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September 18th, 2009, 04:33 PM

I would like to upgrade my desktop computer with a new videocard, and I would like to hear some opinions on wich card to buy.

Relevant information:

Motherboard: Asus K8N (comes with 8x AGP)
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3000+
Memory: 1 Gb
Current GPU: Radeon 9200 (No fglrx support, and damn old card.)
Power supply: CODEGEN, 350W

I would like a videocard capable of at least playing EVE Online in linux.
(Yes, they just dropped support for Linux, but I hope I can play it trough wine)
That means cards that support Shader Model 3,

NVIDIA GeForce 6100, ATI Radeon X1300, ATI Radeon HD 2600 and up.

Mainly I would like some suggestion about what card to avoid, and wich ones could work well with my Ubuntu box.

Thanks in advance.

September 18th, 2009, 05:52 PM
I always read Tom's and like their chart at the end that compares performance.
Currently it seems that Nvidia works better. I have only had minor issues converting from a 7600gts to a 9600gt recently.
What size is your power supply? That may limit what you can install. A few years ago my son wanted more games and I put in a new video card and a month or two later the system died. Too much power draw wiped out motherboard and/or video card. But it became a good excuse to build my new dual boot system.

September 18th, 2009, 06:20 PM
Thank you for the reply, especially for mentioning the power supply, I'm updating my first post now. (Then checking out the link you posted.)

September 18th, 2009, 09:22 PM
There are power supply calculators on the internet. I had bookmarked these but ended up just looking at the amps required on the video card box and comparing the new power supply I was buying.

September 23rd, 2009, 03:51 PM
Thank you for the feedback so far,

I actually went to the HW store ,and there were only 3 cards wich would be a viable option, could I get some feedback about the Linux drivers for them plese? (working/not working/ 3D hardware acceleration/ bugs, etc.)

(I'm looking for running games (some via wine, and some native) too, so good 3D support is a priority)

Ati Radeon HD 2400 Pro
Ati Radeon X1650 Pro
GeForce 6200

September 23rd, 2009, 04:04 PM
I am just thinking to upgrade the my videocard. So this post will help me. Thank you.

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