Solved Good Graphics Card for PIII?

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July 15, 2013 at 09:54:02
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 600mhz/ 640 RAM
Hi, I run a PIII processor, and I have PCI slots. I am considering purchasing my
first video card.
I do not play video games (I just watch videos), but maybe I will try a game
when I get a video card. Anyway, I would just like better graphics quality and also
give my processor some rest by relieving it of graphics duties. I have read that some
"newer" PCI cards demand much more cpu power than my measly-yet-valiant 600mhz.
I am considering the ATI Raedon 9250 256mb card. Is this a good bet, or is my
computer not powerful enough? Any suggestions would be welcome.

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July 15, 2013 at 11:39:14
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I recommend the GeForce FX5200, FX5500, or 6200 instead of the Radeon 9250. The GeForce cards are DX9 compliant, and though you won't be playing DX9 games on that system, the newer API does offer other benefits. Many video codecs, for example, can use Pixel Shader 2.0 for partial video decode acceleration. On a 600MHz machine that can barely handle standard definition content, that partial acceleration can be a life saver. Also, nvidia's drivers--particularly the older ones--tend to place less overhead on the CPU.

Make sure you get a card with a 128-bit memory bus. The 64-bit cards are VERY slow.

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July 15, 2013 at 19:07:12
Jack, I gave that GeForce FX5500 a look. I have a couple of questions: Why does it appear as though different companies manufacture the FX5500? Is it not an NVidia?
Also, can I get the drivers for it if I buy used?

Riider, I might look at some of those low-pro cards, later on, when I buy one for my SFF desktop. The top one, I have never heard of that brand.

Thanks, both of you.

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July 15, 2013 at 19:17:51
NVidia and AMD/ATI provide a "reference card" for manufacturers. Everything is relatively standardized from that reference card.

You should have no trouble downloading the latest drivers for any card you buy used. Instruction for installing/uninstalling are also available.

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July 16, 2013 at 04:55:21
I don't think nvidia ever manufacturered cards, they just manufacture GPUs that are used on cards made by other manufacturers. ATI used to manufacture cards but also sold GPUs to other card manufacturers. I think when AMD bought them out, they stopped making cards altogether & now just supply GPUs.

"I might look at some of those low-pro cards, later on, when I buy one for my SFF desktop"

I just posted those links to give you a sample of what's available, not as a recommendation. Standard PCI cards are WAY overpriced. Personally, I wouldn't spend $50+ for a card for an old system that's probably not even worth $50, that's why I said, "buy used".

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July 16, 2013 at 07:59:41
I'm glad that I do not need to know all that information about manufacture, riider. thanks for letting me know, anyway. I hear what you are saying about price. I got my sound card used, online, for $5.00. I am not planning on spending much more than that on a video card.
One more question, though: One of the reasons I thought about buying a video card was to free up c.p.u. resources, because the integrated video would no longer be used. From what I am reading, here, the video card actually consumes cpu resources. Will I break even or come out ahead, or will my weak processor bog down unless, as jackbomb suggests, I find a card with, and use, (partial) acceleration?

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