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falvrez
23-06-2004, 10:55 AM
I'm aiming to spend around $250 (+GST) or less on a new graphics card for a home machine - ok, for playing games (not that I have time you relaise).

Any suggestions? Have cruised Tom's Hardware for info and found local a ASUS V9570LE/TD/128MB GF FX5700LE 128MB DDR TV-OUT DVI 2nd VGA for $200 or so.

Any help greatly appeciated - one thing I do know is that buying a new graphics card can be a nightmare....so many to choose from.

Murray P
23-06-2004, 02:18 PM
Try a few more reviews on the card before making a decision. I've seen some of the hardware guru's around here critisise Tom's. Comparisons if you can find them, are good. As far as I know the equivalent Radeons to that card are better if your talking price.

Cheers Murray P

falvrez
23-06-2004, 04:15 PM
Thanks Murray.

Had a bit more of a look around = the specs of the Radeon 9600XT (C3?) seems excellent for the price...any experience with those?


Cheers and thanks

metla
23-06-2004, 04:18 PM
Make sure its not an Encore edition.

chiefnz
23-06-2004, 05:49 PM
Personallly I would go for the 9600XT, it's an excellent card and handles the lastest games really well.

I used to be a hardcore nVIDIA fan but I have switched to ATi for the simple fact that their card performance doesn't cost you an arm or a leg.

nVIDIA have not (yet) matched the performance/price ratio.

I have a Gigabyte GV-R96X128D card.

Came with 3 games, Tomb Raider - Angel of Darkness, Will Roack and Rainbow 6.

I am really pleased with the performance and also since installiing XP SP2 RC2, I scored higher on 3DMark with DX 9c.

cheers
chiefnz

Pete O\'Neil
23-06-2004, 05:56 PM
Have a look at the Geforce FX 5900XT offers 20-30% better preformance over the Radeon 9600XT for the same price. Just be aware that nVidia's DVI quality isnt as good as ATI's, and it has does have some image quality problems in game. The quality problems shouldnt be noticable to the human eye but they do exist.

Pete O\'Neil
23-06-2004, 05:59 PM
> I used to be a hardcore nVIDIA fan but I have
> switched to ATi for the simple fact that their card
> performance doesn't cost you an arm or a leg.
>
> nVIDIA have not (yet) matched the performance/price
> ratio.

Have look at the FX5900XT its the same price as a 9600XT but whipes the floor clean in terms of preformances. Plus if your that why inclined it will overclock to FX5950 levels. Im a big fan of ATi also but in the mid-range nVidia is king.

kiki
23-06-2004, 07:08 PM
Sometimes you can pick up old top-of-the-line cards on Trademe (http://www.trademe.co.nz/mcat-0002%2D0359%2D0166%2D/sort_order-price_desc.htm) for a good price. A lot of the rich people with 9800xts will soon be unable to control themselves and will get the X800 XT PEs and will sell off the 9800s for a good price. I picked up an Ati Original Radeon 9800 Pro for $420 a few weeks ago.