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    Default best bang for $150 to $200

    I have a dell 4700 i want to upgrade the video card. At this time i have a 128MB PCI Express ATI Radeon X300 SE. can you people help me?

    my rig
    p4 2.8 ht
    256 mb of ram /I will get 1 gig of ram later
    40 gig hard drive
    mother board ?
    DVD rom drive
    128MB PCI Express ATI Radeon X300 SE
    dell 4700 MicroTower
    no floppy drive
    Thank you
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    6600GT is a well rounded card, They also have the 6800 down to $189.00 according to Newegg (6/08/05). PCI-E or AGP, this is what I would shoot for, unless you want to wait for the higher end cards to downfall a bit more to your price range, or simply get ATI which I don't know what to recommend for you there.

    Hope this helps, enjoi! : )
    Asus P4P800-SE Mobo AI series (Socket 478)---P4 w/HT Tech 2.6GHz@3.2GHz Northwood Core (512k cache)---Samsung Original PC-2700 4x(256mb) sticks of DDR-Ram 2.0-3-3-7 FSB:DRAM 3:2---80GIG WD Hardrive - IDE connection---Sound Audigy 2 Card - PCI---BFG 6800GT OC - 256mb DDR3 memory, 8X AGP---Aspire Turbo Case 520 Watt PSU---48X CD-R/CD-RW Reader/Writer---48x DVD-CD-Rom Reader---Black Lian-Li Case - Model:PC-61

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    Default Re: best bang for $150 to $200

    Thank you that is cool.

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    Yeah, you def need more memory. 1Gig will do the job well.

    They have some 1Gig Corsair Value Select PC3200 2x(512) DDR-Ram @ Newegg for $79.00 (6/08/05), but you want to make sure it is compatible with your mobo first.
    Asus P4P800-SE Mobo AI series (Socket 478)---P4 w/HT Tech 2.6GHz@3.2GHz Northwood Core (512k cache)---Samsung Original PC-2700 4x(256mb) sticks of DDR-Ram 2.0-3-3-7 FSB:DRAM 3:2---80GIG WD Hardrive - IDE connection---Sound Audigy 2 Card - PCI---BFG 6800GT OC - 256mb DDR3 memory, 8X AGP---Aspire Turbo Case 520 Watt PSU---48X CD-R/CD-RW Reader/Writer---48x DVD-CD-Rom Reader---Black Lian-Li Case - Model:PC-61

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    Default Re: best bang for $150 to $200

    I got an X700 Pro for $200. I know I overpaid a little but it's a real nice card. 265 meg ddr3 which is nice for overclocking. The stock core and mem speeds are pretty decent. I'm not shunning nividia cards; I'm just recommending my ati card. I can run bfv at highest settings 800x600x32 around 83 fps. Good hunting!

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    Default Re: best bang for $150 to $200

    I'd say a 6800 would be good, but you have a PCI-E system and that makes the 6800 more expensive (a little over your budget). So I'd get a 6600GT if I were you.

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    Default Re: best bang for $150 to $200

    Didn't feel I should make a new thread for the same thing.

    What would be better, say the same price.

    256mb 6600
    or
    128mb 6600GT

    and why?
    Both around $150

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    Default Re: best bang for $150 to $200

    A 6600GT is always better than a 6600. Even the next generation of games is barely going to take advantage of 256MB of RAM, and the 6600GT is so much more powerful that it doesn't matter.

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    Thank you for all of your help. I am still open to any new ideas.

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    Kind of like putting a spoiler on a studabaker. Or you know, a honda civic... Anyways, my point being most people aren't going to use most of the power their hardware offers. It's like buying a Ferrari to drive in Manhattan. You can always have the power, but my toyota (x700 on a 32 bit platform) is going to be right behind you honking it's stupid annoying little horn. God I hate the horn on my car. Of course I had to put high octane in my tank and run hotter so my rig may not last as long. I hope you all got my analogies. I did recently invest about $175 in cooling. I'll post my specs somewhere when they come; should look nice.
    Also, siding with Yawgm0th, the 6600GT is definately a better choice. Most games don't even use 128MB and with those speeds you're not going to need a bunch of memory anyways. If I had PCI-E I would have gone with that over the x700. It still holds down the fort. Good Luck bud.

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