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whats the best card i can get on newegg.com for AROUND 200, possibly a lil less, ive always been an nvidia man, but im doing a mobo/pro upgrade and thinking about maybe buying my first ati card, anyone help me out? thanks
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I would say something like these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Go.x=0&Go.y=0

EDIT: or: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Go.x=0&Go.y=0

These are all around the $200 mark
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102646

this is the gto2 that can be moddified to 16pp and a x850xt/pe :] it is amazing and will save u a pile of money so u can buy somthing else like a better psu :] seeing the rest is fine lol :]
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post #4 of 24
7600gt..
thats a very good card, benches around an x850xt
if you can fork over the cash though, i highly suggest a 7900gt. its ALOT better.
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post #5 of 24
X850XT I just got 1 and i love it!!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102483

or ebay has good prices as well i found:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=8801720463


i should have checked ebay first could have saves 30 dollars
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PCIe Sapphire X850 XT for $160 is the best possible deal at that price point, performs at or over a 7600 GT/X1800 GTO level, just doesnt have SM3.0, which is probably for the better on a mid range card anyways.

Paying an extra $10 for an X800 GTO2 so you have to unlock and overclock it an X850 XT, and it has a much smaller and less effective cooler, not the best idea.
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post #7 of 24
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was thinking either that or the x1600xt that one looks nice too, more mem and ram power, just less pixelpipes..hmm
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Originally Posted by Nytebane
was thinking either that or the x1600xt that one looks nice too, more mem and ram power, just less pixelpipes..hmm
Tbh i would take a faster core and more pipelines over extra memory

I would also prefer a card that was faster with only SM2 over a slower card with SM3
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post #9 of 24
I just ordered this x850xt. My friend has one and he gets like 250fps in CounterStrike. Also, Anandtech just did a series of benchmarks on all graphics cards x800 level and higher, the x850xt can even run oblivion at medium settings with a 30fps average at 1024x768 size. It is quite the bang for the buck if you don't mind sacrificing a bit of image quality (no SM3/HDR) for a good speed card.

Btw, the x850xt I linked is the retail sapphire package with Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia. I haven't played them before (my card is scheduled to arrive tomorrow), but if you do get one, this is the best bundle, as it is only like $10 more than the retail package with only a driver CD.

On the other hand, if you want highest image quality, but are willing to sacrifice speed, the x1800gto will suit you. If you want the middle of the road, get a 7600 GT (SM3 OR HDR) and a tad faster than an x1800gto in most benches I've seen.

Like MjrTom said, though, if you're getting a card now that is not going to be the highest quality, you might as well go for speed--and nothing sub-200 beats the x850xt.
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post #10 of 24
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changed my mind, going for one of those, they are funky looking, but im sure it will do well.
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