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Best value video card?

I have a Pentium4 2.4ghz Dell with a GeForce4 MX420 video card right now. Only thing I really play are flight simulation or racing games. I'm not looking for the top of the line video card, just something decent under $100 that's a good upgrade from my current one. I don't know much about these so I'm looking for some help.

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I have a Pentium4 2.4ghz Dell with a GeForce4 MX420 video card right now. Only thing I really play are flight simulation or racing games. I'm not looking for the top of the line video card, just something decent under $100 that's a good upgrade from my current one. I don't know much about these so I'm looking for some help.
you arent gonna find much better than what you have for under a hundred bucks, try a radeon 7900...
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I have a Pentium4 2.4ghz Dell with a GeForce4 MX420 video card right now. Only thing I really play are flight simulation or racing games. I'm not looking for the top of the line video card, just something decent under $100 that's a good upgrade from my current one. I don't know much about these so I'm looking for some help.


http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16814133106

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The 5700 LE listed above would be a great card. A big step up from what you have and an excellent price at that.
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best value card for less then 100 bucks right oow, imo has to be the 6200 from Nvidia, sure it doesn't have killer specs, but many of them unlock to become a 6600(non GT).
it's worth a shot, and hey if it doesn't unlock return it, and get another one!

Here's a couple of threads from another board that talks about the performance after unlocking them
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Search through some these threads also

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I prefer ATI cards, I'd go with the ATI 9600 XT 128MB. Pricewatch.com has it for $98, free shipping.

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if you want to go the ati route id get the http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16814102510

its $105 but close to under $100 and a good card.

Personally i dont trust the websites on price watch, have had some pretty shady deals with them.

newegg.com isnet going any where soon and has great customer service. it might be $7 more, but its worth it to me.

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newegg.com isnet going any where soon and has great customer service. it might be $7 more, but its worth it to me.

I agree. My friend bought about $1800 worth of computer stuff awhile back and everything was perfect, fast shipping.
Pricewatch to me is equal to ebay....may get horrible service.
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i bought about 2k worth of stuff from a company on pricewatch, they sent me a tracking number with fed x. and it never worked and they told me my problem was with fed x and to stop bothering them after i called them everyday for about 2 weeks. so i started to hassle fed x, and they said they never got anything from them and started an investigation. about 4 days after they started the investigation i got my stuff with an apology from the pricewatch company inside the box...


on the other hand i only know one person that had a problem with newegg and it was fixed quick fast and in a hurry.

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Can someone tell me the difference between the ATI and GeForce cards? I read through some of those threads and it's pretty much looking like Greek. All this unlock and overclock talk gave me tired head.

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So far I'm looking at these from people's suggestions:

Leadech GeFore 6200: http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...122-216&depa=1

Saphire Radeon 9600: http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...102-326&depa=0

PNY GeForce 5700: http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16814133106

I don't know much about these, but the 9600 seems to have the best specs.

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personally id get the 9600 out of that group, ATI has good cards.

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My last video card was a 9600XT and it did everything I wanted. Regularly ran 1600x1200 with settings on high for many of my games. If you know how to flash a card the 6200 can't be beat but you may void the warranty if not careful

Do people realize that you are not buying from Pricewatch nor do they have anything to do with your order. I here people all the time saying I will never buy from Pricewatch again. Pricewatch doesn't sell anything. It is merely a bulletin board for computer hardware prices from vendors all over the place. Funny thing is one of the main vendors listing on Pricewatch is NewEgg. A few other great ones are ZipZoomFly, FuturePowerPC, and MonarchComputer. I have bought plenty from vendors on Pricewatch with some being great and others crap. There are quite a few very high quality vendors listed, you just have to pay attention to the user reviews and looks elsewhere for the vendor info. Pricewatch is a great resource if used correctly.
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Here is an article with benchmarks for most cards from the last several years. It is from October 04' so the newest cards aren't listed but it is a very good resource. Scroll down to the bottom of the article and pic a benchmark of interest.

Tom's Hardware Video Card benchmarks
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My last video card was a 9600XT and it did everything I wanted. Regularly ran 1600x1200 with settings on high for many of my games. If you know how to flash a card the 6200 can't be beat but you may void the warranty if not careful

Do people realize that you are not buying from Pricewatch nor do they have anything to do with your order. I here people all the time saying I will never buy from Pricewatch again. Pricewatch doesn't sell anything. It is merely a bulletin board for computer hardware prices from vendors all over the place. Funny thing is one of the main vendors listing on Pricewatch is NewEgg. A few other great ones are ZipZoomFly, FuturePowerPC, and MonarchComputer. I have bought plenty from vendors on Pricewatch with some being great and others crap. There are quite a few very high quality vendors listed, you just have to pay attention to the user reviews and looks elsewhere for the vendor info. Pricewatch is a great resource if used correctly.
notice how i said a company on price watch. and almost all of the lower priced stuff is some back woods no-name computer store.

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After reading that article the 9600XT seems like the best bang for the buck @ $105 for the 128mb version. I really don't know if the upgrade to 256mb is worth it or not.

Also, after reading some reviews it seems some ATI products have driver issues. Can anyone elaborate on that?

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I dont know if I would call them driver issues. The nvidia drivers are alot better then the ATI drivers. the software just isent up to par with the card, but i think it will still out perform the other two cards.

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