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    best video card option for under 100 bucks??

    Hi guys,

    I want to build a pc in the next month, so i have time to wait on buying a video card. but I was wondering whats the best video card option for that price... The reason i chose that price is that I think its a resonable price for one time of the pc component. I plan on playing computer games but i am not by any means as big computer gammer as i use to.. I been running geforce 2mx for couple of years and i think its time ot move on now even though it still ran most the games i wanted to play to a certain degree
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    Radeon 9600 (non-pro). NewEgg has them for $105 shipped, but I have seen them for as little as about $85 on PriceWatch.
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    todd a... thanks for answering..
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    I agree.

    An ATi solution for about $100USD would be an Sapphire Radeon 9600.

    An Nvidia solution for about $100USD would be an eVGA GeForce FX5200 Ultra.

    Both cards are very similar in performance.
    Last edited by Burnt Powder; January 1st, 2004 at 08:56 PM.
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    In most apps the Radeon 9600 (non-pro) and the GeForceFX 5200Ultra are close, but it newer games (mostly those using PS 2.0) the Radeon 9600 takes a bit of a lead. Tom's Hardware has the 9600 almost doubling the 5200U in AquaMark3. Games like Tomb Raider, Halo, HalfLife2, Doom3... will all benifit from the Radeon 9600. I also do not think an eVGA card is the same leage a a Saphire. Atmittedly Saphire is not top of the line but it is pretty good.
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    Originally posted by Todd a
    ....Tom's Hardware has the 9600 almost doubling the 5200U in AquaMark3. Games like Tomb Raider, Halo, HalfLife2, Doom3... will all benifit from the Radeon 9600.
    Agreed however, I do not want to even think about playing any of those games with either of these cards. I was just giving a $100USD option from both sides of the fence.
    Last edited by Burnt Powder; January 2nd, 2004 at 12:15 AM.
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    Actually at lower resolutions they likely play just fine on the Radeon 9600. I've seen benchmarks for Tomb Raider and it plays very well on the 9600. You just cant use AA or AF on cards like this and some games will be restricted to 1024x768. By comparision I could likely play a game like Call of Duty smoking fast at 4xAA and 8xAF at 1280x1024, but a Radeon 9600 might be able to do no AA and AF and only 1024x768. This is still VERY playable. The Radeon 9600Pro might be able to do 2xAA and 4xAF or 1280x1024, but not both and still be VERY playable.
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