I was just wondering about some of the new video cards out there. On pricewatch or even used on ebay you can pick up a r9800pro for around $100usd now (wow) just wondering if for about 60 or so more dollars if there is another card worthy of getting? like the 6600 or x800 6800gt (course hard to get one of those under 175...)
Recommendations and best manufactor would be great, like 10 different companies make just the 9800pro right? so like which one is best.
For games, i play WOW, ut2003, a few oldies, etc..specifically i do play some doom3, but mostly i'm still addicted to Diablo 2. So i card that performs well for diablo 2 would be best, but something that can also play doom3 too.
Just make sure it's a 256-bit 128MB 9800 pro. If you can find one, the HIS ICeQII is nice because it has a biq quiet VGA silencer on it, otherwise a reference design card will do. The Sapphire Ultimate is another exotic version which is totally silent (passive heatpipe) and can be found refurbed on newegg/chiefvalue for $110.
Going above $200, I like the X800XL over the 6800GT now as it can be sometimes be found for $230's new, which I'm yet to see a NEW 6800GT (256MB)for that price. Refurbed they can be found for that, but I shy away from high priced refurbs unless it's like the ATI ones with 3 year warranty. If a new 6800GT is within $20, sure that would do also. Inbetween, the 6600GT isn't priced that well now in AGP. I'd prefer a cheaper 6800le and ulock the pipes, or just buy a 6800 12-pipe. Another card that can't be ruled out in AGP is the X800 pro. It falls just shy of the X800XL and 6800GT, but if priced right it can be a bargain. Also look out for X800XT's as I have seen those for just over $300, putting them only $30 or so over a 6800GT.
Anyway, deals change and it all depends where you live,how hard you look, and what the prices are. I have not seen any killer deals online today, but will post one if I come upon one. But a 9800 pro is a nice starting point. Too bad you didn't shop a few weeks ago. ATI had a X800 pro refurb(possibly new) in both AGP and PCI-e, which was $179. They are gone now though. Unlike neweggs 15 day warranty, this had ATI's full 3 year warranty. To me that was the most performance you'll get in your price range.
PNY would be far from my first choice, and eBay not my favorite place for buying expensive hardware. But seeing as a X800XL is actually faster in most of the games I play, I'd take a new X800XL anyday over a used 6800GT. Up to you if you want NV that bad to buy a used card for the price of new XL. BBA 3 year warranty brand new for $225 shipped free, from a site that will let you return it if you don't like it, or even pay the shipping if the card is in need of RMA..... I'd grab a XL form Buy.com