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Old 02-01-2008, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have finally ordered my new motherboard and started the upgrade process, bit the bullet so to speak, now I'm pondering on what vid card I need...

I am not a fanboi, either Nvidia or ATI suggestions are welcome in this matter.

I would like DirectX 10, and I would like to stay under 70 dollars shipped, it needs to play older games like HL2, Doom 3, and so forth on high settings and new games like Crysis on low settings at least.

I was thinking the 8500GT realm. I have no idea what a comparable DX10 ATI card would be though... Just trying to find the best bang for the buck.

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Newegg.com - XFX PVT86JWAJG GeForce 8500GT 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Newegg.com - MSI NX8500GT-TD512EH GeForce 8500GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
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Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H260PRQT256GDDN-R Radeon HD 2600PRO 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

2600PRO will out perform the 8500GT but not the 8600GT

Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H195XTQT256DVN-R Radeon X1950XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ3 Turbo Video Card - Retail

I highly recommend this card, even though out of your budget, its like 3 or 4 8500GT's combined, but DX9 though.
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Why you want DX10 ?

7600GT outperform both 8500GT and HD2600pro

It cost $60 after MIR
Newegg.com - Foxconn FV-N76TM2DT-R3 GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
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Honestly dx 10 is not that great on low end cards it's not even that great on some of the high end cards. It would be better to get a really good dx 9.
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I just want DX10 for future proofness, the only real reason that I'm upgrading in the first place.

If there is not much of a difference in video/game quality, then my question should be: What card can kill my 6800 (oc'd to ultra w/DDR3) that's PCIe for 70 bucks or under?

That 7600GT looks good, but my budget is strapped, gotta be 70 up front.
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should be: What card can kill my 6800 (oc'd to ultra w/DDR3) that's PCIe for 70 bucks or under?
7600GT performs on par with 6800Ultra, or maybe slightly better but currently noting under $70 that can kill 6800Ultra

Try to get the X1950XT that darksideleader suggested, it cost $110 but it is the cheapest video card that can really kill 6800Ultra, but make sure that your PSU can handle it
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Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N541-T2 GeForce 7600GS 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

The X1950XT is better than both. I'm happy with mine.
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x1950XT used to be like $180 right?
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I gave $200 for mine.
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