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Thread: Which Card Should I Buy?

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    looking to ditch my geforce 2 mx400 and get something a bit more powerfull, but...im on a limited budget have seen this that comes into my price range:

    nvidia fx5600 256mb 8x agp- by various manufacturers, msi, gainward,inno3d.

    is there much of a diffence in performance between different cards of the same type?

    have an msi mobo so would an msi card be more compatible?

    or should i go for something different?

    tia
    (and i dont mean transient ischaemic attack)

    ............or an ATi Radeon 9600 Pro 256MB [400MHz]?

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    radeon. better quality

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    Originally posted by abu_has_the_power@14 October 2003 - 06:20
    radeon. better quality
    Better card, crappier drivers.
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    Originally posted by clocker+14 October 2003 - 13:25--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (clocker @ 14 October 2003 - 13:25)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-abu_has_the_power@14 October 2003 - 06:20
    radeon. better quality
    Better card, crappier drivers. [/b][/quote]
    true, but good quality

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    Could you give us the specs of the rest of the system, krackerjack?

    have an msi mobo so would an msi card be more compatible?
    No. You can choose a card from any manufacturer.

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    Originally posted by Virtualbody1234@14 October 2003 - 14:38
    Could you give us the specs of the rest of the system, krackerjack?

    have an msi mobo so would an msi card be more compatible?
    No. You can choose a card from any manufacturer.
    rest of the system has amd xp1700+, msi-kt3 ultra2 mobo, 256 ddr ram-have a 17" philips 107e monitor atm but am looking to get a new lcd screen soon as well

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    well you could use more RAM on your system but a 9600 would actually suit that compute decently.

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    Originally posted by krackerjack@14 October 2003 - 12:04
    nvidia fx5600 256mb 8x agp- by various manufacturers, msi, gainward,inno3d.

    is there much of a diffence in performance between different cards of the same type?
    sometimes, yes - they can all have slighty components that give about a difference of a few frames a second, some might have different clock speeds, but these speed differences are usually reflected by the price
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    If your on a budget then look into Nvidia Ti4200 or FX-5200.

    And yeah, get some more RAM.

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    Yep I agree the old (well not old to most people these days ) Ti 4000 series is definatly a range a cards to consider if you are on a budget and they are getting cheaper by the day. To compare with modern cards a Ti 4200 is an older version of the FX 5200 ect. But some are much better value for money the only downside is that some may not be compatable with Direct X 9

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