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Need Help Deciding : Buy Video Card Or Not???

i need help deciding whether i should buy a video card or not
or would it be better to just get a new computer
if i bought one my budget would be around $200 for a video card
i want to be able to play all of the new games that are out right now
for example Call Of Duty 4, Unreal Tournament 3, Crysis, etc..

here are my PC specs

Intel Pentium 4 3.00GHz processor
1.5 GB RAM
Radeon 9600 Pro

any help is appreciated

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$200 is good budget

In reply to: Need Help Deciding : Buy Video Card Or Not???

You can upgrade the graphics card -- the top latest Radeon card came out right at that price point.
Of course Nvidia has some around that price, too.

Just guessing you're running XP and bought that rig in '05.

You're at the point where you're nearly ready for an upgrade/replace of the other bits of the system, too. But a new graphics card can be saved for the computer you get to replace this one. In that sense it's kinda paying forward, not wasted money.

If it were my decision to make, I'd update the graphics and save a processor/mobo or whole computer upgrade for later.

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9600 pro is agp , 4850 and 4870 are pci-e 2.0

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the new cards and his old motherboard are not compatible.

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In reply to: 9600 pro is agp , 4850 and 4870 are pci-e 2.0

Righto-- that's where me "assuming" stuff causes errors...

For the OP - James is noting that your current card appears to be in the aging AGP format. Options for new graphics cards in AGP are limited, and whatever card you get for your current mainboard will NOT be something you can carry forward (whereas if it were PCIe, you could).

So better to upgrade the whole system at the same time.

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Vid card

In reply to: 9600 pro is agp , 4850 and 4870 are pci-e 2.0

Yes, new systems use the E slot for vid card, the best he would have would be an AGP slot on a P-4 system, not compatible with newer puters. If he plans on keeping the system for a while fine, otherwise upgrade to dual or quad core unit and have done with it.

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Not the best idea.

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AGP is really aging, new cards use pci-e 2.0 which is backwards compatible with pci-e 1.0. Unreal Tournament is a fairly old engine so it won't be quite that harsh on your hardware, and Call of Duty 4 is not very demanding. However Crysis, is arguably the most demanding game ever released. Hardware has not caught up to Crysis yet and playing it at very high settings is out of the question at $200. The best card for that price is the 4850, no question about it. However, this is not a simple upgrade.

Since you are using a 9600 pro that would mean you are using an AGP board, so you would require a new one, a new power supply probably and a new cpu because it will bottleneck the new card.

HOWEVER, to skip all of the confusing upgrades and backing up information just to increase gaming performance, I would recommend the 3850 512 mb AGP for around $200, unfortunately, your cpu may bottleneck the card as this is the most powerful agp card available.

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Thank you everyone

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Thank you all
i think ill probably just end up getting a new computer
i think it would be better

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