Since you have not stated your computer specs, I'm assuming you have no DX9 compliant card. Each of these cards may be a really nice improvement, only if the other 2 very important components in your PC
are good as well. These are RAM and CPU. You may have the latest GeForce 7800 but only 128MB or RAM and a 1GHz CPU, and still get slugglish performance. So, counting on that you have at least 512MB of RAM and a fast 2GHz+ CPU.. chek these in ascending order:
1. $50+, a good GeForce 5200FX with at least 128MB of RAM can give you a nice relief.
2. $120+ may get you a nice Radeon 9600XT which will be better than the 5200.
3. $170+ and you may get a very nice GeForce 6600GT with 128MB. That's a very nice card.
4. $200 and up, its up to you. If you want more expensive cards, let us know here.
: DirectX 9 effects include those very nice water reflections effects found in FS9 and many other rather new games. If you card does not support DX9 specs, it will still work with DirectX 9c installed in your PC
, but will not render these nice effects.
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