So is my Video Card Trash? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-02-2008, 10:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 4
Default So is my Video Card Trash?

I just bought a pc off my buddy, as he picked up a new one and cut me a deal on this... So anyway, at the moment it's running with an x1950 pro.

I'm not really up on my video cards, but would this be bottle necking the system? I am getting some fairly low framerates in a number of games, and am guessing this is what's causing it.

Would swapping this out for something higher end give me a significant performance increase? Or would I not notice much difference.

specs are:

asus M2N32-SLI motherboard
2gb ddr2@400mhz
radeon x1950 pro
amd 64 x2 5600+
230gb hard drive

Thanks for any input.

piye is offline  
Old 01-02-2008, 10:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
Lord Techie
Luke's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Fonthill, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 5,601
Send a message via AIM to Luke Send a message via MSN to Luke
Default Re: So is my Video Card Trash?

Well how much are u willing to spend to get better performance. u could also upgrade ur ram as well.

3770K @ 4.7 Ghz H100 Water Cooled | GTX 970 MSI Gold Edition SLI
32GB G.Skill RipJaws (Rendering/ Virtualization) | Corsair 650D | CORSAIR RM1000W w/ White Cable KIt
Samsung 850 Pro 256 GB SSD Boot | OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Secondary | WD Black 1 TB | WD Green 3 TB
Server: Core i7 920 | 8GB RAM | Intel 240gb 730 SSD Boot | 3 x 2TB WD RED | Fractal R4
Luke is offline  
Old 01-02-2008, 10:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
True Techie
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 245
Default Re: So is my Video Card Trash?

the x1950pro isn't a crappy card; it's actually pretty **** good. it shouldn't be bottlenecking your rig that much. if you're willing to dish out some money, an 8800gt or HD3870 would be nice
Lenovo Thinkpad X220
i7 2620M
4GB DDR3 1333MHz
320GB HDD 5400rpm :(
Jae is offline  
Old 01-02-2008, 10:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
Junior Techie
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 90
Default Re: So is my Video Card Trash?

that card shouldnt be bottlenecking you at all. wont do directx10 by any means but its a decent card. no if anythings bottlenecking that system its most likely your ram, what games you trying to run anyway? cuz if your runnin stuff like crysis you may encounter slow frame rates. you would notice an improvement in performance with a new vid card no doubt, but i doubt that the card you have is bottlenecking you, at least not to bad.
the_patriot2008 is offline  
Old 01-03-2008, 05:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
Grandfather of Techist

Trotter's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The South
Posts: 30,954
Default Re: So is my Video Card Trash?

Odds are the problem lies in software, not hardware.

I have the X1950XT, which is not a whole lot higher than your card, and it plays everything I throw at it.

Antec 300 Illusion / Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W / EVGA GTX 760 2GB
AMD FX 8320 x8 Black Edition / Gelid Tranquillo / MSI 970A-G43
Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB / Samsung 840 120GB / WD Black 750GB / WD Green 1TB / WD Red 3TB
G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3 1600 - Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2x2GB DDR3 1600
Win7 Ult 64-bit - Func MS3 Mouse - CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Mech Keyboard

R.I.P. Danny L. Trotter ... 14 Nov 1945 - 4 Sept 2009
Trotter is offline  
Old 01-03-2008, 05:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
There and Back again
Nukem's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Virginia Beach
Posts: 4,334
Default Re: So is my Video Card Trash?

I agree with Trotter... You might want to give it a good cleaning, if not reload the OS, or at the very least, reload the video drivers, take off all the temp/junk trash, spyware, etc.. Then give it a shot.

Dell 4K S2817Q / Logitech Z-680 / Func MS3 Mouse / Corsair K70
NZXT Source 530 / i7-3770K / Corsair H100 / ASRock Z77 Extreme4 / SoundBlaster Recon3d
Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD/Seagate 1TB/2TB/WD 2TB
4x4GB Corsair Vengeance 2133 / PNY GTX 980 ti/ Seasonic M12II 850W
Nukem is offline  
Old 01-03-2008, 06:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
Techie Beyond Description
veg1992's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 19,993
Default Re: So is my Video Card Trash?

you probably have spyware and crap on it, try a clean install of Windows XP

I do not accept help requests and/or deleted threads/complaints by PM, Profile or IM/Email. Just ask on the forums! Also, I do have Lockerz invites if you want them, feel free to PM me your email if you want one :0

If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the
or under my avatar; it helps me know that my advice actually helped you.

.. But things don't go according to plan! My Actual Rig, 2009:
veg1992 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Possible video card issue -- ATI X1650 houndofspace Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 10 12-04-2007 01:17 AM
Recommend me a video card for DELL DIMENSION 3000! Herringtrader Monitors, Printers and Peripherals 6 08-01-2007 06:09 PM
video card??? igamer Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 3 07-23-2007 05:53 PM
This video card or that video card? ArchisT New Systems | Building and Buying 21 07-11-2007 05:05 PM
Video Card Over Heating BlueHeaven Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 4 06-05-2007 01:50 PM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:23 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.