View Full Version : Need advice for quake 3 machine

01-18-04, 11:41 PM
hey guys, been reading reviews on here about the 5200ultra, and read some reviews online...but wanted to get yall's opinion. Currently my gf's machine has a 9500pro...which seems to have that flicker/line problem that has plauged some systems. Anyway...Weve been through 3 monitors already, thinking something was wrong with her first dell one...now we have a viewsonic, with the same issue. Well, when i was taking the card out of her system, i knocked a cap off the card, and had to re-sauder it back on :/ so im screwed on sending the card back for warranty. ANYWAY!!
all she does is play ra3/q3 maybe once or twice a month...and thats it. Someone might play diablo2 on it...but thats rare. So is a 5200ultra enough to at least hold 125fps in quake3? my budget is about 100$...none of the ATI card in that price range really impress me, but im open for suggestions. THX!

01-18-04, 11:45 PM
You'd definitely get better longetivity out of a 128 bit memory equipped 5600 for that price, IMO...


5600's have added features that definitely give it an edge over the 5200 series.

01-18-04, 11:47 PM
yeah forgot to mention the 5600nu, i think newegg's got em for 109 (evga)

edit: n/m that was the evga 5200u, XFX any good?

01-18-04, 11:52 PM
xfx definitely makes quality products, and they generally OC well...

..just make sure you get a card with a 128 bit memory bus.

01-18-04, 11:52 PM
go with the 5700NU, you can find them for around $130 a nice all around card for the cash:)

01-18-04, 11:58 PM
Thanks for the quick reply's

Heres what im lookin at, cant tell if it has a 128bit memory bus, but i believe all 5600nu have 128 unless its the 5600XT's which are 64 correct?
cant beat 79.00$


01-19-04, 12:46 AM
yes thats correct i believe. xt's are the cards with the 64 bit bandwith.

01-19-04, 06:43 AM
5600XT has 64bit memory, you DONOT want this card.

For a budget of $100, I recommend a 5600, or better still a GF4 TI4200 128DDR. The only advantage a 5600 has is it's DX9 compatible, but it will barely run DX9 apps anyway. Most GF4 TI4200 cards can overclock near or past TI4600 levels, so for $100us or less it's a GREAT deal