Video Card Recommendations ~Please~

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by dog, Dec 17, 2004.

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  1. dog

    dog Guest

    Hi All, ;)

    I'm looking to upgrade my video card ... but I'm not fully versed on all the specs.

    I'm considering the ATI Radeon 9550 256MB AGP Card ... about $199 CDN

    Does anyone have an opinion on this card? Or any suggestions for a different one? I'm looking for an AGP Card with 256MB. :)

    Steve
     
  2. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    I don't have a clue. :D If I were buying I would start here.
     
  3. dog

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    Thanks for the link Ron ... I appreciate it. ;) :)

    I've read a few hundred reviews. ;) There are all pretty much just based on Performance Tests, I guess I'm just looking for advice from somebody in the know, with a real world point of view.

    Steve
     
  4. snowbound

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    Well, i guess that counts me out. :p :D :D


    snowbound
     
  5. ronjor

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    Mine is an ancient NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440-SE.

    I guess it depends on what you want to do. Gaming, graphics, etc.

    I'll pull out now as Snowbound has done. :D
     
  6. divedog

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    How fast is your PC?

    http://www.newegg.com/app/manufact.asp?catalog=48&DEPA=1

    $103 US

    None of the 9600 series that I saw have a fan, personally I would get a video card with a onboard fan. It helps if you want to overclock the GPU. I am running the Nvidia 6800 overclocked to 350/750
     
  7. dog

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    Thanks Divedog. ;)

    2.4 P4 with a gig of RDram (PC800)
     
  8. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    you might check here also for some good prices
     
  9. divedog

    divedog Registered Member

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    your hardware can support a much faster card without bottlenecking.

    Here are some benchmarks from some ATI cards in that range.

    http://www.tech-report.com/reviews/2003q2/radeon-9600pro/index.x?pg=11.

    I would recommend running PCMARK04 for a PC benchmark test and 3DMARK03 for a GPU benchmark before and after your upgrade. This will let you know where you are at compared to other users with the same hardware.

    http://www.tweakguides.com/

    This tweak guide will help you optimize your OS for games. Good luck. :D
     
  10. dog

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    Thanks Much DiveDog ... I appreciate it. ;) :-*
     
  11. meneer

    meneer Registered Member

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    If you plan to run linux in the near future get Nvidia. ATI are catching up, but nvidia is way ahead with linux drivers.
     
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