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    if i go 256-bit then i'm basically stuck with x800/6800 or better...
    (although neither card would be bad to be "stuck" with....)
    which means a few more bucks
    ATi x800 XL PCI-E (256 MB/256-bit) is going locally for 300 bucks
    cant remember the 6800 prices, but probably in the same neighborhood

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    It's probably worth it if you can afford it.

    I think the 6800s will last longer as they have pixelshader 3.0, which will apparently be the bee's knees in a bit.

    Go with a 256meg version while you are at it. (128megs will do fine if you don't wanna' spend that much)
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    yeah i was figuring on going 256 MB as well
    which pretty much cinched it to a x800 or 6800
    nVidia has a pcx5900 chipset thats a cheaper 256-bit, but only 128 MB

    i thought of going all out for an x850 XT...
    but i read some reviews that say they run hotter than a two dollar pistol
    even with the GPU fan pulling air outside the case
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    I don't think the x850s have pixelshader 3.0.

    So go with a 6800

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnnY
    I don't think the x850s have pixelshader 3.0.

    So go with a 6800

    6800 all the way.


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    hmmm.....
    just did some re-checking.....
    theres a 150 dollar price jump from the x800 XL to the 6800 GT

    the x800 XL is starting to look REAL nice

    this is what i can grab for 299 bucks:

    - Specifications -

    Chipset/Core Speed: ATI Radeon X800 XL/400MHz
    Pixel Pipeline: 16
    Memory/Effective Speed: 256MB GDDR3/980MHz
    BUS: PCI-Express X16
    Ports: VGA Out(15 Pin D-Sub) + TV Out(HDTV/S-Video/Composite Out) + DVI
    Support 3D API: DirectX 9, OpenGL 2.0
    Max Resolution@32bit Color: 2048X1536@85Hz
    RAMDACs: 400 MHz

    this is for 450 bucks:

    - Specifications -

    Chipset/Core Speed: nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT/350MHz
    Pixel Pipelines: 16
    Memory/Effective Speed: 256MB GDDR3/1000MHz
    BUS: PCI-Express x16
    Support SLI (Scalable Link Interface): Yes
    Ports: TV-Out(S-Video Out) + 2x DVI
    Support 3D API: DirectX 9.0c(Shader Model 3.0), OpenGL 2.0
    Max Resolution@32bit Color: 2048X1536@85Hz
    RAMDACs: 400MHz

    the only thing i sacrifice is the pixel shader 3.0 and SLI support
    but i didnt like the reviews i read about SLI, so not worried about that
    so what would i lose w/o pixel shader 3.0?
    a few frames per second?
    or is it worse than that?
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    It won't last as long.

    Some games won't run without pixelshader 3.0 in the future. I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnnY
    It won't last as long.

    Some games won't run without pixelshader 3.0 in the future. I think.
    i'm looking into it ATM (2.0 vs 3.0)
    theres tons of links for reviews,
    not like some of the reviews i've searched for recently

    hehe, i almost shit when i saw this one:
    http://www.tbreak.com/reviews/article.php?id=322
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