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    Hi.

    Ive got about $200NZD to spend (that makes it about.. $120USD i think).

    Im looking for low-mid/mid end gfx card, that preferably supports DX9.
    If possible, active cooling, Video In (optional), Video out required.

    Im biased more towards Radeons as ive had 3 nVidia cards in past year, want to try something new, but if there is a Geforce that fits into that category, i will consider it.

    Thx! :D :)
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    The cheapest DX9 card worth upgrading to is the 9600pro, but I think that may be a bit out of your price range. Stay away from the FX5200 as it performs like crap. Much worse than the TI4200.

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    You can get a ATI Radeon 9600 (non-pro) for $110 (US) or an Geforce FX 5600 (non-ultra) for $117 (US)


    ATI Radeon 9600: http://www.buyxtremegear.com/r96c3.html

    Geforce FX 5600: http://www.buyxtremegear.com/al1.html
    Case: Aspire X-Alien Silver
    Power Supply: Antec True430
    Motherboard: Abit IC7-MAX3
    Processor: Pentium 4 2.6c
    Memory: Corsair XMS PC3500 1024MB(512x2)
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
    Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy 2
    Speakers: Logitech Z-680

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    Anything with video in (vivo) will be out of your price range.

    Also, the non pro and non ultra cards are not very fast...and even though they support DX9 shaders they lack the power to play the DX9 games at a decent speed......they struggle to reach even 10k 3DMarks which is just not enough...I recommend nothing less than the Sapphire 9600 Pro at $150 US......the extra spent will be well worth it.

    FX5900 - 3DMark2001 [20,566] - 3DMark2003 [7,281] - Aquamark3 [56,694]
    Ti4400 - 3DMark2001 [16,028]

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    Cheers guys, you being really helpfull :)

    Im still dreaming of 9500s, i will see what i can do about them, people still sell them over here in NZ :D

    Ill go look for prices on 9600s here, as US prices dont help me much :laugh:


    Keep it coming! :geek:
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    Heh.. it never ends.

    I have just got advised to go for Ti4200 128 by guys form www.overclockers.co.nz
    I tend to trust them, thats where i got my mad MX440 golden sample for $70nzd, aka $30 USD( ? ) that does 300 FPS on Unreal Tournament (FX5200, 80 fps) :D

    What make of Ti's should i look for?

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    I've been usin' these for quite some time now and I've no complaints with them at all but they are not DX9 cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulburner
    Anything with video in (vivo) will be out of your price range.

    Also, the non pro and non ultra cards are not very fast...and even though they support DX9 shaders they lack the power to play the DX9 games at a decent speed......they struggle to reach even 10k 3DMarks which is just not enough...I recommend nothing less than the Sapphire 9600 Pro at 0 US......the extra spent will be well worth it.
    I do disagree, my FX5600 non-ultra scores about 14k

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggo
    I've been usin' these for quite some time now and I've no complaints with them at all but they are not DX9 cards.
    I know they arent DX9, but its much better than getting FX5200, with its frucked 8.1 support and exactly the same frucked dx9 speeds :snip:

    No complaints, that doesnt mean they are really good does it? :?:

    How is the overclockability? Stock heatsink looks dodgy... Apparently some of those leadteks have been noted to have badly applied thermal paste.


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    They're quick enough and mine are runnin' speeds between a stock GF4 Ti4400 and Ti4600 though about 1 in 10 may need the heatsinks reseated properly but that ain't hard either.

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