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I'm currently looking at two video cards on EBay one is the Evga e-geforce fx 5700le (256mb) for 30 dollars and the other card is a BFG Geforce FX 5700ultra for 20 dollars currently. Which one of these should I get...? I mean I'm aware the obvious choice would be the Ultra card but in case of the event I lose the auction would I be fine with the LE card?

I ran over to gpureview.com and overclocked the 5700le to the same specs as the ultra and it appears I can get exactly the same performance from that card. Does the Evga e-geforce fx 5700LE still have the shader model 2.0 and all of that?

I know what you're thinking "Why get such an old card when there are better ones out?", well that's because I have an older PC that's not capable of handling todays powerful cards... I have a limited powersupply and I only have agp and pci slots and I'm just looking for a slight upgrade from my MX 420 card for CSSource and HL2. ^^
post #2 of 8
In that case get this brand new card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102734
performs better than the 5700ULTRA and a ton newer as well with shader model 4

Slightly more expensive :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102073
Edited by darksideleader - 5/31/08 at 3:52pm
post #3 of 8
I've used the fx5700 before, it was alright but it couldn't run HLF/CSS in DX9.

I suggest what the guy above wrote, its more than enough for HLF/CSS.
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You really should spend more than $30 if you're going to be gaming.

Get the x1650pro like darkside said.
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what card you get really depends on your processor. if your running something, like say, a P3 you would just be wasting your money
   
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I'd have to agree here, the FX series cards are an absolute joke. Get either an ATI 9800PRO, ATI X1650, (or ATI HD2xxx). Or if you've really got some cash to spend, on the green side of the fence you've got Nvidia 7600GS, 7800GS. Any of those cards would be a great budget choice for an AGP machine. Just depends on budget.

But like its been said, if you're on a SUPER slow CPU, and huge lack of RAM, a better video card may not be the right choice for you .
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I just want a simple card for casual PC gaming. I don't really mind if I can't play in 1600 resolution with AA and all of those other features. I play my games in 800x600 with all of those extra things turned off. I've been playing CSSource with a GeForce4 MX 420 for about a year with a decent 45-50 FPS on medium quality. Surely an FX Ultra card will give more performance.

When it comes down to it I just want to be able to play a game. All the pretty graphics are cool and all but they're not what makes a game fun. ;D
post #8 of 8
by sound of that, u probably dont have a terrible cpu, go for 1650 or 7600gs or even 7300gt.

7300gt oc = 7600gs easily (same core)
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