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    New video card help.

    Im running on an Nvidia 5700 right now, and im going to need to update for the release. I got this custom built computer from Cyberpower about 4 years ago. I have 1.5gigs of ram, intel p4 2.8 GHz. My motherboard has 5 PCI and 1 AGP slots, which is my problem. I cant find a worthy card, because i dont have PCI-e. Should i upgrade my motherboard, so i get some PCI-es? If i do, im not sure what card i should get. Im trying to stay under 200, but pref around 100 if i need to upgrade my motherboard. Im trying to look for mabe an 8 series. This was what i was looking at. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150245 But the PCI-e is the problem. If someone could tell me what i should upgrade to get a decent running system and the estimated cost, i would be so happy. If its gonna cost around 400, ill just go and buy a PS3, and load Linux on it. Im sure i can get UT3 installed through those means right? (Im not sure, of course)
    -Ty

    #2
    It depends on what kind of average fps your looking for. It would likely cost more than $400 for constant 50+ fps (with tweaks). You current processor will be the bottleneck with a top of the line video card since it isn't dual core. Your MB dosen't support upgrading to a dual core does it? If it dosen't, you'll need a new MB anyway, which might mean new memory also.

    As far as I know you can't run modern 3D games yet on Linux for the PS3. Even if it did work someday I would expect a lot of issues.

    Don't get that 8500GT card though, it is slow, slower than some 6 series cards.

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      #3
      Go for the best mid range card.
      http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/10/29/geforce_8800_gt/

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        #4
        get the 8800GT 512mb u wont regret it and its cheap

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          #5
          Originally posted by Stryker MS View Post
          Im running on an Nvidia 5700 right now, and im going to need to update for the release. I got this custom built computer from Cyberpower about 4 years ago. I have 1.5gigs of ram, intel p4 2.8 GHz. My motherboard has 5 PCI and 1 AGP slots, which is my problem. I cant find a worthy card, because i dont have PCI-e. Should i upgrade my motherboard, so i get some PCI-es? If i do, im not sure what card i should get. Im trying to stay under 200, but pref around 100 if i need to upgrade my motherboard. Im trying to look for mabe an 8 series. This was what i was looking at. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150245 But the PCI-e is the problem. If someone could tell me what i should upgrade to get a decent running system and the estimated cost, i would be so happy. If its gonna cost around 400, ill just go and buy a PS3, and load Linux on it. Im sure i can get UT3 installed through those means right? (Im not sure, of course)
          -Ty
          Don't even bother buying a new AGP card. It's going to cost you way more than $400 to run UT3 decent. You will need new motherboard, CPU, memory, PSU, and video card. Your looking at like $1k, min.

          Your best bet is to pick up a AGP card on ebay. A X1900XT or 7900GT for cheap and then save up for that pc upgrade.

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            #6
            Well, personally I would save until you could make the jump to a new motherboard. Then, the clear victor in videocards is the 8800 GT. The performance of a 500$ card a few months ago for $250.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Vir View Post
              He has AGP. But yeah, thats a great card for the money.

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                #8
                Sadly agp aint the best anymore for todays gaming. Might save for a new mobo aswell and hope your processor and ram goes along with it

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                  #9
                  Is this a good mobo ?
                  http://www.globalcomputer.com/applic...5&body=REVIEWS

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Brutal View Post
                    MSI makes good mobos. I just purchased the Intel version of that one. Oh... and I have an 8800GT 512MB on the way to slap in that puppy!!

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                      #11
                      I have a
                      p4 2.8ghz
                      1gig ram
                      EVGA Geforce 7800gs agp

                      In the demo my settings are
                      textures 5
                      details 2

                      I get 30-40 fps averages.(it can reach the low 20's though) Bought it from frys.com. Theere was a rebate special to get it for 100$, but they are still the cheapest at 133$ now.(aside from ebay)

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                        #12
                        well ****, now im in a delima... here is what i was planning to get...

                        $780 = Shuttle SG33G5B + Core 2 Quad + XFX PVT84GYDQ3 GeForce 8600GTS

                        so now im lookin at this card and thinkin ...

                        $794 = Shuttle SG33G5B + Core 2 Duo + Leadtek PX8800GT

                        i dunno. the quad core is 2.4ghz, does that mean 4 600mhz cores, or 4 2.4ghz cores? im not really sure what the best bang for the buck would be :/

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Stellar View Post
                          well ****, now im in a delima... here is what i was planning to get...

                          $780 = Shuttle SG33G5B + Core 2 Quad + XFX PVT84GYDQ3 GeForce 8600GTS

                          so now im lookin at this card and thinkin ...

                          $794 = Shuttle SG33G5B + Core 2 Duo + Leadtek PX8800GT

                          i dunno. the quad core is 2.4ghz, does that mean 4 600mhz cores, or 4 2.4ghz cores? im not really sure what the best bang for the buck would be :/
                          Welp I just got a Q6600 g0, and coming from a E6420 Conread 2.13, it dam significant. Everything loads quick fast...and i get about 20 more fps consistent on ut3.

                          I also read that nvidia is coming out with NEWER new cards early december. So maybe you should wait for them

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by oldkawman1 View Post
                            Don't even bother buying a new AGP card. It's going to cost you way more than $400 to run UT3 decent. You will need new motherboard, CPU, memory, PSU, and video card. Your looking at like $1k, min.

                            Your best bet is to pick up a AGP card on ebay. A X1900XT or 7900GT for cheap and then save up for that pc upgrade.
                            Good idea for the ebay search. Use this GPU chart to help guage power.

                            I think one can build a $600usd computer (without monitor) fairly easy & get 60FPS, maybe more if you don't mind overclocking.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Stellar View Post
                              $794 = Shuttle SG33G5B + Core 2 Duo + Leadtek PX8800GT
                              if that C2D is a 6x50, then you should be good. Even better when you overclock it to get a 1333MHz bus.

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