Best graphics cards for older pc's?
Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:41 PM
Posted 21 May 2012 - 06:13 AM
to your FX 5700 and 2000, the latest isn't always the best.
This post has been edited by Browncoat: 21 May 2012 - 06:16 AM
Posted 21 May 2012 - 02:18 PM
Posted 21 May 2012 - 07:51 PM
I am using W2k and was able to go to the nVidia website using Browncoat's link and successfully do the search without Java installed on the system, unless you count the old obsolete MS Java that Microsoft used to include with their OS's.
I use Opera 11.64 as my browser by the way.
Anyway....the search recommended ForceWare Release 90 version 93.71 WHQL for your graphics card.
Sometimes you can pick up an entire Pentium 4 computer of 2005 or later vintage that has up to 64MB of onboard graphics for less than the price some vendor's charge for just a graphics card plus postage. It depends on whether or not you live near a major city I suppose.
This post has been edited by Arminius: 21 May 2012 - 07:56 PM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:19 PM
@tomasz: Yes, I have your UURollup. I know this sounds silly but after the problems I had with the newer versions of Flash and Avast I wasn't sure if I should try the new Java, so I left it. I wanted to get all the unofficial 2K updates before I tried getting the latest third party software.
@Arminius: Thanks for the suggestion. I'll make some calls and see what some of my local repair shops have available. Having read up a little on the different cards and compatible slots (PCI, PCIe?) I'm not sure what to go for if I try another card though. It seems like a lot changed after 2004. I'd like to try an ATI card to see what it's like. Do you know of any good ones?
Posted 26 May 2012 - 09:41 AM
These are the some of the settings (I've marked the current settings in red). I haven't tried changing the Antialiasing settings or Anisotropic filtering because I have no idea what they do.
Screen refresh rate 65hertz, 70, 72, 85
Performance and quality settings / Image settings high performance, performance, quality, high quality
Performance and quality settings / Antialiasing settings application controlled, off, 2x, 2xQ, 4x, 8x
Performance and quality settings / Anisotropic filtering application controlled, off, 2x, 4x, 8x
The rest just seem to be for color (32bit) and resolution (1024 x 768).
Posted 26 May 2012 - 12:50 PM
Cheers and Regards
Posted 26 May 2012 - 01:17 PM
This post has been edited by tomasz86: 26 May 2012 - 01:18 PM
Posted 27 May 2012 - 09:03 AM
I've tried doing that but nothing changed. The only settings I haven't touched are Antialiasing settings and Anisotropic filtering because I don't know what they do. Any ideas?
I'd like to try another card but in order to do that I'd need something compatible with this old machine (preferably an ATI card). I was hoping someone would know of a good alternative to the card I have now (Geforce FX 5700). On a side note, would DX be an issue? The post SP4 updates installed DirectX 9c but after that the games installed an older version (5 or 6 I think). The system says it's currently running 9c but do I need to uninstall that and run an older version of DX for the games to work properly? Or, do I need to install 7 and 8 as well to fill in the gaps?
Posted 27 May 2012 - 11:55 AM
Google is your friend - http://www.geforce.c.../AA-AF-guide/#1
Cheers and Regards