Help me pick a video card.

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  1. Adam

    Adam Stunt Coordinator

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    I Have PIII 600 on an Intel Seattle II MoBo. The system has 384MB RAM and a Creative AWE64 Gold sound card, ISA though.

    I am currently using an ATI All-In-wonder Pro AGP with 8MB memory and the Rage Pro chipset.

    I want smoother DVD playback and less jerkiness when I am playing games. Will the new video adapter help with this?

    The thing is I don't know if it worth going for the high end cards such as the Geforce 3, TI-500 or the Radeon 8500 with my system, or just going for a lower cost high value card, such as the original Radeon with 64MB DDR or a MX-400 with 64 MB.

    Thanks,

    Adam.
     
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    Hi Adam,

    I Recently bought some new part for my system and the only thing you have to do is make the overall system fast and not just some parts.

    I also Think the video card is the problem so you can buy a

    Gforce3 card that will last you 1,5 years or a fast Gforce2 MX400 card which will last you 1 year.

    At the moment I have a Abit MX400 card and run the latest games at max resulution, so it does it's job.

    And it's only for $80 or something (I live in the Netherlands so I'm not sure about the price)

    Roland
     
  3. Richard Cooper

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    Your weakest link certainly seem to be the vidoe card ( I went from an 8mb Rage pro to a Radeon64 ddr vivo a few months ago. VERY big difference [​IMG]). Wether you want to go for a current model (Geforce 3, Radeon8500 etc.) or one generation back (Radeon, Geforce2 etc. ) is really up to you, your buget, and what you use your computer for.
     
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    For about $199.99 I'd get any of the GeFORCE3Ti200 cards, but I would really look for the VisionTek one as its got a lifetime warranty and is built here in the USA.
     
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    Goo grab yourself a VisionTek GeForce 2MX400 64MB. You can find one on the internet for around $100.00, also keep an eye on BestBuy and CompUSA (they often have bundle deals). In short, you need to get rid of that 8MB card.
     
  6. Adam

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    Thanks for the response guys. I think I may go with the new Geforce 2 TI Vivo which I saw for $119 online. Unlike the G2 Mx400 it has DDR memory, and can be overclocked, to 290 MHz. The price I quoted is for the 64 MB version. What do you think?

    Thanks,

    Adam
     

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