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Tue 01/11/05 at 22:21
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Hi everyone !!! I want to upgrade my existing graphics card but i do not know what to buy, so i need your help. I have a motherboard that supports agp4x only (1.5v). My current one is creative chipset by nVIDIA gforce4 Ti 4200 64MB. I was thinking of buying the Radeon 9600xt 256MB but although it has good reviews when compared with the mx4xxx series i came across a couple of reviews comparing it with my Ti 4200 and it was mentioned that there is not an actual difference.
So what do you think about it? Do u have a better suggestion? Pls keep in mind that I do not want to go for the beasts (ie X800 or the 6-7 series of nVIDIA for financial reasons mainly).

Thanks a lot in advance !!!!
Tue 08/11/05 at 15:47
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ThorBadin wrote:
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>
> The PSU I was referring to was not a no-name, it was a Q-tec. Now,
> I have to admit that i do not know a lot about psus so i dont know
> how reliable this make is. Plus all PSUs state ATX compliance which
> is another box of mysteries for me. My current PSU states that is a
> ATX switching power supply at 300W. It, also, says Pentium IV and PFC
> model 300PP version 2.03. Now, from that i cannot clearly deduce what
> is the ATX version of it and subsequently of my case and motherboard
> (unless it is the 2.03). Will a new PSU ATX version x work with my
> mobo and fit my case? My pc is 3 years old.

Ok... Q-Tec is a name that is famous, but for being absolutely rubbish, (Being the Ex owner of a so called 500W PSU, which was easily outperformed by my Antec 380W PSU):
Q-Tec:

Unstable voltages = Many unnecessary crashes + risk of frying your mothermoard from electrical spiking.

Nasty and cheap = It may be a cheap PSU but thats because whatever you save on the PSU you will spend replacing perfectly fine components in a futile attempt to stop the incessant crashes caused by the unstable vlotages.

Nasty and cheap (II) = You will spend much more on a new motherboard and / or CPU when it fries that MOBO.

Conclusion:

Go for another (more expensive) brand such as Antec, Jeantech, maybe Akasa always run a google search for reviews associated with the PSU that you finally settle on...
Mon 07/11/05 at 21:07
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Tomm wrote:
> You could always invest in a new PSU and GFX card, then when you come
> to buy a new comp in a couple of years, you'll have a reasonable gfx
> card and psu to use. Oh and please, dont buy a 15 500W power
> supply. You're just asking for trouble. Also my 350W works perfectly
> fine with my 6800, and its got loads of things plugged in...


The PSU I was referring to was not a no-name, it was a Q-tec. Now, I have to admit that i do not know a lot about psus so i dont know how reliable this make is. Plus all PSUs state ATX compliance which is another box of mysteries for me. My current PSU states that is a ATX switching power supply at 300W. It, also, says Pentium IV and PFC model 300PP version 2.03. Now, from that i cannot clearly deduce what is the ATX version of it and subsequently of my case and motherboard (unless it is the 2.03). Will a new PSU ATX version x work with my mobo and fit my case? My pc is 3 years old.
Mon 07/11/05 at 13:23
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Memorandum! wrote:
> 6800LE for 80 is your best bet.

Without a doubt, this is the card to go for. Chances are it will unlock to a full 6800, but even if it doesn't it is still great value.
Fri 04/11/05 at 19:56
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PSU to buy: Tagan TG480-U01 480W, and only 59 inc vat. Pretty damn good, in my opinion.
Fri 04/11/05 at 19:43
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You could always invest in a new PSU and GFX card, then when you come to buy a new comp in a couple of years, you'll have a reasonable gfx card and psu to use. Oh and please, dont buy a 15 500W power supply. You're just asking for trouble. Also my 350W works perfectly fine with my 6800, and its got loads of things plugged in...
Fri 04/11/05 at 19:08
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Tomm wrote:
> Memorandum! wrote:
> 6800LE for 80 is your best bet.
>
> But remember 6800's need their own power connectors, so you need to
> check if you have one spare...


That's very true!!! I did a bit of research and found out that it needs 20amp under the 12v rail, my psu gives only 15amp, so not going to work unless i spend another 15 to buy a proper 500w psu rising the total to around 95-100 or more, which i am not really willing to spend. I think i ll stay with my gforce4 Ti 4200 for the time being and just buy a new pc in 1 and 1/2 years !
But thanx to all of you who replied!!!!!!
Thu 03/11/05 at 21:30
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Thu 03/11/05 at 17:10
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Where could i get one?
Thu 03/11/05 at 17:05
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6800LE for 80 is your best bet.
Thu 03/11/05 at 16:50
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Since we are on the topic of graphics cards. I want to get a new one since this one doesn't seem to play the major games properly ie: GTA San Andreas and Brothers in arms. What's the best one I could get for 70-80?

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