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Old 01-11-2006, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default which older video card?

I have been attempting to do this on my own--I asked about the PCI/PCIe difference the other day--I definitely need a PCI card--I have found some that I think will serve my needs as a light-weight gamer (mainly point/click adventure like Myst:URU and my son has WOW)--I am not interested in a card that will blow everyone else away in speed and specs. and whatever else--only one that will let me play this myst game that I have had new in the box since the night I bought the computer new (5/04)--and I like buying older games because of price and the fact that there are hundreds out there to choose from
Now, if you could take a few minutes to look at the following cards that I have compiled for possible purchase to let me reach this goal and let me know which one that you would buy--I dont even need to know why unless maybe you have a comparison to share--even at being low end cards I still dont want to buy the suckiest one out there-and with these having been in use in the past maybe some of you know them personally--any of your info. will be greately appreciated--Oh, I do plan to buy a seperate memory stick to make up for the memory I need for WOW ( I am at 512 MB at present---
some are new/some are used:

S3 VIRGE GX 64 bit
S3 TRIO 64 bit
ATI MACH 64 CT 64 bit
ATI RAGE11 + DVD 64 bit

thanks again for your time and consideration

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Old 01-12-2006, 02:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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For PCI, the 5200 is good and cheap.

Out of them... the rage? They are extremely old.


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Old 01-12-2006, 03:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks for the reply--I have been working on this diligentely for about 1 1/2 weeks now--I keep learning new stuff every couple of hrs. seems--I understand that these cards are very old but only the PCI will fit my computer--I dont have a choice--I have also learned that my computer will only hold 1 more 512 MB memory stick to total 1GB--I could not believe all the limitations--I paid so much for this computer--
so I am kinda stuck right now--mainly due to my ignorance--I wished that I had more help in making some decisions about updating my computer--someone to tell me what I can do and what would be the best--I'm thinking that if the memory stick thing is so limited, what else is going to be?--making it impossible to use what I have to update to todays standards--
financially limited also, as usual
thanks again
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Old 01-12-2006, 04:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't think that you should invest into a PCI video card at all. It is the ultimate limitation of any computer that will be used for gaming. Many complain about agp video cards, but I believe that it is essential to have an agp at least if you expect to play games like WoW. I am running a 6600gt agp which is considered the best value gaming video card but I am able to run WoW blasted on max settings with hardly any lag.
With as little as $250 you can change your motherboard, cpu and graphics card. Just stay away from further bad investments into that pc by buying a pci video card.
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