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My son has one of my older rigs that I'd like to keep around another year, but
it needs a better AGP card (currently ATI 9600XT).

Rig: Intel 875PBZ, P4 3.0C stock speed, 2X512 Crucial, ZS sound, 120g Maxtor, Antec 380 watt True Power PSU (18A on 12v rail).

I'm looking for a video card that will run most current games at decent framerates. I've heard the 6800's are more better than the 7600GS series?
Looking to spend up to around $150.
ANYONE KNOW ANY USEFUL DATA & OR GOOD DEALS , ATI or NVIDIA?
Which might OC high safely?
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I have heard the 6800's are more powerfull, but lack things like sm 3.0 and HDR. I don't keep of much with nVidia, I could be wrong.

you should be able to get a x800xt or so also if you want to consider an ATi option.
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I've seen the 6800GTs been had for quite cheap these days. Especially the 128mb ones. Also I believe that all of the 6xxx series support HDR and SM3.0 so you won't be lacking there. Also from ATI there's the X1650Pro which is pretty cheap too. Not sure about their performance in comparison to the 6800s but probably pretty close.
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post #4 of 74
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I have heard the 6800's are more powerfull, but lack things like sm 3.0 and HDR. I don't keep of much with nVidia, I could be wrong.

you should be able to get a x800xt or so also if you want to consider an ATi option.
These are helpful tidbits I'm not too familiar with. Thanx, anyone else?
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Just get him a 7600GS or 7300

And all the 6*00's have SM3
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6800Ultra AGP's are sweet, Post in the wanted section you might get lucky.
7300 suck.
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Just get him a 7600GS or 7300

And all the 6*00's have SM3
I've thought about the 7600GS but I hear the 6800's will blow it away but I dont know the facts. The 7300 wouldn't be good enough of a step up.
How well do the X800GTO's and X850XT compare to Nvidia?
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post #8 of 74
For around 150 you can probably get a good 6800 card or a 7600GS (i recommend the 256s; the 512s don't see to perform very well; i had one). I think the mid-range nVidia cards are better than the mid-range ATi cards, so as far as "bang for buck," i'd get a 68 or 76 card.

Edit: I like to repeat stuff: 6 series cards support SM3
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I've thought about the 7600GS but I hear the 6800's will blow it away but I dont know the facts. The 7300 wouldn't be good enough of a step up.
How well do the X800GTO's and X850XT compare to Nvidia?
The X800GTOs are great and I hear that some can be flashed to X850XT PE. Performance wise they're better than the 6800GT and Ultra but lack features such as SM3.0.
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The X800GTOs are great and I hear that some can be flashed to X850XT PE. Performance wise they're better than the 6800GT and Ultra but lack features such as SM3.0.
I think the 6800 were the first cards to have SM3.0.
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