Choice of Video Card

  RJKnight 20:22 30 Oct 03
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Hi,

I'm currently running a 64mb graphics card on my Dell Dimension 500mhz PC. I'm updating the CPU sometime in the near future but I am looking at getting a graphics card now (because someone offered to pay for it).

I don't really want to be spending more than ?200 but I am a dedicated gamer and need it to provide a frame rate of 30fps approx. so that games like Flight Simulator run smoothly online. I have been looking at a Gainward 256mb card for ?190 but wasn't sure about it because it is bottom-end.

If anyone can advise me on a good card to buy in this price bracket, it'd be much appreciated. Also, I'd REALLY like it if you could find one on click here please.

Thank you,
Ciaran

  bremner 20:46 30 Oct 03

You do not say whether the machine has an AGP slot. I would be surprised if it did. Without this the optionis a PCI card and they are limited and expensive.

  RJKnight 20:49 30 Oct 03

It's currently an AGP Video Card installed so it is an AGP slot.

Ciaran

  bremner 20:50 30 Oct 03

click here for an example of a PCI FX5200. This is some ?20 more than the comparable AGP card

  RJKnight 20:54 30 Oct 03

I have an AGP slot.

  bremner 21:01 30 Oct 03

For the money you are willing to spend your chioces are the FX5700 or Radeon 9800. Both consume a lot of power and you may have to consider upgrading your power supply (PSU).

You will also not get the full benefit of either card as they are 8x AGP and your slot will be 1x or 2x I would think.

  RJKnight 21:03 30 Oct 03

Is it definately worth spending ?200 then if they won't work at full capacity?

  bremner 21:05 30 Oct 03

I have an 8x 128MB Radeon 9500PRO card in a 4x slot and the improvement over my old 64MB GF3 card was immense.

I don't know what level you will get if the AGP slot is only 1x though

  RJKnight 21:30 30 Oct 03

Do you know how I can find out what 'x' slot it is?

I've got the system spec next to me and it simply says "Video Card - AGP"

Ciaran

  bremner 21:37 30 Oct 03

click here download this and it will give you details of the motherboard. Post that and we can look it up and tell you

  RJKnight 22:04 30 Oct 03

System Model - Dell XPST500
Operating System - Windows XP Professional

Processor - 500 megahertz Intel Pentium III
32 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache

Main Circuit Board - Board: Intel Corporation SE440BX-3 AA722394-109
Serial Number: 0005335T1246198H0157
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. A11 10/13/2000

Drives - 33.67 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
13.23 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

CREATIVE CD-RW RW8432E [CD-ROM drive]
TOSHIBA DVD-ROM SD-M1212 [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Maxtor 5T020H2 [Hard drive] (20.00 GB) -- drive 1, s/n T2HKNHRC, rev TAH71DP0, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC AC313600D [Hard drive] (13.68 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WT6710520074, rev J7JOA30K, SMART Status: Healthy

Memory Modules - 384 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'J6J1' has 128 MB
Slot 'J6J2' has 256 MB
Slot 'J7J1' is Empty

Display - NVIDIA RIVA TNT (Microsoft Corporation) [Display adapter]
DELL M770 [Monitor] (14.9"vis, s/n 8221DM7WCH89, August 1999)

Hope that helps. I didn't put up Software, it is of no significance.

Ciaran

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