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What Video Card to Buy?

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December 2, 2006 3:20:56 PM

I'm looking for a new video card to run on an Asus P5B Deluxe. Don't want SLI or Crossfire as it cost to much for 2 video cards. Looking to spend around $350 CDN (300 US). I've heard the ATI 1900XT is good but can't seem to find any in the Mississauga-Hamilton area (Canada).

What do you recommend of the following based on best performace for the buck? All range from $300-360.

GF 7900GS
GF 7900GT
GF 7900GT KO
GF 7900GTO
GF 7950GT
ATI 1900GT
ATI 1950Pro
ATI 1950XT

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December 2, 2006 3:58:52 PM

7950 or 1950
December 2, 2006 4:43:18 PM

With the dx 10 cards already out, i personally have a tough time justifying a buy for 300-360 bucks. I would personally get a 7900gs (cheap with mir now), and wait for the midrange dx10 card next year.

However, if you have your heart set on a card now, the 1950xt is the best performer in that list.

Cleeves has a list of best cards for the money on the video card section in this forum. Go to the sticky of the short list on top. :D 
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December 2, 2006 4:58:50 PM

Id say prolly the 1950xt, you can have the 256MB version pretty reasonably. ATI has really done their homework for those.
December 3, 2006 3:34:41 PM

The problem is that up here in the Great White North the 8800 cards are $600 plus with no rebates. Accounting simply will not allow that kind of expenditure if you know what I mean. So $319 on a x1950xt insn't so bad. As for dx10 and windows vista....I don't plan to fork out $299 retail or $199 upgrade for home premium. Unless there is a more reasonable price or Bill leaves one on my front door step for free I will not be using vista any time soon.
December 5, 2006 2:16:40 PM

I would recommand Radeon 1950pro, it has good performances and a good price :wink:
December 6, 2006 2:20:59 AM

the 7900 GTO was a kick butt deal
i have it right now in my rig

i pushed it to 700mhz core 1.6ghz mem

i do believ thats a 7900 GTX speeds :) 
and the card only cost 250 instead of 420

they were limited edition though because of the memory chips used for it
had high defect count at large clock rates n so they made a special edition to get rid of the chips i play GRAW at 1440x900 with highest quality, 16x , everything maxed out , has never lagged or slowed down

EXTRemly AWESOME COOLER THINGY! idle at 39c and maxed out one day at 51c on Need For sPeed Carbon
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