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 09/24/2004 11:26 PM
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Megadeth
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What can I get? My budget became tigh again if you're wondering. I would like something that will be able to run games @ GOOD, i repeat GOOD quality. What can I get for $110?
 09/24/2004 11:29 PM
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Go to Newegg and look through their refurb section. The cards their are new, just ones that were sent back, generally because they weren't good overclockers.

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 09/24/2004 11:41 PM
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Agreed, you can find some great deals there. For example:

Powercolor Radeon 9600 Pro' ">http://www.newegg.com/app/View...31-219R&type=Refurbish - $81
Powercolor Radeon 9600XT "Ultra"' ">http://www.newegg.com/app/View...31-232R&type=Refurbish (500/340 instead of 500/300) - $102
ASUS Radeon 9600XT' ">http://www.newegg.com/app/View...21-509R&type=Refurbish - $103
Sapphire Radeon 9600XT' ">http://www.newegg.com/app/View...02-326R&type=Refurbish - $103.50

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12x (daisy-chained) Quantum Medalist 180GXP (w/ separate SCSI-1 adapter)

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 09/24/2004 11:45 PM
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Hmm, I like that Powercolor 9600XT Ultra, not a bad price at all.

I also saw some 5700's (NON-LE)in your budget and those are good cards too.

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 09/25/2004 12:03 AM
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You know, I think I'm getting addicted to the AMD Forums; people are so nice here and it is just great. My logic behind the whole budget thing is right now I'm going to purchase a graphics card that is good, nothing crappy. When PCI-EXPRESS comes out at the beginning of 2005 (I have confirmed sources which I saw toady so don't worry) then I will go all out and buy top of the line. I'll also get the MOBO w/ PCI-EXPRESS then too, a PCI-EXPRESS GPU (maybe 2), and a TV-TUNER which I might do now too, but I don't know anyways which would be the best choice for me guys?

1. GeForce FX 5500 256 MB
2. PowerColor Radeon 9600 XT 128 MB "ultra"
3. GeForce FX 5700 (Non-Le) 256 MB
 09/25/2004 12:13 AM
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I forget whether the FX 5500 is an FX 5200 on steroids or a crippled FX 5600, but you should stay far away from it either way.

128MB 9600XT vs. 256MB 5700NU... that's pretty close, actually, but I'd go for the 9600XT.

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Asus M7NCD-MAX3 (OPTi Vendetta 82C760)
6x Generic 32MB PC2700 RDRAM (50ns SIMMs)
2x nVidia Millennium X1800 Duo (SLI mode)
12x (daisy-chained) Quantum Medalist 180GXP (w/ separate SCSI-1 adapter)

"Oh, you started a Rube Goldberg machine. A Rube Goldberg machine... called JUSTICE." <a href='http://www.boomspeed.com/old_camper/amdforumsircchat.ht
 09/25/2004 12:25 AM
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Search ebay for Radeon 9500 pro's. I bought mine there for $100 and thats considered expensive.
The 9500 pro beats out all the cards mentioned above.
 09/25/2004 12:26 AM
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...9600xt? i think not.
if it were me i would go with a 9600xt refurb like in the links
 09/25/2004 12:36 AM
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a 9500 pro would blow the 9600xt away,

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 09/25/2004 12:37 AM
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IIRC, the 9500 Pro and 9600XT are about equal in terms of performance. The 9500 Pro does better when overclocked, because while average core OC is about the same in terms of MHz for both, 60-80MHz counts for more with the 9500 Pro (more work per clock cycle).

eBay's definitely worth considering, it's just that it's more of a pain to return stuff if it's broken. Up to you.

