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What new card for around £100

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by lewism, 24 Mar 2006.

  1. lewism

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    Currently in my machine i have 9600XT, while it plays older games fine i find it a pain not being able to turn up the eye candy in newer games and struggling frame rates. As usual moneys a bit tight so im looking to spend around the £100 area, obviously the cheaper the better. This card would have to last me a year, as thats when i intend to upgrade once vista etc comes out and i really need to move on. so currently what i have in the shortlist are

    9800XT
    6600GT
    1600 pro

    Obviously the 9800XT is the cheapest option and the one i most want to go for but i cant find one that doesnt go on ebay for over £70 (if anyone has one thats collecting dust and wants to sell ill buy it. So in your renowned opinion what one should i spend my money on. Games i play are WoW CS:S and a few shader intensive programs. card must be AGP.

    thanks :)
     
  2. bbreezeuk

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    the 9800xt would be best if u can find one under £100 or an X800 GTO if you can strech the extra £35
     
  3. Journey

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    Nvidia 7600GS can be had for well under a ton. DOH, but I cannot find one on AGP.

    I'd say the Sapphire X1600Pro for around £90 would be the best option.
     
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  4. Nikolic

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    2nd hand x800 or 6800 would be best. Maybe could find a 6800GS for that price.
     
  5. WatchTower

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    I'm not sure about how good this card but it looks ok the only down sie is it only has 8 piplelines.

    Sapphire X1600 Pro 256MB DDR2 AVIVO TV-Out/DVI (AGP) - Retail (GX-116-SP) £93.94
     
  6. easyrider

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    That card is a terrible card and about as useful as a chocolate fire guard!
    Steer clear.

    6600 gt or if you can stretch a 6800gs
     
  7. WatchTower

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    When you see the memory speed and core speed it looks just as good as a 6600. Im not saying your wrong I just need to know what it is that makes it so bad?
     
  8. NeptuneUK

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    the X1600 is direct x 9 and smartshader 3, the older radeons arent.

    get either an X1600 or a 6600gt, both are pretty much the same.
     
  9. easyrider

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    A Radeon 9800 pro is faster than a x1600

    And a 6600GT smacks the x1600 around the face with a wet kipper wiping the floor with it. ;)
     
  10. lewism

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    so my best option is either a 9800XT or a 6600GT, is there anywhere apart from ebay that i can pick these second hand. Would get the 6600GT from here but still tops over a ton, is the Leadtek WinFast GeForce 6600 GT 128MB DDR3 TV-Out/DVI (AGP) - Retail (GX-050-LT) thats listed on ocuk any good?

    someone on here has to be selling something, im surprised a big forum like this doesnt have a for sale section. maybe a bad business move (probably) thanks anyways guys
     
  11. easyrider

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    That card is fine and the forum does have a for sale section but you need 250 posts to access it.
    :)
     
  12. lewism

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    Ah thanks, very friendly forum and very informative. im enjoying my time here. i may wait until i accumulate enough posts and see what people have to offer on there. in my expereience buying of forums is much easier that fleabay.

    Are there any other cards. how much do 6800 vanillas go for? are they even easy to find
     
  13. NeptuneUK

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    its not got smartshader 3 though, thats all
     
  14. ACESHIGH

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    The X1600pro is not a bad card at all. Depends on price.
    People who say they are are generally say that because they dont like ATI cards.

    In most cases its as quick as the X800GT & 6600GT (except Doom3, Quake 4)
    It also has SM3 unlike the older ATI cards.

    See here....
    http://www.digital-daily.com/video/x1600_x800_6600gt/index05.htm


    If you can find the X1600pro below £100 then its a pretty good buy.
     
  15. bbreezeuk

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    but this card is incapable of runing new games with max eyecandy on
     
  16. JonnyGLC

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    And so is the 6600GT ;)