$100 - $150 to spend on a Vid Card, Help Plz

By mstpaintball · 15 replies
Oct 7, 2003
  1. Ok, heres my story....

    I'd like to get the best card I can get for somewhere around the price range of $100 - $150 (a little more if necessary). I just need something to do me probably at the most 6 months, then I should be getting a Alienware system.

    My currenty system (Vaio) that I've had for about 3 months came with a Geforce4 MX440 card. While this card holds it own with most of my games, it runs Battlefield 1942 terriable.

    Not sure if it matters or not, but I'll list a couple specs and maybe someone can suggest to me a card best suited for my system.

    P4 2.66ghz 533bus
    4x AGP Slot on Motherboard
    512mb DDR (2100 i think)
    15" Sony LCD Monitor

    What I really want a new card for is Halo, but ive read about Halo giving the best systems problems, and running fine on Medium Grade (for lack of a better term) Systems.

    Overall I'd like to stick with nVida, but since everyone has their own opinon on which brand to get, just suggest whichever you think would be best.

  2. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

    Get a Geforce 4 Ti4200, that played BF1942 perfectly for me! Others will have their opinions but thats mine, and you can get one for about $90 using the pricewatch section of our website! Leaving you enough to buy yourself some more memory for you computer(like an extra 256mb)....
  3. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Halo is power hungry and will bring most systems to their knees. I have ATI 9600 Pro and AMD 3200+ (OC 1700+) system and Halo is fine most of the time, but really grinds whenever there is action going on (you can even count the frames in some sections of the game - its that slow). I run with max details at 1024*786, so that probably doesn't help, though I don't enable FSAA or AF because then Halo would be unplayable. It looks good even without those visual enhancements, and I'm enjoying playing Halo.
  4. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

    Hey NIC what type of cooling do you use to OC that far??
  5. novicegamer

    novicegamer TS Rookie Posts: 89

  6. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

    Like I said before though, just get a Ti4200, it runs fine, that benchmark(from the post before mine) doesnt even include the Ti4200. You said you're only going to use if for about 4 months, just get a ti4200 for $90 off our pricewatch...you wont regret it!
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    I would recommend at Radeon 9600 Pro for that price range (can't believe I said that - I'm an nV*****)
  8. JackieChanIsGOD

    JackieChanIsGOD TS Rookie Posts: 61

    ATi Radeon 9600XT... you get Half Life 2 FREE... and it's crazy fast... and looks crazy cool..

  9. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper TS Rookie Posts: 407

    the radeon 9600 pro (or maybe 9500 pro if you are lucky) is a good card if you want to spend about $150. it is a good dx9 card. if you are going to play just dx8 games for the time being then maybe you could save some money and get a ti 4200, as someone else recommended before, since it's going to be six months before you get your mega gaming rig. i can attest (from late night gaming sessions) that the ti series from nvidia are great. :)
  10. Greeno

    Greeno TS Rookie Posts: 281

    why maybe 9500Pro? the 9600Pro is better isn't it?

    I've got a 9800Pro so i don't care either way ;D
  11. Dantrag

    Dantrag TS Enthusiast Posts: 135

    the 9600 pro wil do... as hl2 is delayed and your getting a new system soon it would be best to get a 9600pro they're not to dear and delliver great performence
  12. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 269

    my votes on the NV36 (FX 5700 Ultra) - more or less 5800 performance (especially with the 52.14 drivers) for less than $200
    goto be the way to go!

  13. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 271

    no, its not all that fast, i just read a review at anandtech (forgot the url but its on their homepage), and its only about 2-5% faster than the 9600 pro and 20% slower than the 9800XT, not even the 9700pro performance ATi promised
  14. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 271

    9500pro was based on the same core as the 9700/9800 pro, a .15micron process with 8 rendering pipelines. infact many were able to "soft mod" it to a 9700pro. the memory bus was cut to 128bit and ran at a lower clock than the 9600pro, the 8 pipelines made it more efficient.

    the 9600 pro was based on an all new .13 micron core with 4 pipelines. the smaller core meant better heat transfer and it was able to be pushed to higher clocks, especially memory, which many people have pushed to 700mhz.

    the 9600 pro is a great buy, as i have one. my frend has a ti4200 and he is happy with it. we both get 100fps in cs at 1280*1024
  15. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 271

    i dont know about the nv36. remeber when the nv34 (fx5600 and 5800?) came out? the previous generation outpaced it and it was embarrasing. however, the core is new and the fx5700 may end up like the fx5900. i hope the nv36 is a success, or nVIDIA is in for some big trouble
  16. mock_zero

    mock_zero TS Rookie

    g-force 4 ti4200

    im with the g-force 4 ti4200 its cheap and effective for bf 1942. thats what use and it works great i love it i only wish i would have waited a bit longer to get it for $90
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