Need help choosing suitable GPU for Second Life

By AudioVayne
Jun 7, 2009
  1. Building a machine to run Second Life for a family member.

    The base machine is an IBM (in the planning stage atm and haven't checked out the board). The machine is typical of 2.8Ghz, DDR RAM (I will throw in 1Gb), AGP Graphics slot, a measly 230W Sata PSU (obviously to be upgraded) and likely a 40 GB HDD running Windows XP Home.

    I don't really know a lot about graphics cards, But SL's graphics card recommendations are:

    NVIDIA Graphics cards
    6000 Series:

    * 6600, 6700, 6800

    7000 Series:

    * 7600, 7800, 7900

    8000 Series:

    * 8500, 8600, 8800

    GeForce Go Series:

    * 7600, 7800, 7900

    ATI Graphics Cards

    * X800, X900, X1600, X1700, X1800, X1900
    * x2600, x2900
    * x3650, x3850

    Now I've looked at a few of them and the X1650 PRO is my choice so far, but that's by looking at paper, Can anyone recommend any particular graphics card that'll do a great job? After a cost effective card, maybe a couple of options to offer my cousin.

    Cheers in Advance :)
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

  3. AudioVayne

    AudioVayne TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 99

    Cheers mate, but what's the difference between all of the listings on each page? Te prices are all over the place...

    The $70 3650 should be sweet then?
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    different vendors all price there version of the card differently, and it can be the amount of vram, name brand, availabilty, etc. and yes, the 3650 will get you 2nd best agp performance availible. :)
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