Graphics Card

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by Eniad, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. Eniad

    Eniad First time out of the vault

    Oct 31, 2008
    I'm looking for a decent graphics card for around $100. I've looked at the XFX GeForce 9800 GT at Tiger Direct. Is that overkill for a Pentium 4 3Ghz system with a PCI Express 1.0 motherboard? If so what card should I be considering? Currently I have a Radeon X300, which runs FO and FO2 just fine. However, Fallout 3 is calling my name.

    System Specs:
    Pentium 4 CPU 3 Ghz
    1.0 GB RAM
    145 GB HD
    Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS
  2. DJS4000

    DJS4000 First time out of the vault

    Oct 10, 2008
    go for an 8800gt. basically the same card, but cheaper. also look for a model that is compatible with pci-e 1.0. some 8800gt models either aren't or require a new bios.
  3. Multidirectional

    Multidirectional Mildly Dipped

    Sep 12, 2008
    I would also strongly suggest upgrading your RAM to at least 2GB.
  4. Cromlech

    Cromlech It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Dec 8, 2007
    I agree on upgrading the RAM. Games of the last 3 years can appreciate 2GB. The 8800GT is indeed a great choice.
  5. Eniad

    Eniad First time out of the vault

    Oct 31, 2008
    Thanks for the tips! I'll let you know what I end up doing and how it goes.
  6. Dove

    Dove Half-way Through My Half-life

    Dec 2, 2003
    Agreed. I have a BFG 9800 GT OC. Kicks ass and cheap.
  7. SkynetV4

    SkynetV4 Mildly Dipped

    Jan 25, 2005
    The PCI Express bus shouldn't be a problem. Most PCI Express 2.0 cards are backwards compatible with the 1.0 version.

    If you can afford it, I would recommend going with the Radeon HD4850. A warning, though: the card runs really HOT so be sure to use the latest Catalyst drivers and crank the fan to at least 50%. Do not let temps approach 100 degrees celsius. Despite what ATI tells us: that the card is designed to run that hot with no problem, that's pretty close to the junction temperature of the semiconductors.