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Old 05-30-2005, 01:56 PM   #1
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Default Not sure which video card to get

Hi, I'm going to get a new computer, but I'm not sure which video card to get.

I'm getting this motherboard:
(939pin Sckt)MSI RS480M2IL ATI Radeon Xpress200 Chipset SATA PCIE w/Video,LAN,USB2.0,IEEE-1394,&Audio

And I'm not sure which of these two video cards I should get. These are both around the same price and I don't want to pay much more.
NVIDIA Geforce 6600 GT 128MB 16X PCI EXPRESS VIDEO CARD-- Powered by Leadtek
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ATI RADEON X800 128MB 16X PCI EXPRESS VIDEO CARD

Thanks for any help
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Old 05-30-2005, 02:07 PM   #2
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I would go with the ATI Radeon x800
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Yeah, its better than the 6600Gt
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I like nvida, i have that on my lappy, and it works fine for me
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Yeah, I prefer Nvidia too, and I would personally get the 6600GT over the X800, though I was meaning over performance, the X800 would be slightly better

The X700 is the card thats equivilent to the 6600GT
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Default Re: Not sure which video card to get

Considering both cards are near the same i'd go with the cheaper one. I was going get a Geforce 6800 when I learned that ATI 9800 Pro does the same job for less.
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I have the 9800 Pro, but I'm not happy with it.
I can't shove settings as high as I'd want, and resolutions.
Most games run at about 20-30fps when I shove them up, and I can tell the frame rate is slow (I can't even play Need For Speed Underground at full settings in 3rd person view without the frame rate dropping a load).
The actual point with a higher spec card is that you can do this without worrying about the frames per second and it'll drop much less.
Thats what a new card gets you, plus if its a really old card, it gets you new direct-X versions too for advanced effects (sahders for example)

So saying that the 6800 is the same just doesn't cut it. Yes, its Direct-X 9 still, though you could have much higher resolutions for longer for games, and won't wory as much about settings, which is what it should be about.
Though yes, I wouldn't pay too much for a new card. I'd go about as high as 200 probs, which would get me a decent 6600GT for about 160, and a standard 6800 for around 211
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Well the nvidia is only 11$ less, so if the ATI is at all better I'll get that.
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To tell the truth, go for Nvidia, honestly most games with Nvidia do perform better, and thats not just me saying that...
Nvidias are also easier to overlclock using a program like Coolbits.

This isn't biased either since I have an ATi, and I'm giving you Nivdia as an opinion
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i have an nvidia, and im loving it, it runs games no probs, i like it because thats what ive got on my laptop, and i use it all the time, for games/word processing etc...
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