Hey everybody, I am looking to purchase a new graphics card within the next month or two (along with upgrading my RAM). I currently run an Nvidia FX5200 *IT BLOWS* and a half gig of memory on a P4 3.2 Ghz chipset. I'm looking for a card that will last a few years, along with be able to play all the new/upcoming games on higher settings. I've been looking around, and have noticed that some of the 128mb cards are far more expensive than the 256 cards that are out on the market right now, this tells me that quality isnt all in the amount of graphics memory. Which cards would you guys recommend for card that will deliver quality visual and framerates, but wont cost more than say $250? Thanks ~Mac
You should try a Radeon 9800 Pro, they were possibly last year's best card and now they cost about 250 U$D.
Cards with 256MB of memory usually use cheaper slower memory so they are cheaper.
A Radeon 9800 or a Nvidia 5900 is the minimum I would look at , A X600 or X800 or a FX 6600 or FX 6800 are the Nvidia choices.
Whether they will last a couple of yerars depends on how much the technology changes. Im guessing they will be obsolete in 2006 when new version of windows is supposed to feature DX10
2006 is long enough. I am looking at the BFG FX6600 GT and possibly the standard 6800. If the extra memory doesnt mean anything, then I wont bother with the 6800.