nvidea recommendations

Discussion in 'NVIDIA Graphics Cards' started by Randy P, Jan 29, 2005.

  1. Randy P

    Randy P New Member

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    I have a fx 5600 and I am thinking about upgrading. SHould I upgrade? Is the 5600 (256 mb) any good compared to other vid cards?

    If you guys think I should upgrade can I have some recommendations?
     
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    pr0digal jenius Delete Me

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    what games do you currently play/plan on playing in the near? If it's quake 3 engine stuff, don't bother. If it's Source engine or doom 3 engine or maybe even UT2 engine, I'd look at a 6800GT
     
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    MiDKnYtE Caffeine Machine

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    what's your budget?
     
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    The_Neon_Cowboy Well-Known Member

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    my god 5200 and 5600 are terrable cards where obsolete/underpowerd
    before they hit the shelf! in somecases acting like it only has 2 pixel pipes etc...
    (Unless you don't play games, I'd pick up something else 5700 or higher)

    anything would be a good step up...Whats your buget?
    Also I'll sell what you have to get money twards your upgrade!
     
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    as above. until we know budget it is impossible to make a realistic rec.


    nice offer neon!
     
  6. Randy P

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    Cool, I have a budget of probably 250 - 300 bucks. The games I am currently playing are vampire bloodlines, sims 2, and I'll be getting stalker when it comes out in a couple of months. Thanks guys - much appreciated.
     
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    BurL Liver SUCKS!!!!

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    I have a 9800pro and It's a very good card for around $200.00, and it'll be a nice upgrade to your current card imo.
     
  8. Randy P

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    ATI 9800? SO what's the deal with ATI versus nVidea? Which is better, generally of course?

    So you think the 9800 is a good buy?

    any other suggestions?
     
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    germanjulian Back in London

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    well if you want to not go overboard with price the 9800Pro is the best card performance wise! its really good.

    nvidia and ati, not much difference two good companies making cards, some are better some are worse! :)

    for a $200 budget nothing beats the 9800Pro i think.
    get an artic cooler heatsink on it as well and you can o/c it a bit too.

    stalker will run good on the card
     
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    SO there is no nvidea equivalent for the price?

    And I will see a noticeable difference in the 9800 from my fx 5600?

    I'm just curious about the MB in a vid. card - is 128 mb fine for a vid card? I mean my fx 5600 is 256 mb....does this really mean a whole lot considering most games only require, at most, 64 mb of vid memory??
     
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    your $250 -$300 budget kinda puts you right in the middle of card prices. if you can come up with another $50-$65 i would cause the n you are in x800pro256 & 6800 gt range. both very good cards. with the nod going to the nv card.
    at your current price you are looking at the 9800 pro256 & 128 mb vers of 6800 or 256 vers of 6600(if you can find agp vers). at this price i would probably go with the ati.
    anyway, take a look at pricewatch. that will give you all the $$ info you need.
     
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    wait for the x800XL, or look for a 6800GTo perhaps
     
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    you will defintely see a difference.
    what res & refresh are you playing at? these 2 factors(along with some others i know jack about) are a big part of mem usage.
    some games require more mem usage at equivalent res/ref than others due to th amount of graphics involved. 128 is ok now(depending on above), 256 is the ticket for now & the next year or 2, 512 is going to be needed in 2-3 yrs. hell, i can remenber when 2mb on your video card was 'plenty'
     
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    pr0digal jenius Delete Me

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    i remember when my 8mb card was overkill :lol:...so yes...god only knows what 3 years from now holds.
     
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    BurL Liver SUCKS!!!!

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    I was checking out newegg.com and the 6600gt would also be a big jump up and it is about $200-$230.
     
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    for around $250, go for the 6600GT. I've seen it on sale at Compusa for as low as $200 after rebates.
     
  17. Randy P

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    If I can afford it do you guys think an nvidea 6800 gt - 256 mb is the way to go?
     
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    mike2h New Member

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    absolutley.
     
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    Yup, plus most 6800GT's can be overclocked to/beyond Ultra speeds.. :)
     
  20. Randy P

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    The whole overclocking thing I know absolutely nothing about... I just looked and the 6800 is $500 bucks!!!!

    Just curious where could I sell a fx 5600???
     

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