Hi, I'm newbe. I wanted to complete my retropc and I'm in doubt about which video card to buy.
ASUS A7V400MX-SE Socket A
AMD Athlon XP 3000+ 400Mhz
512MB RAM (1 bank)
Creative Sound Blaster Live 5.1 Digital SB0220 (dosdriver works perfectly)
Other than I've various VGA: Geforce 2 MX400, Ati Radeon 9250, Ati Radeon 7000, nVidia Geforce 6800, Riva TNT2 and an old RAGE All In Wonder.
The goal is to make a retro game PC with Windows 98SE (and few DOS games) at 1024x768 on a CRT monitor with Antialias 4x & Anisotropic 8x at stable 60 or 75Hz FPS with vsync always when possible.!
Unfortunately none of these video cards satisfy me: the nvidia 6800 driver are craps and don't run games with up to DX7 like unreal or unreal tournament (1 FPS in directx mode), Thief1\2 won't even start missions, and so on... shutdown and standby is messy...in short nvidia 6800 is unusable with win98.
The Geforce 2 MX400 works like a charme but is slow, so I replaced with the Ati 9250 gaining a good performance (tablefog regfix with thief2 is acceptable, I also like the increased fog); but with AA & AF the performance drops too low.
Reading on the forum, expecially in the Table Fog & 8-bit Paletted Textures, I got the idea that a Radeon 9700 or 9800 could be an excellent video card to maximize performance and compatibility. Can a Radeon 9800 be the solution? Will that card allow me to play @60FPS vsync 4xaa + af, for example, with unreal or half-life or thief 2? And for DOS games?
I don't have any Radeon 9700\9800. I'll have to buy it. Do you think it would be a good choice for my needs?