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Which Graphics Card to buy

By gamerAllDay
Nov 9, 2004
  1. Hi
    I just bought a
    Trinity S2099 -->Motherboard
    P4 3.06 HT ,
    1Gig PC2100 RAM
    60 GB 7200 RPM HDD

    Now I am looking for decent graphics card (GC) so that I can play current generation games. My Motherboard only supports AGP 4X . I dont want to spend more than $100 on a GC . Can anyone point me to a decent GC for my machine.
     
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Witch such a budget your best bet would be a Radeon 9600 Pro but that will not allow you to play the latest games at high resolutions & all the eye candy turned on.
     
  3. gamerAllDay

    gamerAllDay TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How much difference will it make if I get the Card with 256 MB or memory rather than 128
     
  4. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    More video ram will make a big difference with newer games like Doom 3 and Farcry.
     
  5. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Well 256mb should be better but most of the time in order to fit more memory on the board & still have profit margins companies often put slower Ram. I'd go for the 128mb version myself. 256mb is really usefull when you use FSAA at high resolutions & if that is your goal you might as well get a more expensive from the start.
     
  6. gamerAllDay

    gamerAllDay TS Rookie Topic Starter

  7. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    The ultimate version is a passively cooled card, meaning there are no fans on the chipset's heatsink & thus it produces less noise.

    Like I said, I would rather go for the 128mb version myself but it is still your call.
     
  8. TacticalFlow

    TacticalFlow TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Hello again :)

    I also need help buying a card.. Im using a 2800+ sepron 1gig ram 60 gig and 9200 radeon. Im thinking of getting a geforce 6800 gt 256mb. would it be worth it for my current system build?

    On Doom 3 i can run the game fine on 800x600 with everything on BUT lighting lol. If i would get this card think i can turn up the res up with lighting?
     
  9. Bug

    Bug TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Personally, I can't stand the Sapphire cards. They are ok if you need a quick fix, but their typically put lower quality ram on their cards. Don't think about OCing it. Now if you don't OC, that might be ok, but I like to have room to play. Go with true ATI if you can. Might cost more, but it will be worth it.

    The 6800gt 256 is a great card. Nice bang for the buck aspect to it. I have a number of friends that own it and they get great performance out of them.
     
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