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    best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    right now i'm looking at this

    MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Over Clock Edition HDCP Video Card - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814127284


    what's your opinion?

    and should i get a directx 9 or 10 card? will they even be making games for 10 considering it is vista only?

    and i would actually prefer it to be $150 or less... i juts decided on that one since it was a little more for more power. i probably don't need it though.
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    Re: best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130056

    EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card - Retail

    $149.99
    ($129.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
    3 Business Day Shipping $5.64
    (Not available in HI, AK and PR)
    In Stock

    OR

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102061

    SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

    $145.99
    3 Business Day Shipping $5.64
    (Not available in HI, AK and PR)
    In Stock

    DX10 is just nto a big factor yet and in DX9 I prefer either a 7900GS or 1950 of some flavor
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    Re: best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    HIS Hightech H195PRF256DDN-R Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

    141 shipped

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    Re: best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    Quote Originally Posted by _dangtx_ View Post
    HIS Hightech H195PRF256DDN-R Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

    141 shipped
    I agree with Dan on this one. The Sapphire X1950 pro's have been known to have issues.

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    Re: best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    Why not just get an x1900 xt from ebay they are going for around $150 and below.
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    Re: best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    Quote Originally Posted by Niner View Post
    I agree with Dan on this one. The Sapphire X1950 pro's have been known to have issues.
    not issues, but if the yare at the same pricepoint, get the his. better cooler. the sapphires are good, coolers a bit less gud then the other pricier cards. so unles you have dead airflow in the case, no problemo there. i always look at the price. if the coolers better, 10$ more or so is worth it.if not, screw it
    thanks

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    Re: best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    How about one of these?


    Sapphire X1950XT 256 at $169.99 (+shipping), OEM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814102067R
    (with MIR, $189.99-$20MIR, Retail):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102067

    Connect3D X1950XT 256 at $179.99 (free shipping, Retail):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814142091

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    Re: best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    I bought the connect3d x1950xt so when it comes in i will tell you about it. Looks good for the price. Not much of a selection in that price range. That card is a killer card for that price.

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    Re: best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    Quote Originally Posted by _dangtx_ View Post
    not issues, but if the yare at the same pricepoint, get the his. better cooler. the sapphires are good, coolers a bit less gud then the other pricier cards. so unles you have dead airflow in the case, no problemo there. i always look at the price. if the coolers better, 10$ more or so is worth it.if not, screw it
    thanks
    I know a few people here on the forums that had issues with that particular card. Just giving some what of a heads up is all..

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    Re: best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    the xt is a nice card,more pipes,...id get the pro with 512 instead
    altough the 136 shipped 256meg pro is the best value

    add a couple 120mm fans overhead to drop temps by 10+ celsiusD.S.C-12(2)-disclaimer : whatever u do with your hardware/software is your
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    Re: best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    so... is there a point in going with directx 10?

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    Re: best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    Quote Originally Posted by old82 View Post
    so... is there a point in going with directx 10?
    More for future gaming needs than present ones. Also donít worry about it if your not doing Vista now anyway.
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    Re: best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    hmm..not really. one year from now u can buy something as cheap as the 2950 and faster.

    add a couple 120mm fans overhead to drop temps by 10+ celsiusD.S.C-12(2)-disclaimer : whatever u do with your hardware/software is your
    responsibility, which i dont hold if u break anything

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    Re: best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    I'm kind of in the same boat. I think I have it narrowed down to 2 cards now: X1950GT and 7900GS. Both cards have 256MB of onboard RAM. The X1950GT is ~$120 AR and the 7900GS is ~100 AR (BFG OC version too). What do you guys think? I'll be using it play games at 1680x1050 with my 20" LCD. Need advice quick, though because the deal on the BFG 7900GS expires soon! Thanks.
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    Re: best vid card for under $170 ?????????

    i bought the his x1950 pro to hold me over, and i'm quite happy with the decision. i have found that the card overclocks well if you turn up the pci-e frequency, but if you're aiming for that, make sure you get the iceq version or something with a better cooler than the regular single slot(i get 641/769 with my single slot but i gotta turn it down to 630's/750's on warmer days). the x1950 performs better at stock clocks than the 7900gs while providing better image quality.

    birdie if you can get the 7900gs for 100 bucks, i would go with that, that's quite a deal. i'm saying that because i'm not sure how well the x1950gt stacks up against it (basically its a lower clocked pro right? is it more overclockable maybe?) I just wouldn't expect to be able to turn everything up on every game at that resolution. on my pro, i can max the regular stuff at 1440x900, but on some games i have to lighten up on the aa/af, although 16x af and 2x adaptive aa is usually doable on the more demanding titles.

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