My price range is 190-225 for my vid card.
(i found a retail 8500 for 225 at www.ocie.com)
I am torn between a gainward gf3 ti 200 and the radeon 8500.
win xp pro
ecs k7s5a + athlon xp 1600+
512 mb pc2100 ddr ram
sb audigy mp3+
I do not know which vid card to get. The Radeon should be worlds better than the mere gf3 TI200, but so many seem to be telling me to go with the geforce line...how soon will the 8500 be optimal?
I really would like to get the 8500...but i am very worried about compatibility problems....The machine is more a business: 2d/3d graphics, web development, programming, but i plan to do a small amount of seroius gaming.
WHICH SHOULD I PICK!!??? IM GOING CRAZY TRYING TO DECIDE!!!
The Radeon 8500 already has improved drivers released last week. Most people who recommend the ti200 do so because of their own bias towards nVidia. The 8500 is a much better card, it's already beginning to overtake the ti500, and ATI is continuing to improve drivers.
I've bought from Ocie.com before and got something different then what I expected due to there tricky advertising. I bought a GF2 MX400 which I thought had video out since on Ebay that is what Ocie.com showed but it wasn't. Just heads up, the PowerMagic does look like a good card but it is clocked at 250/250 like the average Radeon 8500oem.
Get a Ti200 at BestBuy this Friday if there upcoming brochure is not changed. You will be able to get it for $99 which is the best deal this year for video cards I know of (that is if it happens). Otherwise I would recommend the Radeon 8500oem for the same price of the Ti-200. The Radeon 8500oem will eat it up for lunch now with the new drivers and will even get hotter as time goes on and will even beat the Ti-500 on a number of benchmarks.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by noko on 11/19/01 01:02 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
I think so too, except if you can get a Ti-200 for $99 I will have to recommend that for the best bang for the buck in which I am going for if I can find one around here during the 5 hour sell at Best Buy from 7:00am to 1:00pm. :smile: If not then I will get a Radeon 8500 after Christmass when the Retail will be in the low $200 range hopefully.