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    ok first off i want to say thank you to everyone who replied :woot:

    your input was very well appreciated, but unfortunately it left me with the same dillema i was trying to solve. I know its a hard question though. My two thoughts would be to either get a new HDD and the faster RAM.. OR the ati 9800 pro. Maybe that would be an easier question??

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    I would go with the 9800 pro, but the hdd will be upgrade to 7400 rpm...your ram is fine for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mista K6
    Well, I wouldnt even think about nVidia right now, as Ati cards just plain smoke them. Get a 9800 Pro and you'll be able to play any new game, even if it is optimized for a nVidia card. Also, if you wanna play Doom 3, you're going to need a new HDD, one that's at least 7200RPM, if not 7200RPM w/ an 8mb cache. That 5400RPM wont handle the data that needs to be swapped back and forth for Doom 3
    First of, the 5900 Ultra wins over ATI in some tests (without beeing optimized) and looses in others, none of em' clearly wins over the other. Get a 5900 Ultra or 9800Pro/XT you can't go wrong with anyone of these, the new detonators are mutch improved and works wonder from what I've heard.

    Oh and your statement about 'needing' an 8Mb cache drive to play Doom3 isn't really true.


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    They video card will definetly make the biggest difference, and I'd go with it. Your RAM is fine. However, the HDD could use an upgrade later on. DOOM III won't be out for at least five months, though, so you can get that later.

    The_tweaker, I'm not sure which benchmarks you're referring to. The ones I saw (on multiple web sites) showed nVidia clearly beating ATi in nearly every single test. The ATi cards were also forced to use Catalyst 3.4 drivers, whereas nVidia cards got to use the latest ones. Not surprising, considering that nVidia organized the benchmarks. ATi did win some of them, but only the AA and AF tests, but the framerates got so low that I doubt anyone would use them.

    Of course, if you're talking about stuff that's more recent, then I could be wrong.
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    madmike: As a graphics card, Nvidia's GeForce FX 5800 Ultra really sucks (or should that be blows).
    Joking aside, at this moment in time I would recommend the ATI's Radeon 9800 Pro, it's a superb card and it's in your price range.

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    You still need RAM, as your running PC2700 (333mhz), when your running a 400mhz FSB, so the RAM is restraining you

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    ok thanks again guys, once again youve helped me out big time.

    i think for now since you say doom 3 doesnt come out for a while, i will concentrate on buying the ram and HDD, and then in a couple months ill buy the 9800 pro. :cheers:
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    Well, I'd personally get the video card right now, as it would make the most difference, but hey, whatever floats your boat. You'll see a very nice increase with those changes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SearanoX
    Well, I'd personally get the video card right now, as it would make the most difference, but hey, whatever floats your boat. You'll see a very nice increase with those changes.
    He wouldnt see the full potential of the 9800pro until he got the new RAM and Hard Drive anyway ;)

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    Yeah, but at least it would make a pretty big difference over whatever card he has right now. Plus, technology is always getting better, and to get "the most out of his card" he'd need to upgrade every week or so - something I don't think most of us can afford to do. ;)
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