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sonaboy
10-29-03, 08:51 AM
I sold some guitar parts to make the upgrade finally - *crickets chirp*
yes, yes, i'm finally getting rid of the Pentium 3 /PC133 memory rig and upgrading to something more kickassish -

so anyone have a recommendation for a graphics card for under 300 beans that beats all? ATI or Nvidia - doesn't matter - i'm looking at both sides of the graphics wars this time...

anyone?

The Baron
10-29-03, 08:52 AM
Either a 5700 Ultra or a 9600 XT. Depends if you want to use Linux or not, I'd think.

sonaboy
10-29-03, 08:55 AM
no linux - not a super geek.

any idea how much the 5700 ultra cards will retail for?
those are the budget versions, yes?

The Baron
10-29-03, 08:57 AM
Right now, you can get a 5700 Ultra for ~200.

You can't get a 9600 XT as far as I know, but a 9600 XT has superior AA, much better DX9 speed, and less of a power requirement. But I don't know when they'll be available.

sonaboy
10-29-03, 09:02 AM
so in your opinion - if the 5700 ultras are so cheap, it would probably be smarter to spend a bit more on a 5950? as long as we're talking shelf life..

The Baron
10-29-03, 09:05 AM
if you're going to spend about $300, get yourself a 9800 Pro or a 5900 (probably can't find a 5900 Ultra). 9800 Pro is probably the better deal, but it might be closer to $350 (they're getting rarer).

c4c
10-29-03, 09:38 AM
It looks like you don't upgrade much, so you're probably better off going with Ati this time around. Their pixel shaders are alot faster. And if HL2 is any indication, many new games will be using PS2.0..


Aaaanyways, you might check into a Radeon9800 non-pro. Last time I checked they were $250 at Best Buy (CompUSA will match that price). With the 9800, you get the benefit of that 256-bit memory bus and 8 pixel pipes.

sonaboy
10-29-03, 10:07 AM
doesn't all the new GFFX architecture have 256 bit pipelines?

Uttar
10-29-03, 10:39 AM
Originally posted by sonaboy
doesn't all the new GFFX architecture have 256 bit pipelines?

*bangs head*
I knew those NV36 rumors would fire back on me... *sigh*

Once again, let me reinsist a VERY reliable and regular source insisted on the 256-bit bus. While it is true I had received unreliable indications of it earlier, that source was generally so reliable that I assumed a 128-bit memory bus was out of the question.

It's hard to know why such a confusion happened. It is possible NVIDIA engineers had originally thought about a 500/300 configuration with a 256-bit memory bus as some rumors suggested - but perhaps the impossibility to find cheap enough 300Mhz DDR, and the requirement thus to take 250Mhz DDR or lower, made them decide to use a 128-bit memory bus...

I don't know.


Uttar

sonaboy
10-29-03, 10:48 AM
Okay, okay.

Don't hurt yourself buddy.

volt
10-29-03, 12:46 PM
Originally posted by Uttar
*bangs head*
I knew those NV36 rumors would fire back on me... *sigh*

Once again, let me reinsist a VERY reliable and regular source insisted on the 256-bit bus. While it is true I had received unreliable indications of it earlier, that source was generally so reliable that I assumed a 128-bit memory bus was out of the question.

It's hard to know why such a confusion happened. It is possible NVIDIA engineers had originally thought about a 500/300 configuration with a 256-bit memory bus as some rumors suggested - but perhaps the impossibility to find cheap enough 300Mhz DDR, and the requirement thus to take 250Mhz DDR or lower, made them decide to use a 128-bit memory bus...

I don't know.


Uttar

I think it's internal confusion once again :p

sonaboy: don't buy anything with <256 bit bus.

MUYA
10-29-03, 12:48 PM
Originally posted by volt
I think it's internal confusion once again :p

sonaboy: don't buy anything with <128 bit bus.

Buddy I would say dun buy anything with <256 bit memory bus actually! ;)

But thats just me.

MUYA

volt
10-29-03, 12:51 PM
Originally posted by MUYA
Buddy I would say dun buy anything with <256 bit memory bus actually! ;)

But thats just me.

MUYA

THAT's what I meant :) Meant 256, wrote 128 heh

MUYA
10-29-03, 01:00 PM
Originally posted by volt
THAT's what I meant :) Meant 256, wrote 128 heh

..sure ..sure :D


MUYA

bkswaney
10-29-03, 01:02 PM
Originally posted by MUYA
..sure ..sure :D


MUYA


"lol" yep. ;) :D

Blacklash
10-30-03, 10:06 PM
9800pro is a hell of a card, I have one in another rig.

If you are interested in nvidia first get a 5900 and OC it alittle, with the rebate that card is what? 220?

Use the extra money on some games or DVDs.....