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scubasteve_68
07-10-2006, 04:39 PM
hi i was wondering about what kinda gfx cards would get the best bang for my buck. right now i have a geforce 6600 256mb (not the gt). i recently found an ati x1600 pro 512mb for about $130. can anyone vouch for this card? well anyways any suggestions would be appreciated. oh ya im a fan of nvidia and ati, i only have agp, and my price range is about 200 or less.

thanks a lot.

scubasteve_68
07-10-2006, 04:39 PM
hi i was wondering about what kinda gfx cards would get the best bang for my buck. right now i have a geforce 6600 256mb (not the gt). i recently found an ati x1600 pro 512mb for about $130. can anyone vouch for this card? well anyways any suggestions would be appreciated. oh ya im a fan of nvidia and ati, i only have agp, and my price range is about 200 or less.

thanks a lot.

-HH-Quazi
07-10-2006, 05:12 PM
The X850Pro would be your best bet imho. This is the cheapest online etailer I could find: http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Sc...ategory_Code=ALL-ATI (http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=M&Product_Code=190388&Category_Code=ALL-ATI)

But if you aren't scared of dealing with eBay, these cards can be had for well less than $200, like around $160. And the X850XT sometimes will end around the $200 mark.

Besides this card, the only other AGP card that would "REALLY" step you up is the 7800 GS. You may have to add $40 to the total, but if you plan on staying AGP for quite a while, these are the best technologically advanced AGP card on the market.

I have ran both, and as far as this sim goes, both are nearly equal in performance with the X850 being better with the IQ imho. I am running the 7800 GS myself, and I can tell fr's don't go down as far in some situations during hard action in certain missions, but it isn't by much. I would be happy with the X850Pro if I was running it. Plus, some of these can be flashed to open the other 4 pipes. Maybe you aren't one to dabble in VGA bios flashes, but if you are, then this is a possibility.

scubasteve_68
07-10-2006, 10:17 PM
thanks for the info i'll check those out.

thanks

bchivers3377
07-10-2006, 10:53 PM
I just did alot of reading about graphic cards and this is what I bought HIS X1800 GTO TURBO (http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=M&Product_Code=190577)I think this is the best bang for the buck in the mid price range. $210 less $30 rebate =$180. Can be unlocked to open all 16 pipes. Here are a couple of reviews.
http://www.bytesizedreviews.com/?rev_id=322
Viperliar (http://www.viperlair.com/reviews/video/his/x1800gto/index.shtml)
Bjorn (http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=927&pageID=2311)

scubasteve_68
07-11-2006, 12:47 AM
i definatley have some research to attend to... thanks for the help i'll take a look at some these. thanks

lbhskier37
07-11-2006, 06:19 AM
All the X1600 cards are junk and overpriced. ATI is treating the customer the same way Nvidia did with the Geforce4MX. But on the other hand, ATI does have the best deal right now if you have an AGP card.

http://shop.ati.com/searchresults.asp?dept_id=39

X800XL for $119. This card is a step above the X850Pro for less money. If you are into overclocking and trying your luck, the X850Pro may be better because sometimes they can be unlocked to 16 pipes (not always though) but the 800XL has 16 pipes stock. They also list the X850Pro on here but out of stock currently. Should be a great deal for anyone looking for an AGP upgrade.

bchivers3377
07-11-2006, 07:21 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by bchivers3377:
I just did alot of reading about graphic cards and this is what I bought HIS X1800 GTO TURBO (http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=M&Product_Code=190577)I think this is the best bang for the buck in the mid price range. $210 less $30 rebate =$180. Can be unlocked to open all 16 pipes. Here are a couple of reviews.
http://www.bytesizedreviews.com/?rev_id=322
Viperliar (http://www.viperlair.com/reviews/video/his/x1800gto/index.shtml)
Bjorn (http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=927&pageID=2311) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Sorry about that I should have read the post more carefully, This HIS X1800GTO is PCI-EX.

bchivers3377
07-11-2006, 07:27 AM
Here's a site you may be interested in, you can compare many different cards, get their specs or find good reviews.
gpureview (http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=58&card2=384)

SeaFireLIV
07-11-2006, 08:08 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by scubasteve_68:
i definatley have some research to attend to... thanks for the help i'll take a look at some these. thanks </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Indeed, a few years ago, I bought cheap graphic card that looked powerful and seem to have loads of ram without researching - twice! Both were rubbish.

I did my research and bought a Gf4 Ti-4200 128meg. Ran everything sweetly for about 3 years. When I upgraded, I passed it to my daughter who runs the Sims 2 without a problem.

It`s really worth doing your homework, then splashing out on an expensive but good product that`ll last you at least 2 years (maybe more). http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

scubasteve_68
07-11-2006, 02:53 PM
thanks guys that x800 looks pretty good right about now. ya i had ti4200 a couple years back. that thing was awesome after upgrading from a geforce 2

FrenchPilot
07-11-2006, 05:41 PM
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