Your Recomendations on New Video Card Please

By cheekyboyno1 · 13 replies
Jun 17, 2007
  1. My 1st post so go easy on me, ;)
    My name is Adrian (Ady) live in North Yorkshire (heartbeat County) England,

    Here are my specs

    AMD Athlon 64 3700+
    Core speed is 2203.0

    Asustek computers inc
    model A8V

    DDR Single

    Power supply is 400 watts ATX Magna

    The current card i am running is a Radeon 9200, its probably about 6 years old.

    The games i run are
    Flight sim 2004
    joint operations
    Battlefield 2
    I would like to get the latest flight sim this year FSX (i think its called)

    I am on a budget and have been looking at a few cards in my price range which is up to £100.

    There is the

    256MB GigaByte Geforce 7600GS AGP

    ATI Radeon X850XT 256Mb AGP


    Out of these i am tempted at the x850 as its radeon which is what i have now, but i really dont know,

    I can run FS9 at the moment with medium settings fairly well, but would like to try the max settings, also when money permits and the FSX Flight Sim is in my hands i want to have decent FPS, i dont expect too much with my budget but would like the best of what i can afford.

    Out of the cards listed, which would you go for? and are there any others to look at?

    Also is there anything else i should maybe look into changing from my PC?
  2. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

  3. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    Just because something is the same name as what you already have doesnt mean you should lean towards it,. the one you are "leaning" towards is probably the worst card out of the bunch you named.
  4. cheekyboyno1

    cheekyboyno1 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Is the PSU the prosesor or power supply? sorry but i dont know much about the workings of the PC. lol
  5. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    power supply
  6. cheekyboyno1

    cheekyboyno1 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for that, the x850 and x1650 are ddr3 but the gs is a ddr2.
    The 1650 is looking the best buy after looking at the reviews

    is there any way of getting more info on the psu through the system as there isnt anything printed on the psu itself?
  7. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    You have to look at the label on the power supply itself. What your looking for is what it says about wattage:
    maximum wattage on combined 12v
    divided that amount by 12
    that is how many amps your psu has

    There are no programs that tell you this, either the owner's manual or you have to open your box and check.
  8. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    I would normally recommend an NVIDIA card but in this case the X1650 PRO is the best buy.
  9. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

  10. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 493

    Err....he's in the Uk mate. :)
    I'd dread to think of the shipping costs.
    Just under £100 and excellent cards that will spank BF2 with all settings on high (i have one and i play BF2)
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    I think the X1950PRO here is the best pick of the lot. Faster than the 7900GS and a hell of a lot cheaper. You'd have money left over to buy a new PSU too! :)
  12. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Guys... out of the 3 cards originally listed, the X850XT is clearly the best. It has the most pixel pipelines and the highest memory bandwidth because it's the only one with a 256-bit memory bus.


    12.8GB/s Memory Bandwidth


    22.4GB/s Memory Bandwidth


    34.5GB/s Memory Bandwidth

    As seen here.

    And here.

    So I have to recommend the X850XT. It has no support for HDR or shader model 3.0, but it provides great performance for the price range it is usually found in.
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    The X850XT is a good card, but is getting outdated. Being on the verge of SM 4.0 and DX10, why recommend a card that will become obsolete much faster than all the other cards on the list? It may be fast, but few people care about raw FPS these days, since they also want the level of detail expected of today's games. Hell, if I just wanted to play a game like HL2 without giving a damn about the graphics, I'd probably buy an MX440! ;)
  14. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 493

    Agreed! Good find dude. Back when i bought my 7900GS the X1950pro was £40 dearer ????

    How and why its dramatically dropped price so much below the 7900gs i don't know, but certainly worth looking at as a potential buy.
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