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hi all nice forum been a member for ages but never posted before so hi!

im looking at a new game for crimble battfield 2 ! missus got it for me, however
ive been playing the demo until now and unless im on low settings on my in game video settings its laggy at best lol so..
what would be the best graphics cards for me to be looking at for improved gaming?
im looking at between £50 - £80 (or good ole e-bay) any my system is :-

SiSoftware Sandra

System

Processor
Model : Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Speed : 2.79GHz
Performance Rating : PR3072 (estimated)
Cores per Processor : 1 Unit(s)
Threads per Core : 1 Unit(s)
Internal Data Cache : 8kB Synchronous, Write-Thru, 4-way set, 64 byte line size
L2 On-board Cache : 512kB ECC Synchronous, ATC, 8-way set, 64 byte line size, 2 lines per sector

Mainboard
Bus(es) : X-Bus AGP PCI IMB USB i2c/SMBus
MP Support : 1 Processor(s)
MP APIC : Yes
System BIOS : Dell Computer Corporation A09
System : Dell Computer Corporation Dimension 4600i
Mainboard : Dell Computer Corp. 0F4491
Total Memory : 511MB DDR-SDRAM

Chipset 1
Model : Dell Computer Corp 82865G/PE/P, 82848P DRAM Controller / Host-Hub Interface
Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 133MHz (532MHz data rate)
Total Memory : 512MB DDR-SDRAM
Memory Bus Speed : 2x 166MHz (332MHz data rate)

Video System
Monitor/Panel : DELL E152FP
Adapter : NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
Imaging Device : Dell AIO Printer A920

Physical Storage Devices
Hard Disk : ST340014A (37GB)
CD-ROM/DVD : _NEC DVD+RW ND-2100AD (CD 40X Rd, 32X Wr) (DVD 5X Rd)
CD-ROM/DVD : Generic DVD-ROM SCSI CdRom Device (CD 32X Rd) (DVD 4X Rd)



MultiMedia Device(s)
Device : Tevion TV7134 WDM Video Capture
Device : SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio


any ideas please that game has robbed me of 4 months now in demo version - i need to play full version in pretty mode lol

cheers all

ps looking at geforce 6200 or maybe fx5600 purely cause i found em on e-bay lol ?

Edited by Naz-T, 18 December 2005 - 11:57 AM.

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The fastest video card for your budget would be a ati x700 256mb. It has 9.6 GB/s memory bandwith and is faster than both the geforce 6200 and fx5600. I recommend a faster video card that the x700 though to get a better gaming experience. More memory is a must for battlefield 2. Battlefield 2 eats up your computers memory and 512mb really isnt enough, its decent but not quite enough.

I recommend getting atleast an ati x800 of some type. An XL, Gt or GTO. Then another 512mb sick of memory and you will be set.
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thanks very much for that buddy,
cant wait to get to grips with this game it is very pretty to look at eh? :tazz:

i was also contemplating another stick of mem, is it best to go for the same type as i have? :) lol
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would i be right in thinking my m/board is PCI type not agp?

:tazz: thanks
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Looks like it is AGP at first glance, you can check by using cpu z or you can take a look usually a long brown slot above the PCI slots.

Battlefield 2 is ok, it looks good for a game with such large maps, if you want to play BF2 make sure you have a good internet connection as well otherwise the game is kinda sucky offline. If you are into BF2 youll like the new enemy territory coming out in january now thats what i call a pretty game.
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thanks very much on both counts lol will look out for that one


which is better AGP or ?

and why lol thanks :tazz:

ps reading an older thread ive run cpu-z and come up with

AGP version 3 transfer rate 3 max supported 8 size 128mb side band enabled
is this ok ? i was looking at ati x800 and they are not cheap if i were to get one , would it fit? and would it "do the biz"? cheers

Edited by Naz-T, 18 December 2005 - 02:42 PM.

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As far as i know agp version 3 has a link width of 8x which is what you are looking for, and thats the best AGP can go to, cpu-z should tell you the link width under mainboard in the graphical interface section.

The new standard for interface that has replaced AGP is pci express it is twice the speed and can provide the extra power needed by new cards.

If you can get a x800GT those arent quite so expensive and wont run it full out like a big daddy x800 xould but it will do not bad for itself and your system would die at max settings, your cpu is a bit slow and you need some more ram for a game like that. I would say if you want to play new games the way they are supposed to be you save up and put a system together yourself when you can afford it, £600 to £700 quid gets you a more than adequate PC these days.
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thanks again very much for the reply i appreciate the info. :tazz:


right off looking for a card and memory then lol

still paying for this system lol, :
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recommend any where online for accessories ie graphics memory? cheers
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Im not from the UK, Warriorscot is and would answer the question better.

I know one pretty good company.


http://www.misco.co.uk/
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thanks for that finding that cards i need at the min £140 ish :tazz:
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Yeah 8x agp for under 140???
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Easy enough, Ebuyer or overclockers are the best, scan is also good.
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many thanks all especially with how busy you are

mery crimble!! :tazz:
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is this upto the job then?

256Mb GECUBE ATI AGP X800GTO UNIWISE Edition DDR DVI

found it for £120 which is about gettable?
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