First post, by WildW
Been looking at a graphics card for a general Windows 98 gaming build, mostly aimed at good compatibility and performance but also not spending too much. The obvious candidates for "best" Windows 98 cards, Geforce 6 or Radeon 9700/9800 are all getting very expensive, and I've also read some threads here that suggest that their 9x compatibility isn't the best either. I guess there was a lot of change going on in graphics around this era, with DirectX 8 and 9 bringing new features, the change from shader model 1 to 2 and 3 all happening quickly.
Can anyone suggest a good value card that is "plenty" for any games from that just-before-XP era? Hopefully one that can still be picked up fairly cheaply. I'm not planning to run really late DirectX 9 titles. This is mostly for a bunch of awkward Star Trek games that never quite worked right in XP.
This is to pair with an otherwise overpowered Athlon 64 system. I'm currently running a Radeon 9250 which I believe is DirectX 8.1, but I could probably use a bit more grunt for smooth FPS games at 1024x768 or so. It also seems to be quite a "late" card which some folks seem to suggest is a bad thing.