WHICH VIDEO CARD ?

Building computer with limited budget. I play games but I am not a hard core gamer. Wonder if I should spend the money in the ATI RADEON 9800 PRO 256 MB or just the 128 MB ? ...is there a big difference in performance ? Please help.

MOBO NF7S
CPU AMD Athlon 3200+ Barton
MEM. 512 MB Corsair
HD WD 120 gigs
VIDEO ???????????????????
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  1. Radeon 9800 Pro is not good enough to utilize 256 MB VRAM. Get cheaper 128 MB R9800 Pro

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  2. Yes Spitfire...I think U R right. A video card with 256 MB will be too much. What do you think about the Nvidia FX5900XT or the Ultra ? thanks for your reply.
  3. I think its upto the drivers and games to utilize the RAM, not entirely chip based. Bcos thinking logically, 9800pro with 128 or 256 have the same chip. So accessing memory maybe a sole purpose of the application. For eg: doom 3. And thats y doom 3has all those modes. and BTW VRAM was discontinued a long time back. They use SD/SG RAM now :wink:

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  4. You need more VRAM when you play latest games at 1600 x 1200 or use 4x or more AA in high res. Latest games doesn't run well with R9800 Pro with extreme settings, and this is why you don't need more than 128 MB for R9800 Pro

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  5. Radeon 9800 Pro is better than FX5900 series

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  6. I noticed substantial differences in the price of a Radeon 9800 Pro 128 MB depending on the manufacturing...all the way from 228 bucks for an ATI Radeon to 178 for other brands....what's the difference?...reliability?...name?...performance?....
  7. yes the 9800's are way better than the FX series. the fx series sucked do NOT buy a 5900

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  8. I would save up and get a 6800. The 6800 has 12 pipes, while the 9800 Pro only has 8 pipes.
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