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The best video card for under $120

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December 27, 2006 10:55:55 PM

Im building a system but I want to get a cheap card so I can wait for DX10...
But I haven't updated myself lately so I'm pretty lost on whats good and whats not..

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December 28, 2006 12:34:24 AM

7600GT for the win!

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December 28, 2006 1:06:40 AM

Actually, this X1800GTO is probably the fastest card in the $120 range. It performs slightly better or on par with the 7600GT, and is a good overclocker.
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December 28, 2006 2:11:15 AM

Good find, that's really cheap for that card.
December 28, 2006 2:53:13 AM

I agree the 7600gt...for the $$ you can't go wrong
December 28, 2006 1:58:32 PM

Yea that BFG is definetly a great deal, I'm just wondering If anyone has already got that rebate... or if there's any catch to it...
December 28, 2006 2:23:48 PM

Pretty much with all rebates, the catch is to read it really carefully and send in exactly what it asks for.
December 28, 2006 4:19:08 PM

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Actually, this X1800GTO is probably the fastest card in the $120 range. It performs slightly better or on par with the 7600GT, and is a good overclocker.


Take the x1800GTO, beats the 7600GT. Lower cost than the 7600GT before the rebate, and its no rebates involved....
December 28, 2006 4:21:04 PM

I totally agree. The X1800GTO has more OC potential, and you don't have to deal with those damn rebates...I hate those friggin things.
December 28, 2006 5:03:13 PM

At stock speeds its a bit of a toss up between the 7600GT and the X1800GTO, but when overclocking gets involved the X1800GTO wins hands down. However, that being said if the OP just wants a good cheap card to hold them over until DX10 and the new DX10 cards, then that 7600GT for $80.00 after rebate is the better deal. You're getting about 90% of the overclocked X1800GTOs performance for about 70% of it's cost. That margin only gets better if you overclock the 7600GT. Send in the rebate and make sure to follow their instructions to the letter and follow up on it like crazy.
December 28, 2006 5:19:42 PM

Another vote for the X1800 GTO if you ever intend to overclock.

If you don't intend to overclock, it doesn't really matter, a 7600 GT will perform the same as a stock X1800 GTO for the most part.
December 28, 2006 9:26:23 PM

I really don't know how to Overclock so I mean if it was something really easy to do yea I would overclock but if it isnt... then I guess I will go with the cheap card... hehe
December 29, 2006 8:47:57 AM

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I really don't know how to Overclock so I mean if it was something really easy to do yea I would overclock but if it isnt... then I guess I will go with the cheap card... hehe


Yeah Overclocking is a snap (for video cards) just install coolbits/ATI Tool and go to town on the sliders until you get artifacts/random reboots. Of course its not that simple but that pretty much the jist of it. make sure you have a PSU to support that overclock though!
December 29, 2006 11:30:50 PM

Would that X1800GTO be able OC higher than my X850XT? The X850XT is faster at stock (16 pipes, 520/540 vs. 12 pipes, 500/500) but I don't know much about the X1800GTO's OCing capabilities... I got my X850XT for $120 and it's OCed pretty good I think.

Sadly, I don't think Sapphire makes the X850XT anymore.
December 29, 2006 11:35:28 PM

Just to throw some experience in. I had a 40$ rebate on a card I bought from Newegg. I bought the card over a year ago, sent the information in to the T as far as what they wanted.

To this day I have not received my rebate or any news on it.
December 30, 2006 12:12:18 AM

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

decent x1800GTO deal


Personally, I think the difference between the two is not huge. I'd get whichever one you can get signficantly (20$ or more difference) cheaper, since budget is the main concern here.

The main advantage the 7600GT will have over the GTO is that it consumes well under 65W at peak (I won't bother finding all the links now, but I have no reason to lie). If you're upgrading an older rig with some no-name 300-350W PSU, you're less likely to run into stability problems.
The ATI cards are known to be more power-hungry (at least in this current generation), the x1800 is no exception.


Cheers
December 30, 2006 6:58:14 PM

I'm sorry to hear that NamelessMC but it is still up to you to follow through with it. You need to give yourself some sort of reminder about 4 weeks down the road to follow up on it. Make a copy of the rebate form because it will have the website or phone number on it for you to make contact with them. You have to hound these organizations because part of their strategy is to rely on you forgeting about the rebate. Unfortunately rebates don't always come free because you have to work for them.
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