What should be by next video card upgrade?

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#1 Posted by chipster_23 (17 posts) -

Dear all, I currently own a GeForce4 MX 4000 video card equipped with 128MB of RAM. So far it managed to do its job by giving me a decent frame rate in 1024X768 resolution in games like Doom 3 and Call Of Duty 1 among others. It is well understood that today I am facing problems with running more recent games lets say dated 2004 onwards (understood right?!). Some of these don't even load at all since they require a programmable pixel shader, a features which is not supported by the MX GPU (such as silent hill 3 and 4).

I am really getting confused in choosing my next upgrade which will at least give me a decent visual experience in running much more recent games in 1024X768 resolution. I am not really interested in latest high-end GPUs since probably I would need to upgrade my computer specs too for that, something which I not very well willing to do. Therefore my guess would be a mid-range GPU.

I am not a guru in choosing video cards and that's why I'm asking for your advice. What NVIDIA GPU would you recommend for the following computer? Shall I go for the high-end version of a GeForce FX series such as the FX5900, or the mid-range of the GeForce 7 series such as the 7600GS? With a limited budget would you recommend upgrading to the latest series such a GeForce 8 but the light version (LE) or an older series like the GeForce 6 but the GT version? Where is the compromise?

P4 - 2.4GHZ - 800MHZ FSB

512MB DDR RAM 400MHZ

AGP Video interface

Many thanks in advance

#2 Posted by ZBoater (1855 posts) -
I think you want to be looking at the 7600GT. Take a look here at some comparisons. The 8XXX wont work since they are PCI, and I assume you are wanting to keep your motherboard (AGP).
#3 Posted by V4LENT1NE (12895 posts) -
I would say get a 7600GT, best performance for price and you will be able to run recent games on a decent setting.
#4 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -
With a Pentium 4 @ 2.4GHz and 512MB of DDR RAM, I'd say save the $80 or so from the 7600GT, and pick up a 7600GS instead. You won't be maxing all the new games out, but you will be able to play every one with decent settings, and you'll save yourself $80 or so for the eventual upgrade.
#5 Posted by chipster_23 (17 posts) -
I think the 7600GT memory clocks are much higher than the computer itself can handle. That's something which I don't want since those would be money down the drain.
#6 Posted by Lucifer007 (1132 posts) -
get a new pc then look at grfx cards 
#8 Posted by Generalkill8888 (5305 posts) -

Dear all, I currently own a GeForce4 MX 4000 video card equipped with 128MB of RAM. So far it managed to do its job by giving me a decent frame rate in 1024X768 resolution in games like Doom 3 and Call Of Duty 1 among others. It is well understood that today I am facing problems with running more recent games lets say dated 2004 onwards (understood right?!). Some of these don't even load at all since they require a programmable pixel shader, a features which is not supported by the MX GPU (such as silent hill 3 and 4).

I am really getting confused in choosing my next upgrade which will at least give me a decent visual experience in running much more recent games in 1024X768 resolution. I am not really interested in latest high-end GPUs since probably I would need to upgrade my computer specs too for that, something which I not very well willing to do. Therefore my guess would be a mid-range GPU.

I am not a guru in choosing video cards and that's why I'm asking for your advice. What NVIDIA GPU would you recommend for the following computer? Shall I go for the high-end version of a GeForce FX series such as the FX5900, or the mid-range of the GeForce 7 series such as the 7600GS? With a limited budget would you recommend upgrading to the latest series such a GeForce 8 but the light version (LE) or an older series like the GeForce 6 but the GT version? Where is the compromise?

P4 - 2.4GHZ - 800MHZ FSB

512MB DDR RAM 400MHZ

AGP Video interface

Many thanks in advance

chipster_23

8800GTX evga.
#9 Posted by SilentSwirl (69 posts) -

I bought an AGP Leadtek 7600GT the other day and i'm really happy with it. It runs the games I like (WoW, HL2, Halo) at high settings with a nice framerate.... I really should buy some new games now. :P

#10 Posted by ZBoater (1855 posts) -
I think the 7600GT memory clocks are much higher than the computer itself can handle. That's something which I don't want since those would be money down the drain.chipster_23
The computer can handle it fine. If anything you completely remove the graphics card as a potential bottleneck for your system.
#11 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -
[QUOTE="chipster_23"]P4 - 2.4GHZ - 800MHZ FSB

512MB DDR RAM 400MHZ

AGP Video interface

Many thanks in advance

Generalkill8888

8800GTX evga.

Eh?

#12 Posted by KSlater85 (19738 posts) -
[QUOTE="Generalkill8888"][QUOTE="chipster_23"]P4 - 2.4GHZ - 800MHZ FSB

512MB DDR RAM 400MHZ

AGP Video interface

Many thanks in advance

RayvinAzn

8800GTX evga.

Eh?

LMAO.. The 7600 would be a perfectly good choice.. The 7600 GT if you can or a 7600 GS if you must
#13 Posted by Generalkill8888 (5305 posts) -
[QUOTE="RayvinAzn"][QUOTE="Generalkill8888"][QUOTE="chipster_23"]P4 - 2.4GHZ - 800MHZ FSB

512MB DDR RAM 400MHZ

AGP Video interface

Many thanks in advance

KSlater85

8800GTX evga.

Eh?

LMAO.. The 7600 would be a perfectly good choice.. The 7600 GT if you can or a 7600 GS if you must

AGP Version... DUH!!
#14 Posted by KSlater85 (19738 posts) -
[QUOTE="KSlater85"][QUOTE="RayvinAzn"][QUOTE="Generalkill8888"][QUOTE="chipster_23"]P4 - 2.4GHZ - 800MHZ FSB

512MB DDR RAM 400MHZ

AGP Video interface

Many thanks in advance

Generalkill8888

8800GTX evga.

Eh?

LMAO.. The 7600 would be a perfectly good choice.. The 7600 GT if you can or a 7600 GS if you must

AGP Version... DUH!!

The 7600 GS is PCI-E too... I don't know if the gt comes in AGP but it should.. It's the same PCB as the 6600's
#15 Posted by KSlater85 (19738 posts) -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130076

$119 eVGA 7600 GS AGP...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814143046

$209 BFG 7800 GS AGP (not a bad choice either.. a buddy has one of those and it's really nice)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150210

$174 XFX 7600 GT AGP

Those are all AGP 7xxx cards...