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this old laptop i have uses a HD3 and the opensource drivers suck for gaming, works ok for everything else tho.
i can comfirm that the card itself can runs games and actualy quite well on windows with proper drivers
Thanks, sorry I should've said I'm extremely low on money and jobless currently.. still.. I can't afford a newer PC.
I was just wondering if the 2 or 3 series of HD Radeons were good enough for this dual core Athlon 64 X2 4200 with 3GB DDR2. From the benchmarks on the Radeon HD 4000 series of cards, I assumed the same thing for the older gen. cards.
The main thing to watch out for is that you need a certain amount of GPU power to get decent performance... and as you move to older GPU families you need to go to relatively higher end GPUs to get roughly comparable power. Because of that, you might actually find the best price/performance deal with a somewhat newer (but lower end) card...
As an example, the HD2900, HD3850 and HD4670 all have roughly the same number of stream processors / ALUs, although the newer chips tend to have slightly higher clocks and so perform a bit better.
I haven't had a chance to play TF2 (or actually any games other than XMoto) recently so can't comment intelligently on how much GPU power you need, but if a couple of people can comment on their experiences with midrange cards we can probably give you a list of comparable GPUs then you can keep an eye out for deals on one of those... that's how a lot of equipment gets purchased.
Do you have a GPU in the PC right now, and if so what is it ? Other question, I guess, is AGP or PCIE -- that makes a difference in performance these days because some settings need to be cranked down on AGP to keep them working reliably.