New Graphics card wanted but which one ?

  User-542C727C-2405-4C6A-B90945D0C735856F 11:48 07 Mar 2004

I'm intending to update my graphics card. At the moment I have an Nvidia Riva TNT2 Model 64 which I think is starting to struggle with the newer games.Can anyone suggest a suitable replacement I am looking at spending around £150.

  hector 911 11:50 07 Mar 2004

need more info, cpu, mobo, OS, price range.

Sorry should have thought about it a bit more
hopefully this will help
system specs are.........
Pent 111 100mhz
Intel 44oBX AGPset
Windoews 98SE
384mb ram

Im not sure what you mean by MOBO

  Paranoid Android 12:16 07 Mar 2004

Any card you buy today will blast the old one to kingdom come, so your only real dangers are compatibility and overkill.

In general you are better to go for a card with Pro suffix (ATI) or Ultra suffix (NVidia), these have the best performance by far. ATI radeon seem to offer the best value for money at the moment.

If I had to pick one after just a few minutes searching, a good example would be Sapphire Radeon 9600 PRO 128MB DDR AGP TV-Out DVI-I, which is ? 96.20 incl vat from (search code 59146). This will do everything you are likely to want.

Check the following :

1) Make sure you have an AGP slot, graphics cards for PCI are harder to find and much much slower.
2) How fast is the AGP slot (i.e. 2X 4X or 8X) - if you don't have at least a 4X slot, you will not get very good performance. 8X is better.
3) If you pick a radeon card, remove your old NVidia drivers first.

If you go ? 12 beyond your budget, you could get a 9800 Pro, but to be honest I don't see the point.


  Paranoid Android 12:30 07 Mar 2004

Sorry, crossed with your last post. Unless I am mistaken your system is AGP 4X, so you should be OK.


  hector 911 12:34 07 Mar 2004

mobo = motherboard. oops!.

from the details you have given, the intel 440BX chipset motherboard only supported AGP 2X
the 100Mhz is the fsb on the board, the speed for data on the motherboard.

I honestly don`t think you will get any improvement by getting a new video card. perhaps time to think of a new PC.

  hector 911 12:48 07 Mar 2004

more info on the i440BX chipset at Xbit labs.

  Paranoid Android 13:01 07 Mar 2004

Sorry - I thought your mobo has AGP 4X but I now think I was mistaken.

The card I suggested would improve your graphics performance, but you would waste most of its potential. You will only get the full benefit by upgrading other parts of your system.

It would be posible to put together a budget system (mobo/cpu/RAM/graphics) for ? 150 which would improve all aspects of your computing, but you would need to cut back a little on the graphics.


Ecs L7vta Kt400 8xagp DDR with Audio/lan/usb2/raid OEM Code 054828 ?32.20

Crucial 256 ECC DDR266 PC2100 DIMM Code 042145 ?27.93

AMD DURON 1600 266FSB CPU - OEM Code 052134 ?20.49

Sapphire Radeon 9200 128MB DDR VIVO Lite Retail Box Code 048465 ?43.41

Carriage ? 4.49

Cart Total: ?124.03

VAT ? 22.51

Total : ? 151.03

I realise that this may not be the way you want to go, but I have suggested it as an option which falls within your budget (well, almost).


  Paranoid Android 13:02 07 Mar 2004

PS question marks should be pound signs.

  Paranoid Android 13:23 07 Mar 2004

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  goonerbill 13:32 07 Mar 2004

if you wish to see how all the latest and some of the better older cards rate against each other, check this site

click here

also, as your system seem quite old, a mobo, cpu and ram upgrade would be best

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