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    Abt. $200 to spend on PCIe, REQ BBB

    Got a DFI LP Ultra-D for 'da woman here, unfortunately, I need a PCIe card and a CPU. (I get the new CPU, an Opteron, lol). Anyway, looking for the "BBB" best bang for the buck. Talk to me people, I have no preference with ATI or NV. She plays Sims2, BF2, and misc BS.

    There are so many cards and variations out there. Cheapest the better.

    Her system will be a DFI LP Ultra-D, 3200 Winchester, Kingston Hyperx CH-6. Not sure if I will OC her rig much, being it will have an OEM heatsink. (Yea, this is cheap and dirty)

    She now has an A7X8X/Barton 2500 (2.3ghz)/ and a 9700pro.

    I would like to have her see a noticable improvement in her gaming (Sims2).

    Comments?
    DFI NF4 Ultra-D, 165 Opteron. 9x275 1:1, OCZ 3200 2x512 TCCD, Sapphire X800GTO Fireblade, Raptor 74, Benq 1640, Liteon 166S DVD, Antec 660 Perf.+, Fortron Blue 500, Viewsonic VX910, XPsp2, Herc. GTXP 6.1, Z640

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    Re: Abt. $200 to spend on PCIe, REQ BBB

    My thoughts would be one of these two on the high end of your price range. If you want to go less expensive you can look at some of the lower end X800 cards ( I have a nice one) or a plain 6800.

    That X800 has 16 pipes where as most of the GTOís Iíve seen only have 12. From everything Iíve read though the 6800GS will perform better of the two in most cases.

    As for seeing improvements in SIMS II Ö No idea how graphically intense that game is so not sure how much this will actually do.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131424

    POWERCOLOR X800GTO16256MBDDR3 Radeon X800GTO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

    $183.00

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130258

    eVGA 256-P2-N386 Geforce 6800GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

    $199.00
    Game - BIOSTAR TA785 A2+ / Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 125W / Patroit 8GB DDR2 800 CAS 4 Timing: 4-4-4-12 / Sapphire HD 6870 1GB / Antec Three Hundred Case / PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W / X-Fi XtremeGamer / Western Digital 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s /Windows Vista home premium 64 SP1

    Back up - Biostar 6100-939 / A64 3800 Venice(Stock 2.4) / 1.5 GB Corsair XMS 3200 / HD3870

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    Re: Abt. $200 to spend on PCIe, REQ BBB

    Humm Okay I see you said ďThe Cheaper the betterĒ so here is some less expensive card advice.

    Okay I have this card in my system and itís decent. I wish I had spent a bit more and gotten 256 MEG of RAM but still it plays everything Iíve tossed at it. Granted I havenít tried FEAR or any of the other recent hot titles but I bet it would run SIMS II nicely.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127176

    MSI RX800-TD128E Radeon X800 128MB 256-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

    $137.00

    Personally I should have gone for something like this, but I really wanted to try an ATI card this time. My guess is that this 6800XT will out perform my X800.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130261

    eVGA 256-P2-N381 Geforce 6800XT 256MB 256-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

    $159.00

    Next is the Card I should have purchased instead of the MSI (IMO) actually I shouldhave gone with the NVIDIA but again I was looking at ATI this time.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131420

    POWERCOLOR R43CA-GD3D Radeon X800GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

    $169.00

    Of those three (If I had it to do again I would pick the EVGA 6800XT followed by the Powercolor.
    Game - BIOSTAR TA785 A2+ / Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 125W / Patroit 8GB DDR2 800 CAS 4 Timing: 4-4-4-12 / Sapphire HD 6870 1GB / Antec Three Hundred Case / PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W / X-Fi XtremeGamer / Western Digital 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s /Windows Vista home premium 64 SP1

    Back up - Biostar 6100-939 / A64 3800 Venice(Stock 2.4) / 1.5 GB Corsair XMS 3200 / HD3870

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    Re: Abt. $200 to spend on PCIe, REQ BBB

    X800Pro PCI-E 256MB, $149, Refurb, 3 year warranty

    http://shop.ati.com/searchresults.asp?dept_id=39
    Last edited by GTwannabe; 12-23-2005 at 02:26 PM.


