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Vanzagar
12-13-04, 12:17 PM
I'm looking at getting a tie me over vid card until nforce4 sli gets solidified and 6800gt's come down in price. Then in about 4-6 months I'll sell this card on e-bay.

If you could spare a few secs would you please give opinion on best bang for your buck ati and nVidia video cards for AGP slot only. What's actually in stores right now. I am thinking the 6600GT (but not sure if AGP is actually available yet ) and maybe ati 9800xt? I will mostly be playing HL2 based games like HL2, Counter Strike source, Chronicles of Riddick and Vampire Bloodlines. I am really looking for a card under $200 for now...

Anyways opinions and suggestions welcome...

Thanks,

Vanz

blueworm
12-13-04, 01:05 PM
Yup I believe the 6600Gt is the bang for buck champ.
Availability seems ok. They are even available in Spain which is always 2-3 months behind U.S.A.

Ruined
12-13-04, 01:07 PM
6600GT ($220) or if you can spend more 6800nu ($270)

the 6800nu has about the same fillrate as the 6600gt but it has about 6.5gbps higher memory bandwidth and two additional vertex shaders, so at high res/aa/af the 6800nu takes a clear lead over the 6600GT.

6600GT AGP
http://www.gameve.com/gve/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?sku=VC-ALBA-036

6800
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?DEPA=0&description=14-150-068&CMP=OTC-pr1c3watch&ATT=Video+Cards

in terms of performance..
6800 > 6600GT > 9800PRO

Faster
12-13-04, 01:10 PM
https://secure.computerasset.com/desc.asp?Global_Category_Id=50&category_id=806&id=2678

Sapphire 9800pro 128mb 256bit

I cant seem to find this at Newegg but I brought two of these, one for my brother and one for my Dad about 6months ago for $225 each. It seems they are still the same price but harder to find. Anyway they both easily flashed to a XT model and are running HL2 and all that great. :)

There is no point in having 256mb on a 9800 as turning up the AA and AF to use the 256 just slows the card down to much. However on Medium settings the cards are running really nice.

I guess if you dont wanna spend the exta 30 or so, a 9600XT for $150 is your next best Bet. But then a 9800pro specialy if you overclock it is twice as fast as a 9600.

Make sure you use these drivers. By far the best.

http://www.tcmagazine.info/modules.php?op=modload&name=Downloads&file=index&req=viewdownloaddetails&lid=195

Salamandar
12-13-04, 01:29 PM
6600GT ($220) or if you can spend more 6800nu ($275)

the 6800nu has about the same fillrate as the 6600gt but it has about 6.5gbps higher memory bandwidth and two additional vertex shaders, so at high res/aa/af the 6800nu takes a clear lead over the 6600GT.

Both the 6600Gt and the 6800Nu are worthy contender, ATI in this generation seems more hungry for the consumer money than ever.
The situation today is more like what it was 2 years ago, when the ATI 9x00 cards were cheaper than Nvidia's FX cads and performed better.
Now Nvidia strikes back with a simply more advanced and future proved chip at a much lower price (comparing 6600GT to x700 cards and 6800nu, GT to x800 Pro)


(cheers)

saturnotaku
12-13-04, 01:35 PM
The only way I would recommend a 9800 Pro over a 6600 GT is if you could find the former for $175 or less. Otherwise, the 6600 GT is going to be the better buy and hold its value slightly better when you're ready to sell it.

Faster
12-13-04, 01:54 PM
yeh well 6600GT is probably a better idea. I thought 9800s would be cheaper by now.....6800s is a good idea too.

Bestbuy has BFG 6800 OCs in Stock and they are a really good card too. $299 though...

http://www.************/read.php?cID=687&pageID=975

That is a review that does show that the 6800s do kick the 9800s ass. And a 6800 is better then a 6600GT.

Vanzagar
12-13-04, 02:32 PM
Dam... http://www.pricewatch.com/ has 6600GT PCIE's for $179 but no AGP. That seems strange, the AGP being pricier when for the 6800GT it's the other way around.

There's got to be a better price for the 6600GT AGP then $220....

Vanz