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arrowtalon
04-04-2007, 11:50 AM
Okay... I've been looking into video cards from $50-150 US. The NVidia cards seem to have a slight edge on ATI. Some I had in mind:

NVidia 6600 GT
NVidia 6800
ATI 1600
ATI 1650

I would like a card that can EASILY handle the game with the following settings:

--All graphics settings to maximum as can be set by the sliders.
--In conf.ini, Water set to 2
--In conf.ini, Resolution set to 1280 x 1024
--2x antialiasing

Anisoptropic antialiasing would also be nice...

Please do try to keep the prince in mind $50-150... My guess is that with SoW, we'll all be buying pretty hefty new cards and maybe PhysX accelerators(?)

EDIT: The 7600 looks like a good option as well. Does anyone have this card?

horseback
04-04-2007, 12:13 PM
A coworker of mine just picked up a 7600GT for $135.00 USD at a local computer specialty store. Avoid the big-name retailers and you might be surprised how much bang you will get for your buck.

cheers

horseback

arrowtalon
04-04-2007, 12:20 PM
That is a good deal! I've found a few like that on NewEgg, but that is he best I've heard. Do you know what store it was?

TgD Thunderbolt56
04-04-2007, 12:34 PM
You can try going to http://www.pricewatch.com and with a little research, you should be able to find a newer generation card than you've listed for under $150.

Heck, if you're willing to go over your self-prescribed dollar amount by $5, you can get a 7900GS card http://www.pricewatch.com/video_cards/geforce_7900.htm

TB

arrowtalon
04-04-2007, 01:17 PM
That 7900 looks pretty appealing... Should definitely fulfill what I want and then some.

I'm a cheap b__tard though...

Spectre1968
04-04-2007, 01:41 PM
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/viewspec.hmx?scriteria=4275489&RSKU=4275489
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/specHR/images/4275489a.jpg

$213

SidCheshire
04-04-2007, 02:31 PM
Nice to have the choice..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

My AGP XFX 6600GT 256mb handles settings at max and 4 x AA....but....I use "Excellent", not "Perfect". I can run Perfect water up to 3 but it isn't as smooth - nice for screenshots but not for play. I use the 78.01 driver.

As with any rig, there are compromises. I believe I have recognised mine. At less than 40.00 GB, I am very happy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

GBrutus
04-04-2007, 02:55 PM
You can't go wrong with an Nvidia 7900GTX. That's what I'm using now and they're pretty cheap what with the new 8XXX series cards now available. Going on ebay for small change right now. Highly recommended. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

arrowtalon
04-04-2007, 03:38 PM
What is the difference in a 7900GS vs 7900 GTX?

VW-IceFire
04-04-2007, 03:57 PM
Originally posted by arrowtalon:
What is the difference in a 7900GS vs 7900 GTX?
Google it if you want the particulars but off hand the differences are likely to be in the quality of RAM chips used requiring the memory clock to be lower and the core GPU will also have a lower clock. Ultimately you get the same features as the top level card but with less performance.

By all rights the 7900GS is an excellent card by most reviewers that I've read. Its usually compared against the slightly newer Radeon X1950Pro. The 7900GS is cheaper and slower generally but not by much. Its also apparently really easy to overclock if you're into that and it overclocks well.

I do know, based on your initial list that the 6600GT probably won't fit your requirements. I have it...its a good card...but water 2 is a bit beyond its reach I think. Doable but maybe not enjoyable. The rest is easy. The 7600GT outperforms the 6800 in most situations and is generally cheaper so I'd ignore both of the 6000 series on your list.

Make sure you pay attention in general to the XT, XTX, Pro, GS, GT, GTX and so forth distinctions between cards. There are generally some important differences between the different models. Deals that are too good to be true usually are http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

arrowtalon
04-04-2007, 04:20 PM
The 7600 also looks appealing... It's also much cheaper than the 7900 on NewEgg. Does anyone have this card already? Can it run the specs I listed above?

dbillo
04-04-2007, 05:06 PM
My brother just got a 7600GT in his new P4 dual core 3.2G. He can't get playable frame rates in Perfect Landscape mode at 1024x768.

Krt_Bong
04-04-2007, 05:38 PM
Originally posted by arrowtalon:
The 7600 also looks appealing... It's also much cheaper than the 7900 on NewEgg. Does anyone have this card already? Can it run the specs I listed above?
I have the PNY GeForce7600GS 512MB AGP - When I first Installed it in my Soyo Black Dragon Plus with 1280Mb DDR and AMD2800+ it totally crapped out. I couldn't even see a splash screen and when I did get anything there were horrible graphic errors, there was nothing wrong with the card my Motherboard just couldn't handle it I bought a PC Chips MB that was the last 32bit board NewEgg had and was under $50 and It runs like a Scalded Dog, Everything cranked up to max settings water at 2 (I tried 3 and 4 but I want performance) I get the best results using Nhancer with coolbits installed but I really don't need to OC it runs just fine.I benchmark with the Mistel track and get 60fps max and it drops to 7-8 when the big explosion goes off but everything looks sweet: water reflections, clouds, trees, etc.. I think if I can find a 3200 cpu I might see a definate improvement when playing with a lot of AI planes in campaigns but online the 2800's adequate but like I said in the previous post do research. My old board works fine with older cards (256mb cards without the extra power dongle) but I literally thought the thing was fried when I first installed.

stansdds
04-05-2007, 04:31 AM
An uber fast graphics card is not always the answer to great looking graphics and good game play. Flight sims also require a good CPU and RAM.

cptbull83
04-05-2007, 05:16 AM
my x800 pro runs the game with better settings than that no problem....