Graphics Card for Client

  Phate 20:38 19 Dec 2004
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Hi.

A client of mine needs some upgrades for his computer, and I was wondering if the members of this forum could provide some assistance, as I have found your advice to be invaluable in the past.

He has 2 dell dimensions 2300's with 256mb sdram
and a 32mb geforce graphics card, with a 20gb hard drive.

As he is an avid gamer he would like one graphics card that can cope with the latest games (must have directx 9 support) and one which will minimally do it.

Budget wise, the cheaper the better!

Thanks in advance,

  TomJerry 20:44 19 Dec 2004

Radeon 9600 Advan Pro 128MB AGP DVI-I VO £65.98 click here

  BITS&BOBS 20:48 19 Dec 2004

With looking at the rest of the specs of the PC's I would'nt recommend going any higher than a ATI Radeon 9800Pro £134.99
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Have a look for a more indepth explanation on sutible graphics card here :
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As the low specs of the machine will bottleneck the performance of the graphocs card, The setup with a ATI 9800Pro will play all the latest games but not at the highest detail settings.


32MB garphics? are you sure that not integrated to the motherboard? Dell have bad habits of not including AGP ports in their Pc's make sure you check that and also ensure that the machine has a half decent PSU.


Also 20GB Harddrive ??? Doom3 is 3GB your need to get him a new one!!!

  Starfox 00:08 20 Dec 2004

"As he is an avid gamer he would like one graphics card that can cope with the latest games (must have directx 9 support) and one which will minimally do it."

PNY GeForceFX5700le £49-99 at PC World,thats minimal and will play all the latest games.

Other options click here

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  PsiFox 12:46 20 Dec 2004

If he is an avid gamer he will find himself held back by the lack of RAM.

To run the latest games smoothly at least 512Mb And someties 1024Mb DDR RAM is essential.
Do not go any higher than the cards sugested as I suspect the CPU will not be of sufficient power to cope.

PsiFox

  Starfox 14:14 20 Dec 2004

"If he is an avid gamer he will find himself held back by the lack of RAM."

Must agree there,512mb should be a minimm.

  ectfabs 22:01 20 Dec 2004

Try a 9800se the card is cheaper than the pro card bot drivers enable the 4 extra pixel pipelines to make it a pro! (At no cost)

  Phate 22:25 20 Dec 2004

Thanks for all the ideas - the information has been passed onto him and i'll report back to the forum on the outcome.

Appreciative regards to all that have helped

  myphrill 23:03 20 Dec 2004

My graphics card was perfect.
XFX GeForce FX 5600 XT.

Under £100

256MB RAM , AGPX8, 81M polygons/sec.

BEWARE the 5600 and 5600 Ultra are 128MB, only the XT is 256MB, plays top games like Halo brilliantly!

  myphrill 23:05 20 Dec 2004

extra note,

the reason its cheaper than other 256MB cards is because it does only 81m polygons/sec. the 6800GT which is £300 can do 600m polygons/sec

  PsiFox 15:35 21 Dec 2004

The 256 Mb cards are not really worth the extra. There are no games on the market that require that much video memory. It is just a way for the manufacturers to sell more cards as people think 256 must be better than 128.

PsiFox

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