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IMHO, save the money. Wait till you get more, buy something better.
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post #22 of 33
For $99, the GS is a good buy.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/E...800_GS/20.html

Or $82 HD3850
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EDIT: ^^^ hmmm....I don't trust that bench. Plus the 8600 series overclock very well, I have mine at near GTS speeds.
The 7800GT has greater memory bandwidth & pure pixel processing power than the 8600GT, whereas any recent game that becomes shader dependent will favor the 8600GT. Seeing as EQ2 is not the 7800GT should be better, but as has been stated in previous posts the coding of EQ2 is crap and it really won't make any difference which GFX card you get. Can you say Crysis x10?
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The 7800GT has greater memory bandwidth & pure pixel processing power than the 8600GT, whereas any recent game that becomes shader dependent will favor the 8600GT. Seeing as EQ2 is not the 7800GT should be better, but as has been stated in previous posts the coding of EQ2 is crap and it really won't make any difference which GFX card you get. Can you say Crysis x10?
Eh???

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On Topic: The 8800GS is the best card under $100. But the 8600GT is the best card under $50. Your choice : "Lets Play Spend Or Save With Your Host 'Ched Malking"

EDIT: So Sorry, don't know what came over me....must be too much Swiss chocolate.
post #25 of 33
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IMHO, save the money. Wait till you get more, buy something better.
That's my advice, also. Save another $25-$50 and get yourself something from the ATI 38xx series or nVidia 8800 or 9600 series. The performance jump is relatively large compared to an ATI 2600, nVidia 7 series (or 8600) card.

A few cards you may want to look at:

nVidia 8800GS 384MB
nVidia 9600GSO 768MB (coming soon)
ATi HD3850 256/512MB

You can typically find these in the low-$100 range.
    
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post #26 of 33
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I decided to buy the $100 8800 GTS that was mentioned earlier.

Figured thats my best bang for the buck, and since I do play some other games on the occasion, it would be nice to actually play them decently.
    
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post #27 of 33
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I decided to buy the $100 8800 GTS that was mentioned earlier.

Figured thats my best bang for the buck, and since I do play some other games on the occasion, it would be nice to actually play them decently.
Ah, an 8800GTS 320MB. A great card (especially for only $100). It should serve you well!
    
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post #28 of 33
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I decided to buy the $100 8800 GTS that was mentioned earlier.

Figured thats my best bang for the buck, and since I do play some other games on the occasion, it would be nice to actually play them decently.

I didn't see your PSU. Make sure you have a good 450W PSU with 26A on it. Some G80 GPUs are power hog but it may be fine if it works with your X1950Pro.
post #29 of 33
I don't get this thread, isn't a x1950 pro faster then a 8600gt? Last I remember it's faster then my old 8600gts.

You should have gone with a better cpu a p4 will really slow you down.
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post #30 of 33
his 1950 pro is on agp, not pci-e....nice buy on the 8800gts...even though its a g80, its still a cracking card.
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