I'm looking to upgrade the graphics card on my Dell Dimension 8200. It currently has 768 MB RAM, a 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 and a nVidia GeForce 3 Ti200 (64MB).
I know that I'll eventually need to replace the PC (RDRAM isn't cheap, no PCI-e, etc), so I don't want to spend alot on a new video card (around $100), but would like to be able to play some of the newer games at higher resolutions.
Right now, I'm looking at these two chipsets from nVidia:
GeForce 6600 GT
GeForce 6800 XT
I've been able to find both for around my price point. Logic would seem to indicate that the 6800 XT would be a better card (especially with DDR3).
Just to clarify on the previous post.......trying to unlock pipelines is a hit or miss deal. Not every card will work so don't purchase it with that in mind, as a failed attempt may make it difficult to return.
Well...it is a bit old, but there is also a 9800Pro (DDR1 ) for $80 available too. I'm guessing you'd get nearly the same performance of the 7300GT (DDR2 version) with it but without the mail-in rebates. SM 3.0 is a bit of a moot point in this price range and it's just a guess, but I'm not certain Vista would run well on a system this old.
However, I would highly recommend checking out eBay for an AGP 6600GT or AGP 6800GT. Possibly even something in the AGP X800 flavor (XL, possibly an XT) as well. Just go with sellers with a high approval rating and you could very well get a good deal on a very good card.
You forget that the 7300GT can do HDR :wink: only the 7000 series is capable of doing so, also the 7300GT as shown in the VGA cards is very strong it beats even the X1600PRO and destorys the 9800PRO i dont even know why some one said it would perform near the same your kidding the 7300GT kills the weak 9800PRO, 6800XT isnt listed because its not that big of a GFX card a only some have it. Stick to the 7300GT GDDR2 AGP if you had PCI-E i said find a 7300GT GDDR3 but that only for PCI-E.