Is this a good videocard for my setup?

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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103031



    Its a

    X1550PRO256PSB Radeon X1550 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Video Card



    I have to get a PCI card for my computer. I am not like super into computers, but I want to get Command and Conquer the new one and Starcraft 2, and a Shooting game and probably a few more as time goes on. and i dont mind a lower graphics setting I just want to play. Doesnt have to be crazy good, just pretty good for my purposes.


    My specs are as follows:

    Pentium 4 3.06 Processor
    1.5 gigs of DDR2 Ram
    160 gig Hard drive
    Windows XP



    Thanks. and any other suggestions post please.
     
  2. thebox

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    if you can only use a PCI card that is about as good as its going to get.
     
  3. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Look at Matrox video cards. They make a lot of good cards designed for PCI slots, because they target the CAD/medical/digital mapping industries which tend to hold onto their machines a lot longer than gamers do.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    great 2D cards
     
  7. Well i need the card to play games
     
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    you do know that gaming on a PCI video card is the ultimate fail, right?
     
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    How do you not have an AGP slot?
     
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    They make 3D cards too, smartass.
     
  11. deusexaethera

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    Anyway, looking at that card as well as the rest of Newegg's selection, yes, that's the best PCI video card you can get. But, given the cost, you might as well walk up to me and pay me the $95 to pee in your mouth. It would be a better deal.

    If you're absolutely dead-set on keeping as much of your current PC as possible, get this motherboard...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138079

    ...and then get a halfway-decent PCI-Express x16 video card to plug into it. You can get a PCI-Express video card for the same $95 (or close to it) that will totally, utterly obliterate that regular PCI card you were looking at.
     

  12. No thanks.


    Dude im not like a gamer or nothing, just wanna play some games. I am planning on using this for like the internet and shit mostly. Just want some capability to play games.
     
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    A PCI card is not going to be able to play any new shooters, not with any semblance of a decent FPS. Maybe not even Starcraft 2.

    An AGP card would have a hope - a PCI card, unfortunately, is now two gens behind, rather than just one.
     
  14. deusexaethera

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    It's not about how often you'll play games, it's about what the games you want to play will need. There are people who think that buying a video card that's better than their games need will somehow make the games better, yes (these are the "gamers" you're thinking of) -- but these people are wrong. On the other hand, a video card that is not as good as your games need will make all of them run much worse.

    An AGP slot can transfer data 16x faster than a PCI slot. A PCI-Express slot is twice as fast as that. (maybe more, I'm not sure.) What all of this means for you is that it's VERY unlikely that any PCI video card, no matter how good, will be able to get all the data it needs in time to draw the next video frame -- and that when you get stuttering and lagging.

    If you have any interest in playing shooters newer than, say, 1999, you're going to need something faster than a PCI slot. There's no two ways about it.

    The motherboard I listed was only $50, anyway. That's what, a day's pay?
     

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