Originally posted by Minerva:
<STRONG>. My main concern are: 1) Getting a new card and it becomes obsolute within a year; </STRONG>
Any card you get will be obsolete, not in a year, but in about 90 days.
<STRONG>2) Cannot play my old games, like BG1. For the former, I wonder if 32mb card is a good choice, as I know it's a lot cheaper than 64 mb.</STRONG>
In my "old" computer (before I rebuilt it and gave the old pieces to my mother), I had an ATI Xpert2000, Celeron 500, 128 MB of RAM, and I never had any problem running any of the Infinity Engine games or most other games. My "new" computer has an ATI Rage Fury Pro video card, P3 866, 384 MB of RAM and I have never had any issues related to the video card.
I cannot speak about the Radeon cards, as I don't have one, but my experiences with ATI have been very good. Both the Xpert 2000 and Rage Fury Pro are 32 MB cards which use ATI's Rage 128 chipset and I have been satisfied with both. I would like a 64 MB video card, but I don't have a need for one (just as I don't have a need for a 60" big-screen TV, but it would sure be nice!).
The best advice I can give anyone buying computer parts is to decide how much you want to spend, then buy the best product that fits your budget.