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Old 12-20-2003, 06:48 PM   #1
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Which graphics card to waste my money on...

Previously purchased a Gainward Nvidia 5600 256MB graphics card from ...say what you will about it, I liked the card till it shit the bed and wouldn't run anything 3d, 2d was all it could do. So I returned it... gave me a refund instead of a replacement, so I've got some money to spend on another, now the question is what to buy..... I was looking at another Nvidia based card something on the lines of a 5600ultra or a 5700, but what are the ATI equivalents? I'm pretty much a nvidia guy, so if I were to buy an ATI card, where would my money be put best? I have no more than $170 I am willing to what are my options?

Old 12-20-2003, 07:53 PM   #2
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Yeah, any suggestion ? My nvidia is working but there a crippling crash happening every now, where the whole X server freezes, the keyboard and mouse with it, and again that's driving me nuts, + games like america's army and ut2003 (didn't even bother trying tribes 2) don't play.

Do I'd me most grateful to hear about painless 3d experience.
Old 12-20-2003, 08:11 PM   #3
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Radeon 9500 non pro card for about $150.

If you get the right can software mod it to a 9700 (a $300 card) for nothing.

Instructions on how to softmod it below:

If you feel like spending like $300 I'd say just get a 9700 Pro or 9800 Pro.

Personally for what I play (BF1942, UT, Counter-Strike) a Radeon 9500 will do the job


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Old 12-21-2003, 12:18 AM   #4
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I think whitehat is right on target. Unless you want to spend 300 or more and are a gamer go with the 9500 / 9700 radeon. A geforce 4 or even 3 is good also but if your not a regular gamer you can save some cash and pickup any decent brand name cheap.


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