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August 7, 2005 10:53:40 AM

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Went to staples thinking the graphics cards would be the newest available.
Purchased a DIAMOND STEALTH S120 Graphics accelerator card featuring RADEON
9550 AGP Version with graphics by ATI Radeon 9550. But now I find out their
are higher versions. What I have now and wanted to improve upon. Will the
Radeon 9550 be better than what I have or will I have to get a new one for
Nightlife. I have 14 days to return the card even though I opened it.
Note: I am graphics-card challenged. Thanks.

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 [Display adapter]
Sony SDM-HS94P [Monitor] (19.1"

2333 megahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P4B533 REV 1.xx
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS P4B533 ACPI BIOS Revision 1006 05/24/2002
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
1024 Megabytes Installed Memory
164.27 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
135.93 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

TEAC CD-W540E [CD-ROM drive]
TOSHIBA DVD-ROM SD-M1612 [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

IC35L080AVVA07-0 [Hard drive] (82.35 GB) -- drive 0
Maxtor 6 Y080L0 USB Device [Hard drive] (81.96 GB) -- drive 1
CMI8738/C3DX PCI Audio Device
Standard Game Port

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August 7, 2005 10:57:07 AM

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"Mary" <xxxxyyosugrad97330@worldnet.att.net> wrote in message
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> Went to staples thinking the graphics cards would be the newest available.
> Purchased a DIAMOND STEALTH S120 Graphics accelerator card featuring
> RADEON 9550 AGP Version with graphics by ATI Radeon 9550. But now I find
> out their are higher versions. What I have now and wanted to improve
> upon. Will the Radeon 9550 be better than what I have or will I have to
> get a new one for Nightlife. I have 14 days to return the card even
> though I opened it. Note: I am graphics-card challenged. Thanks.
>
> NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 [Display adapter]
> Sony SDM-HS94P [Monitor] (19.1"
>
> 2333 megahertz Intel Pentium 4
> 8 kilobyte primary memory cache
> 512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
> Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P4B533 REV 1.xx
> Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
> BIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS P4B533 ACPI BIOS Revision 1006 05/24/2002
> Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
> 1024 Megabytes Installed Memory
> 164.27 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
> 135.93 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
>
> TEAC CD-W540E [CD-ROM drive]
> TOSHIBA DVD-ROM SD-M1612 [CD-ROM drive]
> 3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]
>
> IC35L080AVVA07-0 [Hard drive] (82.35 GB) -- drive 0
> Maxtor 6 Y080L0 USB Device [Hard drive] (81.96 GB) -- drive 1
> CMI8738/C3DX PCI Audio Device
> Standard Game Port
>
>Forgot to add, the Radeon has 256MB/DDR, DVI/TV-out.
Anonymous
August 7, 2005 2:36:55 PM

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On Sun, 07 Aug 2005 06:53:40 GMT, "Mary"
<xxxxyyosugrad97330@worldnet.att.net> wrote:

>Went to staples thinking the graphics cards would be the newest available.
>Purchased a DIAMOND STEALTH S120 Graphics accelerator card featuring RADEON
>9550 AGP Version with graphics by ATI Radeon 9550. But now I find out their
>are higher versions. What I have now and wanted to improve upon. Will the
>Radeon 9550 be better than what I have or will I have to get a new one for
>Nightlife. I have 14 days to return the card even though I opened it.
>Note: I am graphics-card challenged. Thanks.
>
>NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 [Display adapter]
>Sony SDM-HS94P [Monitor] (19.1"
>
>2333 megahertz Intel Pentium 4

Your new card is certainly better than your old, but... how much did
you pay for it? And there certainly are better ones... my Radeon 9800
(which is what? 6 times faster?) is 2 years old now...
--


