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Looking for BEST Video Card;Budget $250. Taking applications

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September 2, 2006 11:34:36 PM

I was originally looking at the Asus EN7600GT Silent for $204 and everyone seems to think that that card is a rip-off. I think what lured me into wanting that card is the silent side of it by it not having a fan. SILENCE IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME; I DON'T WANT THE SOUND OF A LAWN MOWER COMING FROM MY COMPUTER!!! : o .

Anyways, if there are any recommendations I will be glad to take them; I would like to play the latest games on my computer as well.

Let me know what you guys think as I have no experience with video cards. Thanks

P.S. I honestly thought that the Asus EN7600GT was a great card (a good budget gaming card that still had a lot of power)
September 2, 2006 11:42:29 PM

For $200 you can get a X1800XT which would demolish a 7600GT. Add like $50 for a good, silent cooler, and it's the best choice.

Plus, when you're not gaming, you can have the fan running like 20% load, silent. When playing games, run it at like 80%, and won't really sound like a lawnmower.

I would never pay $200 for a 7600GT...
September 3, 2006 12:12:27 AM

Thanks for the advice, I think I'm convinced on staying away from the Asus. I like the idea of using aftermarket coolers to get rid of the stock cooling for the video cards. Great advice. Thanks

will consider the x1800

what about this x1900??

I see like a dozen of them on newegg.
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September 3, 2006 12:20:37 AM

X1800XT is very good price now, around $200. Also, some X1900XT have been under $300 after rebates.

Look for cheapest retail or OEM cards, I wouldn't suggest getting open box, or refurbished.
September 3, 2006 12:39:01 AM

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I would never pay $200 for a 7600GT...


that's good because they're all about $150 to $170

I would agree that you should get a card around $200 (maybe a bit more) and spend money on a good cooling system. The thing is, there aren't that many decent cards in the $200-$250 range...the selection is limited. If you can add an extra $25 or so, you can get a very decent card from ATI or NVidia.
September 3, 2006 12:42:14 AM

I bought a x1800xt off newegg recently for 200$. Very impressed. Use ATI tools to tweak the fan settings. Put some Artice silver 5 on it, and provide a good direct airflow to the video card. The stock cooler does a great job in the right conditions.
September 3, 2006 1:07:15 AM

Why don't they have the 1800xt listed anymore? They have the expensive 512 mb versions but no 256mb 200$ card.
September 3, 2006 3:00:16 AM

Thanks for the tips, okay I will take the advice on the 1800GT video card, Anyway, not to start a war, but what is better ATI or Nvidia? I was leaning toward the Nvidia brand although I'm not sure why. Maybe it was the last video card I had; it was not a gamer card, just a basic (don't laugh) 8 MB card. It seems like ATI is more popular. Thanks again
September 3, 2006 5:05:14 AM

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

That thing is $277 after rebate. more than $250, but well worth the $30 bucks.



Thanks for the link!!!! WOW!!! 150 DOLLAR REBATE!!! It looks like I'm going to be getting my money's worth; WOW!!!! SPECS BLOW THE ONE I HAD ORIGINALLY THOUGH OF AWAY AND EVERYONE SAYS IT HAS A SILENT FAN TOO!! THANKS. 99.9% Sure I'll purchase!! : )
September 3, 2006 5:45:10 AM

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Thanks for the link!!!! WOW!!! 150 DOLLAR REBATE!!! It looks like I'm going to be getting my money's worth; WOW!!!! SPECS BLOW THE ONE I HAD ORIGINALLY THOUGH OF AWAY AND EVERYONE SAYS IT HAS A SILENT FAN TOO!! THANKS. 99.9% Sure I'll purchase!! : )


thats the ATi reference fan. its not quiet. its very loud.

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Pros: Great card, performs just like the other x1900xtx's and for about $xx cheaper (not including the $100 rebate I need to send in).

Cons: Loud. Not a knock against this model alone, most of these ATI cards are loud.

Other Thoughts: Great card. Upgraded from a 7800gtx and have noticed a big difference in games like Oblivion and AoE3. I would definately recommend this card to anyone who can't afford the 7950 dual card Nvidia is offering.
September 3, 2006 6:01:54 AM

I need a new video card as well and that one looks good but then I will have to upgrade my powersupply :-(.
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September 3, 2006 12:58:08 PM

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Why don't they have the 1800xt listed anymore? They have the expensive 512 mb versions but no 256mb 200$ card.

It looks like time may have ended for getting $200 X1800XT's. Hopefully 256MB X1900XT will end up in the low $200 range and the X1900GT will drop well under $200.
September 3, 2006 1:52:43 PM

If you want silent, you could always buy some padding to stick inside the case. Or wear headphones, LOL.
September 4, 2006 3:38:17 AM

How long do you think it will take for the x1900xt to end up in the low 200's?
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September 4, 2006 1:12:43 PM

Not sure. I haven't seen one 256MB version for sale yet.
September 4, 2006 2:14:13 PM

MSI RX1900XTX: $277

Stretch your budget; this card will demolish the 7600GT and beat the X1800XT. Especially since all the cheap X1800XTs have dried up on newegg.

If you want a 7600GT, then you should get this BFG GF7600GT OC, which is $114 after a $30 rebate.
September 4, 2006 2:17:18 PM

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I need a new video card as well and that one looks good but then I will have to upgrade my powersupply :-(.


You made a couple mistakes in your post:

1) AGP or PCIe?
2) Budget?
3) Current system setup?
September 4, 2006 2:58:26 PM

Get an x1900XT and add an aftermarket cooler, like the Zalman VF900 (although that may be a little overpriced) or an Accelero X1.

'Passive cooling' is generally a myth. You'll find that ASUS card kinda depends upon airflow from a CPU fan, and will run hot.

Or, get a Zalman Reserator 1 plus, without the optional fan, but with a NB block, and watercool your CPU, VGA, and NB in complete silence.
September 4, 2006 7:15:26 PM

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I need a new video card as well and that one looks good but then I will have to upgrade my powersupply :-(.


You made a couple mistakes in your post:

1) AGP or PCIe?
2) Budget?
3) Current system setup?

Its PCIe but I'm waiting for more gdd4 cards to come to the market. Price isnt really an issue since this will be going in my media center it wont have to be very powerfully. When I start on my gaming rig thats another story. I have 4200+ x2, with 1 gig of ram, with only 350 watt power supply. Yes I know thats not enough I have got a 550 but just havent installed it. It works fine for playing movies and I never use 100% of the cpu right now but I will when I swap the power supplies. My old gaming rig still works fine which has a raedon 9800 pro, with 1 gig of ram and athlon xp 3000+.
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