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Helpless Being
05-28-03, 06:25 AM
I am not in the loop as far as the power of graphics cards go. I have recently set up dual monitors on this system, using a Voodoo 3 on the right slot, meaning for the majority of the games, the Voodoo takes control (with some exceptions of games allowing to change displays). Anyway, I have a Nvidia TNT 2 card in the other slot. I can run Marrowind on the TNT but it runs a bit choppy and laggy. Now I am wondering if I were to buy a new card (for the main slot -- TNT will not fit) what would be the best card for simply running higher & newer games such as Marrowind and Neverwinter Nights? I am not a stickler for highest graphics or whatever, so I guess I am asking what card will simply run the games decently enough for a possible price range of $100(US) and will last for a reasonable amount of time countering new games and technologies.

Also here are my system specs (incase you need them):

1.1GHz AMD Athlon Processor
160MB RAM
Main: 3dfx Voodoo3 15MB
Secondary: NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro 16MB

R.Carter
05-28-03, 06:42 AM
Well, I would get a GeForce4 Ti 4200 AGP 128MB card or something similar. They should run about $120 USD or so. They work and are usually pretty overclockable.

Stay away from GeForce4 MX cards!

Placid
05-28-03, 07:11 AM
Does your motherboard have a agp slot? If so is it 1.5v or 3.3v?

Helpless Being
05-28-03, 08:08 AM
Yes, Placid the voodoo is currently in an agp slot, as for 1.5 or 3.3 I do not know. Is this the size of the slot perhaps?

edit: my mistake, the nvidia is in the agp slot.

nin_fragile14
05-28-03, 09:30 AM
If you have to stay in the 100 dollar range, I'd also reccomend the TI4200. If you can spend more, I'd go with the Radeon 9500 Pro or Radeon 9600 Pro. All three support dual monitors, so you could ditch the dual card setup.

Helpless Being
05-28-03, 10:17 AM
Thanks for the input guys. so both of my monitors will attach to a single ti4200 card?

jAkUp
05-28-03, 10:52 AM
some do... you have to make sure it supports dual monitors.

Helpless Being
05-28-03, 11:04 AM
Could you (or someone) possibly direct me toward a ti4200 that does support dual monitor setup? I've been scouting around and I'm just not really sure what to make of them or how to find a card that does support it.

jAkUp
05-28-03, 11:11 AM
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?submit=manufactory&catalog=48&manufactory=1312&DEPA=1&sortby=14&order=1


scroll down a few to the msi card for $136... that is a dual dvi video card.

Helpless Being
05-28-03, 11:16 AM
Thank you!

GlowStick
05-28-03, 03:00 PM
Yes, i must recomend buying a card that supports Dual Monitors. Since your setup already supports it, if you switched to one monitor, you'll get stick!

deejaya
05-28-03, 05:12 PM
so I guess I am asking what card will simply run the games decently enough for a possible price range of $100

Originally posted by Can't get right
Get a 9800pro

:rolleyes:

jAkUp
05-28-03, 05:22 PM
i guess since everyone has $300 stuff to sell:rolleyes:

GlowStick
05-28-03, 05:25 PM
Originally posted by jAkUp
i guess since everyone has $300 stuff to sell:rolleyes:

Hmm, well i was watching Duce Biggalo last night.... he made alot of money!

Helpless Being
05-28-03, 11:44 PM
So are all agp slots/cards the same size? or should i be wondering if that card above will fit?

yoladude
05-29-03, 06:49 PM
no, with just about all ti4200 cards, size really shouldn't be an issue unless your case is REALLY small.