Yes, it’s another “Which Video Card Should I Buy?” thread. But it’s a little more complicated, as I have some fairly odd parameters which will require the expertise of the pros on this forum. Full system specs are at the bottom of this post.
First, the card must be AGP.
Second, it’s going into a Shuttle PCX System. That means it’s got to be roughly the same size – or a bit larger – than the current card that fits properly, an ATI Radeon 9700. I could go about an inch or so longer, and maybe a half inch higher, but the size issue is a real consideration.
Third, the power capabilities of the system as it exists now are a concern. I have a 200 watt power supply as of now, which operates just fine. I can add a 300 watt version, if needed, and I may anyway.
Fourth, I am not all that worried about DirectX 10. It would be nice, but any next generation game would probably tax my system to the breaking point anyway. So if it’s possible to go DirectX 10 that’s ok, but mainly I’m trying to get the card that will provide the best performance for my current system specs. A nice fast 512 would be cool.
This is for a box I use for games. The ones I’m playing right now are WoW, Half Life 2, and those run well. The game I’d like to play is The Elder Scrolls – Oblivion. Oblivion chokes up quite a bit. It’s playable to some extent, but it’s not a smooth experience. I’m not sweating the cost much, but of course bang for the buck is always good. This is the last card I’ll put in this computer and it’s going to have to last me until I build a new one from scratch.
I await your wisdom, and I thank you for your assistance.
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.01.2600 Service Pack 2
> Mainboard : Shuttle FN41V20
> Chipset : nVidia nForce2 IGP
> Processor : AMD Athlon XP @ 2250 MHz
> Physical Memory : 2048 MB
> Video Card : ATI Technologies Inc Radeon 9700/Pro, 9500 Series (R300)
> Hard Disk : WDC (80 GB)
> DVD-Rom Drive : HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4480B
> Monitor Type : Dell Computer DELL 2007WFP - 20 inches
> Network Card : Nvidia Corp nForce MCP-T Networking Adapter
> DirectX : Version 9.0c (November 2006)
Hi i like oblivion too and have been through all this myself the 7600gt is a solid card considering the power issue im not sure you can run much more.
Cards like the x1950s are the only ones on agp that you would get realy good frame rates on but they are big and power hungry(sorry i know i couldnt run one either)
I went with a x1650xt which has matching performance with the 7600gt but uses more power and is about twice as fast in oblivion as my old 9800.
The other option is to try and find a x850 i had one of these as well they have raw power ,faster than either the x1650xt or 7600gt but no hddr lighting or sm3
oh and you wont need any thing above 256 imo 512 would be a waste of money.
Looks like the top of the line so far. How would this be, both for running Oblivion and in comparison to the 7600GT? I have heard that it will work with a 300 Watt PSU.
That's quite a card! What's that take up, like 3 slots? I read a few reviews there and some people were complaining about overheating! WTF is that about? Anyway, the card I personally would be looking at would be this one.
Hi as i said you just wont run a 1950 card on that power supply i am supplying a link to do with cards and power consumption.
Ati cards seem to work better with oblivion but given your requirments i realy think you need to be looking at the 7600gt as i said before the x1650xt is similar but uses more power as you will see on the link.
Edit sorry forgot sm3= shader model 3 as oposed to sm2
A x1650 pro isnt as good .
I dont know for a fact but depending on settings i think you will realisticaly only get about 25-30 fps on oblivion it will look a lot better but you just dont have the power to run a better/faster card
Also here is a link to a chart on toms about which cards are better than each other scroll to bottom of it and expand the table. http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/Short-List-Gami...