ATI Radeon X800 or Nvidia Geforce 6600GT?

I'm currently in the market for a video card. I haven't been following up on video cards for about three years now. Skimmed through some of the articles and guides that tom's has , but still not really sure what I should get.

I'm a casual gamer looking really to just play HL2 and its mods (CS source, DOD Source, etc). Currently have a P-D 2.8 ghz, 1gb of memory computer. I'm looking for a video card that fits my needs, cheaper the better, request medium quality be smooth.

I've looked and these two seem to fit my needs and price range, Radeon X800 128mb or an NVIDIA 6600GT 128mb.

Both are around $150, and thats about my max range. Which one should I pick? Any other recommendations are welcomed. If there is a card that is under $100 that can fit my needs, please suggest.


<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by dosun on 10/09/05 11:15 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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  1. I've been looking into buying myself a new video card recently, and perhaps I can help you. In my opinion, you'd be much better off getting an x800. It's performance beats the 6600gt at most games. In addition, if you're going to be using it mostly for HL2, then ati is the way to go as ati leads performance for that game.

    I'm assuming of course that you're talking about an agp card, but I think the same applies to pci-e equivalents. Here's a link to HL2 vga agp benchmarks on THG that I've found quite useful in comparing.

    http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20050705/vga-charts-pcie-05.html

    Hope that helps :)
  2. I'm currently looking at <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814127172" target="_new">this </A> x800. I read a user review and he said it doesn't have DDR3, would that make a huge difference?
  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150106

    this 6800NU unlocks to 16x6 every time. It is probably the best card for the money available at $160. I would get that.

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  4. I need PCI-E. I read that the PCI-E versions are not unlockable.
  5. X800 > 6600GT

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  6. That is correct, PCIe version of GF6800 is a completely different chip, no pipes to unlock.


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