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    I'm looking at a Powercolor Radeon 9700 pro vid card for $200.00, but this is abit expensive for me now. I just spent $700.00 on a tower and everything that goes into it. I need some imput on a good but cheaper card. I will be overclocking my new system so I has to be able to keep up with it. I have a P4 2.6 with an asus P4C 800E Deluxe mobo with OCZ PC 3700 ram. If anyone has info on such a vid card please let me know. Thanks. Oh, and the mobo manual says to get a vid card that runs on .8 or 1.5 volts, and the 10 diget number on it should end in 30,
    (xxx-xxxxx-30) no clue what that means.
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    That number refers to the 9700, some of the early ones had problems in that board for some reason.

    The next step down on the chain is GF4 Ti4200 128mb, these can be had for around $100.

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    have you considered a 9600 XT or are you dead set on a 9700 pro?
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    He can save some money with a 9600XT but it is a step down.

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    No, I'm not set on any one card. I just need one that will basically keep up with the new system
    Asus P5N32-E SLI mobo
    E6600
    Zalman 9700 led Heatsink
    Thermaltake Extreme Spirit NB heatsink
    Corsair XMS2 PC2 8500 (2gigs)/with fans
    Ocz Gamestream 700 watt psu
    Geforce 7900gs oc Video card
    Half a tarabyte hard drive space
    Thermaltake Saprano case

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulburner
    He can save some money with a 9600XT but it is a step down.
    from the 9700p, yes it is. but it's better than the Ti4200 128
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    wily5150, since $200 is too much how about you tell us what will fit in your budget so we can get you the best card you are willing to afford
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    9700pro is the best value right now. Save up till you can get it. It's way better than the 9600xt and will last you quite a while.

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    well, $ 150.00 max. I mean I could probably come up with $ 200.00, but That would be scraping.
    Asus P5N32-E SLI mobo
    E6600
    Zalman 9700 led Heatsink
    Thermaltake Extreme Spirit NB heatsink
    Corsair XMS2 PC2 8500 (2gigs)/with fans
    Ocz Gamestream 700 watt psu
    Geforce 7900gs oc Video card
    Half a tarabyte hard drive space
    Thermaltake Saprano case

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    Go with the 9600 XT.. Its a great card and can be overclocked to 9700 speeds with proper cooling. I run minein my other machine at 580/640, and I get 4200 3Dmarks in 3dmark 03:cheers:
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    what's your idea of proper cooling? It has a fan on it. Plus I'm going water cooling in my new system. If need be I could put a water block on the card processor
    Asus P5N32-E SLI mobo
    E6600
    Zalman 9700 led Heatsink
    Thermaltake Extreme Spirit NB heatsink
    Corsair XMS2 PC2 8500 (2gigs)/with fans
    Ocz Gamestream 700 watt psu
    Geforce 7900gs oc Video card
    Half a tarabyte hard drive space
    Thermaltake Saprano case

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