January 21st, 2002, 12:33 PM #1
Intel 810 vs. Geforce2 Mx200, Upgrade Monitor or Vid card?
Its probably a easy clear choice but I wouldnt know.
Anyway here's the problem, My friend has a computer made by compaq with the intel 810 chipset and its 700 or 750mhz had 64mb ram with around 13BG harddrive, I dont know if it has a AGP slot I doubt it would but if someone could find this computer and look at the specs that would help.
Ok he is wanting a better vid card He plays mostly everquest and the sims. I have a geforce2 mx200 Im not using and he wanted to know if I would sell it to him, I would but I wouldnt what to cheat him. Also I wonder if that intel would be fine if he would just get a new monitor, I beleive he currently has something around 14-15" kinda old, BTW under the resolutions settings it will side up to like 1280 by something but when he does the monitor goes all weird, Im guessing a new monitor would do better than getting a new card, What do you think?
January 21st, 2002, 07:46 PM #2
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The video is lacking to say the least on an 810 chipset. But your problem is with the compaq. They don't respond well to upgrades. To many items built to compaq spec's. Which means you try to use aftermarket parts. It won't accept them or you have other problems.
I would keep the res low and talk him into collecting some better parts and build another computer. You can reuse parts from the compaq. CPU,memory,HDD. Pitch the rest.
Have you tried the latest drivers from intel for the 810 chip set?
Here is the page for them. If the Compq hasn't been updated. These sould help some.
January 21st, 2002, 07:56 PM #3
January 22nd, 2002, 06:23 PM #4
Well He is working on getting parts for a ALOT better new computer, The video card was just one of the first things he was going to get since I wasnt using one of mine.
I know he will use either use the new parts to upgrade and take parts from that one and make one or he is doing temp upgrades and then rebuilding the compaq to let his sister have.
I guess I will tell him to stick with what he has now or esel buy a new monitor.
January 22nd, 2002, 06:40 PM #5
If he has resolutions up to 1024x768 SVGA, he could use the new video card. The Intel i810 doesn't wanna' play much at any resolution. The wierd stuff happening at higher resolutions could be because of the limited memory available to the onboard video: 8 meg max (and all that might not be enabled in the BIOS).
Last edited by Etruscan; January 22nd, 2002 at 07:51 PM.
January 23rd, 2002, 05:31 AM #6
I dont know what resolution he uses probably does use 1024x768, But games switch to a lower resolution dont they?
Right now it plays fine hes just trying to update it for the new expansion.
January 23rd, 2002, 04:37 PM #7
Apples and Oranges
Talking about a new monitor or a new video card is comparing apples and oranges. The monitor is a lot more expensive than a video card. Changing the monitor will do nothing to change system performance. Buying a video card will change system performance quite considerably - for the better. On the other hand, one can always use the best monitor you can get your hands on - but they're expensive.
BTW, usually people play games at higher resolutions and do work and internet use at lower resolutions. However, that said, most games will play just fine at 640x480 which I am using to write this right now.
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