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 Post subject: best nVidia card for under $150?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2004 5:41 pm 
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currently the only game i'm playing is City of Heroes, which is well known to run better under nVidia cards.

i currently have a Radeon 128MB 9800 PRO with the VGA silencer from arctic cooling. i'm thinking about selling this card and get an nVidia counterpart that costs less so i can have some spare change.

so which card is the best for under $150? i'm not interested in anything higher, since i plan go PCI-E around October.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2004 6:10 pm 
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to me i would just keep the radeon and save the money. whats wrong with the radeon card if you dont mind me asking?


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 Post subject: Re: best nVidia card for under $150?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2004 6:12 pm 
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cigar3tte wrote:
currently the only game i'm playing is City of Heroes, which is well known to run better under nVidia cards.

i currently have a Radeon 128MB 9800 PRO with the VGA silencer from arctic cooling. i'm thinking about selling this card and get an nVidia counterpart that costs less so i can have some spare change.

so which card is the best for under $150? i'm not interested in anything higher, since i plan go PCI-E around October.


Dude, ain't nothin going to run better for under 150$, regardless of it is nVidia v. ATi


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2004 6:21 pm 
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How much under $150 are you wanting to go?

You could go with a Gainward 5700 256mb 425/550 for $136, but that still won't net you very much "spare change" after selling your 9800 Pro. Depends on how much you can sell it for, and what kind of fees you have to cough up if going through a place like Ebay.

I gotta go with the others on this one and wonder how much 'cents' it makes to downgrade in this situation, unless you're willing to go w/ a 5200 or 5700LE (both under $100). I haven't looked up benchmarks for City of Heros, but I have a feeling anything in your budget is going to be outclassed by your current card, especially at the price point where it may make sense to have some extra dough.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2004 8:57 pm 
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hmmm, was hoping to get $200 for the Radeon since i got the aftermarket cooler on there. i know to some it will actually lower the price since it takes up 2 slots, but i'm sure some would prefer to have the cooler.

mebbe it isn't worth the trouble i guess. there is nothing wrong with the card. i just thought i get some money out of it since i'm not playing anything too demanding.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2004 9:01 pm 
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thought i might as well ask this here:

5600 and 5800 = nv30? was there an nv35?

what's 5700 and 5900, same? i remember there are newer revisions that corrected the problems with directx 9 pixel shaders?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2004 9:52 pm 
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150$ doenst seem like you will be able to get that great of a nVidia card, thus making the trade the same...


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 Post subject: Re: best nVidia card for under $150?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2004 11:14 pm 
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Abit has a pretty cheap 256MB Radeon 9600...$128.50

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 133&depa=1

And as far as the lowest nVidia card to go, the FX5700 seems to be the cut-off point. They're running in the $123-$155 for the run-of-the-mill features.
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 175&depa=1


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 7:54 am 
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Stick with the Radeon man. it's not going to be worth trading to an nVidia card.


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