what system is best suited for ati 9800 pro?


Jul 10, 2003
Hey How is it going basically i have a problem here. I want to install my 9800 pro 256. But ppl have been telling me that the AMD Xp are better suited to run graphics then a p4.
Well my question is and if somebody could help me please is that i got this network at home. and i want to install the 9800 pro 256 in one of them. but what system would be better? i am not very good at computers. I know some basics thxs!!!!!!

system 1
Mobo AN19E/C
CPU Atlon xp 2100 (1737 MHz)
1 gig of ram (2 512 pc2700)
AGP Rates 4x/8x
40 gig HD 7200
400 wt PS
Geforce 4 ti 4600 128 4x
Audigy platinum EX

System 2
Mobo Intel
Cpu 2 gig p4
256 Rambus Memory (2 128 sticks)
agp rates 4x
40 gig HD
400 Wt PS
Geforce 3 ti 200 64 mb
Platinum live S/C

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Mar 19, 2003
i would say...put the card in the amd system...not cause it is amd but b/c it has agp 8x...now i know agp 8x on current games hasn't shown much of a diffrence but in future games it will (same thing happened with the move to agp 4x from 2x). Also that amd system should be a bit faster.

Don't go for 256mb...it is a waste of money for just about no performance.

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The Athlon 2100+ might be a bit better but not noticably. The CPUs are pretty damn close.

Still, the extra RAM and the 7200 RPM hard disk will help gaming alot. Put it in the Athlon system.

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May 12, 2001
It depends on how you play your games.

The AMD system will give you better throughput with 8X. However if you play all of your games at lower resolutions and with all of the bells and whistles turned off... it doesn't matter. You would be better off with a cheaper video card.

So how do you play your games?

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Jul 10, 2003
AS far as the 9800 pro goes i think i have read here that the 256 mb version they are both about the same when it came to performance. only that the 256 mb is 10 mhz faster that 's about all. But i want to be able to crank with all the goodies AA 1600x1200 in my 22 ich monitor and they say that the 256 is better suited for that. besides if i am going to pay that kind of money might as well put out another 100 bucks more and get what i want. and be ready for the next generation of games with a 256 mb. With 256 MB, 2x and 4x FSAA, up to 2048 x 1536 is possible, and with 6x FSAA, up to 1920 x 1200 is possible.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"
- Albert Einstein