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    Building a new system with a Lanparty NFII Ultra mobo, XP 3000+ CPU, and 1 GB dual channel PC3200, what I'm trying to decide is which video card, I've narrowed it down to three choices....
    Radeon 9800 Pro
    Radeon 9700 Pro
    Radeon 9600XT
    Which would be the best option, since I can get them all between $200-$300 USD?

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    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1
    AMD FX-4100 BE
    8GB G.Skill DDR3
    Radeon HD6870
    Soundblaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Pro
    Logitech G15
    Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium

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    I think you already know witch one is better.

    If you can buy it, go with 9800 pro all the way....

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    if you can afford to get any one of those, the 9800 Pro is certainly the best.
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    Ok, I'd be going with a 128 mb 9800 Pro, I guess the next question would be, which one? there's so many choices out there, FIC, Sapphire, Powercolor, ATI, which one of these would be a good choice?
    I had been leaning towards the 9600XT or 9700 Pro until I saw some prices on the 9800 Pro 128mb and realized I could probably afford it....
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1
    AMD FX-4100 BE
    8GB G.Skill DDR3
    Radeon HD6870
    Soundblaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Pro
    Logitech G15
    Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium

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    DarkRose: Hercule's 3D Prophet 9800 Pro is a great card.

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    or the HIS excalibur IceQ... that'll OC more, good for a long run
    [size=9If there's a pensieve fear, a wasted year, a man must learn to cope.
    If his obsession's real, suppression that he feels must turn to hope - DT

    rig:
    P4C800-Deluxe 2.8 C (+Vantec Aeroflow)
    Sapphire 9700 Pro
    4x256MB Kingston KVR400C25
    Audigy 2
    2x80GB Maxtor DM9 RAID 0
    Enermax 433W
    ALL AIR, no Vmod

    3DMark2001 = 20954
    3DMark2003 = 6038
    Sandra Mem = 6028/6018[/size]

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    9800P you've made a good choice between them cards.

    As for brand get a Hercules Prophet as Weta mentioned.

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    Hmmm.... The Hercules Prophet cards I'm finding are around $400, I'm trying to keep price down right around $300 or so, Is the Sapphire Atlantis still good? If I had to go this route, would I be better off with a 9600 XT or 9700 Pro (best bang for my buck between the two?) If I planned on spending 400, I'd just got the extra 100 and get the 9800 XT, but like I said, trying to stay right around 300 or under....
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1
    AMD FX-4100 BE
    8GB G.Skill DDR3
    Radeon HD6870
    Soundblaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Pro
    Logitech G15
    Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium

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    If you can't find a good 9800 Non-Pro with Samsung memory, I recommend getting a 9700 Pro as that has better performance than both the 5700 Ultra and the 9600 XT. Here is a good one from ZipZoomFly for $254:

    ATI 9700 Pro
    Case: Aspire X-Alien Silver
    Power Supply: Antec True430
    Motherboard: Abit IC7-MAX3
    Processor: Pentium 4 2.6c
    Memory: Corsair XMS PC3500 1024MB(512x2)
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
    Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy 2
    Speakers: Logitech Z-680

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    Sapphire Atlantis are good, despite the fact they're built on 9700 PCB. But some prefer to get sapphire 9800NP instead (save another 50) and flash it to 9800pro. If ur going to OC the atlantis would be a better choice since it has better memory (samsung 2.8 as opposed to 3.3 on 9800np).
    BUT, if ur going to seriously OC, then save some more and get those suggested above (I'd say HIS excalibur are the best, out of the box u can OC the core to 450-470--hercules can't beat that :) )
    [size=9If there's a pensieve fear, a wasted year, a man must learn to cope.
    If his obsession's real, suppression that he feels must turn to hope - DT

    rig:
    P4C800-Deluxe 2.8 C (+Vantec Aeroflow)
    Sapphire 9700 Pro
    4x256MB Kingston KVR400C25
    Audigy 2
    2x80GB Maxtor DM9 RAID 0
    Enermax 433W
    ALL AIR, no Vmod

    3DMark2001 = 20954
    3DMark2003 = 6038
    Sandra Mem = 6028/6018[/size]

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