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January 8, 2006 4:59:34 PM

Hi Guyz,

I m buying a new Graphics Card 4 my system. I have an AthlonXp 1500+ with 512 MB RAM n a AGP 4x ATI RADEON 7500 64 MB graphics card already. My mobo supports only AGP cards. I m able 2 play my favourite gave NFS (now latest MW) only with lot of glitches.

So i need 2 buy a new graphics card. Can u plz help me buy a new one. I m lookin 4 a low budget graphics card in the price range Rs.1500 - Rs. 2500 (I duno how much tiz in dollars besides the prices vary from country 2 country). I need atleast a 128 MB r a 256 MB one with atleast a 128-bit memory bus.

Also will having a 256 MB card make the game run smoother(i mean my NFS MOST WANTED)?

Plz guyz all tips n advices r welcome

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January 8, 2006 5:54:41 PM

What is the currency that you are using?
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January 8, 2006 6:08:23 PM


I seriously hope you are joking. Thats not a real 9800Pro.

Someone would have to be a complete idiot to buy that thing :roll:
January 8, 2006 6:11:42 PM

For Christ's sake....read the reviews on the page you just linked.


If you dont know what the hell you're talking about, then dont recommend cards to people.
January 8, 2006 6:14:39 PM

Really?

Rage3D bud. You can get that card and flash the 9800pro BIOS get the other 4 pipelines then clock it to 9800pro speeds. Yes, a gamble...but I've heard good success rates on other forums.

I've purchased an Apollo 6600GT, used for about a week, then gave it to a cousin as a birthday gift. Solid card, company average but with good support. Its just if your willing to take the chance.


Nofear, what is your budget for a GPU? If you could stretch it a little past $100, you could get something better.
January 8, 2006 6:26:25 PM

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Really?

Rage3D bud.
Never heard of it :lol: 
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You can get that card and flash the 9800pro BIOS get the other 4 pipelines then clock it to 9800pro speeds.

You show me one post, from one person that has successfully done any type of mod to that card......seriously....back up what you say.
January 8, 2006 7:12:03 PM

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For Christ's sake....read the reviews on the page you just linked.


If you dont know what the hell you're talking about, then dont recommend cards to people.


there are 2 reviews. and according to the spec sheet it has 8 pipes and a 256 bit bus. to me if i am wrong thats false advertising. or you are an idiot
January 8, 2006 7:14:37 PM

also the 256 bit part of the name must be misleading unless it uses a 256 bit instruction set....
January 8, 2006 7:15:45 PM

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Really?

Rage3D bud.
Never heard of it :lol: 
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You can get that card and flash the 9800pro BIOS get the other 4 pipelines then clock it to 9800pro speeds.

You show me one post, from one person that has successfully done any type of mod to that card......seriously....back up what you say.
wasnt there someone here on this forum who modded the se to an xt???
January 9, 2006 3:41:41 PM

Guyz cud u all plz get back 2 my problem here n quit fighting. I meant Indian Rupees by Rs.

K i ll tell it plain n clean. I need the most chepest yet good solutions. I think u kno wat i mean by that.

And one more thing, Are AGP cards cheaper than their PCI XPress cousins?
January 9, 2006 6:01:53 PM

If the online currency converter is correct Rs. 2500 would only be about 50 USD. That doesn't leave you many options. About the best agp card you can get for amount would either be the Radeon 9550 or the GeForce 5500. Both can be gotten for around 40-50 USD not counting shipping. For that price though don't expect to get 256meg of vram on the card at least not on those models. The 9200 Radeon has a model with 256vram, but the performance is not as good as the GF 5500 or the Radeon 9550.

Pci-e cards will not give you any better options either in terms of performance.
January 9, 2006 6:28:20 PM

Have you tried updating the drivers for your ATI card first to see if it helps your performance?

http://www.ati.com/
a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2006 8:33:03 PM

What in the world. According to one of the 8 reviews there, this is a 128-bit 9800se 8O being sold as a 256-bit 9800 pro!?! That would make it a sub $70 card that loses to a 9600 pro in most benchies. No thankums me thinks.
January 9, 2006 9:09:41 PM

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You've never heard of Rage3D?? Yet you say were noobs....thats cute.

January 9, 2006 10:40:27 PM

Buy one of the Ati Radeon 9550 (Gygabite or HIS) with 256MB DDR/128bit, and they are very good overclockers. Btw, they are 4X/8X AGP compatible and cheap.

