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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by CarlssonMB, Jan 26, 2005.

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  1. CarlssonMB

    CarlssonMB Thread Starter

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    Video Cards aren't my strong point so im asking for help on this one, I'm looking for a new gfx card that will run LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth, UT2k4, COD etc. I don't want to spend too much, maybe like 100 dollars?
     
  2. rugrat

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    The specs for Lord of the rings show only a 64MB card. I would double that and go with a more advanced chipset than the Radeon 7500. With a video card, the more you can afford the better. You may want to do a google search for video card benchmarks then do some online browsing at sites like newegg.com and buy the best you can afford.

    The minimum specifications for the game will require your PC to pack at least a 1.3GHz processor, 256MB RAM, a whopping 4GB of free hard disk space and a 32MB video card with at least an NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS or ATI Radeon 7500 chipset.

    I am not a gamer but, the rest of your system looks ok except you may want to up your ram to 512..

    SeeYa
     
  3. CarlssonMB

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    Would a Radeon 9200se work?
     
  4. rugrat

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    It should, however I am not a gamer so you may want to hang around for more advice or click the icon at the top right of this post and ask a moderator to move this to games. They may have more experience with the requirements.

    SeeYa
     
  5. CarlssonMB

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    ok thx for the assistance
     
  6. brite750

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    Probably something in the FX5200-128, i know that plays COD at least. A 9600XT would also be nice for around $135ish
     
  7. CarlssonMB

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    thats just outta my budget, id like to keep it under 100
     
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    I am running an NVIDIA Gforce 2 MX/MX 400
    It has 64 mb of ram its own cooling fan and it is pci plug and play
    Its far from top of the line but it has been capable of running about every game I have tried on it. Although im not an avid game user. You can find it at any Wal-Mart for around $65.00. Hope this helps with what you want within your budget. Good luck!

    P.S. It scored a 79 on 3DMar3.
     
  9. CarlssonMB

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    I was looking into GeForce FX5200 but it is very bottom line and I want something I can play most every game on, so a 9200se sounds more for me, has 128 mb i think
     
  10. KenC72

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    Yes that is a great card for aroun $120.00. I think you would probaly happy with that choice for your budget. But as it was well put before, the more you can afford to put in a gfx card, the happier you will be.
     
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    Carl, the 9200se will work fine. I have one, and I've been fraggin on doom3 for almost 2 months with no performance issues (Switched to HL2 now, so yes, it's a good card!). The radeon has a damn powerful 3d and 2d engine, much better than the 5200's. But if you want something that can play all games, then maybe you might be better off with the fx5200. Better driver support. For instance, the radeon 9200 can't play terminator of ground control 1 with catalyst 4.3 and above, so consider these two things before buying anything.
     
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    go to newegg and do a search, put in agp4x 8x and your range $75-$110, aomething like that. They even have some FX5700, 9600se in your range.
     
  13. CarlssonMB

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    Found a Radeon 9250 for real cheap, thx guys
     
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    A Radeon 9600 or 9550 would be right around that range. The 9550 uses the same chip as the 9600 series cards and can be overclocked pretty easily. I've seen two, one at 410Mhz and the other at 420Mhz for the GPU clock speed up from 250Mhz. It will depend on the chip, card, and cooling if you'll be able to up the clock speeds but it so out do the 9250 easily.
     
  15. CarlssonMB

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    you can overclock pretty much any ati card that has catalyst drivers lower than 3.14
     
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