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want to upgrade my GFX card

By Boins
Jun 22, 2006
  1. OK recently my ATI RADEON 9600 gfx card stopped working, it was doing the job fine but then one day it just went.

    so I've had to go back to my old Nvidia MX4000 128MB series. which is a bit naff

    so i'm looking to buy a new gfx card. one that will tide me over till the day I have to completely overhaul my system.

    my current system is
    MOBO
    MAINBOARD: SOLTEK
    MODEL:75FRV
    CPU
    AMD Athlon XP 3000+
    1024MB DDR MEMORY

    I'm not really sure what it is I'm looking for when it coems to gfx cards.
    all I want is something that'll make games look really nice.
    games like World of Warcraft, Doom 3, GTA, F.E.A.R.

    i'm looking for something thats on a par or slightly better than my previous Radeon. and with TV OUT
    so far I've found these.
    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/97827
    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...hvd19wcm9kdWN0X3Jldmlld3M=&product_uid=100942
    http://www.cclonline.com/product-info.asp?product_id=6210&category_id=125

    any advice on what I sholud be looking for would be greatly appreciated. my heads beginning to spin i've been looking almost all day..
    thanks guys!
     
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Out of those three, I recommend the X800GTO. It should be WAY faster than your old 9600. Just make sure your power supply can do the job....
     
  3. Boins

    Boins TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 38

    dunno how to make sure of that, but here's a pic of the label on my PSU

    oh and thanks

    just been looking over them again and I was opting for that one anyhoo:p
     

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  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    What exactly is wrong with ur old card? If u tell us what the problem with it was, we can help u fix it and save u some cash in the process.
    As for ur PSU, Qtec is known for low-quality ones. I'd advise a new one like an Antec or a Thermaltake or even OCZ.
    The X800GTO is good but the X800GTO2 is a better bet coz it has 4 locked pipelines which can be unlocked by flashing the bios to that of an X850. It depends from card to card if its a GTO but its definitely possible on the GTO2. Also consider the 6800GS and 6600GT from NVIDIA. They have Shader Model 3.0 support which the Radeon X series lacks(expect for the X1000 series).
     
  5. Boins

    Boins TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 38

    dunno how to make sure of that, but here's a pic of the label on my PSU

    oh and thanks

    just been looking over them again and I was opting for that one anyhoo:p
     
  6. Boins

    Boins TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 38

    with regards to my old one, it just kept on dying, cutting out during games, or desktop browsing, so i put the old one back in and everythings fine.
    the radeon i used to have in there was a second hand one, and i have got another thread somewhere on here...

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?t=51435

    and after all that the problems were still there. besides I wanted to buy a new one anyway.
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    It might be the PSU for all u know. Cheap quality PSUs do cause problems with powerful cards and since the Geforce works, it might not be giving enough juice to the 9600 to run properly. Maybe u can try changing the PSU just in case before u buy a new card. It will cause problems with an even more powerful card in there(X800GTO or any new Geforce or Radeon needs a good power supply to keep it from dying on u). That is what I would recommend rather than buying the card first and then seeing it getting fried due to a bad PSU.
    I'm not trying to demean u or anything but Q-tec really is a bad brand of PSU and the sooner u get a good one, the better. Check this page out for more details.
    http://www.rose-hulman.edu/~freemawa/featured/psu/brand.php
     
  8. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    And if you wanna upgrade the video card, you`ll need SURELY a new power supply.
     
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