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kpiciulo

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Much like most of you i've been eagerly awaiting doom3s release. I've come to accept that i probably won't be able to play, even with low settings, with the card in my sig. Now i don't want to spend a lot of money preferably around $150 or less. This card only needs to last me till next summer, since sometime between now and then i will be doing a major upgrade including PCI-express, maybe DDR2, and a high-end card. I just want something to let me play doom3 and nother games at fairly good settings. So what do you guys suggest? Maybe an ATI 9600 pro or XT, or a nvidia FX5700? Or will my card suffice(ti4200)? Also if you suggest a GPU could you recommend a good company for the card? Thanks a lot guys.
Kevin
 

Drec

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you could get a 9800se for 150, and with luck softmod to a 9800pro, or you can
get a 9700pro.

512mb of ram is gonna hold you back too.
 

Radical

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Either a 9600XT or a 9800 Pro would be good. The 9800 would be better than the 9600, but the 9600 isn't a bad card for the price, either.
 
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kpiciulo

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thanks a lot guys, i've heard the se's aren't very good, but you said it can softmod to a pro Are there chances that mod won't work, or is that guaranteed? If for some reason it won't softmod would i be better off with the 9600pro, or the 9800se? Thanks a lot guys.
Kevin
 
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kpiciulo

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would i be better off buying a 256mb 9600pro, or a 128mb 9800se? and which brand?
thanks
Kevin
 

12am

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Well, to add to the mix you can pick up a FX5900XT for $20 more than a 9600XT and overclock it like mad, should perform like a 9700Pro, and rumor has it nvidia cards with thier better opengl drivers will run doom3 faster than there ati bretherin.
 
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kpiciulo

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also where would i get a 9700 pro, newegg only has a AIW card and that's $245, i don't need that.
 

Yuriman

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I picked up my 9700 for $130, and its much faster than any 9600. Look in the classifieds on different forums. Btw with the 9800se's, they are only worth buying if they have 256bit memory.
 

Nandro

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I had a 9700pro I got off ebay. It was a system pull from a gateway. Shipped for $99. The 9700pro's have come way down in price. I think they may be the best cost/performance card out there right now. Sapphire makes a good one, along with the made by ati. There is probably a few in the classifieds here and I think I saw one on the NV News forums for $135.
 
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kpiciulo

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what about a 9600xt, would the 9700pro still be better, also this may be a dumb question, but where is the classified section on these forums? thanks
Kevin
 

dreIU

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kpiciulo said:
what about a 9600xt, would the 9700pro still be better, also this may be a dumb question, but where is the classified section on these forums? thanks
Kevin

I would favor the 9700pro over hte 9600xt. For the classifieds, last time I checked, you must have at least 100 posts to view it, so you have a little bit to go. If you are on the main page, then it is at the very bottom.
 

Shuzzy

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i would not go with the 9800se, as they have 128bit memory, and that just wont cut it. i would say either a 9700pro or an nvidia 5900xt.
 

Nandro

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Yea, the 9600XT is a 4 pipe card compared to the 9700's 8 pipes. The 9600 regardless of clock speed is at a huge disadvantage. I agree the 5900XT is a much better choice as well.
 
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kpiciulo

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the 5900xt is a little more than i wanted to spend, i was hoping to keep it below 150, but if it will be sufficiently better i'll go for it
 

austinbmxnig

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you might have to spend more money to get it to last till next year, quite frankly i was hesitant about my 9800pro that was oc'd like crazy to have it last till next year
 

DamienKC

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Definetly 9700pro out of the two. If you want to spend a *tad* more, then go with the 9800PRO or the 5900XT