Upgrade from ATI 9700Pro to what?

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Currently, I get pretty good performance out of my video card. However,
I have seen what some of the newer cards are capable of and I would
consider an upgrade for the right price. I can state unequivicably that
the price limit is about $300. I have the following hardware for
reference:

Dell Dimension 8250
1024MB RIMM1066
ATI Radeon 9700Pro 128MB (I believe the board is AGP4x)

So, I have considered a card like:

ATI Radeon 9800Pro 256MB, but I am not sure it is a great increase
NVidia 6600GT (or some such variation) ... not sure of price
ATI X*** 256MB .. any ATI X cards I should consider?

Am I missing anything that I should be considering and am not?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.videocards.ati (More info?)

    Check Tom's Hardware for a complete overview of all the cards out there.
    Going from a 9700 pro to a 9800 pro or XT with 256 megs of ram has no bang
    for the buck. Forget it. You should be looking at one of the next
    generation cards.

    JK

    "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <veldy71@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:41c8916a$0$58279$8046368a@newsreader.iphouse.net...
    > Currently, I get pretty good performance out of my video card. However,
    > I have seen what some of the newer cards are capable of and I would
    > consider an upgrade for the right price. I can state unequivicably that
    > the price limit is about $300. I have the following hardware for
    > reference:
    >
    > Dell Dimension 8250
    > 1024MB RIMM1066
    > ATI Radeon 9700Pro 128MB (I believe the board is AGP4x)
    >
    > So, I have considered a card like:
    >
    > ATI Radeon 9800Pro 256MB, but I am not sure it is a great increase
    > NVidia 6600GT (or some such variation) ... not sure of price
    > ATI X*** 256MB .. any ATI X cards I should consider?
    >
    > Am I missing anything that I should be considering and am not?
    >
    > Thanks in advance!
    >
    > --
    > Thomas T. Veldhouse
    > Key Fingerprint: 2DB9 813F F510 82C2 E1AE 34D0 D69D 1EDC D5EC AED1
    > Spammers please contact me at renegade@veldy.net.
    >
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    I recently upgraded from 9700 Pro to X800 Pro ($377+) that overclocked to XT
    Platinum Edition speeds. I have been playing FarCry and Half-Life 2 to look
    for improvements. FarCry looks better at same resolution with textures that
    were medium, now high to very high The water looks amazing, plants slightly
    better. It is a little nicer looking but the game play is still same.
    Half-Life 2 allows the same upgrade in video settings, but no noticeable
    improvement in game play.

    There is no compelling reason to upgrade your 9700 Pro. It gets the job
    done. $300 won't get you much better. It will take $400 to $500 card to have
    barely noticeable improvement over what you have. Save your money untill a
    game comes out that requires upgrade, the prices will be a lot cheeper by
    than, and the high end will have the next generation. A new
    processor/motherboard (Athlon 64 3400+) is likely to give a much greater
    amount increase for the $300.

    -Kent
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    "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <veldy71@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:41c8916a$0$58279$8046368a@newsreader.iphouse.net...
    > Currently, I get pretty good performance out of my video card. However,
    > I have seen what some of the newer cards are capable of and I would
    > consider an upgrade for the right price. I can state unequivicably that
    > the price limit is about $300. I have the following hardware for
    > reference:
    >


    My advice is don't bother. As other people have mentioned, you're not
    likely going to find anything compelling or worthwhile compared to what you
    have for $300. I have a 9800 Pro (not much better than your 9700 Pro), and
    I would have to spend a good chunk of money to get anything really worth
    upgrading to. Also, you'd need a very beefy processor to properly feed some
    of the newer high-end cards, and I don't know what processor you have. If
    you must get something, check out how much you can get an X800 Pro for.

    I'm sitting on what I have and might look at getting a new PC this time next
    year. By then, I'll be looking at a PCI Express video card and perhaps a
    dual-core processor. For sure it will be worthwhile for me by then, even if
    I go for a solid mid-range gaming box (which looks to be the case). I have
    no doubt by the end of next year it will blow away what I have now.
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    In article <Rt3yd.9430$Ix2.4151@okepread02>, None@Nomicrosoft.com
    (Kent_Diego) wrote:

    > There is no compelling reason to upgrade your 9700 Pro.

    Agreed. If money is burning a hole in the OP's pocket then by all means
    upgrade... the x800Pro shifts a lot of pixels very prettily and very
    quickly indeed.

    I bought one because for the first time in my life I was in a position to
    waste some money, so I did :-) But if I'm honest with myself, the 9700Pro
    it replaced was already doing a superb job.

    Having said that, the x800 allows me to run many of my favourite flight
    sims at near-maximum detail at 1600x1200 for the first time, and there are
    times when that is worth every penny.

    Andrew McP
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    NightSky 421 <nightsky421@yahoo.ca> wrote:
    > My advice is don't bother. As other people have mentioned, you're not
    > likely going to find anything compelling or worthwhile compared to what you
    > have for $300. I have a 9800 Pro (not much better than your 9700 Pro), and
    > I would have to spend a good chunk of money to get anything really worth
    > upgrading to. Also, you'd need a very beefy processor to properly feed some
    > of the newer high-end cards, and I don't know what processor you have. If
    > you must get something, check out how much you can get an X800 Pro for.
    >

    Thanks for the advice. BTW ... I have a P4-3.06GHz w/HT on. I don't
    think I will upgrading my processor for some time and the computer
    itself, while 20 months old, will not be upgrade for at least another 12
    to 18 months.

    > I'm sitting on what I have and might look at getting a new PC this time next
    > year. By then, I'll be looking at a PCI Express video card and perhaps a
    > dual-core processor. For sure it will be worthwhile for me by then, even if
    > I go for a solid mid-range gaming box (which looks to be the case). I have
    > no doubt by the end of next year it will blow away what I have now.
    >

    Yes ... but the new software will be out to utilize hardware and you
    will still look longingly at the highend stuff :-)

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    "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <veldy71@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > Thanks for the advice. BTW ... I have a P4-3.06GHz w/HT on. I don't
    > think I will upgrading my processor for some time and the computer
    > itself, while 20 months old, will not be upgrade for at least another 12
    > to 18 months.
    >


    That's pretty good mileage and it should easily be good for another year
    too! I have a 2.8GHz P4 myself. I've owned it for 15 months now. I
    upgraded from a 2.26GHz P4 but wondered after my upgrade last year if I'd
    maybe done it too soon. Both CPU's were high-end at the time I bought it,
    but I had the money and wanted to treat myself after using low-end and
    mid-range machines for so many years previously! I have to decide if I
    really want to change in a year from now, or maybe even put it off until Q1
    or Q2 of 2006.


    >
    > Yes ... but the new software will be out to utilize hardware and you
    > will still look longingly at the highend stuff :-)
    >


    LOL, so true...that vicious cycle at work again! But as I say, I've owned
    low-end and mid-range boxes for a good number of years and only truly
    entered into the high-end market in the last couple of years.
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