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Old 04-12-2006, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Video card -range 200USD


I am student and cannot afford to buy high-end graphic card, but i like to play games..

Now if i got 200USD , what is the best choice available in the market now ? For PCI _E

new graphic card keep coming out and i dont know how to choose - another thing will the VGA Ram affect the games?


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I think the 7600gt is in that price range.

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Old 04-12-2006, 05:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you'll be using AA and AF alot and you like ATI, X1800GTO (and can be unlocked to X1800XL speeds!)

If you want slightly faster speeds and a little cheaper than the X1800GTO, the 7600GT is the card for you.

The X1800GTO can enable AA/AF and HDR at the same time, and can be unlocked to a 16pipeline card. The 7600GT cannot be unlocked and cannot enable AA/AF and HDR, but runs a bit faster than the X1800GTO when both compared at stock settings, it's your choice.
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thanks for the reply ,i wan to ask here what is the difference between Pro, XL,GT,XL version ?
another thing, is the graphic ram is that important?

i found something around my budget ..:
X1600, X850, 6800GS, 7600GT.... ( may in Gs,Pro,GT )

which one is good? ( I will use it for 1st person shooting strategy games, but not a crazy gamer . and not plannig to overclock it ...)
I really dont know how to choose coz Nvidia VS ATI ) hahha
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Old 04-17-2006, 05:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i would go with the X1800GTO, or a X1600XT, both really good budget cards.
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X1800GTO, unlocked to the X1800XL, sounds like a very good idea. If you dont feel like taking that chance, the 7600gt is your best bet.
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Old 04-17-2006, 09:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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theres actually a X1800GTO that has 16 pixelpipelines. and if u get it from newegg it has a rebate so u can get it for around 180 i think. well its on auto-notify now but heres the link:
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Old 04-17-2006, 09:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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memory size does matter in games.

it matters a lot more going from 64<128<256 than from 256<512

if you get 256 you're good to go. if you get a slow card with DDR memory, well then 512mb or even 256 won't do you a whole lot of good. if its a fast card with GDDR3 memory, then having 256 or 512 will be that much better.
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I say get either the X1800 GTO or the 7600GT, both are really good cards for the money. In a review I read recently the X1800 GTO beat the 7600GT when ever they enabled AA/AF (usually around 10 more fps), but the 7600GT beat it with them off (except in HL2). I'm not sure if they unlocked the extra pipelines or not. Personally I would go with the X1800 GTO with the 16 pipelines already unlocked and the $60 dollar rebate for HDR + AA and better AA/AF performance. I know it costs 240 bucks off the bat, but for $180 dollars after rebate your getting a dam good card for the money.
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he said that he found something around his budget
X1600, X850, 6800GS, 7600GT

out of these, 7600GT is the best one .

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