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Old 12-19-04, 12:00 AM Thread Starter   #1
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$400+ on new videocard or 9800 Pro for free?


Well I have about $400 and I was going to either buy a 6800GT or an x800 Pro (I was leaning toward the leadtek 6800gt). Well my friend is going to have a party at his house this week and wants me to throw down like $100+ on booze and stuff for his party instead; he said that in return that I’ll be able to use his extra 9800 Pro like pretty much forever. Also, the party (which I’m going to obviously) will be a lot more fun with $100+ of booze, heh.

What would you guys do? I could buy the new card now, or I could spend like $100 on the party and use the 9800 Pro till whenever.

I had a 9700 Pro, but I just sold it for $300 and I’m stuck using an 8500 at the moment.

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Old 12-19-04, 12:03 AM   #2
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If you have a 8500, the 9800 would be a nice step up. I think that $100 + crazy drunkenness + vid card > $400 vid card.

It all depends on the games you play. If you're a Doom 3 addict, you have a problem, and I don't mean just hardware. If you're playing HL2, your 9800 Pro will do you fine.
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Old 12-19-04, 12:05 AM   #3
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You sold a 9700pro for $300!!! Does this person have an email address that I could have? I have some stuff for sale too .

I say go to the party and use the 9800pro till you can buy a 6800gt or maybe wait for a x800xl ( I thought Xeon boards came with PCI-E?).

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I'd rather buy the video card
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Old 12-19-04, 12:06 AM   #5
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Nah, some Xeon boards come with PCI-X, not PCI-E. And that's usually high end Xeon boards.
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Old 12-19-04, 12:27 AM Thread Starter   #6
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You sold a 9700pro for $300!!! Does this person have an email address that I could have? I have some stuff for sale too .

I say go to the party and use the 9800pro till you can buy a 6800gt or maybe wait for a x800xl ( I thought Xeon boards came with PCI-E?).
Well the “9700 Pro” that I sold was actually a FireGL X1. It’s basically the exact same as a 9700 Pro (it had Dual DVI, which was about the only real difference). I used modified catalyst drivers, so basically in every way that mattered it WAS a 9700 Pro. The FireGL X1’s still go for like $500 on newegg, so as long as you can find someone who doesn’t know that it’s basically the same as a 9700 Pro, you can give them a “good deal” by selling it to them $200 less than retail, which works out to $300, heh.

The coolest part was that I bought it in like Feburary of 03 for $200 and sold it in December of 04 for $300. How many videocards can you use for 2 years then sell for a profit! Ok, enough bragging, heh.

About the Xeon board, some of the more server oriented boards have PCI-X, and some of the brand-spanking new boards have PCI-E. Mine has neither, but it has an AGP Pro/8x slot, heh.

Main game that I want to make sure I have good FPS in is CS: Source.

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Old 12-19-04, 12:39 AM   #7
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Party, take the 9800. sell it on ebay, use the money you have left over and the money from the sale to get an x800.

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Old 12-19-04, 12:40 AM   #8
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For CS: source, my X800 pro rocks, but the 9800 Pro would run that solid. We should play some time so you can kill me. I suck.
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Old 12-19-04, 01:48 AM   #9
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Definetly party! If you're friend is trustworthy enough to practically give you a nice card like that, jump on it. And go lay some drunk hotties for us and report back with pics and vids!
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Old 12-19-04, 01:51 AM   #10
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I'd take the 9800 pro from your friend. You can spend the rest of the money on some TCCD ram, or 3000+ Winchester & mobo.

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Old 12-19-04, 08:35 AM   #11
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Actually get the nice vid card, my bro did a thing like that, lots of booze, and he found himself waking up while pissing on the sidewalk, and a police car had 2 be coming his direction , the fines arnt nice.

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Old 12-19-04, 08:47 AM   #12
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Yea, the new card would be nice, but you may lose out on memories of a lifetime. Hell YOU ARE THE PARTY MASTER!!! People are counting on you!! Do the party, take the card and save up another bill and get the card down the road. Hell, you might meet a cool chick and wind up not touching games for a while.
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Old 12-19-04, 12:08 PM   #13
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As long as he really lets you keep the card, I would go with the free 9800 Pro.
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Old 12-19-04, 12:16 PM   #14
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I second that, if he does actually give it to you. If it's just a loaner for awhile, then you're probably better off going with a new card.
9800 Pro is still a very good card - seems like the price has actually creeped up some over the last few weeks too..

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Old 12-19-04, 06:34 PM Thread Starter   #15
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Thanks for the advice guys, looks like it's going to be a fun party

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Old 12-20-04, 12:41 AM   #16
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Go to the party, get drunk, get everyone drunk, take everyone money, take some blackmailing pictures and leave with the videocard, plus money, and a bunch of blackmailing pictures. You'll be rich!
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Old 12-20-04, 07:49 PM   #17
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UGH! Take the 9800 PRO, then sell it then get a better card!

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Old 12-21-04, 03:07 PM   #18
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Go to the party, get drunk, get everyone drunk, take everyone money, take some blackmailing pictures and leave with the videocard, plus money, and a bunch of blackmailing pictures. You'll be rich!
yes yes yes!

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Old 12-22-04, 01:53 AM   #19
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I really dont understand the problem... Then again I just use my computer to have fun in spare time. And a party is fun!
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