Better Graphics Card

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  1. G5Unit macrumors 68020

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    Right now I have an Nvidia GeForce Fx 5200, and the graphics are terrible. How can I go from the left image to the right one? Any cheap flashed cards? Or ATIs?
     
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    It's going to be pricey for you to get those kinds of graphics. Probably atleast $200.
     
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    My friend has a PC and bought a card that can render the game like that. He payed 70 bucks. (Geforce 5500) Is it possible to flash that card? If not, Could the ati 9600pro or xt do it?
     
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    Yeah the 9600XT will probably do even better than that, but I'd go for a 9800Pro. If you want a lasting upgrade anyway.
     
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    Would that be the special edition or the regular one?
     
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    How do you flash a card? I got a 9600XT/128MB/AGP, it's PC for now, but if we see new PowerMacs and/or if the iMac rev.B GPU/VRAM still sucks I'll probably get an older PowerMac (major price drop because of the new models).
     
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    I've also been trying to figure it out. I would save millions! Hahaha!
     
  10. AstroManLuca macrumors member

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    It would help if you told us which graphics card you're using. Without that, no one can really do anything to help you at all.

    And yes you only have vertex shaders enabled. Once you enable pixel shaders, BAM you get the nice looking stuff.

    Actually, here's a better idea. Get an XBox for $150, an RCA-VGA converter for $50, and a copy of Halo 2 for $40. That's a much better way of spending $240 than by buying a new graphics card.
     
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    ok

    I said im using a geforce fx 5200.
    And what resolution are the games on a xbox?
     
  12. AstroManLuca macrumors member

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    Oops, sorry, I didn't see.

    Are you sure it only supports vertex shaders? The FX5200 should support NV Shaders, which should make it look pretty good. I mean, the 5200 is not super fast but it's still newer than the GeForce 3 or GeForce 4Ti, and I've seen both of those running Halo with NV Shaders on.

    By the way, the GeForce 4 Titanium seems to run Halo really REALLY well. My brother had one in his 1.4 GHz PowerMac G4 for a while, and it was great with all the settings maxed.

    I'm not sure why you're not able to turn on NV shaders. If you've already done all the Halo updates and OS X updates and stuff, I'm not sure what to say. I guess try reinstalling Halo? It probably wouldn't help though...
     
  13. wangahrah macrumors newbie

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    Your card supports pixel shaders...albeit not the best card to be running Halo with.

    Hold down command (the apple key) while starting up Halo, and select some pixel shaders. NV path would be better for you, it looks not quite as nice actually, but it will run faster, and your cards not top-notch. Make sure FSAA is off. Model detail can be high, and if you want lens flare make sure you have the latest update, otherwise it will slow you down bad.

    If performance is bad, turn off shadows, turn off specular, and bump down your resolution. But it will look a LOT prettier, and should run acceptably at reasonable settings.

    If you want a much better card, for about $150 or a little less you can get a PC Radeon 9800 Pro, which is very, very simple to flash to Mac. If you need help with that or want more info, let me know.

    wangahrah
     
  14. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Would that card give me the equivalant to the pictures on the left? What card for the mac could I compare it to?
    Anyonw know how to flash a card?
     

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