need help with video card please?

I am looking at getting the GeforceFX 5600 either 128/256mb, not decided, or the r9600pro or r9500pro. I probably won't overclock the card. I'm a faithful NVIDIA user currently, but seeing that they have cheated on the benchmarks makes me question them. I was wondering if anyone could suggest which of these cards would best suite my need for under $180. I play a lot of 3d games like UT2003, Morrowind, Dungeon Siege....etc. Please help me decide on the card. Also what manufacturer is best for the card suggested, i.e. Chaintech, Gigacube...etc? Could someone please explain to me what the AA and AF modes are? I've seen them talked about but don't know what they are? My current video card is the Geforce4 Ti4600, but am looking to upgrade to an 8x agp card with 400mhz RAMDAC.

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  1. forgot to include system specs. I will be putting it on this system:
    AMD XP 2500 barton @400fsb
    2x256mb corsair xms memory
    Abit nf7-s motherboard
    Thermaltake Xaser 3 case with 420W thermaltake PSU

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  2. Actually your ti4600 beats pretty much all the cards you have listed. If you want a little better performance, go with the 9500 pro, it has dx9 support and might be a little better

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  3. Go for Radeon 9500 Pro

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  4. does the 9600pro have dx9 support also? I am currently running dx9 with my ti4600 with no hickups. would I be better off getting the 9600pro or keep the ti4600?

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  5. yes you can run DX9 but you cannot use its features.

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  6. would the 9600pro be a better thing to get since I can actually find it cheaper than the 9500pro?
  7. Probably, though it is slightly slower...
    As its a smaller core it will overclock better.

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  8. All the new cards you suggested are DX9 compatable. The only one that isn't is the old TI4600.

    I wouldn't expect huge performance gains from any of these cards, but you will see small gains with the 9500Pro, and you'll have DX9 features available.


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  9. I read in one of the postings for the 9500pro that it doesn't have the AA or AF modes for games. Does this cause a problem? I don't know what the AA or AF modes are, so I don't know if it affects the card. If I decide to overclock the card, would the 9600pro be the better card for that?

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  10. No, they support Anti-Aliasing and Annistropic Filtering, the guy you were reading from was simply trying to do too many things at once (using those plus high resolutions plus max quality plus max detail in high powered games).

    The 9600 Pro overclocks better than the 9500 Pro, but if you put both to the max, the 9500 Pro can still match it in performance.

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  11. thanks for the info crashman

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