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Argh, lol this is really a silly problem. Well I'm hoping to give my old computer (in signature) a bit of an upgrade before I seriously start saving for Conroe + PCIEx16 and DDR2. It will be a complete computer and this old one will still be around to play on. I might even use a KVM, who knows?

Now for the dilemma: I've already decided not to go 7800 and that a 7600 would be plenty good. But I'm looking through Newegg.com and I spot two likely contenders.


The XFX

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I picked this based on the fact that it had 512MB and was all cool and black. No but seriously all the 7600's are about the same. I read the reviews and there isn't anything suprising there. I've been reading up on XFX and it seems their cards are a bit more pricey for a reason and I almost purchased it this morning... then I saw:


The CHAINTECH

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Now of course there are a number of things I could have gone by including but not limited to:

Price
Clock Speed
Form Factor
Accessories
Compatibility

But I picked this based on this:
Yup, thats right. Hot girl on box. All the other ATI/Nvidia/Voodoo boxes I've ever had all had weird crappy stuff on them. This is the first box I really like. I will probably have it framed. The bad thing is there are no reviews of the CHAINTECH card and I've never really heard of them. Are they any good or would I just be wasting my time?

Hot girl on box or more expensive card with 512MB?
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post #2 of 14
I've never heard of any problems with Chaintech. My cousin has a motherboard by them and it's been great.

The Chaintech also has a copper heatsink. Good for overclocking.

Now, do you know what the memory interface is? If it's 128-bit, the 512MB won't have much of an impact. And im guessing it's DDR2?
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XFX is better thanb Chaintech as an overall company including warranty features. However in answere to your question i wuld go XFX overall.
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They are both the same. GDDR2.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE1701
XFX is better thanb Chaintech as an overall company including warranty features. However in answere to your question i wuld go XFX overall.
Yeah, XFX has a better warranty, should you ever need it.
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Warranty is my key concern. DOA warranty especially. ANY manufacturer can ship a DOA. Find out from the retailer what their warranty is. If it's strictly through the manufacturer, go somewhere else. If the video card is going to die, odds are it wil die in the first 7-14 days of continuous use. I always make sure I can send the card back to the retailer (which is local) for at least two weeks.
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post #7 of 14
If you are looking at the GDDR2 variants (which are considerably cheaper than the GDDR3) there are some nice XFX units with the 256Mb GDDR2 as the 512Mb on the 128bit is not ever going to be utilised here.

Check out..this..for $124.00
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FrankenPC
Warranty is my key concern. DOA warranty especially. ANY manufacturer can ship a DOA. Find out from the retailer what their warranty is. If it's strictly through the manufacturer, go somewhere else. If the video card is going to die, odds are it wil die in the first 7-14 days of continuous use. I always make sure I can send the card back to the retailer (which is local) for at least two weeks.
Well all taken into consideration then XFX sounds better.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE1701
Well all taken into consideration then XFX sounds better.
Plus XFX has the whole Pimp my ride kinda pc upgrade thing,, I have XFX.. You should too lol.. XFX fo sho!
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Plus XFX has the whole Pimp my ride kinda pc upgrade thing,, I have XFX.. You should too lol.. XFX fo sho!
You're sounding pretty silly IMO.
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