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Denney

Which Would Be Best?

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Heya guys. I'm in the market for a new (cheap) graphics card. I've found the following cards for under $200AU but I have NO IDEA which one to get. Maybe one you kind souls can help me out?

$150 - ASL GF FX5700VE 256MB

$158 - Jetway FX5500 256MB

$175 - ALBATRON nVidia FX5700LE 256MB

$139 - ALASTOR nVidia FX5700LE 128MB

$159 - Radeon 9550 256MB

$131 - Ares ATI 9550 256MB

$199 - GeCube ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 256MB

$144 - ASUS ATI Radeon 9600 SE 128MB

I'm personally partial to the ASL or Albatron FX5700's but I don't know that much about graphics cards.

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i aint into jetway cos they are cheap crap just like their motherboards...personally i would go with the asus or nvidia cards everytime....thats just my opinion tho........just shop around bud...cheers

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Yeah, I wasn't that interested in the Jetway ones (heard some bad things from people).

I'm fine with shopping around but what I'm trying to get at is that I don't know which card is better than which.

I mean it's obvious that a nVidia FX5500 is worse than an FX5700 but what about the LE and VE markings...

And is a nVidia FX5700LE 256MB better than an ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 256MB?

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I see you talking about a "$199 - GeCube ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 256MB"?

Why not go for a 6600GT and you´re ready ;).

http://www.techbuy.com.au/products/47338/V...8X_HDTV_DVI.asp

Edit: Crap, taht one it out of your budget I think...

New (cheap) graphics card? Try to look for a 128MB 9600Pro or a 128MB 9550 (the 128bit version, so no LE / SE or other crap (PRO is always good ;)))

http://www.techbuy.com.au/products/42403/V...MB_TV_DVI-I.asp

http://www.techbuy.com.au/products/38767/V..._TV-Out_DVI.asp

http://www.pcbudget.com.au/ClientSide/Prod...iCategoryID=112

To bad this card isn´t AGP :(

http://www.pcbudget.com.au/ClientSide/Prod...iCategoryID=112

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Well, I've decided on the 9600 Pro but I still can't find anywhere nearby that sells the 128MB version.

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good choice going with ati, ati has been spanking nvidia for a long time now till jst recently. try searching on www.pricewatch.com or even use froogle.

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Of course all of us would want the best VGA card that is out there, but also the most cheapest. This is of course not true, so before buying a card just do some research and read the reviews. Also when you buy it look for the company that you trust the most, do not just look for the cheapest price, and do not regret on the product that you buy because if you do then you will never be satisfied.

As for the cards Nvidia cards are compatible for most games.

As fo ATI cards there are compatible for some games.

E.g. In the requirement for Need for Speed II hot pursuit (or is it something else).

The requirement is all Nvidia GPU are supported, but for ATI only certain models are supported.

Also having a 256mb video card does not mean you are able to play your games really fast.

Once I tryied a 128mb vga card and it out perform the 256mb video card when I play DOOM3.

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I have both nVidia and ATI cards here, they work both 100% with ALL games. BUT, you are right when you say that not all ATI cards are supported well, but they are not talking about the new generations e.g. 9xxx series.

Transparently for example is not supported on 7xxx and 8xxx series in NFSU2.

Still I have to see what a ATI 9600pro can´t and a nVidia 9700SE can ;)

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