Need help with video card selection

Shawn Shultzaberger

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Dec 2, 2000
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I need some help with selecting a video card for my comp. Currently I have a Gateway MS98/P3-450/128Mb memory/Toshiba DVD player/ with 3dfx Voodoo Banshee. I have no idea whether it is AGP 1x,2x,4x or whatever. Yesterday was the first time I have installed a game that ran extemely slow and looked like crap. Recommended was OpenGl compliant and P3-550 or higher.
I'm looking for a card that is under $170.00, looks pretty good on screen and can do video capture plus DVD playback. The wife wants to hook up the Hi-8 camera to take some stills and make little movies. I just want it to play games with.
I was thinking of something like the ATi Radeon brand but I have been out of the loop for so long I don't know what is good any more.
And one last thing. Is there a card available that can take a TV signal in? Would this be the ATi All-in-Wonder Pro?
Thanks!
Shawn
 

Craig Chatterton

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Apr 18, 1999
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I just replaced my Voodoo 3000 with a ASUS GeForce 2 GTS V7700. It has video capture, TV Out, support for 3d Glasses and about four full functioning programs including Soldier of Fortune. I paid about $170 for it.
Check out http://www.tomshardware.com/video/01...801/index.html for a review of Video Capture boards.
And here's a good comparison between ATI and NVidia:
http://www.tomshardware.com/graphic/...814/index.html
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Matt DeVillier

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Sep 3, 1999
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I'd recommend the ATI Radeon All-in-Wonder (the AIW Pro uses the much older Rage Pro chip), or if you don't need the TV tuner, the Radeon 64MB VIVO (video in/out). Another option (which is what I am currently using) is to get the much cheaper Radeon LE ($65) and add a WinTV TV tuner/capture card ($50). This gives you a bit more flexibility down the road.
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