Radeon 9600 PRO with nForce2 chipset?

By DangerDave
Nov 7, 2006
  1. I've got a desktop that I built myself, and I'd like to go up to the DirectX9 compatible video cards... basically so that I can play some of the latest games, such as Battlefield 2142.

    So, can I do this on a budget (without making a whole new system @ $1k or more)?

    Here are the specs:
    Processor: AMD XP 1800+ (1.53 Ghz) - yes, I know it is under the 1.7 Ghz recommended for Battlefield
    Ram: 512mb @ 266 Mhz
    Motherboard: Epox 8RDA3I PRO (nForce2 Ultra 400, AGP 8X)
    Audio: Onboard 6 channel AC '97 codec

    I looked at the ATI Radeon 9600 PRO @ $60 from Newegg, but I heard about compatibility issues with nVidia chipsets.
    My threshold is about $75 that I'm willing to spend on an upgrade. After that price, I'd probably look to build a whole new system (or just buy the xbox 360).
  2. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    So are you AGP?
  3. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

  4. DangerDave

    DangerDave TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah, AGP 8X compatible (see orig post)
    Will the XP1800+ processor hang? It's under spec for BF2 / BF2142
  5. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    Ya, it should be fine, because its probably better than a 2.4Ghz Pentium 4.
  6. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    I wouldn't say that. Usually with the AMD line, the performance rating is the model number. For instance, my Athlon 64 3500+ is rated at 3500MHz (3.5GHz).
  7. DangerDave

    DangerDave TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The 1800+ is 1.53Ghz, ~200Mhz shy of the 1.7Ghz "requirement". While some things are absolute requirements (such as DirectX 9), I figure some "requirements" can be fudged, like processor speed.

    I'm really just hoping to play the Battelfield series, without upgrading to a whole new system for at least a year or so.
  8. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    Well, 3.5Ghz of what lol? Netburst POS. But 1800+=1.8Ghz, which is above the requiirement. And a 1.8Ghz Celeron D would NOT meet the requirement. Well, it would on paper, but not really in real gaming.
  9. DangerDave

    DangerDave TS Rookie Topic Starter

    F1N3ST - so, even tho my processor speed says 1.53 Ghz from a 1800+ - is it the equivalent of a 1.8 Ghz??? That blows me away!! B/C I have the nVidia chipset and I'm on a budget, I've been looking at the GeForce 7300GT card. I can have it for the AGP slot - $100.
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