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Hi,

I'm about to do my first new build and was wondering which would be the best graphics card for me. My graphics budget is $200 and I will be playing games like COD, Rome Total War, COD 2, Wolfenstein etc... Please help

Thanks guys :roll:
 

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for $200 get an ati x1950 pro they a really good card but try and get 1 without the stock cooling and u will be fine :D
 

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Hi,

I'm about to do my first new build and was wondering which would be the best graphics card for me. My graphics budget is $200 and I will be playing games like COD, Rome Total War, COD 2, Wolfenstein etc... Please help

Thanks guys :roll:
Most people are going to suggest the newer nVIDIA 8 series cards and normaly I would too but since it looks like you are going to be playing somewhat older games, you should be fine with anything in the X1900 series or Geforce 7800 - 7900 series.

If you do plan on playing next gen games that'll require DX10, then get yourself an 8800GTS or an HD2600XT when they become available. I did a froogle search and found a few places that sell 8800GTS video cards for right around $210 USD.
 

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8800GTS for 210$ is a nice deal...
 

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ati all the way
 

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Mitchman, what are you thinking of pairing with that vid card you have planned?
 
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simply put it this way the only cards worth purchasing are (From slowest to fastest).

-X1650PRO/X1600XT (overclocked models)
-X1650XT/7600GT
-7900GS/X1950PRO
-8800GTS 320
-HD2900XT/8800GTS 640
-8800GTX.

Yep...

In this case I would save up $10 more and get an 8800GTS 320MB
 

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If you want a card that's going to be able to tear through DX10 games, forget it! Stick with DX9 at least untill full DX10 games come out.... and I'm talkin about Crysis. I'm afraid many of us Dx10 card holders no matter the name of the company or the model number that are adorned upon our cards will be able to run such games at "respectable" framerates. For me, once Crysis is released and is bench'd I will look over the results and go from there. Hopefully both companies will have some sweet high perf. low power cards able to run this stuff.
 

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8600's and 2600's are going to be useless DX10 cards.
 

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8600's and 2600's are going to be useless DX10 cards.
I wouldn't be so quick to put them down. I think the 8600 and 2600 are going to do at least medium-medium high on DX10 games at lower resolutions.

I am perfectly happy with my 8600GTS right now.

EDIT:

BTW, those $210 8800GTS are euros and the $230 one is an 8600GTS. Cheapest one is $261
 
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I wouldn't be so quick to put them down. I think the 8600 and 2600 are going to do at least medium-medium high on DX10 games at lower resolutions.

I am perfectly happy with my 8600GTS right now.

EDIT:

BTW, those $210 8800GTS are euros and the $230 one is an 8600GTS. Cheapest one is $261
8600GT = lemon, 8600GTS = good, easy to overclock

If you plan on getting a 8600GTS, know this:

THE MEMORY CLOCKS MAKE THE CARD POWERFUL

Yeah... the more u overclock the memory the better, but the core is also important.
 

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All of them are reference designs.......Whatever he gets he can OC to the same levels.
 
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the last three cards i've had have been

6800GS
X800PRO
X1950PRO

ATi for image quality every time.
 
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Actually the 8800 has better image quality even from the X19XX series of ATi...Now with the new X2900XT i dont know but i dont think the difference can be noticed.
 

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#23
facts are facts 8800GTS has better image quality...
Compared to... ? I highly doubt we're talking about anything in the HD 2000 series because I would seriously doubt this. You can probably throw in the FireGL series as well, for s**ts and giggles.
 
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The new X2XXX series DO have a IQ problem due to some AA settings.......
But i dont think we can expect differences in IQ between the 8800 series and the X2XXX Series...
 

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#25
that 8800 card that was referenced for $235 USD is in fact, an 8600 GTS.