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Thread: Building an new comp NEED HELP ON VIDEO CARD




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    Hey all,
    New to the fourm but old to the site :). Ay ways im in the mits of building a new computer an im stuck on one thing the Video card. I want a video card that will play Doom3 when it comes out like a champ im gonna have probbly 1-2GB of DDR ram in my comp. Nt sure what proccessor im gonna get probbly a P4 3ghz but not sure yet.

    Could some one help me? What card should I get that will make games that are out, look Really good like "Unreal2" an the soon release of Doom3. I dont want to pay $300+ on a vid card that wont even play Doom3 at a good pace.

    thanks Again

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    wait a little while and get a Radeon 9800 or a GeFoerce FX
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    Umm go with the 256mb 9800 which will prolly be great since Doom 3 seems to be a memory hogger...but expect to pay 500 USD for it...but by the looks of tyhe other components listed money doesn't to be a limted factor on your new soon to be rig..so say wait a lil and grab one of those 9800...
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    From what i've seen around the word on the street is the FX is faster than the 9700 but the 9800 is faster than the FX, the official releases should be good.
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    I'd heard that the FX is only faster than the 9700 without AA and AF turned on :thumbs do Damn Nvidia and their 128 bit memory interface :cry: If u wanna play Doom 3 with good framerates and any AA or AF I'd suggest the 9800 Pro from all the reviews Ive read.

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    Yeah, with the new Nvidia 43.00 drivers, the FX has to run in 32bit rendering mode (instead of 16bit, where it was before for all of the benchmarks) and I read an article last week which showed it was slower than the 9700 Pro with those new drivers. wow... It's a good read, check it here! Hey SlimJim, if you are on a budget, just wait a month or so and pick up a used 9700 Pro off of eBay or something. That card will have a lot of life in it, for atleast another year, if not more. peace...

    EDIT: whoops... looks like they took the article down. Geez, getting your link posted on one of these message boards is almost like getting "slash-dotted" I reckon. ;)
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    Ya i think ill probbly go with the radeon 9800. but not sure i want to see when the game comes out an see what some cards look like in game stuff ya know.

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