Posted 10 December 2010 - 02:51 PM
I was hoping someone could send some advice my way.
I have (had) at GeForce 9600 GSO PNY Card that is no longer functional. Got it new last February, had to RMA it in November of last year, lost my warranty printout in a move, and earlier in the week the newer card died. (And by died, I mean that when it is in my computer the computer will not run for more than 2 seconds at a time, no boot, etc. Works fine with the c**p card that came with the PC.)
Anyway, looks like I have to buy a new card. I don't really want to spend too much (the cheaper the better), but at the same time I know that you never really want to buy old technology considering how fast it becomes outdated - i.e you should always update, not just replace (right? I'm not crazy?!)
My needs are not too high, in general. Had originally bought the card to play Bully, Ghostbusters and whatever the latest Medal of Honor was. Currently, my only really graphics need is to play Oblivion, which I would like to be able to play at max settings. I do not use this PC for DVDs, do not have a bluray player.
This is not to say that I will never want to play more graphics intense games (or the others I mentioned), but this is my current need. I basically would like to get back up to at least the quality I had with my 9600 GSO, yet I should probably get a more recent/updated card. Not too thrilled with Nvidia and PNY at the moment since 2 cards died in a row (don't really know whose fault it is, but I do not think it is me) but that does not necessarily mean they are off the table.
Budget:$100 max but prefer much less
Current VGA:(Broken) PNY GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB (& RADEON x300 SE 128MB)
MB:Dell Dimension 5100
CPU:Intel P4, 2.4 GHz (2 CPUs)