I'm looking to affordably upgrade from my Nvidia GeForce 2 GTS/ GeForce 2 Pro 32MB on my three year old 1.4 P4 512 MB Dell 8100, such that I can play City of Heroes in better glory (my current video card is the minimum requirement!). Looking over the guides here, the GeForce FX 5700 U offers some good, if not excellent, performance. Looking on Price Watch, I found a company called BuyXtremeGear.com that's offering a Gainward version of this board for about $113 including shipping. Sounds great and right about my budget, but I know exactly jack about Gainward or BuyXtremeGear. Anyone deal with either, or know anyone who has? All comments are appreciated!
Do you have a link for that card? Seems too cheap for an Ultra. Gainward is a good brand, but their naming scheme has a history of being confusing. It might have Ultra in the name but not be an Ultra chipset. I'd make sure it is a 5700U and not a plain 5700 (NU) or even worse a 5700LE.
Typically, I'd say a Radeon 9600XT would be a better bet and priced the same or lower than the FX5700U, but $113 for a 5700U is not bad at all. Actually it's very good and almost too good to believe. Use caution and if it is a real 5700 Ultra, great find!
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