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Best Gaming Graphics Card (no budget)

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by McBain, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. McBain

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    All,

    After splashing out on a Widescreen 2005FPW monitor, it seems my old 9800pro may not be up to the task of displaying stuff in the native 1680x1050. Well I say not up to it, but its pretty damn good - I can just notice a slight stutter (this is of course without any AA/AF etc).

    Anyhoo - if I was to go out and buy the best gaming card you could get, what would I be looking for. As far as I can tell its a x800 XT PE of some flavour.

    Any advances on this, or should I go make my CC company some more money...?


    SR
     
  2. H4r7y

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    well youve got 2 choices the high end nvidia card 6800 ultra or the ati top card x800xtpe like you say.
    although if your pretty competant you might want to pick up a x800 pro with vivo and flash the bios and get xtpe speeds from it. a friend of mine did this and its fine.

    although, the x850 is being released in the near future i think so it might be worth looking into that, if the performance is increased etc.
     
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    Just get Powercolor ATI X800 XT for £305 from OCUK the PE is only 5fps faster and that providing your cpu aint holding things back.
     
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    nope get a new NVIDIA nForce4 board and get 2 yes 2 6800 Ultra's PCI-E and run them in SLi (Scalable Link Interface) :D and it will beat the pants of everything
     
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    werd!!
    this is ofcourse if money is NO object
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    but IT would beat the crinkleys off anything!!
     
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    he does say no budget this wasnt a joke :D

    pity he would have to wait till feb till the stuff arrives and also if he dosnt have an AMD 64 bit processor & at least a gig of Ram imo this would be totally wasted

    in a perfect world :zonked:
     
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    thats simply the world of technology. thats how fast they are. im happy with my setup and will be till PCI-E becomes more established and tested
     
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    I'm quite happy being a few years behind on technology. My Sempron 2200 and ti4200 card will do for me - fast enough to run PSX emulators and SimCity 4 at a playable speed.
    It's gotten to the extend now that card manufacturers are pushing software developers to develop games that require high specs. This may kill the PC games industry because developers have to focus on graphics now instead of developing gameplay and original ideas.
     
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    stuff=?

    I assume we are talking games, if so do you tend to play certain types?, although the difference can sometimes be marginal between 6800 Ultra and X800XTPE, the cards themselves do tend to favour one or the other manufacturers above.

    I myself have an XTPE and it runs them all fine, but I only have a 19" Dell tft that runs a max of 1280x1024.

    Money is a matter of concern for me, so if I wanted the best possible system right now, I would go SLI mobo and then a couple of SLI Nvidia cards, allow a grand for that little combo :), assuming you have a suitable lump of memory and a cpu to match them, if not add another £500 for a Ninja sytem that will see you through to at least Spring :)
     
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    One word of warning about Nvidia SLi...

    If there isn't a profile to support SLi configuration then the display defaults back to a single card, so no real benefit. Won't stop me from buying it though :D
     
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    Thanks for the replies everyone.

    Unfortunately dual SLI will have to wait - I'm not convinved of the technology as yet - seems some ppl are having issues with it.

    I have an A64 with a gig of ram, and have opted for the xt800 PE (Power cooler from OcUK).

    Basically I saw some early reviews of the xt850 and the speed gains weren't huge (and I'd have to wait :( ).

    I'll post here on my results with the new card if anyone is interested...


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  14. McBain

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    Just got the card - 3dmark03 before (9800 pro) was ~6000. 3dmark03 with new card...
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    12750!

    Sweet. Currently running WoW maxed out and getting FPS as high as 90...
     
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    The thing is with SLI, though, is that some cards need to have gaming profiles set up for them so that older games can make use of them both, and some games currently work at all.
    It's not a big deal at all though, as even a solitary 6600 card will handle any older games thrown at it
     

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