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Video Card Advice

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I just got DOOM 3, Love it of course, and it's making me want to upgrade my Video card. I'm wondering if anyone has advice on a card that would help out this system:

AMD Athlon XP, 2166 Mhz 2700+ (Chip)
Soyo KT400 DRAGON Ultra Platinum Ed. (Motherboard)
(5 PCI, 1 AGP Pro)
1024 MB (DDR SDRAM)
Plenty of HD Space (over 200g)
Right now, I'm using a GeForce4 MX 420 (insert laughter here)

Surprisingly, Doom 3, is actually playable with this crummy of a card, but it is sometimes annoyingly choppy. I'm looking to hopefully spend under 300$, but I'd also just like to know what's compatible with this kind of a setup.

Thanks in advance for any replys.

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What's compatible? Uhm...an AGP card. Of course, if you want a GeForce 6800 Ultra (which is over $300), you'll have to make sure your power supply is up to the task.

If you want something decent that's under $300, I'd recommend the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB, or maybe the nVidia GeForce 6800 128MB, though I'd be hesitant to buy a 128MB card if you're planning on keeping it for awhile. Also, the GeForce 6600 cards should become available here shortly, so watch out for those.

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Also, you might not want to go for exteme high end right now. I've heard that even on a system like mine:

3200+ AthlonXP OCed @ 2310mhz
1024MB PC3200 w/heatspreaders @ 420mhz 6:3:3:2.5
Nforce 2 400 (insert abbrv. here, I forgot) chipset

The Geforce 6800 series cards don't perform as well as they should because the system gets bottlenecked on CPU/RAM speed. Seems the cards are a bit too powerful to run fullspeed on todays midrange hardware.

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Well that's good, because if you buy one and It's performing as well as it can on your hardware, you know you'll get a bit of a boost when you next upgrade your CPU/RAM etc. If the card is running so well that the system is bottlenecking elsewhere, I can't see that as a bad thing at all.

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Bloodshedder said:

What's compatible? Uhm...an AGP card. Of course, if you want a GeForce 6800 Ultra (which is over $300), you'll have to make sure your power supply is up to the task.


Tell me about it. Currently got a crumby 250w PSU - luckily i've got a friend working at a computer component trade counter with access to staff discount. Next week i should have a 350w PSU and a Geforce 6800 256mb for a bargain total price of £260. Hurrah for me.

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