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PrinceofEgypt02
10-11-03, 12:20 PM
I am looking to spend between 125-135 U.S. dollars on a new graphics card from www.newegg.com

I was wondering what you all suggested as the best graphics card to buy with that kind of money?

Right now I am currently eyeing the Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 128 MB, but I wanted to know what you guys thought before I bought anything.

Thanks to all those that answer!

Hanners
10-11-03, 12:28 PM
I'd advise spending a little bit more on a 9600 Pro personally, but maybe that's just me.

PrinceofEgypt02
10-11-03, 12:31 PM
Originally posted by Hanners
I'd advise spending a little bit more on a 9600 Pro personally, but maybe that's just me.

Like the third entry on this page: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?DEPA=1&submit=Go&description=atio%2Cradeon%2C9600%2Cpro%2C128mb%2Cr etail ?
If so, that is affordable, any other suggestions?

Uttar
10-11-03, 12:36 PM
Originally posted by PrinceofEgypt02
Like the second entry on this page? (http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?DEPA=1&submit=Go&description=ati%2Cradeon%2C9600%2Cpro%2C128mb)

If so, that is affordable, any other suggestions?

Actually, he was talking about the $148 one below.
I'd say the $26 difference IS worth it - it's just a faster clocked model, but the difference in clocks is higher than the 21% higher pricepoint AFAIK.

I'd suggest either the $148 or the $122 one, based on what you can afford. They definitively are the best cards at that price, and by far! :)


Uttar

PrinceofEgypt02
10-11-03, 12:42 PM
Alright guys,

Say I go ahead and purchase this card: SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9600 PRO 128MB 8X AGP DVI/TV BULK from newegg.com...

it says that it is OEM instead of Retail, is there a difference that I should be worried about? Or does that just mean I don't get the "flashy" box and promo software junk that comes with the retail version?

Thanks again for all your help

Hanners
10-11-03, 12:51 PM
I'm pretty sure there is no difference in clockspeeds between retail and OEM cards with ATi any more, but I'm sure someone else can confirm this.

B&R
10-11-03, 12:56 PM
yes there is no diff in clockspeeds betw OEM and retail. Except some powercolor cards.

LiquidX
10-11-03, 01:06 PM
Wouldn't a SAPPHIRE OEM ATI RADEON 9800SE be better? Its just about $20 more for $166.00.

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?catalog=48&DEPA=1&submit=property&mfrcode=0&propertycode=&propertycodevalue=4905,3668

Lfctony
10-12-03, 01:49 AM
Originally posted by LiquidX
Wouldn't a SAPPHIRE OEM ATI RADEON 9800SE be better? Its just about $20 more for $166.00.

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?catalog=48&DEPA=1&submit=property&mfrcode=0&propertycode=&propertycodevalue=4905,3668


The 9600 Pro is faster. The 9800SE has a 128bit bus and 4 pixel pipelines locked, so that brings it on par with the 9600P, BUT the 9600Pro is clocked faster, I say go for the 9600Pro.

"Sapphire Atlantis RADEON 9800SE 128MB 128bit
AGP x8/x4/x2 interface, 128 MB DDR SDRAM memory in 8 chips on both PCB sides.
EtronTech 3.3ns memory chips, it corresponds to 300 (600) MHz but the memory works at 270 (540) MHz. GPU clocked at 325 MHz. 128bit memory bus. Note that there are 4 rendering pipelines instead of 8!"