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DEC Pentium X2 5200+ w/ HyperCache (Ezra core)
Asus M7NCD-MAX3 (OPTi Vendetta 82C760)
6x Generic 32MB PC2700 RDRAM (50ns SIMMs)
2x nVidia Millennium X1800 Duo (SLI mode)
12x (daisy-chained) Quantum Medalist 180GXP (w/ separate SCSI-1 adapter)

"Oh, you started a Rube Goldberg machine. A Rube Goldberg machine... called JUSTICE." <a href='http://www.boomspeed.com/old_camper/amdforumsircchat.ht
 09/25/2004 12:41 AM
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9500 pro 8 pipelines
9600xt 4 pipelines at a lil higher clock

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 09/25/2004 12:43 AM
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It's not just a little higher.. the 9600XT is clocked almost twice as high (275MHz vs. 500MHz). That's the only way it can keep up with the 9500 Pro's massive fillrate advantage, heh.

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Asus M7NCD-MAX3 (OPTi Vendetta 82C760)
6x Generic 32MB PC2700 RDRAM (50ns SIMMs)
2x nVidia Millennium X1800 Duo (SLI mode)
12x (daisy-chained) Quantum Medalist 180GXP (w/ separate SCSI-1 adapter)

"Oh, you started a Rube Goldberg machine. A Rube Goldberg machine... called JUSTICE." <a href='http://www.boomspeed.com/old_camper/amdforumsircchat.ht
 09/25/2004 12:44 AM
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If you could save up $20 more you could get this' ">http://www.crucial.com/store/P...CTRFBV9700P128A28&cat= 9700 pro. Also they often go for around a $100 on E-bay.

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Athlon XP 3000+ @ 205 X 11.5=2358
Abit NF7 v2.0
OCZ Dual Channel EL PC-3200 256mb X 2
Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb -> 9800XT
Western Digital SE 80gb Hard Drive w/ 8mb cache
Samsung DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
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 09/25/2004 12:47 AM
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you could lift an x800 platinum for free

not really

well yeah you could but dont
 09/25/2004 12:51 AM
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yeah, get a x800 that "fell off the back of a truck" then sell it and get a 6800 lol

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 09/25/2004 01:58 AM
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QUOTE (Megadeth @ Sep 24 2004, 08:03 PM) You know, I think I'm getting addicted to the AMD Forums; people are so nice here and it is just great.  My logic behind the whole budget thing is right now I'm going to purchase a graphics card that is good, nothing crappy.  When PCI-EXPRESS comes out at the beginning of 2005 (I have confirmed sources which I saw toady so don't worry) then I will go all out and buy top of the line.  I'll also get the MOBO w/ PCI-EXPRESS then too, a PCI-EXPRESS GPU (maybe 2), and a TV-TUNER which I might do now too, but I don't know anyways which would be the best choice for me guys?

1. GeForce FX 5500 256 MB
2. PowerColor Radeon 9600 XT 128 MB "ultra"
3. GeForce FX 5700 (Non-Le) 256 MB
That's what I did, got hooked here on all the info, spent all my time debating what to get, again and again...

Finally bought a Radeon 9600 XT AIW because I wanted one for video stuff anyway. Got a New MB ASUS A7V600 to match my DDR 400 and later I'll buy something better then the 2400 XP. Honestly I'm not a FPS junkie so I'll be fine putting off dropping big bucks all at once for a new machine and won't be sad when that I have a 754 when Dual 939 comes out because I'm not getting the new stuff anymore... I'll sit on my good socket A that does me more then enough, until 939 PCI express is readily available and saturated the market. Then get that with a good gaming card and have another system that still is great.
 09/25/2004 03:00 AM
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Radeon 9700 can be had for that much. Just have to find it.
 09/25/2004 03:05 AM
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yeah go 9500 pro or 9700 pro or save a lil more 9800 pro all 8 pipe cards

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 09/25/2004 10:19 AM
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Guys, I'm getting a GeForceFX 5700 w/ 256 MB & decent clock like another forumer recommended.
 09/25/2004 10:36 AM
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QUOTE (Megadeth @ Sep 25 2004, 09:19 AM) Guys, I'm getting a GeForceFX 5700 w/ 256 MB & decent clock like another forumer recommended.
Good choice if you are a Doom3 nut.

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