Long story short, sister's computer died, took what I could from her machine, put it into my machine, took those parts out of my machine and put them into a new box.
She had a PNY GeForce4 MX440 that does not work well AT ALL with either the hardware and/or XP. I need to ship this computer out to her early next week so I'm going to put my old video card back in it, Leadtek GeForce2 Ultra 64mb...has worked fine in that machine for a couple of years. I love the card to be honest.
That leaves me in the position of needing a new video card (lucky me) and fast.. hopefully ordered today.
Any suggestions? My budget is around $200 and I want the best card I can get for that money. I've always been kind of a nVidia camper, but after reading some recent things, I'm really leaning towards my first ATI card.
I'm hoping the new card will be able to run HL2 flawlessly.
The box is a P4 2.4 800mhz FSB (Asus P4P800 Deluxe mobo).
1gb Geil PC3200.
I mainly use Newegg for components.. I was considering a few cards..one of them-
9600 PRO is the best price/performance under $200 right now, but if you can afford the $200 - $240 range you might be able to find a 9700 non-pro or 9800 non-pro, which would be even better.
Just make sure you don't get anything that says "SE" on it! And watch out for "lite" versions, too, sometimes they use inferior memory.
And pay attention to what Ion has to say in the following post!
Radeon 9500 (hardmodded to PRO, o/c to 322/322)
AMD AthlonXP 2400+ (o/c to 2600+ with 143 fsb)
3dMark03: 4055<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Cleeve on 10/24/03 10:10 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
but should I really avoid the powercolor brand?
I was kind of interested in the 256mb card..
I can also get the Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9600 Pro 128mb for $156 from newegg (retail).
They also carry Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9600 Pro ULTIMATE 128mb (slightly different heat sync with no fan?) for $188
Sapphire is a trusted brand? Like I said, I've been in the nvidia world for so long I don't really have a clue about how the other half lives.
does anyone know when the 9600XT's are due to arrive?
Most benchmarks show almost no benefit from having 256 vs 128 MB Ram. I might consider it if I were buying the top end card (9800 xt or 5950 Ultra). But realistically, the midrange cards, by the time games start to utilize this much ram, will probably not run the game very well anyway for reasons other than RAM limitations. YOu would be betting on a scenario that is not likely to occur. Its mostly marketing...
ASUS is new on the ATI card side of things they are no longer held down to just nVedia , their cards are very new here now so their track record isn't much(as far as i know) I also know that in the past ATI used to have problems on ASUS MoBo's but that problem seems have gone now. I have that combo anyhow.
Asus is a very respectable company, but you might find getting feedback on there cards a little difficult for now.
I would suggest you go with the Saphire 9600Pro. the XT is a better card in almost every test but only marginally for most. it depends on you budget.
If you can find a 9500pro, go for that. its about on par with the 9600XT but costs less.
Good luck hunting
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