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I've decided that I want to upgrade my video card from a Ati Radeon 9600 Pro, it's kind of laggy sometimes and I have to run on low quality. I don't have too much money to spare so I was thinking about just going up to a Ati Radeon 9800. I found a 9800 SE 128MB for really cheap. I just don't know if that will make a big enough difference to be worth it. I found a 9800 Pro for a little bit more too.

Thanks for any advice you can give me.

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Go for the Pro and not the SE. Overall the difference wont be too great between the 9600 and 9800. You'll find yourself able to play at a higher quality perhaps more consistently (you didnt mention your other specs so this isnt necessarily accurate).

Btw, I started doom3 with a 9600XT and got a reasonable (in my opinion) framerate at medium and even high quality as long as I kept the resolution at 800x600. What's your processor and ram like?

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I've got a 2.4Ghz Pentium 4 Processor and 512MB RAM. I've been running with 1280x1024 resolution! I thought that was just supposed to be the same as you have it set in windows.

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You should put serious thought into upgrading ram if possible. It'll significantly reduce hitching when moving into new areas (door lag) and smooth out the experience a bit overall. Plus you'll probably benefit elsewhere.

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Ok, would you suggest just getting 768MB total or 1GB?

Would a new video card still be necessary?

Thanks!

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Er yikes. Yeah you dont need to set most games to your desktop resolution. Im amazed the game is playable at all with those settings on that hardware. Drop down a few nothces and you'll notice a dramatic improvement.

I would suggest getting whatever you are willing/able to afford.

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