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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-26-2002, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Best Video Card?

Hey,

I was just wondering which would be the best choice for a PIII, 1Ghz, 60 gig HD, 128 mb ram system. I do a bit of gaming and I want to improve performance.

I am currently considering either a VooDoo card or a Nvidia card. Some of the Nvidia clones seem to be a good value. Any advice on what to avoid?

Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-26-2002, 04:45 PM
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Avoid the Voodoo cards. The company that made them - 3Dfx - is essentially gone. Nvidia purchased 3Dfx's carcass in order to ensure they had a lock on the high-end GPU market. While you can find hobbiests that might be able to help you with 3Dfx gear, you will not find official support for any 3Dfx card anymore.

Any of the Nvidia "GeForce" chipsets are a good choice. Most manufacturers that use Nvidia's chipsets stick to the reference design for the most part so one manufacturer's products are all fairly similar when compared to another's using the same Nvidia chipset. As long as the Nvidia GeForce chipset on the card you are buying has either a 2 or a 3 in it you'll be fine. You can pick up a GeForce2 MX for next to nothing and the GeForce3 isn't a bad buy either.
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Thanks CJ!
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-27-2002, 09:54 AM
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g4 are on the market if you have a chunk of change to throw around or just wait a few months for them to come down in price. that's my plan.
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one more thing to add..I am an old ATI video card fan and thought nothing could ever top the Radeons..but I will admit that NVidia has the best drivers I have even seen
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Be careful, on some older motherboards newer cards that require a AGP 2.0 slot will give you nice BSOD's in DirectX games. On a Abit BE6-II, a Radeon 8500 nada, Generic Nvidia Ti-200 nada but a MX400 worked fine. It scores around a 2500 on 3DMark for around $70 bucks, not bad. The old Voodoo 3 is still a great card & drivers are still available at www.3dfxfiles.com

If you running XP bump the ram up to 256MB.

Hope your all are running the 27.42 Nvidia drivers, the 23.11 are trash.
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Nvidia,

Had all the above listed, Voodoo, ATI, S3 etc. Nvidia's have been the best for gaming by far. ATI is the best if you want a DVD/Gaming card(all in wonder).

If you are not a hard core gamer that needs FPS (Frames Per Second) at very high levels, a Nvidia G2, G2MX, or G3 should work nicely for about $50-90 on the net.

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What are you going to run for an OS? For Win2K or XP I would suggest you boost up that RAM... 128 is not enough.

Can you still buy Voodoo cards new? I have a Voodoo 5 at home... had trouble for a while finding drivers for Win2K... well Win2K shipped with a driver but it didn't have any 3D support.
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Drivers for your Voodudu are located here.. http://www.3dfx.com

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The VOODOO 5500 go for around $50-100 on Ebay, yes drivers are available and yes its still a good card for gaming. But ultimately the Geforce4 ti4600 is the best out there for gaming, even though most games do not take advantage of its power.
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