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09-07-2003, 10:17 PM
Advice about video cards please:
I am wanting to buy a video card to upgrade a Compaq Deskpro 1GHz P3 for improved graphics on the standard on-board fare.
Any suggestions about type which will match a 1GHz processor? Clearly the latest and greatest will be more speedy than the processor can use.
All advice greatfully received - thanks!

09-07-2003, 10:28 PM
I'd recomed the Geforce 4 Ti 4200, if ur planning to capture video or output it to a Tv then buy the ViVo editon (Video in Video out). It should cost around $350 (includin GST).


09-07-2003, 10:32 PM
Why dont u check out
NVidia's (http://www.nvidia.com/) site
PriceSpy (http://www.pricespy.co.nz/cat_16.html) for video cards.


10-07-2003, 01:24 AM
Keep away from the GeForce 4 Ti range
you will save huge money if you buy an AGP 64MB GeForce 4 MX ($80-$120)
the gefoce 4 Ti's are too much grunt for that board you would notice only slight difference
Remember if your after real performance for around $700 you can make a new PC

10-07-2003, 10:14 AM
One possible reason for buying a Ti instead of an MX is if you intend to upgarde the PC in the next 12 months. I actually bought my Ti 4400 when I still had my P3 1GHz last year, even though it wasn't a great match for that hardware, because I intended to do a CPU upgrade later. Now that I've built a P4 2.6GHz my Ti 4400 fits in nicely.

If that's not the case, and you're not so serious about games that an extra $300 expense makes sense, then the MX cards are a good buy. I'm running a 64MB MX GF4 in my work PC, which is a 2GHz P4, and it handles most games without problems, including things like BF1942.

10-07-2003, 12:02 PM
I use a GeForce 4 Ti-4200 and at least get DirectX 8 hardware support. I heard the Geforce 4 MX is nothing more that an upgraded Geforce 2.

3DMark scores on a 1Ghz system:
GF4 Ti4200=7640
GF4 MX440=4576
GF2 Ultra=4068

Checkout http://www6.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030120/index.html

for a detailed review of most common cards.

This page

Will show that a good card will perform really well on 1Ghz sytem and scores about 90% of what a 2.7Ghz machine would score.

If you want good graphic performance a good card is better than a good cpu.