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08-11-2008, 04:31 PM #1Need a new graphics card so I can play CoD 4!
Just my luck. Just installed the $49.99 Call of Duty 4 game on my PC and now it's asking me for new and better graphics card. I'm such a noob. I don't know anything about this stuff so could someone please point me to where I can get a cheep new and better one? Preferably no more than $100
Current card: GeForce2 MX/MX 400
Recommended for CoD 4: NVIDIA Geforce 6600 or better
Running: Windows XP
BTW, anyone else have this game?
08-11-2008, 04:36 PM #2
Uhh for 100$ you wont find anything THAT good id check ebay, But if you can somehow come up with enough money get...
SLI 8800 GTX its what i have
Or if you cant get the 7600 GT its about 250 i THINK maybe less(What i had awhile back)
And yes i have COD4 for the PC my xfire is sergio0201.EDM
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08-11-2008, 04:36 PM #3
MX 400 is AGP right? You probably need a new motherboard as well as a graphics card
I have a GeForce 8600GT and it runs pretty much everything at high settingTo live, you have to lie
08-11-2008, 05:18 PM #4
Just found this... Compuvest Corp.
Can anyone tell me if this will do? Price is really low... why is that?
A new motherboard? lol mine blew up when i moved about 2 years ago and had to get a new one... how do I check what my current one is?
08-11-2008, 05:26 PM #5
My 8600 has 1GB of ram, so those might not be as good.
Download Aida32 and it'll tell you your motherboard modelTo live, you have to lie
08-11-2008, 05:52 PM #6
Yeah, if your motherboard is AGP you're a bit screwed, I'm not sure what to suggest.
If you do however end up getting a new motherboard that supports PCI-E, then an 8800GT are running cheap enough today and will run CoD4 just fine. But the best bang for your buck right now is ATI 4800's series if you want a better upgrade.
PS: how much ram your card has is pointless. what SPEED the ram is (DDR2 v DDR3) is more important.
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08-11-2008, 10:26 PM #7
Okay I installed Aida32. What information do you need to know about my motherboard? How do I find out if it's AGP or not?
BTW, I'm able to play CoD 2 perfectly. Does that change anything?
08-11-2008, 10:40 PM #8
^^^No COD2 is really old and uses an older graphics engine so its not much of a benchmark.
You can find out what slot you have in your BIOS, boot into it and look for the PCI slot settings, one of them should say if a particular slot is PCIE (PCI Express) or AGP. If you have an AGP slot, your choice of cards is really limited.
Your CPU also affects how well the game plays. Although a video card takes much of the load off of the chip for graphics rendering, the CPU still works quite a bit to process the actual game play data.
I have an 8800GTX 768MB BFG with an AMD X2 6000+ and it plays COD4 on the highest settings flawlessly.
One more thing, I know new hardware can get expensive, but try to buy as much card/proc/mb/RAM as possible. Building a machine that will "just play" today's games will be quickly outdated with upcoming titles and then you will be in the same boat. If it was me, I would save as much as i could and build a machine more than capable of playing COD4 so you will be ready for Far Cry II and other kick-azz upcoming games.
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08-11-2008, 11:17 PM #9
I would get a 7800GS, so you can keep your current motherboard and still have a decent card, i sold mine 6 months back for about 150$ so im sure you can get one lower than that on ebay,