PCI Express x16 upgrade help!

I am hoping to spend some tax return money for a new video card. I can spend about $200, maybe more if the price is worth the performance, but not too much more. I am looking at this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102067
The only complaint I have seen is the fan noise, so I plan on getting another fan for it if it is not too hard to do, is this a good video card for the price?

Or is this a better card? http://www.newegg.com/Product/ Product.asp?Item=N82E168141860 02

If anyone can find a benchmark test for the xt, please post!! I can only find them for the xtx.
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  1. Don't buy a video card. Whatever you want to buy will become insanely cheap the moment you buy it, and you will want to commit hara-kiri with your girlfriend as the beheader.

    Take the money, invest it in gold stocks or an energy mutual fund. Keep a little of it over and take your girlfriend somewhere nice for dinner. Buy a video card later. This is what tax returns are for.

    But you're not going to listen to me. :P
    -cm
  2. Umm....right, lol. I will only get about $3000 for tax return if that. Me and my girlfriend do not go out to eat much anymore due to us having a baby, we stay at home with her and spend most of our time with our daughter instead of going out to eat, but anyway about those cards...
  3. Sigh.
    -cm
  4. What is going on here? I thought this would be a great place to ask about a video card.
  5. The 200 bucks range will get you a decent 7900GT or x1950Pro at the moment. BTW, you've gotta fix those links so that people can help you make a decision.
    XFX offers a silent heatpipe edition called the XXX. It may fit your needs.
  6. Try to figure out what you need the card for, then see some benchmarks. Here's an example:

    http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics.html?modelx=33&model1=581&model2=586&chart=210

    I read in several places that nVidia cards do better than ATI cards in some games, and worse in others. If you have a favourite game it's probably best to pick a card of the appropriate type.

    If you're just watching movies and playing Solitaire you probably don't want any of those cards, go for something passively cooled like X1600XT.
  7. I play WoW, Hlaf-Life 2, FEAR, Prey, etc. and I have been looking for charts, I just cannot find any with the x1950xt card on them, only the x1950 xt.
  8. X1950XT Ftw.
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    X1950XT Ftw.


    Seconded.
  10. That's all I needed to hear, thanks alot everybody!! Now just to find a different fan for the card.....I have read alot of reviews that complain about how loud it is.
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