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well, started playing age of conan and am looking into finally upgrading my gfx card, seeing as how i've been out of the loop lately when it comes to computer stuff, what is a pretty decent card that supports DX10 that will perform a good deal better than my 7800gt?

i'd want to spend maybe $100-$130, i'd REALLY like to keep it cheap tho, i dont need anything great at all just something that i can run mediums on no problem.

oh yea, nvidia or ati dont matter
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I'd say take a look at the 8800 series if you can afford them, they are probably the best after the 9xxx series from NVidia. Otherwise, as far as affordable, I'd say a 8600GT is the best, the 8500GT and 8400 series are too underpowered (I've owned both, I would know). I don't know about the ATI cards, but they have driver issues sometimes, and they vary widely in proformance, not to mention cost.
    
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8800GTS 640MB (G80)

Honestly though, I would shell out $30 more and get an 8800GT
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8800gs would be nice
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post #5 of 12
If you aren't playing at huge resolutions (which I am suspecting you aren't), go with the 8800GTS 320MB.
They're like under $100 now and still play most games pretty well.

Or, save up a little more and get an 8800GT 512MB.
post #6 of 12
Nvidia 8800GS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150294

or

ATI 3850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102715

I don't know why people go on saying that ATI has serious driver issues--I've owned the last three generation of ATI cards, and never have I EVER run into a driver issue. For the most recent cards, I think there was a previous driver version that didn't work so well, but it's long since been fixed.

Despite my warm feelings towards ATI, I'd go with the 8800GS--it's only $99 after rebate (and only $129 before rebate), and I think it should perform higher than the 3850 in games.

but if you're only at 1280x1024 resolution and below, you probably won't notice a difference between either card, and might as well just get the cheapest. Good luck and have fun with your new card!
    
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Originally Posted by guyladouche View Post
Nvidia 8800GS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150294

or

ATI 3850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102715

I don't know why people go on saying that ATI has serious driver issues--I've owned the last three generation of ATI cards, and never have I EVER run into a driver issue. For the most recent cards, I think there was a previous driver version that didn't work so well, but it's long since been fixed.
Thats my experiance at least, I've owned 5 (Rage, All-In-Wonder, All-In-Wonder 9600Pro, x800 (something), x1600Pro (First PCI-E card) ATi cards, and none of them worked with the next Catalyst release, especially the later ones, I don't know why...never had that problem with Forceware.
    
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post #8 of 12
If ya wanna keep it cheap go 9600gt or 8800gt
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post #9 of 12
There are few options.

1. $100 8800GS.
2. $100 8800GTS G80 320 or HD3850
3. $130 9600GT or D3870
4. $130+ 8800GT.

If you can budget extra $10 ro $15, get the 8800GT for a long run.
post #10 of 12
"3870" enough said, cheap and powerful. personally good cost to performance ratio.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814161218R
Edited by battlenut - 5/23/08 at 3:31am
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