What kind of videocard should I go for?

By lejonetpedro ยท 8 replies
Jun 1, 2005
  1. hey,
    could you guys help me out with some advice?

    I finally upgraded and bought an old Fujitsu/Siemens PC really cheap from my job, got monitor and computer for 1000 SEK (about 125 US Dollars).

    This is about it:
    P4 1.5Ghz
    512 MB RAM (133Mhz)
    I haven't checked what my AGP-status is, but I reckon that it's 2x(?) and that I only have the old PCI-slots.

    Playing Football Manager 2005 works perfectly, but I need a little more muscle on the graphic processor-front since it was delivered with a 16MB TNT2card... ehum. What should I be aiming at?

    Thnx / J
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    I think we need more info to help you. What's your budget? What games do you play, how high graphics settings do you want to use? What agp speed do you have. Ati or nvidia or indifferent? To find your agp speed try everest home.
  3. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    I don't think P4s ever had AGP2x. That's why VooDoo 4/5 cards would not work with P4 systems. Good bang-for-buckl cards are the Radeon 9800 Pro or a GeForce 6600GT. If you can't afford those, you can find GeForce 5700 or Radeon 9600 Pro cards.
  4. lejonetpedro

    lejonetpedro TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks, here's the info

    sorry, my bad.
    thanks for the EVEREST tip, i now know everything worth knowing about my computer. :)

    I got P4 1.5 Ghz, 512 133Mhz RAM, Onboard soundcard, and an AGP version that apparently supports 4x speed.

    I am an all-eating gamer. Two of my favourite games (but played only on xbox) is SSX 3 and Halo2. I also like the GTA series, manager simulations, and huge role-playing games. The higher the possible resolution, the happier I'll be.

    As for budget, well... I guess I'm aiming for 1500 SEK = 200 US Dollars tops, but then again i won't complain if the card costs less. Nvidia or ATI doesn't matter,

    So, the 6600 card, is that what a guy with my not-so-state-of-the-art equipment and not-that-big-budget should settle for?
  5. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    A 6600gt agp or a 9800 pro both are good, and are a good bit below $200 now. I think a 6600gt is about $170-180 now and 9800pro are about $150-160 for the cheaper models.

    Edit: I found this.
    I didn't realize any 6800's were below $200, wow, that's a nice price.
  6. lejonetpedro

    lejonetpedro TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thnx a lot!

    ...just a few more lame questions:

    with my, pretty slow, 1.5 ghz p4 - is there a limit where a better/faster card wont help me?

    and, since i only have agp 4x, how does that affect a card like the 6600 with 8x capabilities?

    and: is 256MB worth the extra money, or should i settle for a 128MB card?

    i really appreciate your advice, you guys are mighty nice.

  7. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    1) a slower system might not push your new card to the max, but then you can enable some extra eye candy like Anti-Aliasing &/or Anisotropic filtering & not notice any slowdowns.

    2) there's very little difference between AGP4x & AGP8x

    3) if the price between the 128mb & the 256mb version is big, go for 128mb. 256mb isn't worth it, if you have to pay a lot for it.
  8. compguy

    compguy TS Rookie Posts: 162

    x series from ati radeon

    GEt the x850 xt from ati radeon which is 449$ you can get a ati radeon x850 xt or the x800 xt the x series are the best out there hope you get u get a x series wonderfull quality and performance.... good luck......:)

  9. Bobcat1132

    Bobcat1132 TS Rookie Posts: 79

    your processor should be able to run anything out there well enough but you wont want to buy a 400-500 dollar top of the line graphics card unless you plan to upgrade later go with what has been listed as they will work fine for what you need
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