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Sir Golitech
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Canada


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Posted - 19/12/2004 :  05:14:24  Show Profile  Visit Sir Golitech's Homepage  Send Sir Golitech an ICQ Message  Click to see Sir Golitech's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
OK, I'm just really confused. I have a Soyo 7vba133u motherboard that is AGP4x capable, I'm currently running a GeForce2 MX400 64MB AGP(although it's being reported as a 32MB) and I'm looking to upgrade to a better graphics card. The problem I'm having is that there are so many choices of cards. I really don't know what one to choose. Could any of you guys give me some suggestions as to what card to get and that my mobo can handle?

I don't want to go to expensive as it is a cheap system, but I plan on giving it to my son and build my own from scratch, so lets say anywhere from $150-$250. Brand name is not an issue.

Cheers
Goli

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TheGodODeath
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Posted - 19/12/2004 :  07:04:57  Show Profile  Visit TheGodODeath's Homepage  Reply with Quote
At your highest price you can get a Geforce 6800LE for around $250(and for a little more you could get a normal 6800)..if you want cheaper I could name some more. But if you are building a new system thats a good idea, otherwise your Celeron will be a bottleneck..

Edited by - TheGodODeath on 19/12/2004 07:07:13
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Sir Golitech
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Canada


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Posted - 21/12/2004 :  03:25:04  Show Profile  Visit Sir Golitech's Homepage  Send Sir Golitech an ICQ Message  Click to see Sir Golitech's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
What's your take on the 9600xt AGP 128mb?

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TheGodODeath
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Posted - 21/12/2004 :  05:22:51  Show Profile  Visit TheGodODeath's Homepage  Reply with Quote
While they arn't bad cards, for only a little more you can get a 9800Pro which would perform a lot better then the 9600xt. You can also softmod a 9800Pro to a 9800XT for even more performence..
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Sir Golitech
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Canada


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Posted - 21/12/2004 :  07:27:36  Show Profile  Visit Sir Golitech's Homepage  Send Sir Golitech an ICQ Message  Click to see Sir Golitech's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
That little more is close to $100 more in Canada.Well it depends where you shop. I simply refuse to buy over the net(It's just a me thing).For the fact that I'm going to give this system to my son when's he's a liitle older, I think the XT is more in my price range and will do the job for my son.

Now as for me....


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OCZ 2X512MB Platinum PC3200 REV.2 / PCMark02: 12072
Sapphire 9800 256MB w/ Artic Silencer & Copper sinks / 3DMark01: 16390
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ArchAngelCD
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USA


228 Posts

Posted - 21/12/2004 :  10:15:08  Show Profile  Visit ArchAngelCD's Homepage  Send ArchAngelCD an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
The 9600XT is a good card and you will be happy with it, especially for the price. Too bad you can't get a hold of a 9500 Pro, that card still rocks and is in my son's system. I have a non-pro 9800 and that's good too. See if you can get a good price on a 9800np because you have double the Bandwidth since you have 8 instead of 4 pipes like on the 9600. (not the 9800SE that has only 4 pipes also be careful and make sure you get the 256bit memory path too) I think you can get a 9800np 256bit card for the same price as the 9600XT.

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Sir Golitech
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Canada


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Posted - 22/12/2004 :  06:05:37  Show Profile  Visit Sir Golitech's Homepage  Send Sir Golitech an ICQ Message  Click to see Sir Golitech's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Thanks Arch, I'm 90% sure this is the card I want. My games should look alot sweeter compared to the ageing MX400.

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AMD64 3200 Venice 2GHz OC'd 2.7 w/ XP-120 / PCMark02: 8902
OCZ 2X512MB Platinum PC3200 REV.2 / PCMark02: 12072
Sapphire 9800 256MB w/ Artic Silencer & Copper sinks / 3DMark01: 16390
WD 7200 80GB/8MB cache--OCZ Powerstream 520W--ABIT AV8--XP Pro (SP2)--DX9.0c
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youkaizero
Initiate

USA


98 Posts

Posted - 09/01/2005 :  15:37:08  Show Profile  Visit youkaizero's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If you want a graphics card between those prices then check newegg.com.It maybe shopping over net, but the prices are cheaper than what you could find normally.

AMD Athlon 64 3000+
1 gb ddr
Western Digital 80 gig
ATI Radeon x800

Edited by - youkaizero on 09/01/2005 22:56:51
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Sir Golitech
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Canada


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Posted - 18/02/2005 :  06:00:36  Show Profile  Visit Sir Golitech's Homepage  Send Sir Golitech an ICQ Message  Click to see Sir Golitech's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Well I ended up getting a Sapphire Atlantis 9800 256MB. A very nice step up from the mx400. I shall be very happy for a while.

Thanks for all your help guys.

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AMD64 3200 Venice 2GHz OC'd 2.7 w/ XP-120 / PCMark02: 8902
OCZ 2X512MB Platinum PC3200 REV.2 / PCMark02: 12072
Sapphire 9800 256MB w/ Artic Silencer & Copper sinks / 3DMark01: 16390
WD 7200 80GB/8MB cache--OCZ Powerstream 520W--ABIT AV8--XP Pro (SP2)--DX9.0c
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youkaizero
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USA


98 Posts

Posted - 28/02/2005 :  05:12:51  Show Profile  Visit youkaizero's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Well you could help me get a peice of cheese now...

AMD Athlon 64 3000+
1 gb ddr
Western Digital 80 gig
ATI Radeon x800
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