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ATi 8500LE 128MB Dilemma

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June 22, 2002 9:16:04 PM

Well, although Futureshop is not a prime place to get computer parts, the best deal I could find was the R8500LE 128MB RETAIL for $249CAD. That's about $160USD. I mean it's not great, but it's the best I can hope for. The price definitely won't go down after the R8800 is released cause this is already down from the $329 about 2 weeks ago. I can't find a better price here.

Now my question is. Does all Made by ATi Radeon8500 128MB Retail cards come with the 3.3ns RAM I've heard so much about? This could really be a deciding factor. If it does have the 3.3ns RAM I'm hoping to get the RAM to ~300MHZ DDR.

One other thing, these are my system spces. Please feel frree to tell me if this would be worth it.

P4 1.4GHz Willamette 256KB L2 cache 423 Socket
256MB PC800 RDRAM
40GB Maxtor 7200RPM HDD
RadeonAIW 32MB
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! 5.1

P.S. I only have a 250W PSU, could that not be enough for this card?

What's the deal with lampshades, I mean it's a lamp, why would you want a shade? :smile:
June 22, 2002 9:36:02 PM

If you´re planning to overclock, I´d recommend getting a better PSU, like a 350W Enermax or Antec. Other than that, your system looks fine, good luck!
June 22, 2002 9:39:38 PM

Yeah unfortunately I have a Dell. (Before I got into computer building and stuff) So I don't know if other PSUs are even able to fit inside the space allotted for it. I won't be overclocking the CPU just the video card.

As for the other point. From all the reviews I've searched up, do these cards all have 3.3ns RAM? That's really quite weird considering the R8500 only have 3.6ns RAM while some have the 3.3ns RAM.

What's the deal with lampshades, I mean it's a lamp, why would you want a shade? :smile:
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June 22, 2002 10:39:36 PM

Just be sure to get a "Build by ATI", and stay away from the "Powered by ATI". Then you are sure to get the fastest RAM.
June 22, 2002 11:11:33 PM

Do you live in Montreal

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June 22, 2002 11:53:07 PM

No PEI.

What's the deal with lampshades, I mean it's a lamp, why would you want a shade? :smile:
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