I am looking for some advise on spec 'ing a gfx card.
I am running a hand-me-down machine but the specs on it are ok.
P4 2ghz, 768mb of 333ddr ram. But it is running crummy on board graphics (64mb shared SIS 650)
I'm not a big gamer, but every now and again there is a game that meets my fancy. I bought a copy of the new Grand Theft Auto San Andreas but it seems my graphics are not good enough. The game bombs me out as soon as the intro screens r finished loading. I think its a prob with directX9 games on my system because I had the exact same prob with sims2.
Anyhoo, I want to upgrade my graphics, but here is the problem.
I have no AGP on my motherboard. Its one of those crummy budget boards. So this is making it hard to find a card that suits my needs.
From what I can gather, this new PCIexpresss is completely incompatible with old pci. And there are not many cards available that still run decently, but support old pci.
My machine suits my needs perfectly so I don't want to drop extra money into upgradin my entire system, and I don't game nearly enough to justify a beafy card. Reading up on reviews it seems the the ATI RADEON 3250 will suit my needs. It works on pci and is great value for money (apparently) or a nVidia GeForce FX5200 variant.
Does anyone know anything about playing GTA SA on this card? Or can you recommend another card that can help me out?
Local support guys are useless trying to sell me a full machine upgrade, and a 3000 ZAR card. Thats a waste of money.