card(s) operating at 1.5V.

    Note: Legacy 3.3V AGP cards are not supported.


    Now according to the suggestions of u folks I have narrowed my serach to choose one of these cards:

    1) WinfastGeForce FX 5700, 128 MB DDR, 400 MHz core speed (my priority)
    for 103$

    2) MSI Radeon 9600
    can not get from local stores.

    3) MSI Radeon 9550
    for 83 $

    Now can anyone tell me that what is this Legacy 3.3V and 1.5V (volt I think) is and whether these card can work with my board (D845-GEBV2).

    Thanks.
  20. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 Newcomer, in training Posts: 495

    THis basically means u can only use 4x agp cards becuse of the voltage issue.How much do you actually have for everything then we go from there...
  21. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    He can use 8x cards. I think all(to my knowledge) 8x cards are 4x compatible (they can use the 8x 0.8v or the 4x 1.5v)
    "a motherboard that supports 1.5V (AGP 4x) video cards should work ok with a .8V video card (AGP 8x), however in the later example the video card would only work at the fastest speed the motherboard supports (AGP 4x)."
    From: http://www.directron.com/15agpguide.html

    Example:
    card specs this card says compatible 4x/8x, and below it says 1x/2x/4x/8x.

    Here you can compare some cards. link
    The 9550 isn't listed, but it's less powerful than a 9600. The 5700 is a the better card.
  22. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 Newcomer, in training Posts: 495

    Well kind true but the motherboard needs to support 8x AGP or min 3.0 AGP slot then you can run both his board does not support it .It is my understanding that if you have a 8x agp you can run a 4x card (why would you?) but not reverse we had posting about this a while back .This is why I asked him how much he as to sped on the hole system and go from there maybe we can find some combo that will work better for him...Keep up the great work.
  23. LegendMind

    LegendMind Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 54

    Thank u guys, I am really thankful to u for helping me.

    Actually at the moment I don't intented to change my board/processor but if my board (D845-GEBV2) is all which is hindrence in usage of the cards I mentioned earlier i.e. FX 5700, Radeon 9600, Radeon 9500 (the order I mentioned card names shows my priority too in FIFO manner). Then I certainly will try to change my board as well.

    But again, I will not want to change my processor (1.8 GHz P-4 128KB cachce). I hope my processor can work on a new board (may be D925 series) as well.
  24. LegendMind

    LegendMind Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 54

    Hello Folks, I am waiting for reply


    thanks
  25. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

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