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Graphics Card, Which one?

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CheekyChava

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I'm about to start building a EPoX 8K5A2+, Athlon 1600+ system.

For the graphics card I'm looking for something about £90 here, so I'm guessin around $140 would be my budget.

Which card should i go for if i'm using it mainly for games??

Any other tips on building this system are welcome!

Thanks, Paul
 

Pinky

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I have no idea where in the UK you'll find good prices, but the radeon 8500 LE (128MB model) and GF4 Ti4200 are the current best price/performance models available.
 

OC-Master

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Pinky said:
I have no idea where in the UK you'll find good prices, but the radeon 8500 LE (128MB model) and GF4 Ti4200 are the current best price/performance models available.

Question for you, what is better, a Radeon 8500 LE 128MB or Radeon 9000 Pro? (Radeon 9000 Pro is $199 at futureshop).

The Radeon 8500 LE 128 is $169
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/cl...d=8C335B70926B403A9A608AE28FE12D3F&catid=1087

Is the 9000 Pro really that much better? They also got the regular Radeon 9000 for $149.


OC-Master
 

Pinky

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9000 anything hasn't been proven to perform any better than any of the 8500 models... I still recommend the 8500's 'cause they're cheaper and faster ;)
 

Johnny Knoxville

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Check ebay i managed to pick up a radeon 8500 for £75, either go for that or you can find a geforce 4200 for around £100 in various online shops
 

Pinky

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Anaxagoras1986 said:
What is a good clock speed for a R8500LE? I saw one on Pricewatch.com running at 250/275 for 80 bucks.

That's damn good, some OEM models go as low as 230mhz core...
 
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CheekyChava

CheekyChava

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I'm thinking about:

Sapphire Radeon 9000 Atlantis 64MB DDR DVI TV, 275mhz / 275mhz clock speeds, for £63.

OR

Sapphire Radeon 8500LE 64MB DDR, 250MHz core and 500MHz DDR-SDRAM, for £85

OR

Hercules 3D Prophet 9000 128MB TV-Out DVI, 250mhz / 200mhz clock speeds, for £69

Any opinions?
 

Pinky

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eek... guess the 64MB 8500 or the 64MB 9000, the memory on the 128mb card is probably crap (like 5ns) and won't go a heck of a lot higher...

For $63 I'd say the 64mb 9000 is your best bet, despite what I've already said, because of the default clock speed (tells me the core/memory might be decent enough for a little overclocking) and the much lower price.
 

funnyperson1

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The 9000 is actually slower than the 8500.....9000 is much closer to the Ti200 than it is to the 8500LE in performance...


i think that the 250/275 one you speak of may be the one that i have off of newegg, and this has great ocing abilities.....290/315 out of the box!

for 140$ do some more searching though, you may be able to find a Ti4200 in that price range that would make you very happy :)
 

mbentley

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i myself would recommend a geforce4 ti 4200 or 4400. i know the ati cards are good, but i have never personally used one. i love the performance of the gf4 ti line. they're definitely worth it. there isn't a game that i can't play. gotta love that.