Graphics Card Upgrade

  [DELETED] 11:47 29 Dec 2003

I recieved Call of Duty for a christmas present, and have found that it wont run on my system as the graphics card isn't up to scratch.

My system:
Pentium 4 1500MHz
1.5 GHz
128MB of RAM
Graphics Card: nVidia RIVA TNT2 Model 64

Ok, is it worth upgrading my graphics card, bearing in mind I can't warrant spending more than £150 at the moment, due to a wedding in February!!!

Or should I hold off and just invest in a new computer mid year?

I was considering buying an WinFast A340 T (nVIDIA's GeForce FX 5200) at £69.99.

All advice will be greatfully recieved!

  [DELETED] 11:58 29 Dec 2003

I would have thought a GFX5200 would do you fine.

Some more system RAM would also be a good investment - 128Mb is somewhat light - a further 128Mb would give you a well balanced system, all within your budget.

  [DELETED] 12:03 29 Dec 2003

It would be a good idea to add some more memory if you want to play Call of Duty at a reasonable speed. 128 MB is it's minimum spec. Your video card is well out of date (Direct X6 generation). Adding the card you suggest and doubling (or quadrupling) the memory would make a heck of a difference to your PC's gaming performance.

Mininmum specs. for games are usually irrelevant, aim for the recommended spec.

  [DELETED] 12:07 29 Dec 2003

Even better, though, get a 5200 Ultra, if you can afford it. Here's a handy link to a graphics card comparison table:-

click here

  [DELETED] 12:13 29 Dec 2003

On my way now to get the graphics card and some memory!

Just to check though, I have had a look to see a rough idea of cost for memory, and gave opened another can of worms!

100MHz or 133MHz Speed?

Also, will the graphics card mentioned above have a long enough shelf life to warrant buying it?

  [DELETED] 12:19 29 Dec 2003

Would go for DDR if you can afford it and mobo supports DDR ram 2100 is a good buy will be runnings at 266mhz and if you get the card mentioned should give you plenty of umph for the game.


  [DELETED] 12:40 29 Dec 2003

Well, the 5200 range are budget cards. They do offer DX9 support, though. The equivalent Radeon 9200 range don't support this. It will become increasingly common for games to make use of these shaders, so the FX5200 makes sense as far as that goes. Really though, the higher specified the card, the longer it's usefulness. Look to your wallet!

I currently have a Radeon 9000 64 MB card installed. I intend upgrading to a Radeon 9600 Pro in about four months time, by which time they should (hopefully) be below £100.

  Rayuk 14:06 29 Dec 2003

Do you know the make and model of your motherboard?
If not download Aida32 personal system and run it should give you the info you need re ram.

click here

  [DELETED] 14:08 29 Dec 2003

click here will tell ou waht you have right now, then you can get more RAM to match it.

  [DELETED] 14:09 29 Dec 2003

whoops - Rayuk beat me to it!

  [DELETED] 14:13 29 Dec 2003

Thank you for all the help, on way now to make the neccessary purchases!

Thank you!

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