First post, by WildW
I'm rearranging my computers a little and will be keeping a dedicated Windows XP machine set up. I had been using an Athlon 64 machine to dual boot XP and 98SE, but I find that my Pentium 3 system is fine for everything I play pre-Windows-XP.
My XP machine now is Core2Duo and PCI Express based. It's in a desktop format case that doesn't deal well with hot graphics cards and the whole thing is otherwise pretty quiet so I'd like to keep it that way. I first tried a Radeon 5770 I already had, but fans started to spin up rather noisily and it was getting too hot in there for my liking. Right now I have a passive Radeon 5450 in there instead but I would like a little more power to deal with a few more demanding titles like Oblivion at the heady heights of 1024x768.
Does anyone know of any issues with more recent XP-supported graphics cards and early XP games? Should I just buy a brand new card like a Geforce GT 710 or 730, or is there a benefit to an older generation card that might better fit my power budget, like maybe a Radeon 5670? I'm not too worried about period correctness, I just want to be able to run things well.