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myuserid
2005-02-28T19:37:24Z
Im in the market for a new video card. I want one that I can play some of the higher end games like doom 3 etc...

I want to spend around $200 or so on the card. But have no real Idea what is good in that range these days. Currently i have a crapy 64mb hercules card.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Cheers-

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kweifus
2005-02-28T20:35:08Z
I found a couple of cards on newegg that are around or under your price range. I found these on Newegg.com

Celesitca Gold edition ATI 9800 pro Chipset 256mb DDR, DVI Out, Svideo Out , 257.50 (the Best card I could find closest to 200.00

ASUS Radeon 9600pro based Card with 128mb DDR DVI out and Svideo out, 129.00 (excellent manufacturer)

Celestica was the first ATI licensed manfacturer when ATI couldnt meet demands. If you have the extra cash to splurge this paticular chipset is well worth it. Whether you go for a true blue ATI card or one of the licensed manufacturers, its a safe bet. The second card on the list is pretty much the next best card that is reasonable priced, meaning.. bang for the buck. The way I look at it, if you spend the money and get a 9800 based card, you will probably get more life out of it with upcoming game titles than the 9600 which is getting a little dated. Also, with PCI-Express mobos becoming more common the prices of AGP based cards are starting to drop dramtically, so you may want to wait a little longer and you may find a heck of deal.
Jordan
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2005-02-28T21:45:29Z
"First of all, 9800's in general are nothing compared to the 6600gt"

NOT true. Yes the 6600GTs are better performaers and a better investment but they are not WAY better than 9800 Pro's. If 9800 Pros can be found cheaper than 6600GTs they are still an excellent buy.
Aphot
2005-02-28T21:59:34Z
" If 9800 Pros can be found cheaper than 6600GTs they are still an excellent buy. "

At the price right now, 9800 pros aren't even worth looking at compared to the 6600gt.
Jordan
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2005-02-28T23:33:01Z
That's true but that's not the way you put it.
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2005-02-28T23:44:58Z
Between this post and my post (asking about the Radeon 9800 vs 9800 PRO), I was under the impression that 256 bit processing was way better than the 128 bit processing. Since I still claim ignorance with video card purchases, why would the 660GT (128 bit) be better than the 9800 PRO (256 bit).

If the chip speed is way higher, does that reduce the need for the 256 bit? In doing some looking around, I see that the GeForce 6800 has slower chip speed than the 660GT, but has the 256 bit. So which would be better?
Jordan
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2005-02-28T23:49:56Z
As I mentioned in your other thread, many factors make up a graphics card's performance, not just any one in particular. Look at benchmarks, it's the only way to know REAL performance. Ignore specs, it's just numbers on a page/paper.
myuserid
2005-03-01T06:57:13Z
just an update, I can push the budget to about $250 for a card.... if that will help me gett something better.
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2005-03-01T09:31:26Z
Storm
2005-03-01T11:39:22Z
I recommend 6600GT, right now its best deal . Alot 6600GT are around $200 and can handle the newer gamees at decent settings.
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PapaDonk
2005-03-01T21:21:33Z
i agree with storm the chaintech 6600gt is 190.00 at newegg right now.
Jordan
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2005-03-01T21:27:57Z
BFG is the best out there.
Storm
2005-03-02T09:04:57Z
BFG is good brand and won alot of awards but alot of the other cards do overclock higher. And right now the BFG has a price of $249, kinda high for 6600GT specially when you can oc another 6600GT higher without any problems. But for those who want alittle extra power and dont feel safe doing overclock by themselves then get BFG( if you live outside the US i recommend the Gainward Golden sample)
I cant recommend this site but they get mostly good reviews
BFG 6600GT
Heres a review site where you can compare the BFG to some of the other brands6600GT Round up
BFG 6600GT
Ne0rC
2005-03-02T10:24:24Z
Though, you are paying for the LIFETIME warrenty with the BFG, and you'll know that BFG will be around for awhile.