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    I am getting an a7n8x deluxe mobo with the barton 2500 for a budget gaming system, and would like to know which video card for around 60 would be the best. I mean the absolute best card for that amount of money. I was thinking about getting the geforce4 mx440 with 128megs of ram. is that the best? I f not which one for arounf the same price and which is the best company to get it from (palit, daytona, nvidia itself, etc.)?

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    coindood: $60, 60, 60, sorry but where do you live?

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    What's the point of getting a barton 2500, with a gfx card like that. It's like trying to use the wheels off a chevette on a corvette at the dragstrip. Very bad, stay away from it. I don't even have to say it, soulburner will probably jump in here and try to discredit anything on a budget I recomend. So I won't even bother. Sorry.
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    I just don't have a lot of money to spend. And since the a7n8x deluxe doesn't have built in gfx, I'd have to run everything in software.

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    maximus7001: You have the right to voice your opinion just like everyone else here, and Soulburner just like everyone else should respect it.
    coindood: I would suggest either a Radeon 9500 or a GeForce 4200 as the minimum spec cards to use with your system, but I guess they'll cost more than $60 bucks.

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    Hey coindood, check your pm's. And weta is right, but if the funds just are not there, what can you do. For example, when I got my current card 8 months ago. The ti4200's and r9500's were all above $300-$325 and did not have vivo, that added about $50-75 to the price =almost $400. I had no onboard gfx(and never will) so when my old crappy r7000 vivo died, I had no computer(not good at all). So I demo'd a few vivo cards in my $175-$200 price cap(I am still paying)(visa), the mx440(dx7) and sis cards sucked and the r7500 aiw was a bit dated as well with only enviroment bump mapping(dx8) over the gf2/mx4 just like the crappy old 7000 and I was quite suprised with ati's solution with full dx 8.1. Although the non pro version didn't quite cut it and had no vivo or cooling(it's much slower)(I need vivo or aiw).

    I wanted something that I wouldnt hate in a year or two and get better than acceptable performance. I suceeded in that quest. And save customers the ****ty feeling of "I'm so stupid, why did I do that" all the time. But those are people that think the change to a p4 3ghz will make their gfx better than getting rid of that tnt or rage 128. (example, but most mainstream user think that way)(and thats similar to dell's, hp's and others aproach to gfx).

    All $ are cdn$. I payed $209, now the same card is $159(the non vivo is $109.
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    i managed to get a Radeon 9000 for around $120 AUS about 6 months ago. $60 US = about $95 AU right?

    im not totally sure if you can get 9000's these days, but if you can i recommend you get one over a GF4MX..., the Radeon being DirectX 8.1, and the GF4mx's being dx7...

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    Remember, there is a huge difference between the pro and non pro. The mx440 with the good mem will be faster than the non pro, but that would be the only advantage. In my setup, the 3dmark2001se score for the pro is 6357. The same setup with a non pro only yields 3500.(notice the huge performance gap) The non pro is only recomended over a gf2, r7xxx, onboard gfx or older.

    The pro was and is oc'ed to the max, with a thermaltake blueorb and as ceramique. And the non pro didn't like to be oc'ed at all. Probably has something to do with the passive, almost completely uneffective cooling.(glued on heatsink)
    athlon xp-m@2456mhz(12x204)
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    thermaltake xaserIII lanfire
    bfg 6800gt
    seagate sataII 250gb/seagate 7200rpm 160gb ide
    samsung dvdrw
    2x1024 kingston hyper-x pc3200/ windows xp pro sp3
    logitech mx518/ logitech wingman rumble
    2x samsung 955df 19"/ canon i960
    creative x-fi fatal1ty 64mb/ altec lansing 251-5.1
    mushkin 550w

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    seagate sataII 500gb
    evga 8600gt oc ssc edition
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    2x1024 ocz black
    logitech ifeel/ nec accusync 75f
    ocz fatal1ty 550w

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    i got a 9200 (non pro) and its a pretty good budget card. it overclocks pretty good and i havnt modded the cooling yet, (or really pushed it for that matter). only passive cooling but that core runs really cool, cheap enough to fix anyways, crystal orb and some home made ram sinks outta do it. i was a big dumbass and paid $130 Can for it and it can be had for about $100 in the right spots but thats my stupid decision. having said that i know it wont really stand up to a lot of up-coming games but its no a high ticket card so i dont expect it to. :2cents:

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