The Best PCI-e Graphics Card (GPU) For Pentium 4?

Hi, I dug around and found my old Pentium 4 CPU. It's a very rare hard to find Pentium chip that intel made then killed of the Pentium line. The specs are as follows:

- Pentium 4 3.2Ghz
- 2MB Cache (double the cache of 90% of P4's that had 1MB and below.)
- 65nm (less heat vs 90% of all P4's that used 90nm)
- LGA775 / 800Mhz FSB.

Can anyone advise me on what the best PCI-e GPU I can get that will not be a major bottleneck with this CPU? I was hoping to get the 9600GT DDR3 512MB. Is it to much of an over kill for the CPU? The current spec of the system already has 2GB of DDR2 800Mhz of ram.

please advise, this is very important.

Regards.
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  1. I'm guessing this is the P4? : http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SL96K

    At any rate what are the full specs? You can just get the 9600GT/4850/4870 and upgrade during Christmas time to a E5200 or like CPU depending on the motherboard. Yes, the P4 will be a bottle neck.
  2. ^+1. It's a good card.
  3. obsidian86 said:


    :) That's a different subject. That one is for High end gaming PC's.
  4. Shadow703793 said:
    I'm guessing this is the P4? : http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SL96K

    At any rate what are the full specs? You can just get the 9600GT/4850/4870 and upgrade during Christmas time to a E5200 or like CPU depending on the motherboard. Yes, the P4 will be a bottle neck.


    Hi, yup thats the chip (super man... :))

    How much of an over kill would it be for this chip? I was hoping to get at least 75% out of the GPU. If it is to much of an overkill, what GPU would you reccommend that shows very minimum bottleneck?

    Regards.
  5. invisik said:


    Sweet card, sweet price! :) But I'm affriad it may be to much for a Pentium 4.

    I was leaning more towards a 8600GTS DDR3 256MB. Any thoughts on bottleneck?

    I found this: HD3650 DDR2 512MB (120 streams??)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131168
  6. The 8600gt is a very poor card to game with. The 9600gso will be slightly bottlenecked by your cpu but you will get much higher fps then the 8600gt. Even a fast quad core with a 8600gt wont give you more fps then a P4 with a 9600gso. You could even get a higher end card but the extra cost is not worth the minimum gain with that cpu. I highly recommend the 9600gso it will run most of your games fine and its only 35$ with free shipping cant beat that. =]

    The card you posted is slower then the 9600gso and its more expensive. Why would you go for it?
  7. invisik said:
    The 8600gt is a very poor card to game with. The 9600gso will be slightly bottlenecked by your cpu but you will get much higher fps then the 8600gt. Even a fast quad core with a 8600gt wont give you more fps then a P4 with a 9600gso. You could even get a higher end card but the extra cost is not worth the minimum gain with that cpu. I highly recommend the 9600gso it will run most of your games fine and its only 35$ with free shipping cant beat that. =]

    The card you posted is slower then the 9600gso and its more expensive. Why would you go for it?


    Hmm, seems to be a mistake here, the 9600GSO you posted shows up as $54.99
  8. O, after rebate... Sorry I forgot to mention I don't live in the states, so its roughly going to cost me close to $60 here.
  9. Ohhhh. Try to find the cheapest 9600gso or 4650 you can. Those 2 cards is what i would recommend. Make sure they have above 256mb+ of video memory.

    If the 9600gt/4670 is a just a bit more money you could go for those as well.
  10. Aww, you guys are so lucky. Someone should open up a biz there that buys stuff from there and ships them abroad... That would be a killer biz.
  11. I found this... It's a $100 where I live, the only problem is... it says its 1.5GB of DDR2? Makes no sence...

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/15GB-XFX-9600GSO-580MHZ
  12. It says the product could not be found. Avoid ddr2 by all means! aim for ddr3 and the bit interface look higher then 128bit.
  13. Why is everything DIRT cheap in the states? I mean, half the products are not even manufactured in the U.S...
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