June 10th, 2004, 04:35 AM #1
Which upgrade for better gaming performance?
Ok, I just played Halo and UT2004, neither lag, just dont look that great.
What should my next upgrade be for better looking graphics?.
AMD 2600+ cpu
512mb DDR PC3200 400MHZ Corsair ram, 1 stick
TI4200 128MB video
Thanks for any input!.
June 10th, 2004, 04:55 AM #2
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What is your budget?
June 10th, 2004, 05:02 AM #3
Mid range I suppose, College kid budget, hehe. Cheapest upgrade(s) that will make a noticable difference in the looks of the graphics.
June 10th, 2004, 05:34 AM #4
a new grpahics card IMO would be the most help.
mid range atm, 5900xt or a 9800pro. Check out the gfx card forums for some ideas.
June 10th, 2004, 06:00 AM #5
All latest hardware device I guessIf only the dead can speak, then we will know what's happening to us all next...
June 10th, 2004, 06:08 AM #6
I am currently a Radeon fan because of their prices and performances.
Because of this I would recommend you to maybe get a 9600 Pro or even a 9800 Pro.
In my opinion, an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB would be the ideal.
Great video card, nice price. Performs well with newer games.
If you don't have the money for that video card, a Radeon 9600 Pro is also a good choice.
June 10th, 2004, 07:44 AM #7
Even a 9700 would do much better than your 4600. If you can still find one, it might be a bit cheaper.
Video card is definitely the way to go, your basic machine is solid, it's all in the video with those games.Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur
June 10th, 2004, 08:00 AM #8
June 11th, 2004, 04:23 PM #9
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how 'bout a 10,000rpm hdd? they're a bit more expensive than the 7200rpm ones, but that would increase your brainpower, or possibly kill you. (make things initially run faster, independent of ram, cpu, vid card)
Homer Simpson: Increase my killing power? Let's do it!
sorry, lol. that's from the "crayon in the brain" episodeI'm an Eagle Scout! (1997)
June 17th, 2004, 06:28 PM #10
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the 10000rpm raptor will only increase level loading times, not acutal performance. try a new processor if your mobo supports it or get a 9800 pro/nonpro. =]
June 17th, 2004, 07:04 PM #11
I guess I would recommend getting a 9600xt once they get under 100$. Getting a fast hd is nice but pretty useless in gaming terms. More mem is nice but if you have no hd activity while playing a game it wont help. A faster proc might speed the engine up but will not usually yield better graphics. A nice pixel shading aa card is what you really need.
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