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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
SM3: shader model #3 ? What do I miss if card doesn't 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?
7600GS overclocked would spank a 6800Ultra

look for something along the lines of a BFG 7600GSOC
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7600GS overclocked would spank a 6800Ultra

look for something along the lines of a BFG 7600GSOC
I'll look into that one, also gotta investigate voltage and 12v rail requirements.
How do ATI's compare?
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They don't take more voltage then a 6800 lol
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Toms Hardware shows VGU charts for performance,
shows X800XT & X850XT spanking the 7600GS.
The 7800GS eats them all, gonna have to price it.
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X8*0XT don't have SM3
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post #17 of 74
Easy choice for best bang for the buck, the new X1650XT's are coming in pretty competitively with 7600GT's and will out perform them nicely

It's a x1950Pro with a crippled core, I bet you could unlock it and vmod it nicely.
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X8*0XT don't have SM3
What do I miss if a card doesn't have SM3? Frame rates, cheaper pics, what does SM3 do exactly?
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post #19 of 74
Yeah in a sense you can get better Normal mapping parralex mapping and extended DX9 features

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shader
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I've done a few benchmarks with a friend of mine who has the 128MB version of this card, it keeps up w/ my Ultra clocked 6800GT. Not the same speeds but I'd say my 6800GT is 35% better.

I suggest this card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814141026

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102065

If you want to go 7 Series, get the 7600GT. It's more than $150 but it's worth it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150201
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