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August 7, 2005 2:36:56 PM

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"Guardian Pegasus" <nobody@nowhere.xxx> wrote in message
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> On Sun, 07 Aug 2005 06:53:40 GMT, "Mary"
> <xxxxyyosugrad97330@worldnet.att.net> wrote:
>
>>Went to staples thinking the graphics cards would be the newest available.
>>Purchased a DIAMOND STEALTH S120 Graphics accelerator card featuring
>>RADEON
>>9550 AGP Version with graphics by ATI Radeon 9550. But now I find out
>>their
>>are higher versions. What I have now and wanted to improve upon. Will
>>the
>>Radeon 9550 be better than what I have or will I have to get a new one for
>>Nightlife. I have 14 days to return the card even though I opened it.
>>Note: I am graphics-card challenged. Thanks.
>>
>>NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 [Display adapter]
>>Sony SDM-HS94P [Monitor] (19.1"
>>
>>2333 megahertz Intel Pentium 4
>
> Your new card is certainly better than your old, but... how much did
> you pay for it? And there certainly are better ones... my Radeon 9800
> (which is what? 6 times faster?) is 2 years old now...

I paid $129.00. I'd go up to $200-250.00.
Anonymous
August 7, 2005 2:37:36 PM

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On Sun, 07 Aug 2005 06:57:07 GMT, "Mary"
<xxxxyyosugrad97330@worldnet.att.net> wrote:

>> get a new one for Nightlife. I have 14 days to return the card even
>> though I opened it. Note: I am graphics-card challenged. Thanks.

How much money are you willing to spend?

>>Forgot to add, the Radeon has 256MB/DDR, DVI/TV-out.

Graphic memory doesn't really matter much on older cards.
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Anonymous
August 7, 2005 6:57:59 PM

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"Mary" <xxxxyyosugrad97330@worldnet.att.net> wrote in news:QRjJe.561450
$cg1.18487@bgtnsc04-news.ops.worldnet.att.net:

> I paid $129.00.

You overpaid. Take it back.

--
Mike
It may look to you like nothing much to be
But you should see the way it feels to me.
- David Wilcox, "You Should See The Way It Feels"
August 7, 2005 9:18:37 PM

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"Mary" <xxxxyyosugrad97330@worldnet.att.net> wrote in message
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>
> "Guardian Pegasus" <nobody@nowhere.xxx> wrote in message
> news:5uhbf1pkf2nom8gv4hd82c81dh1paflk6r@4ax.com...
>> On Sun, 07 Aug 2005 06:53:40 GMT, "Mary"
>> <xxxxyyosugrad97330@worldnet.att.net> wrote:
>>
>>>Went to staples thinking the graphics cards would be the newest
>>>available.
>>>Purchased a DIAMOND STEALTH S120 Graphics accelerator card featuring
>>>RADEON
>>>9550 AGP Version with graphics by ATI Radeon 9550. But now I find out
>>>their
>>>are higher versions. What I have now and wanted to improve upon. Will
>>>the
>>>Radeon 9550 be better than what I have or will I have to get a new one
>>>for
>>>Nightlife. I have 14 days to return the card even though I opened it.
>>>Note: I am graphics-card challenged. Thanks.
>>>
>>>NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 [Display adapter]
>>>Sony SDM-HS94P [Monitor] (19.1"
>>>
>>>2333 megahertz Intel Pentium 4
>>
>> Your new card is certainly better than your old, but... how much did
>> you pay for it? And there certainly are better ones... my Radeon 9800
>> (which is what? 6 times faster?) is 2 years old now...
>
> I paid $129.00. I'd go up to $200-250.00.



I paid almost $80 for my Radeon 9550 256mg, with shipping. Got it in January
off ebay (new, not refurb) and absolutely love it. On my older system I was
running a Radeon 8550 128mb (got that one free from an online gaming
company). I put that one in the kids computer to replace their GeForce (like
yours) and saw a big difference in the graphics on some of their games.

I hate nVidia....
noname
Anonymous
August 7, 2005 10:37:32 PM

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Mary wrote:

> I paid $129.00.

