recommend a good video card

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  1. BeatKonducta

    BeatKonducta New Member

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    i plan on getting a new video card for my cpu and get rid of my shitty integrated graphics. anyone have any suggestions?
     
  2. RaginBajin

    RaginBajin Have you punched a donkey today?

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    ATI 9800 Pro is damn good. I am loving it.
     
  3. andymodem

    andymodem Ambitious, but rubbish.

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  4. RobsMob

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    It depends on how much $$ you want to spend. The 9800pro is the best thing going right now, but like I said, it depends on $$. If you can't afford the 9800, go for a 9600.
     
  5. D3xt3r

    D3xt3r Snoerk

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    Depends on what you want. Something for 3D Shooters or other extensive grafic work or something just for work and some games?

    When you need it now get a 9600XT when you are on a budget or a 9800XT when you have the money. If you can wait some weeks and have the money get a Ati X800 or get a top of the line 9800 card when the prices come down.
     
  6. Werm

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    Wait until the X800 comes out, then when prices are down for the 9800 pro, get that.
     
  7. emericanchaos

    emericanchaos Beer Crew #001

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    what do you want to do with it? 9800 is the best as everyone has said but it may not be what you need/can afford.
     
  8. Wolf68k

    Wolf68k OT Supporter

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    What games do you play?
    A lot of games these days give more support and are built around either ATI or nVidia. So you might want to look into that, if you are a gamer, and get the card that most of your games support.

    Other than that, I say get an nVidia card. Although it's believed that ATI cards are better than nVidia, ATi has had more conflicts with their drivers from just simply installing the drivers to conflicts with same games it self.
     
  9. CrunchmasterTony

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    Loving my 9700 Pro. The 9700 Pro actually beats the 9800, but not the 9800 pro.
     
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    you are all wrong...

    Geforce 6600GT is the BEST bang for the buck. Period.
     
  11. mace

    mace i don't read

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    It's around the same price as the 9800 pro and beats it in almost every benchmark.
     
  12. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    this thread is like 9 months old :ugh:

    btw my 9700 > 9800pro's.
     
  13. Aimless

    Aimless Resident drunkey

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    Bumping it made me dumber.
     
  14. Goonigoogoo

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    I was reading this last night and got so confused, then i checked out the dates of the original posts then realised .... oh!
     
  15. FreeSpace

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    Ditto that. We're talking $40+ extra dollars for about a 6 fps increase at most, usually around 3.

    Fuck 9800's...The 9700's are the better cards.
     
  16. Fee

    Fee Boba Fett Likes the Nips

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    6600GT get it!
     
  17. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    actually, by your own admission, the 9800 is the better card -- but you think the 9700 is a better value.

    That said:

    6600GT > 9700 > 9800.
     
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    I'd only buy a "last generation" gfx card for a "last generation" computer. No sense in spending loads of cash on a nice new 64-bit computer only to have a 9700PRO bottleneck your system. For around the same price or posssibly cheaper a 6600GT is obviously the better option (especially if u find a good sale.)
     
  19. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    true. but for us that have 9X00 cards still, its not worth the money to go to a 6600GT.
     
  20. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Going from a 9600xt to a 6600GT would be worth it, imo, once you sell the 9600XT. From a 97/9800 to 6600GT, it's not really worth it. I went from a 9600XT to a X800PRO and the different was amazing. I bought the X800 PRO used but if I had to buy one new, I'd go with the 6600GT over the X800 PRO. For ~ $180-200, the 6600GT is a good bargain compared to others in the same price range.
     
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    In a year, the 6600GT > 9700/9800 difference will become much more pronounced.

    The 9x00 cards are already past their prime. They are in a constant downward spiral, much like the nVidia Ti4x00 series, which is further along in it's demise to obsolecense. The Ti4x00 were fundamentally good cards, but with the addition of DX9 and pixel shaders they are finding less and less use with newer games, dispite their sometimes faster clocks. The 9x00 cards will follow their path directly due to missing technologies such as advanced pixel shading. Once games take advantage of these features, the 6600GT will prove even more than it is a worthy purchase, and that your 9x00 card is dying. This is why I love to hear fools who have purchased an x800... The x800 is already begining it's downward spiral into obsolecense. nVidia has prepared for the future with advanced pixel shading and SLI on a majority of their cards, however, ATi has ignored these future technologies to bring an inferior product to market, today. In a year, ATi owners will have to buy another card. In a year, my 6600GT is gonna be kicking ass, still.

    This is coming from me, someone who was a die-hard ATi fanatic until I saw how ATi was fucking their customers over, and how nVidia was doing the right thing, the first time.
     
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    I really hope SLi fades out of the picture. It's only popular right now because we are (for the moment) at the peak of our gfx cards limits. So they figured out how to use 2X the cards and produce a gain in performance. Really what would be better is dual core, stead of entirely seperate cards (that both are entirely seperate bills.) If SLi stays we may start using 4X+ gfx cards in one computer, and just stop trying to produce better cores and memory. That would be ridiculous.
     
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    agreed. the x800 is already obsolute and what proves that fact is that ATi tried to refresh their product with the x850 series after only a few months. talk about wasting $$$!

    ATi is attempting to release their R520 chip come may. it will more than likely be a decent chip, but they sure as hell arent thinking about their consumers releasing new product so fast. they'll probably be trying to catch up to nvidia in terms of card capabilities, DX9.0c, etc, and their own flavor of SLI. no one will really want to upgrade their cards again so fast unless they really have money to throw away.

    when will the next revolutionary product come out? we will have to wait and see.
     
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    i hate it when someone's video card(s) cost more than my entire computer, monitor, speakers, etc. it reminds me of how poor i am lol
     
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    ATi's non-windows or mac development staff also consists of exactly one monkey
     

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