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Well, thanks to my winnings in Fantasy Football, I'm now in the market for a good video card. I realize DX10 is around the corner, but I dont plan to upgrade 'til the last minute (basically, not until I absolutely have to), so I need a card that will last for the long haul both "performance-wise" AND "reliability-wise" as well. I don't play the absolute newest games out there, (hence I don't need the baddest, greatest, most expensive video card out).....but Company of Heroes is looking pretty good. The demo version slightly stutters with my current video card.

I'm kinda looking along the lines of a 7600GT, is that good??

Absolute max I can spend is well under $200-------as close to $100 as I can get.

Please don't post unless you've had firsthand experience with the video card you're talking about. I get a lot of people suggesting me things they haven't even tried themselves just because they "heard" it was awesome.
    
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post #2 of 13
A X1900GT or above will treat you right, or a 7900GS/GT.

Both those cards are similar. Get the ATI if you want imiage quality, IE: AA + HDR. Get the 7900GS/GT if you want raw FPS.
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post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm a little stumped on this list:

Newegg 7900GS video cards
Should I just get the cheapest? Does 100 extra mhz on memory really matter much on video cards?
    
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post #4 of 13
Get the 7600GT for $120, The X1900GT for $150, and the X1950PRO over the 7900GS if you have ten bucks more.
 
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I can't run SLI with anything other than nvidia on this mobo, can I?
    
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post #6 of 13
Not officially. Actually even with your motherboard, you would need to mod the NForce 4 chip, and buy an SLI connector.
You also might be able to use Crossfire with hacked drivers.
 
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post #7 of 13
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Yeah, I plan to mod this thing, I just need video cards first.

This one looks like a winner...whaddya think? All opinions welcome.
    
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post #8 of 13
That's fine. Plan on buying a good cooler to O/C.
 
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Windows 7 Professional 2 x Dell 2408WFP 
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post #9 of 13
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Well, thanks to my winnings in Fantasy Football, I'm now in the market for a good video card. I realize DX10 is around the corner, but I dont plan to upgrade 'til the last minute (basically, not until I absolutely have to), so I need a card that will last for the long haul both "performance-wise" AND "reliability-wise" as well. I don't play the absolute newest games out there, (hence I don't need the baddest, greatest, most expensive video card out).....but Company of Heroes is looking pretty good. The demo version slightly stutters with my current video card.

I'm kinda looking along the lines of a 7600GT, is that good??

Absolute max I can spend is well under $200-------as close to $100 as I can get.

Please don't post unless you've had firsthand experience with the video card you're talking about. I get a lot of people suggesting me things they haven't even tried themselves just because they "heard" it was awesome.
get the Xfx XXXedition 7600gt they clock great and are fast cards taht stay extremely cool and they cost 146$
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post #10 of 13
Go with the cheapest card of the model you can afford and overclock it yourself
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