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Alucard Winsar
Gallente
Haiduken
Posted - 2004.08.21 23:54:00 - [1]
 

I'm looking into buying a new video card, but not sure what to go with, i currently have a geforce 5200 128mb. I want to know what a good card is, and if you can't think of one, can you recommend a particular company who makes GeForce card, like MSI, eVga, etc..

Zu Lu
Minmatar
Legends of Matar
Posted - 2004.08.22 00:08:00 - [2]
 

Budget ?

Alucard Winsar
Gallente
Haiduken
Posted - 2004.08.22 00:27:00 - [3]
 

if i can't afford it, i'll save up kind of budget, no holds bar so to speak.

Zu Lu
Minmatar
Legends of Matar
Posted - 2004.08.22 00:43:00 - [4]
 

Well the ATI Radeon 9800 pro 128mb (i have a sapphire) is an excellent card and at a very good price now as it is not quite top of the range anymore but still a very fast card. I can run doom3 on high setting with this card. That is the best bang for buck i would say but depends if you want to stay nvidia. Check some nvidia/ATI forums to see whether any particular company's card comes recomended but cards based on the same chipset are usually very simular in performance but some may have a better software bundle etc.

Alucard Winsar
Gallente
Haiduken
Posted - 2004.08.22 04:40:00 - [5]
 

I heard that likes card made by eVGA are not as good of quality, so they don't run worth crap, and then i hear that MSI is really good quality boards, i guess i'm just gonna have to do some research about it. I don't really care about the brand, as long as i can play Doom 3.

Do you think i'd be able to play Doom 3 on my current setup? P4 2.7, 512 RAM, 128mb GeForce 5200, and will i have better performance after doing that unpacking thing i hear about some people doing to increase the performance of how Doom 3 runs.

Asharee Intrefer
Their Damnedest Day
Posted - 2004.08.22 07:15:00 - [6]
 

I've had no problems at all with my MSI FX5900 board. Good, large heatsink with practically noiseless fan as well. Would probably make that choice again if they have a board with the chip I want next time I upgrade.

Joshua Calvert
Caldari
Rule One
Posted - 2004.08.22 07:33:00 - [7]
 

Bang for buck: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro.

Zu Lu
Minmatar
Legends of Matar
Posted - 2004.08.22 10:58:00 - [8]
 

Another plus point for the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro is that it is very quite. A few of my friends (and i used to) have some of the recent nvidia cards and they sound like a plane taking off in comparison to ATI's. Check out www.rage3d.com for info on ATI's cards and BTW what country you buying from ?

Kees
Minmatar
Posted - 2004.08.22 11:13:00 - [9]
 

I have an ATI Radeon 9600 SE Sapphire which I am more than happy with. It supports dual monitor and has worked perfectly well for me. I paid 50 sterling for it I think.

I don't know what the 9800 has that mine doesn't but obviously it has some better features.

Plim
Gallente
Everything Financial
Posted - 2004.08.22 18:37:00 - [10]
 

The 256mb Geforce 6 Ultra is probably the most powerfull card atm. They are about 320 from Ebuyer.

Company that makes em is XFX.

Crazy price I know, but they have realultimatepower Smile

Alucard Winsar
Gallente
Haiduken
Posted - 2004.08.22 18:59:00 - [11]
 

Originally by: Zu Lu
BTW what country you buying from ?

America

Kinji Infanati
Amarr
Epitoth Guard
Curatores Veritatis Alliance
Posted - 2004.08.22 19:19:00 - [12]
 

Best bang for the buck is the 9800PRO 128mb(powercolor, sapphire,...) i payed 230 for it and was even able to flash it to an 9800XT. For the fastest cards, you need to look at the 6800 series for Nvidea and the X800 series (non pro, pro and XT) for ATI. I had both brands, and i'll never leave ATI anymore. There picture quality is far superior and they are very silent too.

