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Old 01-08-2006, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Graphic On a Budget?

I need a new graphic card, and only have about 200'ish to spend, max.

I got a ASUS A8N SLI Mobo

My card ATM is a Crap PCI GeForce 5500 OC

i just want the best for the cash i have to spend, brand don't matter to me, it don't have to be SLI but if it is that's fine.

any recommendations?

so far was thinking about

SAPPHIRE Radeon X800GTO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102613

or something like that?

but i'm not sure, I'm really new to this so..any help would be appreciated!
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Old 01-08-2006, 06:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would go with a 6800GS for $189.00

Seems like a pretty solid card with a really great value. It also supports SLi, for future upgrades
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yea the evga 6800gs is pretty much the best card in that price range. i was sooooo close to getting one.. but last minute i decided to step up to the 7800gt. the 6800gs is a great card for the price and the benchmarks prove it. i was surprised by some of the framerates it gets on the Doom 3, HL2 and Fear tests
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If you're willing to pay an extra 30$, the 6800GS performs much better than the x800GTO. If you're on a strict budget and you need to get one now, going for the x800GTO wont hurt; but if you're able to save 30$ more, the 6800GS would be the much better choice.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130258

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2593&p=2

edit: sorry I didn't see people had beat me to it
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I can't believe everyone else so far has managed to ignore the fact that he has PCI and not PCI-e.

His current GPU is basically as good as it gets.
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No it is PCI-e lol sorry, my card atm is PCI but i want a PCI-e lol, but thanks everyone, i got a few i can look over. ty!
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And the Geforce 6800GS will run BF2, Doom3, CSS, WOW, EQ2, Just fine?
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maybe not 100% maxed out on everything.. but pretty close
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Hmm, How about OC'ing? between the


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130258

and

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102613

My buddy said the Sapphire has like 4 more PixelPipelines that can be unlocked? is this true? or would it help?
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The ONLY game that will the x800GTO will beat the 6800GS is Half Life 2, even with the extra pipelines unlocked, the 6800GS performs barely under the 6800GT and can oc well past GT speeds giving you a huge advantage over the x800GTO in any game.

And for only $20 more, get the eVGA 6800GS it's the best card peformance/price ratio in video cards out right now.
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