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« on: November 11, 2005, 09:18:44 AM »

My spare PC is having issues with it's fan, so it may not even be worth spending $10 on a new fan (the card itself is worth about that much now).  My main rig has an ATI 9500.

So are there any good deals on a card better than an ATI 9500?  The more power for the dollar the better, of course, but I would like to stay under $100 if possible, and certainly under $200.
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2005, 02:39:26 PM »

Your best bet is probably a GeForce 6600 ($130-160 or so) depending on the flavor, or one of the new fangled GeForce 6800 GS cards that I think retails for around $200.
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2005, 09:12:02 PM »

I was looking around last night after I posted the thread, and came up with eVGA Geforce 6600GT 128.

My choices, I noticed, were a bit limited because I'm still living in an AGP world.  Any comments on the card or company?  The nVidia 6600GT seems to be the best bang for the buck: the GT version benchmarks almost twice as fast, in some cases, as the 6600.
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2005, 12:25:29 AM »

I just bought the 6800 GT OC and it fried my 400w power supply.

I played about 5 minutes of Call of Duty when my machine shut off and wouldn't come back on till I replaced the PS.

The 6600 is a good card though.
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2005, 03:38:52 PM »

eVGA is a great company. My last two have been from them (6800GT & 7800GT CO) and have had no problems with the cards at all.

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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2005, 04:59:44 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2005, 01:08:02 PM »

Blah.  I just realized my upgrade options are severely limited: my mobo has 2x/4x AGP, and any fairly recent card will need 4x/8x.

Oh well, I guess it might be time for a new computer, considering I'm rejoining the workforce!
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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2005, 01:23:51 PM »

Anyway- I found these two nice deals.  Maybe someone else can benefit from them:

$124 if you have PCI-E:
XFX Geforce 6600GT 128MB, $139 + $5 (shipping) - $20 (rebate), or
Albatron Geforce 6600GT 128MB, $139 + (free shipping) - $15 (rebate)

or $129 for
eVGA 6600GT (AGP 4x/8x or PCI-E)
$150 + (free shipping) - $20 (rebate)
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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2005, 06:29:18 PM »

FYI,

Since the latest AGP cards are keyed as universal, you shouldn't have to worry about backwards compatibility as long as the card fits in the slot.

The only AGP motherboards that I would caution as having issues are those that follow the original AGP 1.0 specification (1x/2x and are keyed to 3.3 volts). Some of the old P3 boards don't always play nice with new AGP video cards. Likewise some of the older AGP 1.0 video cards aren't all to friendly with the latest motherboards.

As it seems your motherboard supports the AGP 2.0 specification (2x/4x speeds) I would be surprised if you had any difficulties.

A detailed explanation on compatibility can be found here:

http://www.playtool.com/pages/agpcompat/agp.html

Wikipedia also provides a short summary and a nice set of links.

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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2005, 08:31:35 AM »

Ah ok, cool.  I just looked up some stuff, saw the actual slot was a different size, and assumed it wouldnt work.

Now you went broke my justification for splurging on a new PC  frown
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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2005, 12:40:10 PM »

PNY Geforce 6600GT VCG6600GAPB Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814133137

Looks like a pretty good deal.
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« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2005, 10:43:51 PM »

Quote from: "Kagath"
PNY Geforce 6600GT VCG6600GAPB Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814133137

Looks like a pretty good deal.


Would this card be an upgrade for a 9800 Pro?
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« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2005, 01:15:24 AM »

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Quote from: "Kagath"
PNY Geforce 6600GT VCG6600GAPB Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814133137

Looks like a pretty good deal.


Would this card be an upgrade for a 9800 Pro?


Im looking at the same upgrade and read an article just today that was a 6600GT vs a 9800 Pro and the 6600GT won and was thier choice as best deal.
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« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2005, 01:41:52 AM »

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Quote from: "Kagath"
PNY Geforce 6600GT VCG6600GAPB Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814133137

Looks like a pretty good deal.


Would this card be an upgrade for a 9800 Pro?

Barely.  The 6600GT is faster, but if you already have a 9800 Pro, it's not worth shelling out $150 more.  I'd save up for a 6800GT or X800XL if you're upgrading from a 9800 pro.
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« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2005, 04:34:07 AM »

Or a 6800GS..they run about 180 - 200 and are replacing the stock 6800's.They are just below a 6800GT and have 12 pipes and 256 mem.
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« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2005, 09:56:47 AM »

THere's also the Radeon 1600 XT which is new and retailing for $180.
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