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which Vid Card should i buy? (budget around c$ 100)

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Which one should i go for?

Total: 15 votes

  • ASUS A9550/TD Radeon 9550
  • 27 %
  • ASUS V9520-X/TD GeForce FX 5200
  • 0 %
  • MSI FX5200-TD128LF GeForce 5200FX
  • 0 %
  • ASUS N6200/TD/128 GeForce 6200
  • 60 %
  • MSI FX5500-TD256 GeForce FX5500
  • 14 %
March 21, 2006 4:02:51 AM

hi,

I trying to buy a card which i can play online game just fine.
currently playing silkroad atm, and also i do DVD ripping sometimes,
video encoding sometimes. i know it a bit too much for this kind of price. but my old 9500 pro just died. and i don't have much budget atm.
my budget is around C$100.

i ran across these, and really can't pick one myself.

ASUS A9550/TD Radeon 9550 AGP8X 128MB 64BIT DDR VGA DVI TV-OUT Retail Video Card $66.44
ASUS V9520-X/TD GeForce FX 5200 128MB AGP8X VGA DVI-D TV-OUT Video Card $52.89
MSI FX5200-TD128LF GeForce 5200FX 128MB DDR AGP DVI VGA TV-OUT Video Card $56.12
ASUS N6200/TD/128 GeForce 6200 AGP 128MB DDR VGA DVI TV-OUT Video Card $68.37
MSI FX5500-TD256 GeForce FX5500 256MB 128BIT DDR AGP VGA DVI TV-OUT Video Card $83.30

any reccomendation is appreciated.

Tom

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March 21, 2006 4:31:27 AM

If you all you do is play online games, encode, rip DVDs, then you dont need much power at all in a card. The toughest load a card would have with you is online games, as encoding and ripping DVDs takes no load from a gfx card. Just get the 6200, it should do you nicely.
March 21, 2006 1:03:22 PM

NONE.

Get a used 9700 PRO or 9800 PRO from ebay for ~ $60 cdn... it'll beat the snot out of any of those cards listed.

If you're a gamer on a budget, it's the way to go.
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March 21, 2006 6:17:33 PM

Quote:
NONE.

Get a used 9700 PRO or 9800 PRO from ebay for ~ $60 cdn... it'll beat the snot out of any of those cards listed.

If you're a gamer on a budget, it's the way to go.


what about those 9600pro and x1300 ?

Thx again for the suggestion.
Tom
March 21, 2006 7:12:25 PM

Yep. Hell, the 9700 PRO is even better than the X1300.

The 9550, 9600, X600, 5200, 5200FX, 6200, and 5500 are ALL 4 pipeline cards. They can output 4 pixel per clock.

The 9700 PRO / 9800 PRO can process TWICE that per clock - 8 pipelines, 8 shader units, 8 pixels per clock.

Keep in mind the X1300 runs almost twice the clockspeed as the 9700 PRO... but it's memory isn't faster, and the 9700 PRO has twice the memory interface (256-bit vs the X1300's 128-bit)

the bottom line: If you want to game to the best of your ability, and you can't afford a new 6600 or X1300, a used 9700 PRO or 9800 PRO will be cheaper and perform better anyway.

The 9500 PRO is also a good used card, about as good as the X1300.
March 21, 2006 8:18:13 PM

is there anything in my list that would b at least as good as my old one?

i kinda comparing N6200 and my old 9500 pro atm.
and not sure about the different b.w these two.
can someone help me out?

and thx very much to cleeve, however, i still don't like the idea of buying second hand though.
do you have any other suggestion?

i'm really apprecaite for any suggestion here.
Thx again
Tom
March 21, 2006 8:35:04 PM

An X1300 or 6600 should be a bit better than your old 9500 PRO, but not much.
March 21, 2006 9:21:42 PM

none of the card in my list is at least as good as my old 9500 pro?
March 21, 2006 9:54:37 PM

i didnt vote because th echoices sucked
March 21, 2006 10:53:23 PM

k, i STILL run a 9700pro on my older system, been kicken for 3+ years now. Even runs fear (800x600, no SS no AA medim settings, low physics) and others ok. the 9500 was a clipped 9700 pro chip which is why it was so killer. (easy to unlock it to a 9700 perf) the 9550 is NOT an improvement. It is an entirely new chip, like said above closer to the 9600 which was also not an improvement. (in most games of the time that is)

NONE of the 5xxx series from Nv cannot even hold a candle to the 95/9700 chips. (and 9800 later) They are WAY SUB-PAR in comparrison.

This leaves the 6200 as the only choice if you dont want to go used. While it may service you ok, you will prb see slightly less perf. over your old card but to be honest I havent seen that new of a card stacked up against that old of one (the 9500) in any benchies. It is kindof a gamble, but that is prb your best bet, and it seems that the voters agree.

one other thought: if you do alot of dvd ripping and especially encoding then the x1300 (or any x1000 series) allows AVIVO and ati's video encoder app that uses the gpu for video format conversions... very fast, and AVIVO is much better picture qual. If that is a bigger focus for you you will prb like that better... just avoid the "smart cache" versions (or whatever ati calls it) and make sure it is also agp and not pci-e.

here endeth my 2 bits.
March 21, 2006 10:55:26 PM

In reply to Cleeve:

Quote:
An X1300 or 6600 should be a bit better than your old 9500 PRO, but not much.


A 6600 will absolutely punish a 9500 Pro. Do you mean a 6200?

tom_mk you would be better off getting an old 9700 Pro/9800 Pro, HOWEVER, if you can get together a few more $$, and didn't want to go the used route, then you could purchase a NEW 6600, for around $100 CAD.
March 21, 2006 10:58:49 PM

wow, i didn't notice the 6600, thought he meant 6200! doh!
March 21, 2006 11:25:09 PM

i just found that those price are not for the GT.
will the GT and non-GT be big different in money worth?
March 21, 2006 11:29:11 PM

Definately do not bother with a 256 mb card that is under $200. 128 will suffice for everything the card can handle. As for the 6600 GT and 6600, yeah there is a pretty decent price difference between them, usually around ~$50 CAD. For your budget I would just go with a 6600 128 MB.
March 21, 2006 11:30:45 PM

get the 6600gt; it'll blow away a regular 6600, even one with 256 mb.
March 21, 2006 11:33:21 PM

In reply to angry_ducky:

Quote:
get the 6600gt; it'll blow away a regular 6600, even one with 256 mb.



Yeah, but originally his budget was under $100 CAD, and a 6600GT AGP is like $160 CAD at the very cheapest. That's why I recommend the 6600 128.
March 22, 2006 1:44:22 AM

Both a 6600 and 6600 GT should run perfectly fine with your PSU. Where are you located by the way?
March 22, 2006 2:26:45 AM

vancouver, BC Canada.
March 22, 2006 2:38:42 AM

Yeah, ok check out www.atic.ca. Prices are the best in Vancouver, they are on broadway near main. You can find those 2 cards you listed for $10 less or so, customer service is horrible, so make sure you know what you want before you go in, :) . Are you going to go with a 6600 GT, or 6600?
March 22, 2006 4:17:14 AM

best option of all mentioned, good choice man.
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