View Full Version : Which Video Card?

28-05-2003, 02:39 PM
this grandaddy needs to upgrade from the 3d Blaster Banshee to one that will run Comanche4, B17, for my Granson on my PII X 400
Bear in mind that next year i will be building a new machine and want to use it then
Can get a GeFirce MX 440 for $95 (INC) is it worth it?
Any suggestions?

28-05-2003, 03:21 PM
um....for that puter(which i presume doesn't have an agp slot) then yes,a g4mxpci is your best bet but id say the system still wont be capable of running Comanche4(if its the heicopter game released about 8 months ago then it needs a modern system to run it).

I wouldn't suggest buying a video card for that system with the intention of using it in a newer one,you will be limiting the new system by far far far to much.

Patrick 2003
28-05-2003, 05:53 PM
the best graphics card is the GeForce4 Ti4200
you should use this card in the new computer that you said you are going to build.

28-05-2003, 06:07 PM
Hi there klem, First you have to determine if the PC you have now has an AGP slot that will take one of the new cards. Either by taking a peek inside or by the motherboard name/model, you should be able to tell. If you don't, it may be advisable to wait for your upgrade time and get it then. Like all good computer hardware, it seems to drop in price just after you buy it :D

29-05-2003, 11:19 AM
This is where i'm getting confused (age, don't say it)
I see the GFTi4200 advertised for $311 (128MB DDR) and the GF MX440 (64MB DDR) for $120 doesn't 440 come after 420?and what is 8X agp?
On the Commanche4 box (in small letters) it specs a card DirectX 8.0 or better which is not mentioned on any of the cards. will they support the Direct 9.++ version next year?
I see that PCWorld mag recommended G4mx440 in Nov 2002 tested on Comanche4

29-05-2003, 11:36 AM

AGP 8X = 2.1 GB/s transfer
AGP 4X = half that
Geforce 4 MX = Home user, internet, pictures, home movie editing
Geforce 4 Ti (Titanium) = Gamer, High end 3D graphics

Basically you'll need something better than a Geforce 4 MX to play games and please do not get a PCI graphics card. You'll need a AGP card in order to get a noticable difference over your old card.

You cant expect to buy a video card and expect it to speed up the game. There are other factors e.g System bus. Your system is probally running at 100mhz fsb as oppose to the P4's which run at 533mhz fsb. Also memory.

You should save your money and get a good graphics card with your new computer. I'd also suggest looking at the ATI Radeon's. The Radeon 9500/9700 should be ample for what your looking for.

29-05-2003, 11:41 AM

the geforce 4 Ti's and MX's all support DX 8.1 - the geforce FX's and Radeons 9700 pro support DX 9.0 but cost a lot. If you've got money to burn get a Radeon 9700pro with your new computer.

29-05-2003, 12:50 PM
geforce4mx is a dirext7 card.

Its based on the geforce2 chipset.

The geforce4ti is directx 8.1,being based on the gforce3 chipset.

why do i feel im repeating myself?

29-05-2003, 12:53 PM
A GTS pro with 32 megs of ddr ram 2nd hand is the best option for your present PC.
but it would be better to wait till you get the new machine with a new card then if possible by then technology will be better and prices lower

29-05-2003, 12:55 PM
and heres why i thought i was repeating myself.....


31-05-2003, 10:51 AM
I smelled a rat when the MX 440 cost $285 Nov (02 PCWorld) $120 (Computer Express May03) $95 (end May 03 INC Pakuranga)
So I'll go with you and you can help me build next year

Now to install Mandrake 9 I got from Paper Plus $15 with 3CD's and manual