What to upgrade Vid Card or RAM?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Engineer, Jan 5, 2003.

  1. Engineer

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    Currently I have 256 RAM and a NVidia GForce 2 MX400 - 64MB Video card.

    To improve game performance should I increase RAM to 512 or get a 128MB Vid Card, if I can't do both.


    thanks
     
  2. Engineer

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    What to upgrade, Vid Card or Ram

    Currently I have 256 RAM and a NVidia GForce 2 MX400 - 64MB Video card.

    To improve game performance should I increase RAM to 512 or get a 128MB Vid Card, if I can't do both.


    thanks
     
  3. Burpster

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    both if you can ..if not Video card would give you the most bang i think
     
  4. Burpster

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    you only need to post questions in one forum bro!! probably would have been best in hardware
     
  5. gonaads

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    If you could in any way do both... do it.

    But your best bet is to upgrade the VID Card.

    Games will still be CPU intensive but with a current (new generation) VID Card it will deffinately help quite a bit.
     
  6. NetRyder

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    I'm biased towards more RAM

    ... but for a gaming machine, I would say the graphics card is a better upgrade. :)
     
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  8. gonaads

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    For future refference...

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  10. Nick M

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    Well, you see, in order to run games smoothly, I believe that you need a lot of video card RAM, and a lot of system RAM.

    I suppose getting something like a 9700, or Nvidia 4600, 4400 128MB cards will give you one hell of a kick in graphics performance, but, while running a game, you will need to insure that you have a very limited amount of programs running in the background, the less the better, otherwise, you're going to experience slowdown, and more.

    If you're willing, go with a newer graphics card. However, it would be much better, to go with both.
     
  11. OTE

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    I'd go for more RAM mate. I have a 8500 not latest but certainly not a shaby card, anyway when playing stuff like UT2003 and more graphic intensive games i wish i had more RAM, an extra 256 RAM would make a heck of a difference.
     
  12. if you do heavy gaming and stuff then the video card. if you do 2d, graphics, run alot of apps etc etc then the ram will be more useful