My last video card was a geforce 4 64mb card that is probably 5 years old.
I have never played a PC game more involved than solitare, but have started playing Madden on PC, so needed a new card.
The Madden requirements are very slim, so I figured I didn't need to spend a fortune. I bought this card:
Seemed reasonable enough, I figured I'd be rocking some decent graphics.
I've got Madden '07 set to 1024x768 32bit with a lot of the textures and details to medium or high (generally 1 step down from max). So nowhere near maxing out the graphics on the game.
Visually, everything looks great, but the performance stinks. The gameplay is choppy and it seems to be a problem with the video card. The drivers on the card stink as well, so if I go down in resolution, Madden stops recognizing video at all.
It would seem I bought the wrong video card.
So... keeping in mind that Madden is the ONLY computer game I play or will probably ever play (and I don't need max resolution to be happy), what should I look for in a proper card (or is there something I'm doing wrong with this card?)??? What kind of specs are most important? Any suggestions for a card under $100 that should do the trick? Or do I need to spend more?
My PC is a 2.8GHz Pentium D, I've got 1GB of DDR 400 RAM, Win XP Pro, my motherboard has slots for AGP and PCI Express x16. Any other details you need, let me know.
I just did a fresh install of XP, so there's no spyware or applications slowing down performance.