Best Video Card for Older System.

June 2, 2009 at 22:01:52
Specs: Windows XP Pro
Hello. I have an older system, and would like get the best video card that my system can handle. My system:

Windows XP Pro SP3
Pentium 4 1.5 ghz
ECS Board P4VXASD2+ currently with 1024 SD Ram, (but have DDR1 slot also, not used).
Nvidia GeForce2 AGP Mx/Mx 400 with 64 MB Ram.
500 watt power supply.
Sound Card: Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device

Please give recomendations Thanks, Jim.

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June 2, 2009 at 22:25:08
Jim, read this thread from a couple months ago...

The posts and recommendations made by jackbomb & jam apply to your situation; mainly that you can only do so much with your P4 and you should keep the expense to a minimum.

Good luck


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June 3, 2009 at 01:49:27

I got an "Sapphire Radeon X600PRO 128MB DDR" myself,
and it runs Counter-Strike with no problems and 99,8-99,9 fps.

I didn't find a price of the X600 but I found an X800 at ebay, no
auction, buy now only.

The price is: $31 + $5.90 shipping

And here is the link:

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June 3, 2009 at 11:23:15
The problem with the X600, X700, X800 series is that they don't support pixel shader 3.0 & many newer games require it. I ran into that problem with my X800 Pro. It's a decent card with 256-bit GDDR3 memory, but it only supports pixel shader 2.0 so I wasn't able to play games such as BioShock.

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June 3, 2009 at 15:08:39
Well to an so old computer you couldn't expect any better
graphic cards then the X600-X800 series, I would strongly
recommend the X600, never had any problems with it, and to
be such an old graphic card, I don't have problem with
Counter-Strike 1.6 or Source, I have also played World Of
Warcraft with it before.

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June 4, 2009 at 18:44:05
Buy an Nvidia 7800, or 7900 AGP and be done with it.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI

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June 5, 2009 at 19:43:38
Thanks for all the replies, everyone. I want to stick with Nvidia, and was recommended a GForce 6600 gt. To Outlander: Do you think my system can handle the 7800-7900 agp and what kind GT, NT,? There's some variations. Thanks, Jim.

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June 6, 2009 at 10:56:37
GT models of course. Try to stay away from the GS models.

Also Nvidia has a number scheme that is easy to remember. When a new generation of cards are released the mid card performs almost he same as last gens high end card. example: a 6800GT is in between a 7600GS and 7600GT in terms of speed. The 7800Gt equals just around an 8600GT, etc. Also the mid range cards are about the same speed as the high end cards from 2 gens ago, example the 6800GT is almost the same speed as the 8500GT.

You should be good with either a 7800GT, or 7900GT

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI

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June 12, 2009 at 09:50:01
Your system can "handle" a 78/7900GT, but your processor will bottleneck it extremely. There's no point in spending that much money on a graphics card when it wont make hardly any difference in FPS compared to one half as much. Also, you can get a GS model card, it just means that it's slightly slower, there's nothing wrong with that in fact, it means they're cheaper.

I recommend an ATi Radeon X1650, your system will bottleneck that minimally.

And I also suggest you buy another gig or so of memory, it really does make a huge difference.

--Graphics card specialist--

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