Graphics Card Upgrade - Advice Please

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  1. hillster

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    I'd like to upgrade my graphics card to try and squeeze a bit more life out of my ageing PC.

    I currently have a Nvidia GE Force 4 TI4600, the PC is a 2.4 Athlon with 1 gb ram. I can play HL2, Doom 3 pretty well but I'd like to put off a new PC purchase for another year...

    I'm looking to spend no more than £120 and was looking at the ATI Radeon 9600XT 256mb DDR ram as I can pick it up for around £70.

    Can anyone offer any advice/alternatives please?

    Thanks

    Hillster
     
  2. AML

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    You should be able to use a 9800pro 256. Just depends on your power supply. Also need to make sure your board accepts AGPx8.

    You could pick up a second hand 9800pro fairly cheap by now. Couldnt tell you where though.
     
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    I choose Radeon 9800Pro.
    But i can advice NOT buy 9600 series card - they a so laggy and have many problems.
     
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    Why the 6600gt/6800 is not much more and is superior.

    Has the x800GT been released on agp that could also be a good option
     
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    It actually is very clear cut - the 6600gt is marginally (1/2 frames) faster at 1024x768 with all the eye-candy off (and only in a couple of games) the reason for this is the GPU is running at a faster rate on the 6600gt & the data being transfered is "small", as everything is disabled, so the 128bit ram bus is not a bottle neck.

    NOW - i would assume that anyone buying a new vid-card wants better performace but not just in achieved fps, also in image quality, so you go to a higher res & turn on you AA and AF - and check the results on those setting. As you will see from any review on any site - the 6800 (with more pipes, more mem-bandwith) will always win when compared to a 6600GT & sometimes not by a small margin.

    Also note that most 6800 gpus released lately have a very good chance of being 16pipe versions with 4 disabled ones (hence they are 12) - the extra 4 pipes can be re-enabled (software hack) & you get the performace of a quasi-6800GT !!!

    Note: I own a 9800pro & it's no match to the 6800!
     

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