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phoenixone
08-16-2004, 08:41 AM
I am in the market for a video card and looking on www.pricewatch.com (http://www.pricewatch.com) I have found a 5700LE for around $100 and I was trying to discover the diffeence betweek the LE and the non LE, any ideas?

Also, with a budget of around $100 what would be suggested as a card to get for gaming?

Yawgm0th
08-16-2004, 10:32 AM
A Radeon 9600 Pro is about $110 or so if you're willing to get that. Otherwise, get a non-pro Radeon 9600 for around $95. I'd suggest you look at Newegg.com as it much more reliable than most of the sites you'll find on pricewatch and usually has the best prices anyway.

Specifically, this Sapphire 9600 (-http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-102-289&depa=0) would be great. I have that exact card myself and it overclocks amazingly well.

Nymins2004
08-17-2004, 03:38 AM
The LE version is not good. it performs at the same speed as the fx 5600. stick with the non LE or as Yawgmoth said the 9600 pro

KoolDrew
08-17-2004, 09:51 AM
If you are willing to buy off ebay then you could get a 9800 Pro for around 100 bucks. Thats what a freind of mine did

phoenixone
08-20-2004, 02:01 PM
An issue I have is that the game I play mostly, EQ and it's sucessor, Eq2 are based on the NVidia chipset and I hear run better on them. Of ocurse this game isn't out yet so I don't know.

I know in most shootouts that the ATI cards preform better thent the NVidia, except on games that were made with the NVidia chipset.

I am not much in to FPS games, so having the top of the line framerate isn't a huge deal for me.

Any ideas from that prospective?

Yawgm0th
08-20-2004, 02:03 PM
A Radeon 9600 is the cheapest DirectX 9 card you can get, if memory serves. Go with it if you're not an FPS guy.

phoenixone
08-20-2004, 02:19 PM
Was there any significant issues with the 9600 128 fromt he 256? Newegg has it for $9 more, doesn't seem like that much to go to the 256.

Or should I just drop the extra $30 and get the pro version?

God more questions...Is the Pro the same as the Sapphire XT?

I sound like a kid, gosh Mr. Wilson, what should I doooo! Sigh, bear with me. :cantfocus

Yawgm0th
08-20-2004, 02:23 PM
I doubt the game will get much, if any advantage from the extra 128MB and the 128MB version will probably OC better, plus you can get a Pro for another $8... But if $103 is a good price for you, go for it.