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    Default New computer, video card Help please

    My wife was nice enough to order me a new PC for the Holidays.

    Dell 8400 Pentium4, 3.20 GHz 800fsb, 512MB sdram@400MHz, 80GB HD,16xdvd/rw, 19in Monitor,..my concern is the video card..(DVI/VGA/tv-out) ATI Radeon X300SE..

    how well will this card function? say on FS2004, CFS2004?
    Also, will it work at all on Doom3 or the new Half Life?


    I know SE is not top quality, and I will try to upgrade later, but will it be some what Ok for now?

    thanks in advance..
    Happy Holidays

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    gonen60...Welcome to PCStats.

    Congrats on the new rig! A custom system would have been a bit better, but you as might as well take what you can get.

    You are correct in your assumption that the X300 SE isn't a top quality card. In DOOM3 you can expect around 13.3FPS (1024x768) even if you overclock that card as high as you can. That is very far from playable, so you can pretty much count Doom out. Some of the older games should be okay at low resolutions. A video card upgrade should definetly be in your near future if you like to game.

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    I would recommend a X700 or a 6600gt. They are cheap cards that perform remarkably well.
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    how about the .. RADEON X800SE
    will this be a good upgrade?

    thanks for all Help and replys

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    I dunno about that one. It's pretty expensive. A X800 Pro vivo would be good. I don't know if they have PCI-Express ones though.
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    BFG
    Asylum GeForce FX 5200 256 MB PCI Graphics Card
    will this do a good job?

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    nah 5200's are entry level, prolly as fast as your x300, the x800se is a slower version of the x800pro, i would suggest an x700 or 6600gt, or dish out alot and wait for the x800's and 6800gt's to come out to pci express
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    x800s have always been on pci-express.

    I recommend the Nvidia 6600GT for PCI-Express. For under 200 bucks, this card rocks!
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    I think there have been versions of the x800 that have always been pci-express, but I don't think that all of them (x800se, x800 PRO, x800 XT, X800 XT PE) initially came out in pci-express configurations
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    The X800 series first came out in agp just like the 6800 series.

    Oh ya...5200 suks ass.
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    U will need at least an x700 for doom3 to be playable at 1024 x 768. Of course I mostly play on my TV, which means 640 x 480 res and it still looks great. But thats just doom3, HL2 will look like crap at that res...
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