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Any suggestions on "cheap" card

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May 28, 2002 11:29:05 PM

I’m looking to get a new video card for under $160. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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May 29, 2002 1:35:31 AM

You could get the:
GAINWARD/CARDEXPERT GeForce 4 Ti 4200, 3.5ns, 64MB DDR. < CRT ONLY. > No DVI, No TV-Out. Retail
for $159. It doesn't have two connectors for dual monitor support and doesn't have TV-Out. It does have 35.ns RAM which gives quite a good overhead for overclocking.

Another choice could be
ATi Radeon 8500LE 128MB Retail.
The ATi card goes for about $150 and will most likely have either 3.3ns or 3.6ns RAM, which also gives quite a bit of overhead. At stock speeds, the Ti4200 beats the R8500LE almost all the time. I don't know what happens when overclocked. When clocked the same 250/250 for both cards, the Ti4200 beats the R8500LE quite easily, so when overclocked the Ti4200 will probably still beat the R8500 depending on how far you overclock. Those are probably the 2 best choices.

My firewall tastes like burning. :eek: 
May 29, 2002 4:16:43 AM

I agree. Gainward makes great graphic cards.
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May 29, 2002 5:29:21 PM

The ATI card runs cooler, should be quieter (The ATI standard fan is quite quiet), and could have a better 2D and 3D quality of video output. I've not seen an image compairison of an 8500 to any of the 4200s.

The 4200 will have beter performance in many situations at the moment however.

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May 29, 2002 5:59:24 PM

Quote:
GAINWARD/CARDEXPERT GeForce 4 Ti 4200, 3.5ns, 64MB DDR. < CRT ONLY. > No DVI, No TV-Out. Retail
for $159.

lol...$1 less than $160...at least its under $160...

<b><font color=red>ATI</font color=red>'s drivers are like a broken faucet, they both keep on leaking...</b> :cool:
May 29, 2002 7:19:47 PM

Yup, but it's still under as you say. Do you guys pay taxes in the US?

My firewall tastes like burning. :eek: 
May 29, 2002 7:41:46 PM

we pay sales tax if the company thats selling the product is in the same state you live in (ie. the company is located in CA and you live in CA...then you pay sales tax)...not only that...you have to pay for shipping too...that is if you're having the stuff shipped to you.
so technically...the ti4200 you suggested is under $160...but add shipping to that and tax (if applicable)...then it'll be over $160.

<b><font color=red>ATI</font color=red>'s drivers are like a broken faucet, they both keep on leaking...</b> :cool:
May 29, 2002 9:14:46 PM

But say you went to Wal-Mart and bought like a piece of plastic, do you pay federal and/or provincial taxes?

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May 29, 2002 10:14:36 PM

probably not...but why would you go into walmart in the first place?

:eek:  <b>Who fixed <font color=red>ATI</font color=red>'s leaky faucet??</b> :eek: 
May 29, 2002 10:52:18 PM

No just as an example. Like if you went to a computer shop?? I dunno. If you guys don't that would be sweet. In Canada we have to pay provincial/federal taxes except for Alberta, where you pay no provincial taxes. On PEI, we pay 17.7% taxes, which really really sucks. So if I get a R8500 128MB for $499 (Yes I know that this is a crap price already), I actually have to pay $499+($499*0.177)=$499+$88.32=$587.32.... That's a lot of extra tax money. And we have nothing here really. Crap military, buying UK subs that don't work...... and so on. Can't even keep a couple hundred soldiers in Afghanistan... With all those taxes you'd think we'd be a bit better off, but noooo.....

My firewall tastes like burning. :eek: 
May 30, 2002 2:49:33 PM

Well, I dunno, but if you don't mind a second hand card, you can check eBay or somethinglike this. I am also budget limited, so I have gone that way. Just two weeks ago I bought a Gainward GF3 VIVO for 95 bucks, shiping included (no taxes at all). There are some people that always look for the best of the best, so they sell their "old" staf to get the new one.

Maybe a little risky someone may say, but until now I don't have any problem (CPU bought that way also, Tbird 1.2 locked, yeah I have unlocked ;-))

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May 30, 2002 7:22:29 PM

May I suggest a ASUS 3D Explorer with a whopping 4 Mb onboard memory?

You will be dissapointed!


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