Ouch!

Dig out that receipt.

--
--Cuth
Anonymous
August 8, 2005 7:06:51 PM

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On Sun, 07 Aug 2005 08:44:32 GMT, "Mary"
<xxxxyyosugrad97330@worldnet.att.net> wrote:

>I paid $129.00. I'd go up to $200-250.00.

Ouchies... if those are the best deals they have I'd go elsewhere. I'm
assuming by your dns that you live in the US. You can safely order
stuff online. Newegg.com for instance is a good US webshop.

For 200-250$ you should be able to pick up a 6800GT, X800 PRO/XL.
Remember to pick one with an AGP slot if that's what you have. Also
remember that the numbers and letters on the card are CRITICAL, and
ammount of memory is complete nonsense. The TYPE and SPEED of memory
is much more important. DDR3 is better than 2, is better than 1. But
128 or 256 megabytes makes virtually no difference because no software
exists to exploit it and the hardware chips can't use that much
onboard anyway.
--


I'm going to corner Miami attorney Jack Thompson in a dark alley and beat him to death with my pink lawn flamingo
August 9, 2005 4:01:21 AM

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"Guardian Pegasus" <nobody@nowhere.xxx> wrote in message
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> On Sun, 07 Aug 2005 08:44:32 GMT, "Mary"
> <xxxxyyosugrad97330@worldnet.att.net> wrote:
>
>>I paid $129.00. I'd go up to $200-250.00.
>
> Ouchies... if those are the best deals they have I'd go elsewhere. I'm
> assuming by your dns that you live in the US. You can safely order
> stuff online. Newegg.com for instance is a good US webshop.
>
> For 200-250$ you should be able to pick up a 6800GT, X800 PRO/XL.
> Remember to pick one with an AGP slot if that's what you have. Also
> remember that the numbers and letters on the card are CRITICAL, and
> ammount of memory is complete nonsense. The TYPE and SPEED of memory
> is much more important. DDR3 is better than 2, is better than 1. But
> 128 or 256 megabytes makes virtually no difference because no software
> exists to exploit it and the hardware chips can't use that much
> onboard anyway.
> --
Thanks to all for helping me. I took it back. I picked up a 6800GT and
some extra memory which will finally max it out while I was there.
Anonymous
August 11, 2005 7:21:01 PM

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On Tue, 09 Aug 2005 00:01:21 GMT, "Mary"
<xxxxyyosugrad97330@worldnet.att.net> wrote:

>Thanks to all for helping me. I took it back. I picked up a 6800GT and
>some extra memory which will finally max it out while I was there.

Excellent... I think you'll find your game will run oh so much
smoother :-) Turn on "edge smoothing" and run the highest resolution
you're comfortable with.
--


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August 11, 2005 8:03:48 PM

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"Guardian Pegasus" <nobody@nowhere.xxx> wrote in message
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> On Tue, 09 Aug 2005 00:01:21 GMT, "Mary"
> <xxxxyyosugrad97330@worldnet.att.net> wrote:
>
>>Thanks to all for helping me. I took it back. I picked up a 6800GT and
>>some extra memory which will finally max it out while I was there.
>
> Excellent... I think you'll find your game will run oh so much
> smoother :-) Turn on "edge smoothing" and run the highest resolution
> you're comfortable with.
> --
It does run much smoother and....................those lakes I build are now
actually blue (and I'm not talking about flashing blue (LOL). Thanks.
Anonymous
August 12, 2005 3:08:38 AM

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On Thu, 11 Aug 2005 16:03:48 GMT, "Mary"
<xxxxyyosugrad97330@worldnet.att.net> wrote:

>It does run much smoother and....................those lakes I build are now
>actually blue (and I'm not talking about flashing blue (LOL). Thanks.

LOL... make sure you max out 'edge smoothing' too, it makes a HUGE
difference!
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!