Upgrading Graphics Cards

  WayneRob 11:58 06 Feb 2003
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I'm looking to upgrade my existing 32 Mb NVidia GeForce2 MX 400 to at least a 128 Mb GeForce4 Ti 4600.

Thing is, will the performance enhancement I get really be worth the money with the existing system I have, which is now over 18 month old (1 GHz Pentium III with 256Mb RAM). Or would it just be better to stick to a lower spec card (e.g. one of the 64Mb MX range)?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Cheers

  L.H.F 12:02 06 Feb 2003

go for a general upgrade.

buy new Processor and stuff first. dont bother wit graphics for now, ur is fine. make sure u get a new processor and DDR RAM.

hope it helps

  DwayneDibbley 20:39 07 Feb 2003

To be honest I'd rather just stick with upgrading the graphics card for now. Any recommendations?

  Colin 22:26 07 Feb 2003

Go for an ATI Radeon 9700, not the Pro, as though slightly faster, the extra cost is not worth it. The card is DirectX 9 compliant, so will keep you happy for at least 2 years. The Sapphire range are very competitive. You will notice an increase in speed over the MX400, but not as much as you would expect as a faster processor is also required to get the best from it. There is a good article in this month's Personal Computer World about putting a fast grsaphics ard in a "relatively" slow PC.

  DieSse 22:51 07 Feb 2003

A GeF4 MX440 or 460 with 64Mb DDR RAM would be a useful, inexpensive, graphics update, which would not be limited by the processor power.

However, you could upgrade further, as you suggest - as the card will still be a good performer for a future processor/mboard update - as long as it was not too far into the future.

If you are not thinking of upgrading the rest of the system for a year or so, then stick with the lower spec gfx cards.

  Poloman69 22:51 07 Feb 2003

Check out the novatech website www. novatech. com (remove the spaces obviously - you can get a fantastic Geforce 4 Ti4800 for £150 - i have mine coming monday. They also have other great graphics card for low prices

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