New Graphics card for OLD computer

Mr_Nguyen

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Hello everyone,

I currently have a 800mhz p3 with 512 sd ram. It used to be nice (like 5 years ago), but then like overnight it just became obsolete. The only thing stopping me from getting a new computer is that this computer serves its purpose, minus games. And the only game I play is Counter-strike, so i dont want to buy a new system just for it. Right now i have a inno3d geforce 2 32mb video card. Its alright but I get crappy frames with CS. So I am hoping that I can get a new video card that is slightly better, maybe like a 64 mb.

Does anyone have any suggestions for one that would be low priced, but still be an improvement? And something that isnt "too new" so that my system cant handle it?

edit:my motherboard is Asus Jumperfree CSUL2-C and it DOES have an AGP video slot<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Mr_Nguyen on 03/07/04 01:55 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
 

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Does it have an AGP slot :lol: ...seriously, you need a GeForce 4 Ti4200. They're cheap now, and they rock on counter strike.(around $75-80 bucks U.S.)

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Mr_Nguyen

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so it does have an AGP slot, I was hoping for one that is about 50 dollars though =P

any other suggestions?

and would I be better off with the 64 or 128 mb version?

and which manufacturer of the ti4200 is recommended?

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Mr_Nguyen on 03/07/04 02:14 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
 

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Which ever is cheapest(usually the 64mb model)

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Hmmm, for around $50 you are looking at a GeForce FX5200, or a Radeon 9200 (NOT SE)...

Try <A HREF="http://www.pricewatch.com" target="_new">http://www.pricewatch.com</A>
 

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Hmmm...thats weird. At pricewatch.com the 64MB version of the Ti4200 costs $85 and the 128MB is $79...I wonder what the difference is besides the amount of Ram

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OH...and I have a Fx5200 and it is the 64-bit version, and it does fairly well. It will get you 100fps but when there is smoke you drop straight down to 30fps. And on Aztec its not so stable, it'll fall down to like 90fps and jump back up to 100fps. But it does fine.

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Your motherboard supports all standard AGP video cards. It's compatable with 2x and 4x signals using the AGP 1.0 and 2.0 standard. Even the latest cards support AGP 2.0.

The problem is, cheap cards aren't really that good. The GeForce4 MX440 is an updated version of the GeForce2 GTS.

Of course if you GeForce2 is also an MX, the MX440 would be a huge gain. But if your old card is a GTS, Pro, or Ultra, it wouldn't.

So you look for a better card. GeForce4 Ti4200 is a good card for the money. Also, if you can find one for a lower price, the Radeon 8500 is a Great card. And the cheaper 8500LE is still a good card. And the Radeon 9100 is a remarketed 8500LE.

Those are your best choices for around $75, if you can find those cards for around $75. Ti4200, followed by the Radeon 8500, then the 8500LE and 9100.

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Hmmm...thats weird. At pricewatch.com the 64MB version of the Ti4200 costs $85 and the 128MB is $79...I wonder what the difference is besides the amount of Ram
That is probably because it is one of the older 128MB Ti4200's that used slower memory...the first 128MB ones they released were memory clocked at 444MHz compared to the 64MB cards at 500MHz...later they released the AGP8X Ti4200's with memory clock speed of 512MHz.
 

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Refurb Ti4200's can be found down around $55. Radeon 8500le's are still pretty decent. Otherwise the $50 price range is just full of dissappointments.




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