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    Quote Originally Posted by rugbydude
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    So my advice is to save up for the 9600 pro of even better the 9600 xt. The best make by far is the hercules as it is the nicest looking card with the best sofware package (comes with some games) and great cooling. :thumb:
    ^^^ above quote is from another thread :p

    hey rugbydude,

    i finally built my machine only to zap the old video card

    so now i am forced to buy a new card. too many selections!

    I saw an ASUS 9600 XT make for $199 at essencompu.com - which might be the best thing for my ASUS P4P800 mb... wad ya' think?

    My New Machine's Specs:
    --------------------------------

    Windows XP Pro
    ASUS P4P800 w/800 FSB
    Intel P4 3.00 GHz (haven't tried the oc yet: +30% oc?... wow!)
    Corsair Twin XMS 512MB DDR (=1 GB) :bounce: :bounce2:
    2 - Seagate 80 GB S-ATA configured as 1 RAID0 160 GB HD
    - no video card now - :grr:
    - sweet
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    my faith

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    Well, you can get an OEM Ati 9600XT for $162 here . Given you'll need to add some RAM sinks and probably a better VPU cooler if you want to o/c it, that's still pretty cheap.
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    Beware the OEM however. :) Most retail boxes of the 9600/9800 xt come with Half-Life2 voucher. Thats 50 bucks on that piece of paper. And you're nuts if you're not planning on buying the game anyway (unless you dont like FPS, some people dont). So if you bought a 200 dollar card, got a 50 dollar game you were going to buy anyway (when it comes out in quarter 4 of 2032 ;) ) you would only be spending 150 in the long run, thats my thikning however. If you own stock in Valve and will get the game anyway, than OEM would be the way to go.

    189 US over at Newegg for the ATI refrence retail
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatguy3
    Beware the OEM however. :) Most retail boxes of the 9600/9800 xt come with Half-Life2 voucher. Thats 50 bucks on that piece of paper. And you're nuts if you're not planning on buying the game anyway (unless you dont like FPS, some people dont). So if you bought a 200 dollar card, got a 50 dollar game you were going to buy anyway (when it comes out in quarter 4 of 2032 ;) ) you would only be spending 150 in the long run, thats my thikning however. If you own stock in Valve and will get the game anyway, than OEM would be the way to go.

    189 US over at Newegg for the ATI refrence retail

    I went ahead and bought the ASUS Radeon 9600XT. It took the least effort to install of any hardware I ever installed on any machine. ...I couldn't wait for all the replies. I even asked ASUS but they take a long time to reply. (One techie said they sell a million mb's a month! yeow!)

    So I went to essencompu.com (locally :)) and when I picked it up (paid a $4 pickup fee... say wha'???) I *THEN* saw that I was getting HALF-LIFE 2 FOR FREE!!! man was i happy!

    Now if only Oct. 2032 wil hurry up and arrive ... :wow:

    My Final Specs:
    -----------------------
    Windows XP Pro
    ASUS P4P800 w/800 FSB
    Intel P4 3.00 GHz (haven't tried the oc yet: +30% oc?... wow!)
    Corsair Twin XMS 512MB DDR (=1 GB)
    2 - Seagate 80 GB S-ATA configured as 1 RAID0 160 GB HD
    ASUS Radeon 9600XT
    SoundMax (onboard) sound "card." (Maybe I'll get the SB Audigy 2.)
    460W PSU
    Lian-Li PC-61 case

    i call it "sweet" :thumb: :laugh: :thumb:
    - sweet
    ____________________________________________
    my faith

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    The ASUS Series of Radeon cards lists the 9800XT, the 9600XT, and then the 9200XT. So in case you were wondering what ASUS said or if the 9600 *is* the midrange card - yes, it is... sweet! :)

    My Final Specs:
    -----------------------
    Windows XP Pro
    ASUS P4P800 w/800 FSB
    Intel P4 3.00 GHz (haven't tried the oc yet: +30% oc?... wow!)
    Corsair Twin XMS 512MB DDR (=1 GB)
    2 - Seagate 80 GB S-ATA configured as 1 RAID0 160 GB HD
    ASUS Radeon 9600XT
    SoundMax (onboard) sound "card." (Maybe I'll get the SB Audigy 2.)
    460W PSU
    Lian-Li PC-61 case

    i call it "sweet" :thumb: :thumb:
    - sweet
    ____________________________________________
    my faith

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    Glad i could guide u in the right direction sweet the 9600 xt is definetly i great card for the money and will play all the latest games , not on the highest detail but usually very high. I have my 9600 pro overclocked to xt speeds and i can play ut 2003 and call of duty on the highest res. and detail at a steady fram rate of about 50. :thumb:
    What the fcuk happened to my sig?

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    I finally caught up and read all of this thread, glad ya got the 9600XT sweet, its a really nice card :thumb:
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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