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Buying Budget Card Under 100pounds... Need Advice..

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Mercillus, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. Mercillus New Member

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    Heya there.. im putting together a new system and didn't realise the card in my old pc wasn't PCI-Express and my new motherboard is PCI-Express..

    New Comp =
    AMD 64 3700+
    3gb DDR400 RAM
    160GB SATA HD
    ASUS A8N-SE SLi Moboard

    Now i need a card to go into it.. No idea what card is best for performance for my pc under the 100pounds budget..

    also i can't decide on a monitor for gameing i could go for a 17inch TFT or i could get a Philips 21'' CRT monitor.

    any advice would be more than welcome thanks.
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    6600 GT.... X700Pro.... or even a used X800 or 6800....
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    But if ou have a SLI board, go with a 6600 or 6800.....

    also, get some thing like a Samsung SyncMaster740N, a 17"LCD at 6ms
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    i'd go for a 6600GT.
    a bit dated, but still great value for money for that price range.

    and if you have a SLI board you can always drop in another one if/when you have some spare money and almost double the performance.

    although even a pair of 6600GT's will be smoked like there's no tommorow by some of today's newer stuff...
  5. Mercillus New Member

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    for gaming isn't the crt monitors better? quality and higher resolutions?

    thanks for your quick reply cool
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    or this one would do you well:

    PowerColor X800 GTO16 256mb GDDR3 TVO DVI PCI-E
    Great card for overclocking!
    400MHz GPU Clock Speed
    256MB 980MHz GDDR3 memory accelerates the latest cutting edge 3D applications
    256-bit quad-channel GDDR3 memory interface
    Sixteen pixel pipelines
    Six programmable vertex shader pipelines

    Find it at:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/108606/rb/18602548783

    A good card for the price! Reckon it beats the other suggestions!
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    Why PowerColor.... Sapphire X800GTO2....
  8. Mercillus New Member

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    GECUBE X1600 XT 256MB PCI-E

    what about that card?
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    its about the same as the other ones suggested, x800gto2 from saphire would be ur best bet $150 US, cheaper for used if can find it.
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    If I was you, which Im not Id go with the 6600gt, great budget card, great card for the money....
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    Well firstly in the UK you cant get it in the price range he has specified nor the GTO2, this has the 16 pipes anyways and is excellent value for money.

    As a matter of interest, am just reading a review on it and out of 10 real world terst it beats the 1600xt on 9 of them! that should give you an idea of "Bang for Buck" (or pound in this case), it beats the straight GTO by a huge margin along with the 6800, only the 6800GS gives it a run for its monry and in the UK the 6800GS is £40 more exspensive.
  12. Mercillus New Member

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    tatty one which card are you talking about? :D in your last reply i couldn't work it out
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    Hes mostly saying that the 6800gs is your best priority
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    i think he is talking about the X800 GTO 16pb's card that he listed
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    Both the x1600xt and the GTO2 are much more exspensive in the UK, neither coming in at under £100, the test review did not include the GTO2 and consisted of:

    GTO 16
    X1600xt
    GTO
    6800
    6800GS

    The 6800GS won (just) the GTO 16 an easy second but in the UK both the GTO2 and 1600xt are more exspensive and outta his price range. The only reason that the 6800GS beat it (tests were about 50....50) is because of the 6800GS SM3.0 and its overclockability, this GTO 16 is not very good at overclocking TBH.

    Just think for a 16 pipe solution this is a good price and a much better option than the origionally sugggested 6600GT or 6800 vanilla.
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    Sorry I wasn't clear before! My money remains on the Powercolour GTO 16 for a hundred quid.

    But hey, we all have our own opinions, just my thoughts is all.
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    Hey,
    If interested you could get an X800 (128mb) vanilla version for about $100 US.
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    Good price but aint it gonna be a fair bit slower?
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    if i can get a x800 GTO 16 for roughly 100pounds, everywhere i looked even on ebay, 2nd hand :)

    would it not be worth paying roughly 110-120 and get 2 128mb 6600GT Cards running in SLi?
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    about the same performance wise actually, i'd go for the faster single card.
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    HIS X800XL IceQII 256mb PCI-E

    is the X800GTO 16 better than that?
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    GTO2 is better then them all..... R480 core!!

    But... why a ATI card on a SLI board?
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    but the thing is right now i can't afford a 6800 Ultra and 2x 6600gt 128mb aren't worth it in performance vs the x800XL that i've seen so the only sensible thing i can see doing is getting the ATI and using that untill 6800 ultra's drop and then get 2 of them.. any other suggestions? :D
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    also i can't afford a GTO2 its 140pounds here in england. via ebay
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    Which is precisley why I suggested the GTO16 with its 16 pipes as standard from Powercolour brand new at £99.99, not as good as the GTO2 with its 12 pipes that usually can be unlocked and overclocked really well but better than a 800 vanilla, the xl's and xt's again are not in your budget and it beats the straight x800GTO and 6800 vanilla hands down. Did you check the link to E Buyer?

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