Recommendations for new card for 1GHz P3, 256 M

I've been reading up on THG about cards as I'd like to replace the Riva TNT2 M64 in my 1 GHz P3 system. I don't play a lot of 3D games so it has not been a major problem till now. My daughter came home with a 3D zoo game (zoo empire) which chokes and crashes my system. It recommends a 1ghz p3 and radeon 8500 or better. I may also play some flight sim - but I'm not too worried about that since I plan to build an athlon system in the next few months and would simply like to keep the p3 system viable.

Seems like the 9500 pro is a great card, but is tough to find except used on ebay. So I've been considering a 128/128 9600 card. I'd like to keep the cost below $110 or so, so that I can invest in a newer system. One of the THG reports showed that cards can be CPU limited on some games. So I'd hate to spend the money on a 9800 pro for instance and have it bottlenecked by my cpu. Perhaps a Gforce 4 mx440 would suffice? Tho I'd like a card which can handle DX9.0.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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  1. Get a GeForce4 Ti4200. Radeon 9550 (128 bit memory) isn't a bad choice, but it's slower than GeForce4 Ti4200 and Radeon 9600

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  2. The 9600 normals seem to be pretty cheap and affordable. There is one from rosewell. (I personally don't know how good of a company they are but for the price?)


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    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by TheCoLd on 10/16/04 02:26 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
  3. Radeon 8500 is better than MX440. MX440 is a slightly modified GeForce2. Radeon 9100 is a slower version of the 8500 and would probaby suffice. GeForce4 Ti4200 would be good, or a Radeon 9500 would be fine.

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  4. Buy the best fuccking card you can, that is AGP. I dont care if it's a 6800 Ultra....dont [-peep-] around....get the best you can.


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  5. For that system I'd save money and do a cheap card. A <A HREF="http://www.allstarshop.com/shop/simprod.asp?pid=8980&ad=pwatch" target="_new">$35 radeon 8500le</A>(DX8.1 card) would be a good match and be a huge performer compared to your current card. Anything above that and your peformance will be more and more limited by your system. A cheap GF4Ti4200, if available, would also be a good match, but I wouldn't pay over $50-60 for one when an 8500le is $35. DX9 card on that system, not worth it. You can still play DX9 titles on older hardware, and again your system will be the limiter.

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  6. By the way, if your curious how your card stacks up to others, check ou <A HREF="http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/over2003/index.html" target="_new">this 80 card review</A>. The Radeon 8500LE and Radeon 9100 are the same thing. This test had a Pentium 4 3.2GHz, so don't expect the higher end cards to actually show an improvement on your system. But looking at Unreal II 800x600. A TNT2 Ultra gets 10fps, and a R8500le gets 61.9 fps.

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