Video Card Tips Needed

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ikellen

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OK since I have finally realized that overclocking my TNT2 will not help me out in the long run, I am now trying to decide which card to ask for on my christmas list :) I have been looking at a couple of cards already, give me your thoughts on them:

-ATi Radeon 9000 or 9000 pro
-Nvidia Geforce 4 Ti4200
-Nvidia Geforce 4 MX440

All of these are pretty high range cards, but not the best on the market, as I'm not looking to spend more than $150. If people have reccomendations and like what manufacturer or place to buy, I'm totally open for suggestions. Im just looking for the following features so to speak:

-Overclockable
-One of the chipsets listed about
-AGP duh! :D
-TV out if possible
-Comes standard with both fan and heatsink installed on the board

Mostly Im looking for suggestions on which card, where to buy, why, etc. Help me out here :D
 

Ecniv

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with all the requirements you listed I would DEFINITLY go with an MSI Geforce 4 Ti 4200, overclocking capability is great, have fans and heatsinks pre-installed. And I believe that version comes with a TV out. Very bada$$ card!
 

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Definately go with the MSI Ti4200. I have this card, and it has brought me nothing but joy since the day it arrived. I keep it overclocked all the time (with stock cooling) and it runs completely stable, and very fast. TV-out is also a standard feature, and TV-in is optional.
 

ikellen

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Geforce reccomended the same card. What experience have u had with the ATi card? I have found that card very inexpensive at multiple retailers. Anyone else got something to add?
 

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A friend of mine has a Radeon 9000.. he's been very impressed with the price/performance, but ATI has always had problems with drivers. If you want good stable drivers, go with Nvidia.
 

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ATI has cleaned up their act with drivers nowadays; but haven't released the full potential of the card. The Radeon 9000/9000 Pro don't perform as well as a GF4 Ti 4200 or Radeon 8500 in most games, but for now it's a great value card. It may not be a good idea to purchase now, since it will eventually be phased out by the Radeon 9500.
 

ikellen

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Hmm............that shines new light on why retailers have been selling the 9000/9000 pro for $60-$80. I agree with the driver thing..........I'm running the latest detonators and I do get better performance (although not huge) on my card. What is the 9500 like in terms of performance, etc?
 

ikellen

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Anyone got any more opinions? I really need some advice, as my family is not very tech oriented, so I need to know what to ask for :D
 
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