I have His 9550 128MB DDR 128bit def.250/400 (300/500 (o.c.)) on Intel Celeron D 2.4 FSB 533
ASUS P4V8X-X
512MB DDR
and it work just fine
January 9, 2006 10:45:34 PM

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I have His 9550 128MB DDR 128bit def.250/400 (300/500 (o.c.)) on Intel Celeron D 2.4 FSB 533
ASUS P4V8X-X
512MB DDR
and it work just fine

It works just fine if the only game you play is quake 3 :roll:
January 10, 2006 1:09:19 AM

Maybe you right, the better choise is 9600.
a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2006 2:06:49 AM

It's hard, not knowing your pricing and available cards. A used GF4Ti does pretty well in NFSMW at low detail levels. A used Radeon 9700 pro does alot better allowing quite a few settings to be raised over the GF4Ti.

Again, not knowing what you can afford, I'll list from best to worst a few choices that are under $150 here in the USA.

GF6600GT or Radeon X800GT
Radeon X700 pro
Radeon 9800 pro (256-bit)
Radeon 9700 pro
Radeon X700
GF6600
Radeon 9600 XT or Radeon 9500 pro
Radeon 9600 pro
Radeon 9600 or GF4Ti (only DX8)
Radeon 9550 128-bit

Not sure if it's feasable, but a good working used 9700 pro would be a great card over a new budget card like a R9550 or GF6200.
January 10, 2006 6:48:28 AM

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I have His 9550 128MB DDR 128bit def.250/400 (300/500 (o.c.)) on Intel Celeron D 2.4 FSB 533
ASUS P4V8X-X
512MB DDR
and it work just fine

It works just fine if the only game you play is quake 3 :roll:
i would have said duke nukem
January 13, 2006 4:03:22 PM

K guyz, i finally bought my agp card. i had two choices the cheapest being the fx 5200 n a slightly costly waz the 6200 128-bit. My dad didnt allow me 2 buy a 6600 though since it costs here Rs.6000. I bought my LEADTEK A6200 TD for a price of Rs.3725. I cud nt get a 256 mb version so settled 4 a 128 mb version.

My NFS UG n UG 2 rocks at 800x600 res with all settings turned to max. But 1024x768 some glitches r there. But there s not much notable difference between 800x600 n 1024x768.

My NFS MOST WANTED looks neat though in 800x600 but i hav 2 turn a lot of settings off 2 get best performance. But i m rather satisfied bcoz this price itself s a huge amount i cud afford. Is it worthy guyz?
a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2006 1:25:09 AM

NFSMW Tweak Guide.
http://www.tweakguides.com/NFSMW_1.html

I would start by not using FSAA and turning shadow detail all the way down. Also set visual treatment to low. You will have to turn it down more, but Those settings hammer the framerates big time. Read the guide for more info.

Fun game isn't it? I bought it day 1 but am still just #3 on the blacklist; need more time to game!
a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2006 2:58:01 AM

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I bought my LEADTEK A6200 TD for a price of Rs.3725. I cud nt get a 256 mb version so settled 4 a 128 mb version.


Get rivatuner and check if you have an NV43 core, if so it's highly likely you can mod it to a GF6600. Something you might want to check into.

The TCs were nigh on impossible, but the 128 and 256MB version were highly modable if NV43 (not NV44).
a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2006 3:40:08 AM

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ROFLMFAO!!!


Yeah man, seriously. Sarcam... we don't get much of that around these parts. :roll:

This place is swarming with n00bs with attitude.
It's beginning to feel like this around here;


DIE n00b DIE!

Saw that again today and thought, dang that's THGC now!
January 14, 2006 3:53:49 PM

Thank u Paul. I ve turned off both FSAA n Texture Filtering. It increases performance a lot. I ve kept the Visual Treatment to High bcoz i dont c much difference between Low and High. The game looks good only when VISUAL TREATMENT is HIGH. Also i ve kept Car Reflection Update Rate to Low. Now the game runs quite smooth
January 20, 2006 4:29:00 PM

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Get rivatuner and check if you have an NV43 core, if so it's highly likely you can mod it to a GF6600. Something you might want to check into.

The TCs were nigh on impossible, but the 128 and 256MB version were ighly modable if NV43 (not NV44).


Thanx dude, i cud unlock another 4 pipes in 6200 GPU (thanx to the NV43 core n RivaTuner) which were actually disabled . Mine is an AGP card n so no TurboCache versions are available. So it was easily possible. In the PCIx 6200 most of them are TC versions which make use of a different NV44 core in which the number of pipelines is limited. So now i have an 8x1 pipeline on my 6200.

But it cant be modded to a 6600 bcoz the 6600 GPUs run at a faster speed n their RAMDACs are also faster compared to my 6200 (300/550). I generally do not overclock much n so do not intend to raise those speeds on my GPU.
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