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    Re: Abt. $200 to spend on PCIe, REQ BBB

    Quote Originally Posted by GTwannabe
    X800Pro PCI-E 256MB, $149, Refurb, 3 year warranty

    http://shop.ati.com/searchresults.asp?dept_id=39
    Nice call. Still I think the 6800XT will perform better for 10 bucks more. Still Thatís a dang nice option
    Game - BIOSTAR TA785 A2+ / Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 125W / Patroit 8GB DDR2 800 CAS 4 Timing: 4-4-4-12 / Sapphire HD 6870 1GB / Antec Three Hundred Case / PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W / X-Fi XtremeGamer / Western Digital 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s /Windows Vista home premium 64 SP1

    Back up - Biostar 6100-939 / A64 3800 Venice(Stock 2.4) / 1.5 GB Corsair XMS 3200 / HD3870

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    Re: Abt. $200 to spend on PCIe, REQ BBB

    RatboyX,

    Thanks for the insights and recommendations. The Geforce 6800XT looks particularly interesting. Man, that is a good price.

    But too, the X800Pro PCI-E 256MB, $149, Refurb, 3 year warranty REALLY looks good too. I particularly like the 3 year warranty.

    Refresh my memory, is the Pro faster than the XL?

    She got her heart on those X850XT cards at the Egg for $235, gotta admit that is a good price. Hell, I want one. I want to go cheaper, lol.
    Last edited by danny5; 12-23-2005 at 05:35 PM.
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    Re: Abt. $200 to spend on PCIe, REQ BBB

    I think we will be going with the 800pro, she read some owner reviews and liked what she read. I like the 3 year warranty.

    Thanks you guys for your VERY helpful suggestions. You input was most helpful in narrowing down this decision.

    Edit: Baaa, ATI wants $15 for shipping? yikes. Still shopping.
    Last edited by danny5; 12-25-2005 at 12:22 PM.
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    Re: Abt. $200 to spend on PCIe, REQ BBB

    Well, I made the order today.

    Ended up ordering a SAPPHIRE 100129FBL Radeon X800GTO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 FireBlade Edition.

    $163

    Guess it is HIGHLY overclockable, but there is some question as to if the 4 pipelines are laser cut, or not. I suspect they are. But I been finding some astounding overclocks on the memory and gpu, so I figure it will serve my gaming princess well.
    DFI NF4 Ultra-D, 165 Opteron. 9x275 1:1, OCZ 3200 2x512 TCCD, Sapphire X800GTO Fireblade, Raptor 74, Benq 1640, Liteon 166S DVD, Antec 660 Perf.+, Fortron Blue 500, Viewsonic VX910, XPsp2, Herc. GTXP 6.1, Z640

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    Re: Abt. $200 to spend on PCIe, REQ BBB

    Good luck man and let us know how it runs for you
    Game - BIOSTAR TA785 A2+ / Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 125W / Patroit 8GB DDR2 800 CAS 4 Timing: 4-4-4-12 / Sapphire HD 6870 1GB / Antec Three Hundred Case / PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W / X-Fi XtremeGamer / Western Digital 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s /Windows Vista home premium 64 SP1

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    Re: Abt. $200 to spend on PCIe, REQ BBB

    no way a 6800xt will put perform a x800p
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    Re: Abt. $200 to spend on PCIe, REQ BBB

    Quote Originally Posted by RatboyX
    Good luck man and let us know how it runs for you
    Will do. Should have the thing up an running in a week or so, baring any problems.
    DFI NF4 Ultra-D, 165 Opteron. 9x275 1:1, OCZ 3200 2x512 TCCD, Sapphire X800GTO Fireblade, Raptor 74, Benq 1640, Liteon 166S DVD, Antec 660 Perf.+, Fortron Blue 500, Viewsonic VX910, XPsp2, Herc. GTXP 6.1, Z640

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