View Full Version : graphics card upgrade advice please ?

10-28-03, 10:27 AM
I have a amd thunderbird 1.4, 512mb, geforce 2 pro card set up and i have just bought a 17 tft so i now wish to play all my games at the native 1280 x 1024 with high detail to get the best out of this monitor

Games such as ut2003 and c&c generals are completly unplayable at this resolution and a lot of new games are going to stuggle big time.

Which card would you recommend for this ?
Also if i buy too fast a card is my processor going to bottleneck it ?


10-28-03, 10:40 AM
My daughter's machine is a 1.3GHz Cellery (100 MHz FSB) with a 9600 Pro. It runs games fine at that resoultion. However, since she only has a 15" monitor, I set her rig up at 800x600 with 4XAA and 8XAF on.

Since you aren't running a Duron, you should have more than enough CPU power to run modern video cards without "bottlenecking". The only exception would probably be the "Top of the line Cards".

I'm running a 9800 Pro on an Athlon XP 1800+ (1.533 GHz) and 266MHz FSB nForce 1. I doubt I'm "bottlenecking" the card much, if at all. I run a 17" monitor at 1024x768 with 4XAA and 8XAF on. I personally wouldn't run 1280x1024 on anything less than a 19" monitor. However, we're talking CRT size, not LCD.

GPU is still more important than CPU for most games, and "Bottlenecking" *seems* to be more FSB related than CPU related, IMO. 1GHz still *seems* to be the bare minimum on the CPU end.

I may be wrong, but that's what it looks like to me.



EDIT: Recommendations:

($150 Range) - ATi 9600 Pro
($200 Range) - nVidia FX 5700 Ultra or ATi 9600XT (If you can find one)
($250 Range) - ATi 9700 Pro or ATi 9800 Non Pro (If you can find one, and NOT SE)
($300 Range) - ATi 9800 Pro 128MB
($500 Range) - ATi 9800 XT (256MB) or nVidia FX 5950 (256MB)

10-28-03, 10:46 AM
Hmmm...I could swap my 9700 Pro & 9600 Pro and tell ya how it games with a 1.4@1.68 celeron tulatin. That's pretty damned close to a 1.4 t-bird if you're not over-clocking it.

I'll do it in a few hours if you want. :)

Peace Angel
10-28-03, 11:29 AM
First post here too! :)

9800pro or XT
9600XT or pro!
Anything else isn't recommended!