First post, by flynth
I'm in the planning phase of a windows XP build and I have 2 GPUs to choose from(currently). A gts250 1gb and a gt310 low height. I know that the gts is much faster, but in practice what is the magnitude of the difference on such system? The lesser card was released in 2009, perhaps it will be fast enough for all the games I would play on a win XP? (late win98 and win XP games like UT, Q3, Doom 3, Crysis[will it run it well?] etc. ).
This will be either a P4 or Athlon 64 system with a motherboard that has one pcie-e slot and few pci. (again I have 2 to choose from, I don't know which cpu is faster as I haven't taken their cooler off yet. I'll choose one with a faster cpu).
I heard best cards for such windows XP build would be similar to Gtx770, but they are a bit expensive still.
I currently have my old Gts250 with 1gb ram, and a low height gt310. Previously I was sure I'll use the gts250, but I was recently given two small desktop cases (one, a lenovo "think centre" pc, the other a hp pc) both cases support only low height cards and between the two only one psu is usable (lenovo psu has no 3.3v).
So instead of a large atx case I'm now thinking about one of those slim cases in desktop configuration.
A gts250 felt like a compromise, but gt310 being even slower... Perhaps it is inadequate for such build. What do you think?