Which video card should I get?

Darkie

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Which video card should I get?

Hi, I dont know too much about the technical kinda stuff about computers. But I'm gonna buy a new video card soon. I have three that I was thinking about; its between a Geforce 4 TI 4200 for $85, a Geforce FX 5600 for $87, and a Geforce FX 5200 for $55. Like I said, I dont know much about computers, and I dont know if theres a big difference between a FX 5200 and a FX 5600 thingy, so any guidance would really be appreciated. Thanks.
 

Silvermyst

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The main questions are, what are you using it for? and how much are you willing to spend?
The problem with GFX cards is whatever you get now will cost half as much in about 5 months, and all the cards that you wouldn't've spent so much money on, will come down to an affordable price range.

Personally, I'd either wait untill something like the FX 5700 comes down in price a bit, or shell out the extra for it now. I don't see much point in getting an older card because it will just get outdated before the end of the year, and no new games will work (well) on it.
 

Darkie

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I mostly want to get it for games, and I just talked to a friend and he said a better choice would be a Radeon 9600 for $101, like th5418 said. But I really have no clue which would be the best choice. And I kinda dont want to spend any more than like $130 on it since I dont have too much money. Thanks.
 

th5418

Banned
Man just go buy the 9800 XT. If your going to buy soemthing, why not buy the best so you wouldnt have to upgrade continusly?
 

Darkie

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th5418 said:
Man just go buy the 9800 XT. If your going to buy soemthing, why not buy the best so you wouldnt have to upgrade continusly?
I only wish I could. Like I said though I dont have much money and I'm only 15 so I don't have a job or anything.
 

Pidder

Diabloii.Net Member
th5418 said:
Man just go buy the 9800 XT. If your going to buy soemthing, why not buy the best so you wouldnt have to upgrade continusly?
The 9800XT is a very bad buy. The small amount of extre performance you get compared to a 9800Pro is absolutely not worth it.

A 9600Pro or XT is a decent buy and so is a 9800Pro if you're willing to pay a little more. You should definitely stay away from the fx5200, it's a very very very bad card.

ti4200 is a very old card by now but still a decent performer. The thing about the ti4XXX series is that it's based on a very good core that is still competetive today if you're not playing games using directx9 extensions. The 4200 is the slowest of that generation though but you can get decent performance out of it if you get a good card that overclocks well. A good ti4XXX card can be made to run faster than a stock Radeon 9800 in older benchmarks like 3dmark2001.

I don't know that much about the fx5600 but it's probably somewhat faster than the ti4200, but not by much, and a decent buy I guess.

I must stress that the 9600 is not very impressive. It's a decent card but nothing more.
 

Silvermyst

Diabloii.Net Member
Ok, before this leads into a massive ATI Vs nVidia war, I suggest you just make up your own mind using some helpful facts

http://www17.tomshardware.com/graphic/20031023/nvidia-nv38-nv36-01.html

It's mainly about the release of the GeForce FX5950, but it has benchmarks comparing various GeForce FX Cards with Radeons.
Long article, full of heaps of stuff you probably don't need to know, so if you wanan just see the benchmark tests, >clicky here<

Enjoy

Edit: just a note that the image quality tests there will generally be the same for all nVidia/Radeon cards. The 5950/9800XT are generally just faster.
 

Darkie

Diabloii.Net Member
Wow, thanks for all the help, a lot more than I was expecting. But I've narrowed it down to the Geforce FX 5600 and the Radeon 9600. Is there any big difference between the 256mb and 128mb with both cards? Thanks once again.

Edit: I just looked at the benchmark things for them from that link, and it looks like the Radeon 9600 did a lot better than the Geforce FX 5600. Also it had about 20 more fps on battlefield 1942, which is one of the main games I play. So I'm leaning toward the Radeon 9600 Pro. Any other advice/suggestions? Thanks.
 

Darkie

Diabloii.Net Member
Yea, thats what I was thinking but I wasn't too sure. I can order one online where I've been looking for about $80-90, is that a good price? Also, my brothers the one who'll be ordering it, so he may find something different. But whats the usual price range on it?
 

Akira

Member
Get the most expensive one, then use it to make a homing missile and aim it towards the nearest cheese distribution centre.
 

AeroJonesy

Diabloii.Net Member
My roommate is in the same situation as you. He wants a new video card for around 100 bucks. He decided on the Radeon 9600 256MB.
 

Pidder

Diabloii.Net Member
Just make sure you buy a 9600 Pro or XT. Stay away from the 9600SE. That card has very slow memory.
 

Savage

Diabloii.Net Member
Darkie: www.tomshardware.com

It's been linked to already, you should really check it out. People here have some expertise on these things, no doubt, but there are articles on that site dedicated to helping you make the right choice. Everytime there's a question about purchasing computer parts I or someone else links to that website and it seems noone ever bothers to look. Take it from me, it's worth it.

That being said, I do have one peice of advise you may not find in any recent Tom's articles. If you can, get your hands on an "old" Radeon 9700 Pro. This card still beats the 9600 XT in most, if not every test, it supports DX9 and since it's an older model you can get a ridiculous deal on it. IMO this is easily the best value video card you can buy.
 
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