time for a new video card

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Eric Samonte, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. Eric Samonte

    Eric Samonte Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 1999
    Messages:
    1,317
    Likes Received:
    0
    I just "inherited" the wife's Dell Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz PC with an available PCI-express slot. I'm quite a gamer and would like something that runs HL2 decently if not more. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.
     
  2. Patrick_S

    Patrick_S Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2000
    Messages:
    3,272
    Likes Received:
    101
    I just picked up the PCI version of the 256MB 800XL for $235.

    On an older system I had the 256MB 800XL PCI version and it ran HL2 just fine so I would imagine this new one should be ok also.
     
  3. Mike Fassler

    Mike Fassler Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2004
    Messages:
    523
    Likes Received:
    0
    what kind of budget you have in mind for a card? there is alot of options right now. Id get an ATI x850xt, or an Nvidia 6800 GT if you want a sweet card for not much cash. Im still using an ATI 9800pro and it runs HL2 just fine.
     
  4. John Pine

    John Pine Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2002
    Messages:
    988
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    John Pine
    I second the Nvidia 6800 GT, hell even a non-GT 6800 will run HL2 just fine on a P4 3.0.
     
  5. Eric Samonte

    Eric Samonte Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 1999
    Messages:
    1,317
    Likes Received:
    0
    Budget would be around $180 tops. I can get a used X800XL for maybe $160 but I read u can get a Connect 3D X800GTO and flash/overclock it to X800XT PE for the same price. The X800XL uses 16 pipelines and the X800GTO only 12. I'd rather not mess the card meaning it'd be better off if its fine out of the box....
     
  6. MikeH1

    MikeH1 Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2000
    Messages:
    1,492
    Likes Received:
    0
    The new 6800 GS model is supposed to be a pretty good mid/high range bang for your buck card, very similiar in performance to the 6800 GT but a bit cheaper. Give this a read, I have linked the "conclusion" page but you can read the full review by clicking on page 1..

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/Videocards/278/15/

    It seems to do better than other similiar priced cards, from Nvidia or ATI. Even though its street price is $249.00 US, you can probably find it online cheaper, just check the bottom of the link ($209.00 from Newegg)

    Hope this helps.
     

Share This Page