I am building a budget gaming PC in hope to run a flawless game of Age of Conan when it comes out. One of the things I am worried about with the config below is the onboard video card. With the Phenom processor and a cheaper motherboard what kind of videocard <$200 would you suggest?
OS: Windows Vista/XP
Processor: 3GHz Pentium IV
RAM: 1GB RAM
Video Card: Shader Model 2.0 and 128MB RAM: NVIDIA GeForce 5800 or ATI 9800
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz (E6600) or better
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7950GX2 or better
RAM: 2GB or more
Here is the systm I built:
AMD Phenom Quad Core 9500 PC Windows PC
ASRock ALiveNF7G S.AM2 GeF7050 HD MBoard
AMD Phenom Quad Core 9500 2.2Ghz 4MB CPU
QUAD CORE CERTIFIED ULTRA HIGH-SPEED FAN
2GB PC2 6400 800Mhz DDR2 Kit 2x1GB Chips
160GB SATA 7200RPM INTERNAL HARD DRIVE
On-Board nVidia GeForce 6100 256MB Shared Video Card Adapter
DVD±RW DVD Burner / DVD Reader Drive IDE
Realtek ALC662 6-Channel HD Sound Card Adapter
Broadcom AC131 10/100 Ethernet Card Adapter (LAN)
ATX Black MidTower Case W/ 400Watt PS
MICROSOFT WINDOWS VISTA HOME BASIC
The 8800GT is now under $200. I would get one of those. I think these are the best value and performance for your money. In some benchmarks it beats the GTS.
I just built a new system two weeks ago and paid $230 for my 8800GT. Not bad for G92 based card with 512MB ram.
I would say the 8800GT, 9600GT, or the ATI 3870, in that order. One thing you will also need to consider is that your PSU will not run any of those. You can try it, but I would be shocked if it worked. Sorry, you will need to upgrade the power supply. In general most PSUs that come with a case are junk and won't run the higher end graphics cards. They will work with onboard and lower end cards but not with the power hungry cards of today.
Cisco & Alpine thank you both for your suggestions. About the Power Supply the one I have is 400W what is the suggestion for W if 400 is not enough? Also is there a specific connection or brand I need to consider? Thanks again!
One other quick question with the motherboard I chose, I was wondering about the SLI vs Crossfire issue. I read a post talking about the motherboards either not supporting crossfire or not supporting SLI is this going to be an issue? I guess it is a Nvidia vs. ATI thing.
Its not the amount of Watts that is the issue , The thing that matters is the amount of Amps on the +12 Volt rail/s.
A good quality PSU will deliver the amperage in a better more continuous way, While a cheaper PSU will be delivering less power and be more likley to have power spikes that can cause system damage.
Something from Seasonic/Antec or corsair at around 500 Watts will be fine for your system. The Watts on the 12Volt rail/s divided by 12 will give you the Amps. So a PSU with 360 watts across two 12 Volt rails will probably list each at 17 Amps, But if you do the math you will fing that you only have 30Amps. Which is about what you will need.
A Motherboard that supports SLI dosent support Crossfire and vice versa, So if you have a SLI capable board and want the option of using it in the future it makes sence to get an Nvidia card as they are the SLI cards. and the ATI cards are the crossfire ones.(It wasnt clear if you knew that from your post).
I agree with cisco on the cards to choose from.
I would also suggest a minimum 500W PSU from a quality brand - just make sure it has the 6-pin 12v PCI-e connector, most quality PSUs do. The 8800 is a power hog.
I had a Thermaltake 430W power supply running a Core2Duo E6400 with a 320MB 8800GTS - My power supply really struggled and put out some serious heat - I ran it for almost a year and I consider myself lucky that I didn't burn it up. I recently moved the 430w PSU to a new system I built for a friend that uses onboard video, and without the 8800 sucking watts, that PSU now runs with virtually no heat output.
It really depends on the quality of the power supply. If it is a "cheap" 400W power supply, you may be greeted with a puff of smoke on start up, and some fried components.
I'm tempted to play Hyborean Adventures myself, but I'm already playing LOTR online. We have a rule, I can play any teen rated game when my kid's awake, but I play mature games when he's asleep. So, I'd have less time for Conan.
Never thought I'd play an MMORPG, but both LOTR and Conan interest me in ways that Everquest or WoW did not. Dark Age of Camelot sounded interesting, but I never gave it a try. I guess I like fantasy worlds based on good literature over more generic fantasy worlds.