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Hey everyone. I was just wondering what videocard everyone is using? Currently I'm using an ATI Radeon 9600xt (256 mb model) and it's time to put the old thing out to pasture. Too slow for many modern games (unless the games video settings are relatively low) and if I try to paint digitally with a high resolution canvas it takes a second or two for the stroke to appear, and if i make more than a few of them at a time photoshop freezes for a minute or two sometimes, so I'm in the market for a new videocard. The rest of my system isn't bad perse, all drivers including the video drivers are updated. So what video cards are everyone using? I'm currently looking to upgrade to a Radeon x850 (the agp model, because my motherboard dosen't support pci-e). Is the investment worth it? Or am I looking at another upgrade in a year? If so what can anyone recommend as a budget upgrade?
The rest of my system specs are follows:
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ (socket 754 version)
Seagate 7200rpm 80gb SATA hdd 8mb cache
1.25 gb kingston hyper-x pc3200
DFI Lanparty NF3 250gb
Saphire's Radeon 9600xt 256mb AGP
450w power supply
Very cool, thanks for the suggestion. What did you pay for it? The x850 i'm looking at now I can pick up for right around 200$, which I know isn't a bad deal. Do you know some of the main differences between the 800 and 850(pro)?
i bought an xfx 7900gt in april. it fucked up, i returned it, the second one fucked up and the stupid store ran out of stock of them and are taking their sweet ass time getting back to me about my demands for a better card to make up for their retardedness. I'm angry. Fuck xfx and nvidia. get an ATI.
evga 7900GT KO "reloaded". I guess evga's 7900 series of cards had all kinds of problems, the "reloaded" series fixed all that. No problems here. Me likey!
As a side note, if I were you I'd go for the Nvidia 7800gs since you're still using AGP. I think it's the fastest of the dying breed of AGP on the market right now. I had the ATI 850 pro and it was a nice card but a little slow in the newer games. A buddy of mine has the 7800gs and it was quite an improvement over the ATI card. I don't think you're going to see the gains you want from moving to a 9600xt to an 850 though. I moved from a 9800 pro to the 850 and the gains were pretty good but not really mind blowing. Going from the 850 to the 7900gt was a nice improvement however. Good Luck!
Last edited by Ostrander; August 25th, 2006 at 01:15 PM.
ATI x700 (256MB) in my lappie, it runs everything I throw at it.
The canvas problem is actually because of your RAM, get more of it and the fastest frequency that your MB supports. I have a very old GPU on my other PC and it opens very hi-res images with no problem because it has quite a bit of RAM.
bfg geforce 7900 gt oc (256mb). Works fine for me. was having some issues with black boxes but i just installed the old drivers and i think that fixed it.
Let's see, I don't know the differences, but I payed just under $200 with tax and everything for mine. You can always compare all vid cards here: http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics.htmlOriginally Posted by SepulvertureVery cool, thanks for the suggestion. What did you pay for it? The x850 i'm looking at now I can pick up for right around 200$, which I know isn't a bad deal. Do you know some of the main differences between the 800 and 850(pro)?
My husband got lucky and bought the ultimate badass of all cards for a huge discount. The ATI Radeon X1900. OMG. It runs graphic heavy games so smoothly, it's absolutely amazing! If you can afford that card, get it! You won't be sorry.
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT. Probably going to get updated next week or so.
Ati Radeon 9600 Xt
Amd 1,3 Ghz
1 Gb Ram
120 Gb Hdd
40 Gb Hdd
Thanks for the responses everyone, i will shop around a bit and compare the cards you mentioned (against my starving wallet).
AngryScientist - How much ram you got packed in your laptop? I'd imagine that the 1.25 gb ram i got in my desktop should handle the high res canvas without much problems, especially considering that I have a pretty fast processor with a decent fache (1 mb l2 cache). Nevertheless more RAM can never be a bad thing, right? Thanks again.
the Ram shouldn't be the problem...the graphic card neither, i think since 10 years in 2D ALL graphic cards are on same performance, the difference is in 3D power...
I only have 512 DDR2@667MHz, but it's a bit bad at times, I'm upgrading that as soon as I make some money. My old PC had 1 gig and it runs very smoothly for such an old PC.Originally Posted by SepulvertureAngryScientist - How much ram you got packed in your laptop? I'd imagine that the 1.25 gb ram i got in my desktop should handle the high res canvas without much problems, especially considering that I have a pretty fast processor with a decent fache (1 mb l2 cache). Nevertheless more RAM can never be a bad thing, right? Thanks again.
Indeed you have plenty of RAM on your PC, are you sure it's all working? Some cheaper RAM can give errors and stop working, causing huge problems. This is a good prog for testing that - Memtest. Apparently you need to run it twice for proper results.
But I'm just pulling these things out of my @ss, so there's a very slim chance that that is the problem.
some integrated intel 8mb horay \o/
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Uhm, I got a ATI Radeon 9800xt - 1gb ram - Intel pentium4 processor 3.20 ghz
I dunno if thats bad or not, it takes everything i installing at it, and all games goes on highest res and graphics although photoshop cs2 is being a bitch
when im on big resolutions....
some weeks ago i was using a ati 9600pro and was quite satisfied with it, but when i upgrader to amd 64(x2 4600+ , 2gig ram), I didn't choose a motherboard with an agp slot because i'm going to upgrade graphics later, so right now i'm using my inegrated geforce 6150 an dual screen setup, and in default applications it's great hehe, but not any good for games, i can barely play ut2004 anymore .
but for photoshop, the graphics cards isn't that important (other than color quality).
sometimes i need more ram really, photoshop got a bad habit of shutting down when there is no ram free, and that happends quite a lot.
I'm thinking of buying a graphic card for about 100E later on, at christmas maybe, or in april if i can get some posters sold thn at the yearly rpg convention in gothenburg.
radeon x800pro agp
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