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Thread: Which gfx card and where to buy?




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    Hi, i was just wondering which graphics card to get. Around the 200 dollars range. I was going to get a 9800 and boost it to pro by flashing bios but Circuit city doesn't sell it anymore.... Gay! so anyways, i just wanted to see if you guys no where to get a gfx card of = or a little less performance. Thanks : peace2:

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    Id say the best card for the money right now is a 9600XT. Theres a bunch of retail bundles by Sapphire/Asus/PowerColor etc. You can find them as low as 160 US. Look at Newegg.com excaliberpc.com or pricewatch.
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    ok then. Which 9600 xt should i get? i can get the asus for 187 and the sapphire for 160 both come with half life 2. thanks : peace2:

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    Power Color is also a nice little company...but i think i would go with Sapphire.
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    i can get a powercolor too for 168. So sapphire or powercolor?

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    Sapphire is the way to go :thumb:
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    ok i've decided to get saphhire 9600xt, but theres a 256mb one too or should i stick with 128 the 256 is 186 at newegg without the hl2. Does anyone know if excaliberpc sells the sapphire with hl2? becuz it says its oem but so does gameve and newegg, but i heard it comes with hl2 still. Thanks: peace2:

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    You do not need 256 mb right now. So go with the 128, I think every version of the new radeon's get a hl2. :cheers:
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    personally i would go for a 9800se all in one and flash the bios, so u have a 9800 pro with aiw for about 140
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    Never buy anthing SE, cause they always suck and have s****y parts exchanged in them. That card probably has 3.0ns Infineron RAM, so you cant flash it to a 9800 Pro anyways. Be wary of the "SE".
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