Please help me to buy a suitable Graphics Card

By LegendMind · 37 replies
Mar 19, 2005
  1. LegendMind

    LegendMind TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Thanks vnf4ultra,

    Actually I don't want to change my motherboard unless it is crucial for the Graphics card I want to use. Now my problem is that I can't decide which graphics card to buy. But according to my discussion with u people at TechSpot. I am atleast in a position to narrow down my search and opt for cards which fall within my requirement and budget. These are:

    1) WinfastGeForce FX 5700, 128 MB DDR, 400 MHz core speed (my priority)
    for 103$

    2) MSI Radeon 9600
    Local store man could not give price yet.

    3) MSI Radeon 9550
    for 83 $

    Now, the real problem is that as I have mentioned in earlier post too, my motherboard's FAQ says:

    The D845GEBV2 AGP socket can accept universal AGP cards that comply with the AGP 2.0 specification. The D845GEBV2 can use 1X / 2X / 4X card(s) operating at 1.5V.

    Note: Legacy 3.3V AGP cards are not supported.

    I am double minded now. I just want to confirm from my TechSpot friends if cards mentioned above would work with my board (Intel D845-GEBV2) or not.

    Please guide me and I will be thankful to u my friends.

  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    The 9600 and 5700 are the better two. I thought the cards would work, but after speaking with tbrunt3 and looking around, you have to be sure the card is a "universal" card. These cards support 1.5 and 0.8v and should work. A regular 8x card can only use 0.8v and will fit in a 4x slot, but probably won't work right.
  3. LegendMind

    LegendMind TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Dear vnf4ultra, Can u please tell me which is better card out of 9600 and 5700 and also the way to find out if the card is "universal" or not.

  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    I think the 9600 is better. I think the 9600 series are all compatible with agp 4x (1.5v) from the info on the ati site. Here.

    It says you can use it with a 4x, 8x or 4x/8x slot, so it should have you covered.

    Edit: I think at least some of the nvidia fx cards are 4x compatible from this.
    " System Requirements

    * Pentium® III/4/Celeron™ or AMD® Athlon®/Duron®
    * AGP 2.0 or later AGP slot"
  5. LegendMind

    LegendMind TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Thanks for quick response vnf4ultra, Now I really think that I am going to buy me a Radeon 9600 for sure. But which Radeon 9600 is best, I mean ATI, MSI, Chaintech etc.
  6. PreservedSwine

    PreservedSwine TS Rookie Posts: 325

    Have you considered an old Geforce 4200?

    Even though it's older technology, it's not bad today either, and it makes a nice fit with you current set-up. Once resolution is lowered, it should be able to keep pace with any card out there, (in this price range) outpacing many of the newer cards (if the eye candy is lowered, and in your current system, you'll have to lower it) Bear in mind, you'll need a new card if you upgrade your cpu and mobo, but if a graphics card is all you need, then the Ti4200 is the best bet out there, IMO.

    Although the Ti4200 is limited to DX8, it will play any current title out there just fine. (most DX9 cards in this price range revert to DX8 functions in games anyway) Best bang for buck card out there in this price range... (less than 90 bucks)

    The Ti 4200 will outperfrom even the R9600XT in low resolution w/ no AA and no AF. :giddy:

    Just checked pricewatch, heck, you can even pick up a Ti4600 for less than $90 bucks. That will outperform a 9600XT and an FX5700 easily (no AA and No AF)
  7. LegendMind

    LegendMind TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

  8. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    I thought you were looking at the 5700le, but I see your looking at the 5700, my bad, sorry(I figured you meant 5700le because the 5700's are a lot more than $100 from what I've seen, while the 5700le is <$100, and the second post from the beginning says 5700le). In that case, the 5700(regular) is better. The 5700le is about like a 5200 ultra. If that card really is a 5700 regular(not the le) for $103, then it's a good deal.
  9. LegendMind

    LegendMind TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Dear vnf4ultra, Actually I want to clear that I am a resident of Pakistan. I live in the capital city of Pakistan named Islamabad. Here currently local shops are out of stock for FX 5700. I have asked from my other contact persons too to look for the price for this card.

    U have been very helpful in my hunting to buy Graphics Card. Now I wanted to ask u what is the price of this card on ur local stores. Now I have made my mind to throw some extra money on a good gaphics card (well at least according to my system specs).

  10. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    At I get computer hardware), 5700's range from $120-240.
    The 5700 is a little more money than a 9600xt here. 9600xt's are $125-185
    9600pro's are even less than the xt's, from $90-130. The 9600xt and the 5700 perform similarly in the tom's graph you listed, and they are similarly priced.
    I don't really know about Pakistan's currency, are your prices in us dollars(sorry for my ignorance of other country's standards). Here we can get an agp nvidia 6200 for about $100 and it's better than all the other cards I listed above in this post. The 6600 is also available for about $120, and is even faster than the 6200. I realize thought that these cards may not be available or in the same price range as here in the us.

    In local stores here, I haven't seen any newer cards, except the 6800gt, which is expensive. The 9800pro is available in stores and performs really well, costs about $150-200 here.
  11. LegendMind

    LegendMind TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Oh these prices you quoted are really outstanding. I mean here a 9550 is worth 5000 Rupees (Pakistani Currency Name). 1 US$ = 60 Rupees or Rs.

    6200 is not available even 5900 is not available here in local stores. A friend of mine living in Karachi (another city of Pakistan with a huge sea port) told me that a 5900 is available there for whopping Rs. 16000 or US $ 266. Can u tell me what will be the freight charges of FedEx service if I want to purchase the card from US (requesting some buddy there or OnLine shopping). Have u any rough idea...?

    I think we can conceive a business plan and partnership here u know. U send cards to me here and I will sell them here. The profit will be half / half. :)

    what is ur idea.

    OK. Thanks. I have to go for fixing some bugs in application I newly designed.
  12. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    It'd be expensive to ship, I did a rough calculation on the fedex site and got about $67 to ship from us to pakistan. Pretty steep.

    You may be able to get a video card off of ebay. Some sellers ship internationally, and sometimes there are good deals on ebay. Just a thought.
  13. anishanc

    anishanc TS Rookie

    Problem with XFX GeForce 7300 GS

    Hai friends ..
    These days i got "Soldier of fortune play back" , I installed it.. but i have a bproblem in my pc. Its loading with out any error but no display at all, i can hear sound, But a black screen appears...

    My system configuration

    P4 2.8Ghz
    1 Gb RAM
    Intel motherboard
    XFX GeForce 7300 GS with 256 mb RAM

    Can please help me out this problem..
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