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#1 Gedalneil

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Posted 23 March 2004 - 01:13 PM

To be honest with you, I don't even know what video card I have, but I can tell you that I have a Pentium IV 300MHZ machine and I like to play games.

Is it worth it to buy a new card when I can get a new computer with a faster processor, memory, etc for $700 more?

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Posted 23 March 2004 - 02:33 PM

Pentium 4 300MHz? I think you must have typed that in wrong, as Pentium 4 do not come in that low of a speed.

As for your video card, I would recommend a AT Radeon Card. I personally have a P4 1.8ghz and a ATI Radeon 9800 Pro and do not have any problems at all playing any games. I can usually crank up the settings to the highest detail and not get to much of a slowdown. They cost around $300, but you may be able to find them cheaper.

If you do not want to spend that much money, another great card is the ATI 9600 Pro. I believe that they go for around $140. A newer card that increases the performance a bit for 9600 Series is the 9600 XT. They run around $200, but some people say it is not worth the money.

Nvidia makes some great cards as well, such as the Nvidia FX 5700 and Nvidia FX 5900.

Personally, I prefer the ATI cards. If you have the money go for the 9800 pro, otherwise go with the 9600 Pro or XT.

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Posted 30 March 2004 - 03:02 AM

but I can tell you that I have a Pentium IV 300MHZ machine

You probably have a Pentium II if you're at the 300MHz mark. And if that's where you are, you're better off getting a new system (or upgrading) because the processor and RAM will be your biggest performance bottlenecks. A new video card, especially the kind that MrS mentioned, would be a complete waste in your system (not to mention, I doubt it would take it, the new video cards run at 1.75 Volts on the AGP slot, older motherboards run at 3.3 or 5.

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 11:15 PM

Um I would consider getting a new pc. If you like playing games good luck with 300mhz. Oh ya and you can get a 128mb 9200 SE ATI Radeon video card for like $100. There not as good as the 9600 but they do the trick for most games.




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