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hi guys,

I am planning to Get a new V-card coz mine one is 128mb very old one
WinFast A340 TD so i want a new V-card and i will buy it soon within 2 weeks so plz suggest me good ones. Because i play MMORPGss+many new games i lack behind in graphics as i always have to low my resulution+all the graphic details.
 

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keymaker said:
we need a budget in order to recommend you some good videocards. when you do decide to buy one, check out www.newegg.com for the good deals.
my budget is US$ 350 i am from HK not sure if the new generation Graphic Cards in Coming to HK or not well any good in around US$350.

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I am buying seperate things for now coz later on after a year or 2 i will upgrade my PC to AMD 64bits 3800+ or any new technology
 

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Thers the problem, when u upgrade you will want to have PCI-E but as far as i could see from your current system specs you have an AGP slot.

For now you can go with a good ATI x800 series or the Nvidia 6800's. I have an ATI x800XL and i do recommend that, better performance then a pro cause it has 16 render pipelines instead of 12 and runs really nicely. My friends have 6800GT's which are also very nice and are about the same as the x800XL's they beat each other in some games but then the other card beats the other in the next game so it equals out.

I got my x800XL for 250$ instead for 350$ (US). A great place to buy is www.newegg.com and as far as i know they have international shipping but check on that. Both the Nvidia and ATI cards i mentioned go for around 300$ (US)

Now for the PCI-E part is a different story as you said you might want to upgrade later to a 64bit system. Thers the new SLI from Nvidia or Crossfire from ATI. You need a motherboard capable of handeling two PCI-E cards and what that does is gives you the power of two GPU's working to gether so more performance :grin:

So think about that if you dont need the most dazzeling videocard for now and just want to play the games, then i would wait and spend the big bucks later when you build the new system.

For a low end card that will play anygame currently out (including BF2) i suggest a 9600Pro 256mb those are cheap (around 80$ US at newegg) and work very well.
 

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Fr4665 said:
Thers the problem, when u upgrade you will want to have PCI-E but as far as i could see from your current system specs you have an AGP slot.
k i just went to the shopping mall and saw 7800 new series and was impressed but they on PCI right? so Do my mother board good for that coz later i will get AMD64its and i am sure that it support PCI well..I am going for a card that will support me up for 5-10 years in future coz i dont like buying things everyday and hate developers making new things with 0.1% addon on the same thing.lol

Damn i hate this coz a few years back PCI was suxing and AGP was rocking now AGP Graphics will be gone soon?

So do my mother board supports it BTW i have 5 PCI slots
 

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They(the 7800's) are on PCI-E(express) thats a new socket type for faster and newer videocards. They can run at a speed of x16 instead where the agp is bottel necked at x8. The speed of PCI-E allows more data to be transfered between Graphics card,CPU and memory, increasing performance. In your case i would say your motherboard does not have PCI-E and you would have to upgrade. But to do that ull have to get CPU motherboard and videocard.

PCI is not PCI-Express. In your case the AGP is better. When you upgrade to the 64bit system you will propably have PCI-E some still come with AGP. I think in 2 to 4 years AGP will die off cause new and better technology will come.

Now the top of the line in AGP are the nvidia 6800ultra or the ati x850pe. Those will last you mayyybe another 2 years if you want top performance in games.

Every videocard gets outdated in 3-4 years i would say. Some of the old cards are not supported any more in the new games(example is BF2) which forces users to upgrade. Right now it is a hard decision to spend another couple hundred bucks on a card that might be outdated in a year or two or to wait and scrap the idea of playing games for a while and switch to PCI-E with a new system.

The choice is up to you. I would wait and build a new system, unless you want to play BF2(like me, i had to upgrade), then i would get something like a 6800GT from nvidia or a x800XL from ATI
 

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good point, the CPU's from amd (cause only running at 2.2ghz most of them) bottleneck most of the graphics also. Im running a x800xl on a athlon xp 3k+ and you will see some difference if i would go to a x700 or something lower. If you go higher itll give u more power but combined with a CPU it will be even better
 
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