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Old 12-17-2006, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Looking for new video card around $300

Alright guys so i've been out of the tech seen for a year or so now... im kinda clueless with what's been going on lately. I've currently got an X700 pro and all the specs in my sig, im hoping that a gpu upgrade will not be bottlnecked by 1 gig of ram and my out-of-date processor. is that something i should worry about?

Anyways Im looking for a video card around $300 or so, what's my best choice?

AMD 64 3200+ Newcastle@ 2.2Ghz
1GB (1x1GB) OCZ Performance Series
ATI X700 Pro 256MB OC\'d 475/525
OCZ Modstream 520W
Thermaltake Tsunami
Samsung 914v 19\" 12ms LCD
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Old 12-17-2006, 11:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A his X1950xt 256mb is probaby the best you can get for under $300. But i wouldn't recommend spending that cash on a high end dx9 card. Don't know if you heard(since you said you havn't been keeping up with the lastest tech) but nvidia already relased the first dx10 cards and ati (now part of amd :amazed: ) is supposed to realease its dx10 card (r600) early next year.

So i would save that cash to upgrade your system to dual core and get a dx10 card next year.

With what you already have in your sig besides your mobo, ram, cpu, i would get this:

asus p5b-v
core 2 dou e6300
g. skill ddr2 800

I don't know what you do though on your rig right now, but games next year are going to start utiliizing dual core. Im playing supreme commander beta right now and i don't think i could play it without my e6600, but my 7900gs can barely handled it on mid-settings before it starts to lag. But its still a beta with some bugs, but i still can see why dual cores are going to be a must with future games if you want high settings.

edit: if you decide to go nukem's way...i would suggest the sapphire x1950pro instead since your running on a ati chipset. The 7900gs would still work with your mob but i doubt it will work as well as an ati card will on its own chipset.
CPU: e6600 @ 3.2ghz
RAM: 2GB G.Skill HZ PC6400
Mobo: ASUS P5B Deluxe
GPU: Sapphire HD4870
Soundcard: Creative Labs X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty
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Monitor: Samsung 226BW
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OS: XP Professional SP3
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