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    i know 3dfx, but which kind?

    My friend has a 266 P2, 32 mbs of ram, and a matrox millenium. He REALLY needs a new video card cuz he has alotta games (illegal) and wants to play them but he can't. i REALLY think that a new video card would help him and he decided to buy a new one. He's on a really tight budget ($100) and he refuses to spend anymore. He doesn't know that much about hardware so i'm helping him decide which card to get. I've narrowed it down to a voodoo2 add-on card or a voodoo3 2000. Which one do you think that he should get?

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    [This message has been edited by BrianH (edited 07-09-2000).]
    MaH SyStEm:
    PIII 450, 128 RAM, i740 (the i740 was last year's best midrange 2d card, so ha!) voodoo2 sli, 4.8X toshiba DVD, 4x4x20 cd-rw

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    I would go with the voodoo3 2000 because I have a 3000 pci and it rules and the addon card doesnt have as many polygons per second and if really wants to have a kick @$$ card get him the voodoo3 card and go to overclk.com and order there kit. It has a fan that comes with it and a overclocking program specificly for that card and you can have that 2000 pci card running faster than a standard 3000 pci like mine. You can easily overclock it from 143mhz clock to 166mhz clock the same as the 3000 pci and agp. I ordered one and my 3000 pci is overclocked from 166 to 195 and that is 12mhz faster then the amazing v3 3500. Believe me the kit is worth th $25 bucks it costs. The kit also includes very detailed instructions and everything you need to installit(yes everything). And because he has to take the heatsink off that would void the warranty on the card but this kit even includes instrutions and all materials to return it to warranty standards in case you need to send the card in for some reason.

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    i think u should try a TNT2
    i have a TNT2 Ultra and i LOVE IT!!

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    Markest that's not a good idea because the TNT2 are really CPU dependant and a PII 266 will not be able to give that much power....I so think that the V2 2000 is the best idea.....if he had a PIII 500 or something then a TNT2 will be better.

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    S2000, do you mean a voodoo3 2000 or a voodoo2 1000?

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    MaH SyStEm:
    PIII 450, 128 RAM, i740 (the i740 was last year's best midrange 2d card, so ha!) voodoo2 sli, 4.8X toshiba DVD, 4x4x20 cd-rw

    MaH SyStEm:
    PIII 450, 128 RAM, i740 (the i740 was last year's best midrange 2d card, so ha!) voodoo2 sli, 4.8X toshiba DVD, 4x4x20 cd-rw

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    if your friend only has 32 mg of memory...a newer video card probly wont do too much.i have 64 and after win 98 loads(bare min.) i have about 27 mg free memory (real not virtual memory) so with only 32 meg.. his hard drive's doing a lot of swaping.

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    which would give him a bigger performance gain, adding another 32 mbs of ram or upgrading his video card?

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    MaH SyStEm:
    PIII 450, 128 RAM, i740 (the i740 was last year's best midrange 2d card, so ha!) voodoo2 sli, 4.8X toshiba DVD, 4x4x20 cd-rw

    MaH SyStEm:
    PIII 450, 128 RAM, i740 (the i740 was last year's best midrange 2d card, so ha!) voodoo2 sli, 4.8X toshiba DVD, 4x4x20 cd-rw

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    Ouch. 32 megs of RAM is cutting it really short.
    The video card debate is obvious. Get the Voodoo 3 2000 (AGP if you got it), no question.
    Now about RAM vs. a new video card... The Millenium is a G200 right? Or is it a G100? If it's a G200, I might say get another 64megs of RAM instead. You can pick up a 64meg PC100 DIMM for around $80 I think. (RAM prices are all over the place, but I'm somewhat close) Might as well get the PC100. It's backwards compatable with 66mhz EDO and lets you upgrade later. I doubt the price is higher.
    The G200 will do 3D a bit slower than a Voodoo 2. With a P2-266, you're not going to be getting those mega speeds anyway. More RAM will speed up the entire computer. I remember the days of 64megs and a P2-266. Then I got 128megs. Ohh it was nice. Then 192. I might be getting another 128 soon. RAM is good. I can't imagine trying to live off 32megs.

    aSsMaStEr2 1337-|V|@|\|: Polygons per second? Neither card does any polygons per second. "Full triangle setup" is marketing hype and means all of about... nothing. The Geforce is the only card of yet that does any polygons per second.


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