Gonna buy a new video card... any advise?
here are my comp specs:
1.2 ghz amd athlon
256 mb ddr pc2100 266mhz ram
creative soundblaster audigy gamer
40gb hard drive
windows xp pro
asus a7a266 ali magik1 ddr atx motherboard
i know my motherboard is quite ****..
i'm willing to spend around 250 canadian or around 160 us
i currently have an ati radeon 64mb ddr vivo
should i wait a while for prices to drop? don't wanna wait that long... maybe a month..
was thinking of getting a msi geforce 4 ti4200, but i also heard that the ati radeon 9500 was pretty good..
yes in Comparison the 9500 is way faster than the 4200
and for the price yes you can get the 9500
In my experience Asus make some of the best boards around.
As for the 9500 being 'way' faster , depends what you mean by way...looking at toms VGA list benchmarks you're only getting about 5% over the Ti4200 and thats comparing the PRO version!
Maybe driver advances have altered this.
I think either card will suit you as your rig and you'd see a huge increase in performance. Go for the best price/performace ratio. Either way your CPU will not be able to feed the video card faster than it can handle.
Here's toms charts :-
I do believe with AA and AF enabled the 9500 pro beats the nvidia cards BAD. Go for the DX 9 card, get the 9500 pro!
Based on your current card, I'd go 9500 pro. Dx9 makes all the difference in terms of card longevity. I have a 4400 and love it, but I wish I had waited a few months for a 9500pro.
My choice: Radeon 9500 Pro, definitely
in addition to a new video card, should i upgrade any other aspect on my comp? more ram perhaps? should i get a new motherboard? or does that not make a difference.
9500. Also WinXP would gulp another 256mb of ram down. WinXP likes more memory.
I just bought the 9500 Pro and Like it!
I will try to Bench it this weekend!
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