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Rabbitrunner51
10-28-03, 02:06 AM
It seems that buying a video card today is like shopping for a new car or girllfriend..
I am building a new high end system and want a mid range card that is the best and fastest all around. My comparison studies thus far have produced some good choices I think. i would go with the GE Force 5700 series (ultra)
if i could find one for $200.00 or a little more. I found a Chaintech (killer card ) GE Force 4 TI4600 that kicks some serious booty but I am wondering about the DirectX 9.0 support since it is originally aan older designed card. Also , the reviews I read make issue of the drivers for the 5700's. Any replies and knowledge bases are appreciated. This is now my only hold up to making a good choice. la.de..dah!

Dirty
10-28-03, 02:20 AM
It seems that buying a video card today is like shopping for a new car or girllfriend..


:eek: :eek: :eek:

Rabbitrunner51
10-28-03, 02:56 AM
Its actually alot of fun while at the same time frustrating making these choices on which video card to get. I sure have obtained a wealth of info (at least on reeviews and tech data) I am beginning to think that if I close my eyes and pick any one out of four or five I couldn't go wrong. I just went to a few more sites to check data ect.. and the link on Tom's Hardware rated the ATI9600XT and the GE Force 4 5700ultra as almost identical,meaning its a pick or choose situation I have a ton of games and am into speed,flow and picture quality.(who isn't)Since my new system will have a P4 2.8GHZ @ 800FSB with DDR3700 memory, it should kick some booty.. help me out..on closing my eyes. The TI4600 seems awfully impressive. One gentleman states that who cares about DirectX 9.0 because there4 are not enough games that use it. I just know that without some up to date form of direct X your games running under MIcrosoft XP will run like ****..

Raqia
10-28-03, 02:57 AM
You can find a GFFX 5900 for about 220 on pricewatch. These are very nice cards especially at this price-point.

Rabbitrunner51
10-28-03, 03:06 AM
Raqia, i seem to be going up and up as I also was checking out the 5900's ,which are around $30-40 more. Heck I started out at the $160.00 price range and it keeps getting better. Do you shop at NEWEgg at all? I am getting most everything from them as they are a killer vendor for all. I will definitely check out your suggestion..Thanks!!
P.S. its only a credit card uhgg!!

Raqia
10-28-03, 03:25 AM
Yeah no problem, but try hitting the reply button when you want to just reply! No point in starting a new thread. Newegg is top notch. For vendor information, try www.resellerratings.com. When I shop, it's always pricewatch first then resellerratings. I don't shop a vendor unless they get > 5.0 on reseller ratings.

StealthHawk
10-28-03, 04:07 AM
Please don't make three threads on the same subject again. Thanks.

-=DVS=-
10-28-03, 04:31 AM
Well id go with simple yet fast DX9 Radeon9600Pro , its cheap and no need to throw cash on anything faster, next year we will have new toys to play with ;)

I suppose :o 5700Ultra is decent also for current games :ass:

MUYA
10-28-03, 04:41 AM
Originally posted by Rabbitrunner51
It seems that buying a video card today is like shopping for a new car or girllfriend..
I am building a new high end system and want a mid range card that is the best and fastest all around. My comparison studies thus far have produced some good choices I think. i would go with the GE Force 5700 series (ultra)
if i could find one for $200.00 or a little more. I found a Chaintech (killer card ) GE Force 4 TI4600 that kicks some serious booty but I am wondering about the DirectX 9.0 support since it is originally aan older designed card. Also , the reviews I read make issue of the drivers for the 5700's. Any replies and knowledge bases are appreciated. This is now my only hold up to making a good choice. la.de..dah!

I would seriously not consider the Geforce4 Ti 4XXX series because of the aniso bug in d3d. gf4 series have no dx9 capabilities, only dx8.
A 5700 Ultra would be excellent if it is indeed priced around $200 or its ATI equivalent counterpart. Which ever you choose for a DX9 card would be a good choice. Both are I think I read, stelar overclockers.

I myself am waiting for the next gen cards to come before upgrading.

MUYA

Gator
10-28-03, 06:56 AM
Originally posted by -=DVS=-
Well id go with simple yet fast DX9 Radeon9600Pro , its cheap and no need to throw cash on anything faster, next year we will have new toys to play with ;)

I suppose :o 5700Ultra is decent also for current games :ass:

Agreed, R9600Pro should be good enough for any of the new games coming out, as would a 5700Ultra I hear.

And on a $200 budget, I wouldn't buy a GF4TI. GF4TI cards kick ass, but not for tomorrow's games like Doom3, HL2, and Halo2. I would only recommend it if your budget was about $100. But for $200, the R9600Pro makes more sense and you get DX9.

Gator
10-28-03, 06:57 AM
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&threadid=20210

:rolleyes:

Gator
10-28-03, 06:58 AM
keep your replies in the same thread!
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&threadid=20210
:rolleyes:

p0lish_p0w3r
10-28-03, 07:53 AM
DUDE....
3 threads about the same thing ?
Could someone merg those ?
Plz...

saturnotaku
10-28-03, 08:06 AM
Originally posted by Rabbitrunner51
Raqia, i seem to be going up and up as I also was checking out the 5900's ,which are around $30-40 more. Heck I started out at the $160.00 price range and it keeps getting better. Do you shop at NEWEgg at all? I am getting most everything from them as they are a killer vendor for all. I will definitely check out your suggestion..Thanks!!
P.S. its only a credit card uhgg!!

You're not very good at this forum thing, are you?

Maverickman
10-28-03, 04:52 PM
Just go to www.pricewatch.com and look for the video cards they have available. I think the FX 5900 is the best bang for the buck now. You can buy one for $220 or so, and it's a great card at that price. It's also fully DX 9 compliant and is definitely superior to a 9600 PRO. Also, you may be able to get a 9800 non-Pro for about $220 or so. This card is better than the 5900!

sxotty
10-28-03, 04:55 PM
@ best buy they have 5900 for $250 with $50 mail in rebate check the website. A $200 5900 is better than a $200 5700 ultra oui

bkswaney
10-28-03, 05:30 PM
For 300 or so I'll sell u a beast of a 9800Pro. :)



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9800Pro for sale or trade here: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&threadid=20102
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Blacklash
10-28-03, 05:34 PM
Definately get the 5900, as others have said.

I got 5700u for the hell of it.It runs Max Payne II fine, and TRAoD? Who cares, not interested in that game in the least...

I am upgrading soon as the NV40 hits anyway.This card is to OC and torment...

Ruined
10-28-03, 07:44 PM
Go with an Nvidia GeForce FX5900 for $220-$250. Best value for the money.

sebazve
10-28-03, 08:24 PM
get the radeon 9600 xt...which is indeed a dx9 card you will play hl2 and doom3 with all the glory.

bkswaney
10-28-03, 09:56 PM
I vote for a 9600XT or Pro.

Tho the 5700u looks to be nice to.

If I were going to buy a 2 to 250 card I would
jump on the 5700u. Just because I love the super high clock speeds. ;)



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9800Pro for sale or trade here: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&threadid=20102
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Rabbitrunner51
10-29-03, 06:35 AM
Thanks for the advice. I am new and don't use posts that often but I will do more of in rthe future. How great is it to talk with all us unknowns and get trully valuable advice. Take care!