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    Default choosing the right chipset

    i have arounf 200 CDN to spend on a newer video card. obviously i can't buy an x800 or nvidia 6800, but i would like to get the best bang for my buck.

    i play games like far cry, true crime and doom3.

    i have a p4 2.4 with 512mb or ram

    i currently have a radeon 9100, and was happy with ati based chipsets. i have used nvidia in the pastm but ati seems to be the king for the last year or so.

    please offer any suggestions
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    Default Re: choosing the right chipset

    I think a Radeon 9600 Pro would be in your budget. However, I would suggest you save up until you can afford at least a Radeon 9800 Pro as prety much everything below it is low-end at this point. Upgrading from a really-low-end card to a low-end card just doesn't make sense to me.

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    i was thinking of picking up a 9700 pro. it is probably stwice the card i had. i could probably get one for under $200 off of ebay.

    this card is 256 bit, supports dx 9 features and has 8 pipelines
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    Default Re: choosing the right chipset

    The 9700 Pro is a good card. Anything 9700 and up will be 256-bit, which is what you want. Go for the 9800 Pro if you can, but stick with a 9700 Pro if that's all you can afford.

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    Default Re: choosing the right chipset

    what's the difference in speed or fps that i will/won't notice from a 9700 pro to a 9800 pro?
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    Default Re: choosing the right chipset

    9800 will have support for later directx...and i wouldn't trust ebay if you are playing to buy a 9800..since most of those cards are flash to 9800pro.

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    Default Re: choosing the right chipset

    They all support DirectX 9, but the newer cards do a better job. Plus, the 9800 Pro will have much faster clock and memory speeds. It could mean anywhere from 5% to 25% improvement over a cheaper 256-bit card, such as the 9700 Pro.

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    Default Re: choosing the right chipset

    If you can come up with the equivilent of $200US you can get a 9800pro somewhere.

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    Radeon 9800 XT ATI R360 DX 9 412 730 256-bit 8x1
    Radeon 9800 Pro 256 ATI R350 DX 9 380 700 256-bit 8x1
    Radeon 9800 Pro ATI R350 DX 9 380 680 256-bit 8x1
    Radeon 9800 ATI R350 DX 9 325 580 256-bit 8x1
    Radeon 9800 SE ATI R350 DX 9 380 675 128-bit 4x1
    Radeon 9700 Pro ATI R300 DX 9 325 620 256-bit 8x1
    Radeon 9700 ATI R300 DX 9 275 540 256-bit 8x1


    this is what i found on tom's hardware. it lists the card chipset diretx support, clock speeds, buswidth and pipes.

    the difference in speed isn't worth a $150 CDN difference. on ebay the 9800 pros are going for $300 and i found a 9700 pro going around $150.

    my thinking is get most bang for my buck. i won't ever buy a new card again. not when chipsets are changing every 6-10 months.

    i'll post back when i have found a card

    anybody from canada know where to get vid cards at low cost?
    P4 2.4B (533FSB)
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