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Which Video Card To Choose?


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#1 blueandgold04

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 12:54 PM

I have an AMD Athlon XP 3000, 1gig of RAM, XP Pro SP2. Currently I have a Radeon 9250 128mb card installed. When I try to play any game, I can't have full resolution because I get lagging. Even a simple game like Command & Conquer will bog down when I have a large battle.

I'm looking to spend around $200 on a new card. But I want one that will push some demanding games without chopping up. I don't have a preference between ATI or nVidia, but I'm looking for performance. I do have a PCI Express slot on my mb.

Could it be my CD Drive that is slowing things down? I have a new Sony DVR. I am at a loss; I want to play kickass games on my computer, but I don't know how to get it there.

Someone please help me!
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 01:11 PM

it could be any number of things, really. do you have a lot of background programs running? have you defragmented your hard drive recently (once a month or more is good)?

if those don't help, tom's hardware had a good guide to video cards. i just got the x1950xt based on it's recommendation.

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 01:20 PM

I wouldn't say I have a lot of programs in the background. Probably 10 or so. Yes, I defragment quite often. Sometimes turning off the Virtual Memory in order to defrag the whole volume.
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 09:17 PM

When I had a 64mb 9250 (It was AGP) with a 2600+ and 512 RAM (my very very first system)
I had no lag at all in games.
But I did play some lower-end games.
Starcraft, Warcraft 3, Unreal Tournament 2004, some Counter Strike
anyway, a 200$ pci-express card.. I'd go with a 7900GS. I think that's their price now..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814150202

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 09:56 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814130056

The EVGA 7900 GS. Powerful, cheap. More than enough to play any DX9 games that are already out or will come out soon.

$155 after rebates.

I prefer EVGA cards because EVGA is the only one whose warranty covers overclocking. Which is a nice plus.

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 11:43 AM

how do you overclock a graphics card?
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Posted 13 January 2007 - 03:21 PM

how do you overclock a graphics card?


Pretty simple. Nvidia Cards can be overclocked with a tool Nvdia made called Coolbits. It's just a matter of typing in the clock speeds you want.

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 04:10 PM

Vid card overclocking:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/141

I also believe that AnandTech did an article on this - but can't find the link.
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Posted 13 January 2007 - 05:10 PM

how do you overclock a graphics card?


ATI has a program called ATI Tool which works pretty well. it lets you set the memory and core clocks and then test them for errors while also monitoring temperature.

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 07:00 AM

Well, if you're planning on getting Vista, and playing DirectX 10 games and stuff, I'd wait a little while to see what DX10 cards come out, and see if they go down into your price range a little better. Currently the only DX10 cards are the fast, but highly expensive GeForce 8800GTS/GTX's, but within a month or two ATI should whip out some DX10 cards, and the 8800's should drop the price a bit. If you must have one now, then yeah the eVGA 7900GS would be a nice pick.

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 10:42 AM

Your best bet would probably be with the 7900GS. But they also have 7600's with higher clock ratings than 7950's.
XFX's Fatal1ty
7600 = Higher clock
7900 = 256-bit video memory




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