hey im looking to play games like Half life 2, splinter cell 3 and doom 3.
My pc is a pentium 4, 2.4 ghz, with 256 ram. RIght now im on a geforce 4 mx and it runs my games like shit. Anyway what's a good card for under 70 $? I saw a nvidia 6600 for 60 $ at compusa, is that a good card for the price? thanks.
Yes, Radeon 9500 (Pro), Radeon 9700 (Pro) and Radeon 9800 (Pro) are decent cards. Notice that other Radeons from 9xxx series, including Radeon 9600, are noticeably worse than these because they have smaller memory bandwith.
In 2009 you can get a decent DX10 card like Gforce 8900GT or a Radeon 2k for the same price. 8O
Before upgrading your grahpics card, upgrade to 1GB of RAM. If you're still not satisfied with the performance, either try overclocking the CPU/GPU, or just buying a 9700/9800Pro, like others have suggested. Just make sure you get one with 256-bit memory.
I think his point is that the bottleneck with a system with 256meg of system memory is not the video card, but the fact that Windows will rely on heavy use of swap files during most operations involving modern games.
I recently upgraded from 1gb to 2gb to help resolve that issue in some games. I could not imagine trying to run games on 256meg.
The poster could spend $1000 on a new video card and likely see less improvement than spending a few dollars on a upgrade to 1gb of memory.