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Best graphics card around $200?

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December 13, 2005 8:26:41 AM

Im looking to upgrade from my 128 mb ati radeon 9600 xt. I need an agp card, I know there was another post to the same effect but he had a bigger budjet, im only looking to spend around 200 :oops:  Any suggestions would be appreciated. :D  I thought i found an X800 xl agp for less than 200 but it was a PCI-e card, so that ruins those plans.

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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2005 10:42:45 AM

X800XL and GF6800GT will be over that budget. And to my knowledge the 6800GS and X800GTO are not yet available in AGP. There was a time when you could find a X800 pro for $200, but it might be hard to do so now. Honestly, $150-200 is the range in AGP where (at least in the USA) there isn't much of a good deal to be found. Unless you find the X800 pro that cheap, or the GTO arrives in AGP, you will probably have to settle for a GF6800(plain, vanilla), or a 6600GT. But don't spend $200 on them as they should cost $110-$150.
December 13, 2005 12:47:06 PM

I just got a PNY AGP 6600GT from Newegg for $139 ($99 after rebate)

It is a great card and all the tests I have seen have teh 6600GT as the best value for the money. Running it with a chip that is about the speed of an Athlon XP 3400 (overclocked Athlon M)

I am very happy...
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December 13, 2005 1:13:39 PM

6800GS PCI-E is available here, and stuff is always available in the US before the UK, so I think you ought to be able to get hold of one.
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2005 1:36:29 PM

The GTO are available in PCIe, but I think you're thinking of the GTO2. But it's actually available in PCIe but not AGP. For the plain GTO it's available in both.

I think he wants AGP though since he passed up the X800XL because it was PCIe.

So for that probably the regular X800GTO would be best until the GTO2 & GF6800GS gives it some competition.
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2005 2:33:30 PM

Ah, I meant not available in AGP. Big typo. I have not yet seen an AGP GTO or GS. I'll edit. :oops: 
December 13, 2005 11:07:23 PM

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i would go with the x800gto . you can get one from newegg for $189.00.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...


or go with the next one down the x800gt you can get one for $169.00

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

ill be buying the x800gt tomorrow.


Hey thanks everyone for the suggestions, i think im going to go with the x800GTO. I found that the benchmarks were pretty nice once the card was overclocked (according to tomshardware).
a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2005 3:02:04 AM

Well when on earth did newegg get in AGP GTO's? Today's the first time I've seen one on pricewatch and it's $229. That Newegg link you posted is priced pretty close to PCI-e, which I didn't expect from the start. Nice find.

Judging by those reviews dates, I'm losing it or been blind. The inq just made an anouncement a few days back that the GTO will be released in AGP, and these people wrote reviews in November they had one?

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=28158
"ATI IS in the final stages of starting to ship its new old AGP card. The company will release Radeon X800 GTO cards in an AGP variant. It's meant to follow the extreme success of the already shipping X800 GTO PCIe. " From December 6th.
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