Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > General Discussions > Tech Talk
Reload this Page >

Worth upgrading my video card?

Tech Talk Discuss PC Hardware, Software, Internet and Other Technology

Worth upgrading my video card?

Old 07-18-04, 02:02 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk Special Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,899
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Worth upgrading my video card?

I figured before I drop about 200 for a new video card I should ask whether the upgrade would be significant, and ultimately, worth it.

I'm running on an AMD Athlon(tm) 2400+, which operates at 2.0 GHz. I have 1.5 GB of RAM, and my graphics card is an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200.

I'm interested in playing games like FarCry, Doom 3, and Half-Life 2----although not necessarily at the highest settings.

Is it worth spending $180 (pre-tax) on an ATI RADEON 9800 PRO 128MB DDR AGP Graphics Card. Would my system be able to play the newer games reasonably well? Also, how difficult is it to install the new card? I've done simple things like putting in RAM and a new DVD-ROM, but haven't yet toyed with a video card. And, finally, would the new card require a better cooling system?

Thanks in advance for any help/recommendations.

Last edited by Corvin; 07-18-04 at 02:18 PM.
Old 07-18-04, 02:13 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
fumanstan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 55,343
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Looking at your system i thnk the video card upgrade would be the best for upcoming games. The FX 5200 is on the slow side these days, and a 9800 Pro would be a nice boost, particularly for the games you mentioned. Personally, i think its worth the upgrade.

As for installing it, its pretty simple. Just remember to Remove/Uninstall the drivers for your current card first.

The 9800 runs hotter then the Geforce 5200, but i wouldn't worry about needing any new cooling.

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 On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.