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Old 05-09-2005, 03:18 PM   #1
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If i were to play css in 1280 x 1024 what should i use that is budget friendly
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6600gt all the way. there is no better for the price, although if you can find a cheap x800 then thats good
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I was thinking of something like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814145107

but in 256 mb what do u think?

also im looking for something i wouldnt have to upgrade for a while
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Yep, Like Money_Man says, the Geforce 6600GT by any make (though theres better and worse ones) will be good and yeah, that'll be fine.
I don't think you'll get a 256mb version of that card.

As for it lasting a while. It will yes, because it runs games now at high settings, rather high res's so in the coming future, you'll just have to lower these a bit to carry on, so should run games for a good year or more
Plus because its Nvidia, it also supports Direct X-9c which has some extra features not being used in games yet, and so games will look good for a while too

Hope this helps
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hmmmm i see that there is no 256mb versions

then again i did plan to spend up to around $230 do u see any that is a good value?
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If you can afford a Geforce 6800 card (though I guess you wouldn't...i don't know the exact prices in american money) then this willl be worth it.
It'd last you longer of course because it's a more capable card and so could run at higher settings/higher res's for longer.

I guess getting more memory on a card will become more and more important as bigger games come out with higher texture sizes etc. For instance Doom 3 set to Ultra, to store all the textures on it, will just scrape a 512mb card which aren't even out yet. This doesn't matter entirely though, because for most games, you wouldn't notice a difference

You definely would not notice much of a difference in frame rates, though you might a tiny bit.

the 6800 does do 256mb's I think. If the price still doesn't exceed your limit, you could try looking for a GT or Ultra card of this spec... but I don't think you could afford these. But they would last even longer. A standard 6800 though would be better than a 6600GT of course!

You should be able to overclock some cards quite alot though to push them that little bit farther.

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BTW. . . the 6600gt AGP model isnt very good. go for the x800 if you can swing it its amazing.
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Why isn't it any good? It should perform just as well as the PCI-E card. Theres no performance bottle necks yet...

As for the Radeon, the equivilent of the 6600gt is the X700, so the x800 is indeed better.
Though this is only my personal opinion, I'm starting to not like ATI as they can't fight it anymore. The geforce cards seem to pack the punch, are Direct X-9c ready, unlike ATI cards, and seem to last longer...
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you can get a leadtek 6800nu for 219 on newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814122193
im getting that one. you can unlock all 16 pipes/6 vertexes easily.
also it has a good cooler. if u wanna save up $70 more you can get a 6800gt same brand. both excellent cards
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Why isn't it any good? It should perform just as well as the PCI-E card. Theres no performance bottle necks yet...

As for the Radeon, the equivilent of the 6600gt is the X700, so the x800 is indeed better.
Though this is only my personal opinion, I'm starting to not like ATI as they can't fight it anymore. The geforce cards seem to pack the punch, are Direct X-9c ready, unlike ATI cards, and seem to last longer...

nope it doesnt run as good nor o/c as good, slight o/c and you get artifacts and lags and such. its just not very good. i have teh PCI-ex and my friend got the AGP one and same cpu and better ram than me and yet im getting better fps in games and mine performs much much better. if eastern digital wasnt banned he'd tell you exactly why, but for some reason the smartest guy in the forum always is the first to get banned. also why dont you like the ATI cards? ATI cards run fine in DX9 platforms and they are amazingly good. dont forget people you get what you pay for and the extra money for the better cards that ATI has is worth it. once their AMR techology comes out get dual x850xt pe's or just 1 and a x800 and you'll own any 6800 ultra SLI package anyday
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Hehe, I have a Radeon 9800PRO card, and I just haven't been happy with it. It was the first time I chose ATI, because I had a Nvidia Geforce 2MX400 in it before.
Its not a bad card, but I expected better, and not in game quality or anything like that.

Yeah I get your point. It is true though isn't it that every card behaves a bit differently from each other. This is weird but tends to be true. Some cards might overclock more than others and some to extremes. Your mate could have just got a semi-decent version

I understand though, and say okay to that. Though if AGP is all you have, like me, you have no choice really

Your choice mate. Any of the latest cards you go for won't dissapoint you I'm sure. Especially the 6600GT's for that very cheap budget card greatness, or the 6800 lines for more money, that deliver high settings in any game. Though if you don't have the monitor to support these high settings, at least you know it'll last much longer than a card that could run at just high settings for your monitor, and so will last longer.

Or go for ATI, the X700 is supposed to be the same spec as the 6600GT but by ATI, but falls short in some tests.
The X800 then moves up the chain, becoming more like the 6800 models.

Then if your a game machine, the ATI Radeon x850 cards littrally eat the latest games for breakfast though this definetly won't be in your range I'm sure. A Geforce card like this one would probably be the 6800 Ultra in terms of sameness and specs

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so it would be worth the extra money to spend on a 6800 or an ati equivilant
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Yep. It'd definitely last longer, even if you didn't want to shove the settings all the way up. Think of it this way. If it can run all games now at top settings (more than most people would), then it'll of course play games for longer until settings need to be set to low like with old cards in a couple of years. See what I mean? Makes sense really. Especailly if you just want to buy one and forget about it for a while

If your into a budget card though, I think the 6600 GT is still the way to go, though it wont last you as long, thoguh it can run games at rather high settings now.
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i would definitly go for the 6800+ or X800+. i would have but i was tight for money adn teh neo 4 platinum mobo doesnt have onboard video.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814140045 235$

does the 4 extra piplines make this more $$$

than this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16814145107 120$

but at a cost of the gpu speed and the ram speed
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The second one must be a broken link, but yeah the extra 4 pipe lines does make a difference. In video card terms, think of it as 4 extra CPU's if it were one. This is how video cards work.
They split tasks into little tasks that they send through pipelines speeding them up, and collecting back at the end as one. For instance, texturing, z buffering, etc.

It all depends how long you want the card to last you really. The 6800 is meant for power hungry gamers at really high settings, though for you, i'd act as time slide, giving you more time with the card and games on it.

Its honestly your choice. Spending $120 on a card which won't last you as long as the $235 one, but will still give you great performance as of now.
You'd just end up buying a new card in about a year and a halfs time when graphics increase again, and so pay for another mid budget card for another $120 and so on.
That first card should last you a tad bit longer, though its more on the pocket. So it's really how you add things up in your head time wise, and money wise.
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check ebay for some stuff.
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If i were to get the 6800 (which im considering) how would i unlock the pipelines?

also u mean if it says the gpu is 325 that is 325 per pipeline or do u mean it is breaking down the 325mhz into 16 diffrent piplines?
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pm alvino he has done the pipe unlocking to his 6800 so he'd knwo exactly how to do it
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