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post #11 of 28
Whichever is cheaper, they are the same (made at the same factory, lol).
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Ok, the ATi Radeon it is!! I am still on a budget.
    
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I find this to be the cheapest 512 X1800XT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102629
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post #14 of 28
IMO if you are on a budget, get the x1800xl because if you buy an aftermarket cooler, you can get some sick oc speeds out of it. Like mine gives ~8850 on 3d05 with an oc of only 550/550 from 500/500. I play games like Oblivion and Need for speed MW at crazy fps of ~60 avg with full settings and sm3.0! Maybe you can save the extra cash and put it towards saving for a dx10 card or better mem (pc2700 has GOT to go).

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post #15 of 28
X1800 XL is good, but the X1800 XT has higher speeds, a decent cooler (can be loud if you want better cooling) and 512mb which can be only be more and more helpful as newer games come out, and you use higher AA + AF settings.
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You can flash the 512 x1800xt to XTPE upping core to 700 mem 800 stock then take it up from there.Stock cooling does a good job,very rare to hear the fan speed up.At above speeds im getting 9690 in 3d05 and judging by others results 10000+ should be done with a little application.Great card for the price.
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Interesting... I think I'll take the OEM, just because all it doesn't have is the fancy box. Is the MSI better than the Sapphire? Does it really matter between the two brands? I know there is the difference of clock speeds, but is there antything else I should be looking at that I have possibly overlooked?
    
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post #18 of 28
Nope the two cards are pretty much identical unless one has a different cooler. You can easily overclock one the speed of the other that comes pre overclocked. The x1800xt is a very good card and pretty good for the value right now but personally I would go with the 7900gt. It is pretty close in performance to a x1800xt but it does get beaten at stock. However you can do what is called a volt mod to the 7900gt which is pretty easy and the guys on this site will be more than happy to show you how to do. Once you have volt modded the 7900gt it can overclock to insane levels and blow a x1800xt out of the water. Plus the 7900gt is only $300. Just something to think about. If you are not comfortable doing a modification to your card like I suggested then the x1800xt is definately the way to go it is a very powerful card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130281
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post #19 of 28
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Yeah, I'm not comfortable doing a volt mod or any kind of hardware changes, for that matter. If it was my own system, I wouldn't mind, but this is for the family computer. Besides, isn't the OEM Sapphire x1800xt $300 as well?
    
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Originally Posted by legoman786
Yeah, I'm not comfortable doing a volt mod or any kind of hardware changes, for that matter. If it was my own system, I wouldn't mind, but this is for the family computer. Besides, isn't the OEM Sapphire x1800xt $300 as well?
Well, the x1800 (R520) allows you to change the core and memory voltages without doing voltage mods (it's built into the card).
Just get whatever is cheapest from newegg.com, it honestly dosn't matter if you get a refurb, or a brand new card, it will work the same, unless it's DOA, which it won't be...
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