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So Basically im going to order the parts for my new build within the next couple of days, but im not sure about the video card. I want the Zotac 8800GT which is $154 on newegg.com, but from what i can tell with video cards and their prices, they drop relatively quickly when new cards come out, and the new Nvideo series come out in 1 week.
So im going to order a series video card sometime in July. Now i can get some decent cards for pretty cheap. Now these cards may seem like crap to you guys but let me tell you what i have right now. A P4 2.8Ghz overclocked to 3.16Ghz. 1GB ram running XP with a Sapphire 9600 Pro that i picked up a couple months ago for $30.
Now i just need a card so i can set up the PC, and i dont have any PCI cards so here are te cards im trying to decide on

SAPPHIRE Radeon X1650PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2
--> $45-----after rebate=$29.99

HIS Hightech Radeon HD 2600PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2
-->$55-----after rebate $35

SAPPHIRE 1Radeon HD 2600PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2
-->$58----after rebate $43

About the cards aove, I have no clue which is better since the HIS 2600 has a memory clock of 1040Mhz, but the sapphire 2600 has a memory clock of 1400Mhz, and the sapphire 1650Pro has a memory clock of 1400Mhz. So out of these threee which has the best performance to cost ratio

Now as i see it, any money that i spend on these cards is going to add on to what im going to spend on the 8800gt, so if i spend $30 now, i see it as the 8800GT being $30 more. So basically i want to get the cheapest card, but it needs to be able to play HD DVDs and Blu ray movies. Now if you guys have any other cards around the same price please point them out.
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post #2 of 15
Of the ones you listed, the X1650 would be your best bet. If you can expand beyond your list, the 7600GT will be superior to the X1650, and not too much more costly. The 2600's had the same problem as the 8600's, even though they they offer DX10, they just don't have the power to do it justice. Though the 2600's do a better job of it IMO. I haven't experienced the X1650 first hand, but I have the 2600PRO and the 7600GT. I like the 7600GT.
One question, forgive me if I am out of line. If you have the cash for a Blue-Ray and an HD-DVD player, whats the problem spending an extra bit for the temporary card?
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I bought a HD DVD player back last november for $120 the HD-A2. Then i bought the xbox 360 hd dvd add on for $30. I have about 30 movies, 14 of them i got for free.
Also i dont have a blu ray player, but since hd dvd lost im sure people would be more knowloegable on the requirements for blu ray. Also i will be using the HD DVD player for a long time to come since you can make you own HD DVDs on standard DVDs.

My build is only a budget build, without the graphics card it will cost $378. Im rusing hard drives and dvd drives from an old P3 that i have. I am only a highschool student so im buying everything off of money i have saved up.

Also the reason i dont want to spend alot on this card is because im only going to have it for 1-2 months. And the way i see it, the money i spend on this "filler" card, it will only make the 8800GT that im going to buy be more expensive, so say if the 8800GT falls to $100, right now its $150. If i spend $30 on this "filler" card, in my eyes the 8800GT that i buy for $100 was $130
Edited by Infinitegrim - 6/8/08 at 3:07pm
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post #4 of 15
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I just took a look at newegg.com and a 7600GT is $60 at the cheapest, the only Nvidia card in the price range of these cards is the 7300GT. It seems that older Nvidia cards are very rare, while the old ATI cards are still very common
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post #5 of 15
Pick up the cheapest 2600 you can, it'll be your best bet.
post #6 of 15
1650 will be your best bet. i have the 1650xt with gddr3, the one you linked has gddr2 and isn't the xt model but it should still do you justice, especially for the price. i can watch hd movies and play crysis with my xt so you should be good.
    
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post #7 of 15
Get the cheapest 2600pro you can find
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post #8 of 15
Get the $55 2600 one or this GDDR3 8600GT.
post #9 of 15
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so basically which is better, a 2600pro with 1000Mhz DDR2, or the 1650pro with 1400Mhz ram?
about that 8600GT, its only got 256MB of ram, i was hoping for 512.
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post #10 of 15
the 1650. it makes more use of its power more efficiently. the 2600 has dx10 but as previously stated, not enough to make it that great of a card. the 1600 is only dx9, but is plenty powerful enough to do want you want and will over clock pretty good too and is almost half the cost of the 2600.
    
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