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Old 07-21-04, 12:07 AM
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Looking to Buy new Video card

Hey all. I have a compaq presario p4 2.4 mhz, 512 megs of ram. I am looking to buy a new video card. Although the one i have is fine, I had purchased "City of heroes" and it couldn't run it. I have a flat panel monitor and am looking to upgrade the card, since "Doom 3" is coming out and I don't want to wait until it comes out on the xbox. Any suggestions? My price range is between 150 and 350. Thanks!!
Old 07-21-04, 12:25 AM
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For 350 there are some online deals to get a Geforce 6800 GT. It performs significantly faster then the previous generation cards in the lower price ranges. For something that will give you decent performance at a good price, i'd consider the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro which should run around the 200 dollar range. In between those two, the plain Geforce 6800 should be around 300.

Personally, if you're concerned about Doom 3, i'd look at the two GeForce cards for the best performance. If budget is more of an issue, the Radeon 9800 will be just fine although it lacks some of the newer features since its about a year old. How big is your monitor? Since an LCD is best run at its native resolution, if that res is 1280x1024 i'd definitely spend the extra money for one of the 6800 cards. If its a smaller monitor at 1024x768, a higher end video card probably won't make as much of a difference.
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My monitor is fifteen inches, with a 1024 x 768.
Old 07-21-04, 01:36 PM
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Personally, I would go with the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB Card which can be found here:

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...102-286&depa=0

DO NOT get the 256MB version, it has slower memory in it, nuff said. Anyway, I have the Radeon 9800 Pro and it is an excellent card. It will be more than able to handle current games and future ones, including Doom 3.
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Best Buy has an BBA Radeon 9800 Pro 128 MB card on sale this week for $230 with a $50 MIR. There's also a 10% off coupon for this weekend if you can find one. Total would be around $157+tax after rebate, which is a great deal.
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Damn, that is a good deal keyed. The minimum requirements of Doom ]|[ is a Radeon 9500, so the 9800 is MORE than enough, but more power never hurt anyone My 9700 should work just fine I'm hoping.
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Originally posted by Blake
Damn, that is a good deal keyed. The minimum requirements of Doom ]|[ is a Radeon 9500, so the 9800 is MORE than enough, but more power never hurt anyone My 9700 should work just fine I'm hoping.
After seeing the benchmarks, the 9800 is gonna struggle a bit

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