Geforce MX440. That’s my current -and crappy- video card. It doesn’t even have pixel shaders! It’s been good enough for blender so I hadn’t wanted to upgrade it. I don’t play games much, if at all anymore, my last game I got almost two years ago which was KOTOR1.
What I’ve played the most is Morrowind, so I was really excited when I heard they (bethesda softworks) was working on Oblivion, the sequel to Morrowind. That was almost a year ago and at that time I hadn’t thought much of upgrading for it. The release date -though it hasn’t been exactly announced- is “holidays 2005” and most of the retailers either say 5th of Dec. or 27th of Nov., about a month away.
AthlonXP 2400+ (2.0ghz Thoroughbred)
1 GB PC3200/DDR400 RAM (Value? from Crucial)
After reading some posts on their forums I think these specs should be suffiecient to run the game. Though not fantastic or optimal I can still play without too much interuption.
My video card however will need to be upgraded. After some research I’ve decided on the NVIDIA 6600 series. They seem like a decent card. My PSU will need to upgraded from a 350w to something higher so I just got a thermaltake 430w which had all good reviews from newegg customers (something like 40 some odd reviews). I didn’t bother to measure my case until after it shipped so I’ll need to take my blow hole fan out and screw it to the top of the case. Ghetto. 8)
Anyway my question is more along the lines of which brand and card to get. It’s going to be AGP 8x since my mobo isn’t PCI Express capable.
There’s two different cards I’ve picked out on newegg:
The chaintech which is a 256mb card has a core clock of 300mhz and a ram bus clock of 500mhz. The AOpen which is a 6600GT has an almost twice as fast core clock at 500mhz and an almost twice as fast ram clock at 900mhz, however it has twice as less ram at only 128mb.
So which is better? A slower bus and a slower gpu and more ram, or (seemingly) much faster core and ram clocks but far less ram?
The difference in money or power draw (between these two cards) doesn’t matter. Nor should heat as I’m looking at a slot fan cooler as well.
Thanks for reading the whole, I know it’s long.