New System Graphic Card advise

  nar 12:05 17 Oct 2005

Can anyone advise to a good Graphics card that costs under £100 and will be able to run most of todays games well. I have a radeon 9000 and its getting a bit tired bless it!


  andrew-196854 12:18 17 Oct 2005

is it agp or pci express

  keef66 13:03 17 Oct 2005

nvidia 6600gt or ATI x800gto (the latter just released) Both extremely capable cards, available in PCI-e and AGP flavours, prices around £100 now and likely to be falling a bit further as new models released towards the end of the year.

  nar 13:30 17 Oct 2005

what is the dif between the PCI express and AGP as i was going for AGP

  andrew-196854 13:36 17 Oct 2005

the difference between agp and pci express is the bandwith basicly pci express is faster ,but you will not be able to get one of these unless you motherboard supports it ? thats why i was asking if it is a old pc then i would say it would be agp, or is it new ?

  DieSse 13:36 17 Oct 2005

If your system has an AGP slot, then it probably won't have PCIe slots - these are the latest types of PCI slots with much improved performance, and also suitable for graphics.

  nar 18:01 17 Oct 2005

Going to get a new motherboard as well as a processor but a bit of a tight budget. the 6600gt seems to be a good bet...

  keef66 10:22 18 Oct 2005

If you want to replace all 3 components LOW do some good value bundles. this ones an MSI Nvidia N-Force 4 PCI-express mobo, Athlon 64 3500+ processor and X800GTO graphics card which has 256mb GDDR3 memory, all for £308.

click here

Problem then is you'd probably also need 512-1024 mb new RAM to do it justice, and in all likelihood a new power supply too(decent make, 450W with the required connectors)which should set you back a further £100 or more.

Still, you'd then have a pretty zippy machine which will run most of todays games well, which is what you were after in the first place.

Alternatively an X-Box 360??

  mettis 17:32 19 Nov 2005

I would strongly advise against getting a ati x800 graphics card as does not support open gl.I installed one two weeks ago and found that I could not play games that use open gl such as Area 51 Doom 3 Pariah Painkiller Halo just to name a few of my games that will not play.Ati are supposedly going to issue a patch to sort this out sometime.Until they do give them a wide berth.I have been visiting game support sites but have still not been able to resolve this problem

  wednesday 13 17:51 19 Nov 2005

I would suggest that you buy the same again or higher as that is a great one.

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