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 Post subject: Upgrading video card...
PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 10:52 pm 
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I want to upgrade my video card (currently GeForce3 Ti-500). What video card should I upgrade to for my current system?

GA-7DX motherboard
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Enermax Whisper 350W power supply


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how much u lookin to spend?


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TsunamiZ wrote:
I want to upgrade my video card (currently GeForce3 Ti-500). What video card should I upgrade to for my current system?

GA-7DX motherboard
AthlonXP 1800+
1 GB ram
Enermax Whisper 350W power supply


Cheap (50-100)
Geforce FX-5200 or ATI Radeon 9200
Mid-Ranged (100-200)
Geforce FX-5900xt or ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
Mid-High (200-300)
Geforce 6800GT or ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB
High-end (300+)
Geforce 6800Ultra or ATI Radeon x800 Pro/Platinum

Some suggestions for both of the competition. Whatever the budget you have.


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how is the ATi Radeon 9600SE? it's only $70 on newegg ...


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how is the ATi Radeon 9600SE? it's only $70 on newegg ...


Hmm well I was thinking of these cards on top of my head... But I guess that can be alternative to the 9200 I listed.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 11:10 pm 
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XHAOS wrote:
how much u lookin to spend?


I'm willing to spend up to $300 as long as it's a good fit for my system. I'm thinking about getting the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (previous gen's top end card, right?). I hear ATI has the best previous gen card.


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XHAOS wrote:
how much u lookin to spend?


I'm willing to spend up to $300 as long as it's a good fit for my system. I'm thinking about getting the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (previous gen's top end card, right?). I hear ATI has the best previous gen card.


Hmm the Geforce 6800GT is next to near the ULTRAs. Just clocked a bit slower. Should be considerably faster than the 9800 Pro I think.

Check out some reviews. Usually on anandtech/tomshardware/hardocp website for reviews.

edit: JUST to add, check out this thread on the 6800GT. Has some links to benchies. Looks very promising.

http://www.maximumpc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=620


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wiseoracle wrote:
Hmm well I was thinking of these cards on top of my head... But I guess that can be alternative to the 9200 I listed.

yeah, i wasnt saying he should go with that over what u said, i was wondering if it was better than the 9200, i heard the SEs arent so great.


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wiseoracle wrote:
Hmm well I was thinking of these cards on top of my head... But I guess that can be alternative to the 9200 I listed.

yeah, i wasnt saying he should go with that over what u said, i was wondering if it was better than the 9200, i heard the SEs arent so great.


yep. Anything SE is teh suck.


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is it a performance difference or just an options difference?


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is it a performance difference or just an options difference?


performance wise. they kill it by clockrate, and some options.


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ahh, so would it be better to get a 9200Pro over a 9600SE?


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IMO I would put a 9800 Pro 128MB in your system.

Should fit in nicely. If I ever get some cash that's what Im probably going to move to (or whatever is in my pricerange down the line).


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ahh, so would it be better to get a 9200Pro over a 9600SE?


i dunno. haven't checked any benchies on any of the low end. they suck. so not much to say.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 11:28 pm 
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I can't go with the current gen cards such as 6800 and X800 because those require huge power supplies, and my CPU would also be a bottleneck. I want a card that is a good fit for my system. I don't want to upgrade any other components to make the new video card work. Also, I think my GA-7DX only supports AGP 4x (not sure).


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I can't go with the current gen cards such as 6800 and X800 because those require huge power supplies, and my CPU would also be a bottleneck. I want a card that is a good fit for my system. I don't want to upgrade any other components to make the new video card work.


See my post above ;)


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wiseoracle wrote:
i dunno. haven't checked any benchies on any of the low end. they suck. so not much to say.

ahh, ok, thanx for the help.


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TsunamiZ wrote:
I can't go with the current gen cards such as 6800 and X800 because those require huge power supplies, and my CPU would also be a bottleneck. I want a card that is a good fit for my system. I don't want to upgrade any other components to make the new video card work.


well aslong you don't got 3-4 HDs, 2+ optical drives, you should be well and fine with a 6800Gt card. and x800 Pro.

The minimum is a 350watt ps.

And if you buy one of the new mobos I suggested you should be fine.

Plus you got a good brand name powersupply so it should do fine.

But up to you, on which one you wanna buy.


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrading video card...
PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 11:53 pm 
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Well, minimum 350W ps is cutting it close. And my CPU is a huge bottleneck so it wouldn't be a good choice to upgrade to current gen. I think I should get the 9800 Pro. Should I be aware of any mobo spec requirements before buying it?


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as long as the voltages match and ur mobo supports 8X AGP, u should have no problem ...


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