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Thread: Need a new video card, but dont understand anything!!

  1. #11
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    Dec 2003


    Ok 9600 pro it is!
    One last question you think itll be cheaper in like a month or is it better to buy now???

    Thanks for all the help guys


  2. #12
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    Maybe but not by much.

  3. #13
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    Glad ya chose the pro, I would too :D . Typically, comp hardware just goes down at a steady rate, so ya, a month from now it'd be a little cheaper, but not a whole lot. I'd recommend the Sapphire ATI 9600 Pro, its a quality card and you dont wanna get stuck with a s****y company. They also overclock very well :D, just get some 3rd party copper heat sinks for the RAM. Anyways, cheers and good luck with your new card, : peace2: Mista K6
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  4. #14
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    As I said before, it's hard to estimate prices without knowing location. Use the user cp button to add location and system specs so we know what we are dealing with and location. Notice how my specs are shown, so everyone knows what they are dealing with.
    Sorry Maximus you said the Ti 4200 is better than the 9600
    Nowhere did I say this. You said you had $100 to spend and the r9600pro is alot more.
    As asianbatman pointed out, there is a se version(I did not know that). se versions are usually sucked out versions of a normal one. Rarely as with my ti4800se card, se does not mean that. It is a rename of a ti4400 after adding 8x agp. So I understand your general confusion about gfx cards.

    So then there are four versions of a r9600, the r9600se(slow), the r9600(normal), r9600pro(faster, used to be the fastest), and r9600xt(fastest).

    Some people have other considerations like the need for video in or nice software bundle(mine came with morrowind and rainbow6 blackthorn). In that case the choices are slimmer and more expensive. Like I said before, the r9600pro was what I wanted($280cdn, less now), but 3 months ago, xt's werent out yet and the pro all-in-wonder version was$365cdn, less now. I usually get 128mb 8x ti4200's for about $160-175cdn, $125-150cdn for 4x or 64mb versions. I payed $250cdn for my asus gf4 ti4800se vivo and am quite happy. If I was buying now, something like this ASUS RADEON 9600 XT-TVD /128MB DDR / 8X AGP / TV-OUT / VIDEO-IN / DVI / W/ ASUS SOFTWARE + COUPON FOR HALF-LIFE 2 / RETAIL
    would be my choice now, but 3 months ago, asus never made ati yet.
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  5. #15
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    The 9600pro and the 9600xt aren't that different, there basically the same almost.
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  6. #16
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    Dec 2003


    Actually I live in New York and I did post my specs

    "Just so you have an idea right now I have a P4 2.0 Ghz with 328RAM and an ATI 128 Rage pro Video card."

    I dont know what else I should post.
    For some reason I thought the 9600 pro was 100$ (US)
    But when I looked at the add it was misleading and was the 9600 se, so I wouldnt even buy anything from those guys now.

    I Think I saw an offer at best buy where you can get some radeon 9600 version for 100 after mail in rebate and the original price is 180 so maybe its the pro, I might get that if not Ill probably wait awhile or maybe get the 9600.

    Is there a big difference between the 9600 and 9600 pro.

    Im leaning against the Ti4200 because I want my card to last awhile and no DX9 support sound like it wont last as long.

    Thanks again for all the help

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    In your situation, get your hands on a 9600 pro or 9600 xt. They're the best card under 200 dollars, period. I have a 4200, and although the baby has served me very well, The new system im planning is going to probably have a 9600 xt in it, and the 4200 will be joining the drawer with all my 3dfx voodoo3 3000's in it :)

    Best Buy/Staples/Circuit City sometimes run really great rebate promotions and stuff on video cards and sometimes retail stores can give you a better price then online. I got my 4200 when it first came out at walmart for 199 minus a 50 dollar rebate. So go hunting. You'll be in love with the 9600 pro/xt.

    And although the price will be going down, it wont by much, because the xt is the last of its generation, so it will be a while till the NEW video cards come out, so nows as good as time as any to pick up a new card. Happy buying, and once you get it, come on back, and if ya want to we can help you out with tweaking and o/c'ing it a bit to get the most bang for your buck.

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  8. #18
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    Thanks Fatguy,

    Ill see when I can get a chance to drop by personally at some of those stores, hopefully that nice best buy deal is on a 9600 pro.

    Thanks Again

  9. #19
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    Dec 2003


    Good move with going with the 9600 series, unlike you i did not do my research on the cards i got enticed by price seen compusa had an assylum fx5200 256mb ram for $99 after rebates so i bought it and took it home installed played a game guess what no different than my old MSI g-force 3 ti-200 pro if there was any difference it was very subtle. So i started reading here and decieded to go with the 9600xt figure it would be a good card get and hold onto for 2yrs. Went back to compusa returned old card (no hassle and did not charge me 15% open box fee) ask for store credit looked for 9600xt did not see it ask for sales rep and they had them in back :) :) Hooked it up when got back home started game maxed all vid options out, played and extremely happy

  10. #20
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    Dec 2003


    here is a link to the 9600 specs for ati's boards

    the Power Color 9600 pro has slower memory 400mhz versus The ati 600mhz.

    Do your home work before forking out the $

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