Good luck choosing :)

Mjolnir
Gallente
Asgard Industries
Deep Orion Exploration
Posted - 2004.08.22 22:01:00 - [13]
 

the gf 6600s that are coming out soon are gonna the pretty bad ass i think they are around the 199 price range and the good news is the support SLI and dont even require external power connectors. Only bad part is they need a PCI Express slot so you'd need upgrade mobo too if you dont already have that slot in your computer.

mahhy
MASS
Posted - 2004.08.23 06:36:00 - [14]
 

Best bang for buck: probably the 9800 series

Best Doom 3: NVidia 6800 series

Best Half Life 2: Radeon X800 series

Best Overall, personally I'd choose the Radeon X800. Physically smaller and quieter than the NV6800's, much less power hungry (less electrical costs, which may nor may not be important to you), doesnt block an extra slot like the NV6800's, and seemingly similar performance in most things, Doom 3 being one exception. So far all indications are that the X800's are going to ruin the NV 6800's in HL2 though, so you win some, you lose some.

And Doom 3 runs fine on an X800, just not quite as fast as the NV6800's Wink

Asestorian
Domination.
Posted - 2004.08.23 11:51:00 - [15]
 

nVidia people were present in the creation of Doom 3, and so they have been able to make drivers that work better with it, but I'm sure that ATI will release some that work well with doom 3 as well. The X800XT is probably the one i would go for, its fastest for all the current games, its going to be amazing for HL2, and generally I find ATI to be quite good cards.

Of course there are other things in it such as the quality of the picture compared to the sheer speed. But I would say go for the X800 or a card in the new Xxxx range. Just expect to pay somewhere near 3-4grand when you have everything to run Doom3 at uber levels...

And did you peeps know it has some huge setting that requires a card with 512mb of graphics memory!!! DAMN!!!!

Directive
Posted - 2004.08.23 20:09:00 - [16]
 

X800 Pro ViVo would be my choice - pretty much all of them can be flashed to XT's, eg. unlocking the 4 "missing" pipelines and increasing core and memory frequencies to XT levels (altough they don't all run at those without some serious cooling, but some rare ones do). The performance increase from the 4 additional pipelines alone is worth it though.

Gahan Makdorr
Amarr
Posted - 2004.08.25 08:45:00 - [17]
 

If you just upgrading the vid card, then the best cohice is the Ati(manufacturer doesnt really matter) 9800Pro. You can get it for about 200USD. If you buying a brand new sys then get a Nvidia 6800 sereis. You could also get a 9600Pro and another 512meg ranm.

Gillie
Minmatar
F.R.E.E. Explorer
Posted - 2004.08.25 09:06:00 - [18]
 

And just remember: the people at Ati make their chips too fast, and buy ram that's too fast, and they underclock it. Over at nVidia, they have to go with chips and ram that's not fast enough, then massively over-volt and overclock it. That's why they have to have those incredible cooling systems on their video cards.

I've heard of one testing site who couldn't actually get an fx5950 to run at stock; they had to underclock the card just to get it through the benchmarks.

Matthew Johnson
Gallente
Johnson Industries
Posted - 2004.08.25 13:08:00 - [19]
 

I just bought an X800 pro from saphire. So far no crashes with Eve and no glitches. Very expensive, but my new 3D-power will satisfy me until BTX,PCIe und 64 Bit will be standart.

Nwalmaer
Caldari
The Spang
Posted - 2004.08.25 15:22:00 - [20]
 

Originally by: Gillie
And just remember: the people at Ati make their chips too fast, and buy ram that's too fast, and they underclock it. Over at nVidia, they have to go with chips and ram that's not fast enough, then massively over-volt and overclock it. That's why they have to have those incredible cooling systems on their video cards.

LOL, Yeah, that's why Doom 3 is killing Radeon 9800's all over the planet. Artifacts at stock speeds... Must the RAM that's to freakin' fast. Rolling Eyes

Nonetheless, Until GeForce 6600 cards are widely avalible, 9800 Pro 128mb is the best bang for buck.


 

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