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    buying a new 3d card help

    my pc specs are 2.6ghz with 640mb ram. i'm looking to buy a new 3d card to run the likes of splinter cell and the civillization game. i was thinking of the geforce 76oo/7800 gt . obviously i wan't a agp card as i've heard they are better than pci's. any advice would really help.

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    You would be looking for the 7800 GS then. (The GT is PCI Express)

    It's the Fastest AGP Card out there right now.

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    7600 GS would be good along with your system.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130274
    Here is a good one on newegg that should fit what you want

    The X800 GTO is 170 dollars, and obviously a lot worse. But it could be a good choice too, depending on the situation. I havent seen either of those games' graphics so I cant say much
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102608
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    hmmm still looking . i think those cards are all 256 mb. i don't want to spend more than 200$ (130). is there any card with at least 512mb that i can buy for that price? cuz unless you play a game on full resolution it just isn't fun is it.
    also i really don't need features like multidisplay support and hdtv output . i'd be using it purely for gaming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vajeeh
    hmmm still looking . i think those cards are all 256 mb. i don't want to spend more than 200$ (130). is there any card with at least 512mb that i can buy for that price? cuz unless you play a game on full resolution it just isn't fun is it.
    also i really don't need features like multidisplay support and hdtv output . i'd be using it purely for gaming.

    You won't find any good card with 512mb of Ram for Under $200.

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102680
    Sapphire X1600Pro 512mb I've seen a bunch of people rave about this card on other forums, but I've not used one yet. I may pick one up if I don't upgrade soon.
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    128 bit memory, wouldnt be so bad if 256 bit but I dont think 128 bit will do too well.

    Think, the reason you need 512 MB is lots of models, textures and that stuff stored. If you lag at under 256 MB, then you dont use all of the 256 MB.
    You're better off getting a good 256 MB card than a bad 512 MB card.

    The 6800 GS is about 200 dollars, and overclocks well.

    Just found an X800XL 512 MB 256 bit DDR for 200 dollars.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125002
    Doesnt look too bad to me at all
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    An X800XL 512mb for $195..

    Prices are coming down, but only for PCI-E cards, the AGP vers are still too high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Worktruck
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102680
    Sapphire X1600Pro 512mb I've seen a bunch of people rave about this card on other forums, but I've not used one yet. I may pick one up if I don't upgrade soon.

    The X1600's are not gaming cards at all.

    The X800 Pro, XL etc wipes the floor with them in ALL games by 50% or more.

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    I was thinking about geting an X800PRO also...but I can't decide between that or a Geforce 6800XT. Which one would be better? I read some reviews but they were pretty outdated concerning drivers and optimization.

    I noticed that the Gamecube, which had an ATI chip, had considerably bright graphics that made it looked really radiant and alive...but the colors may not of been as rich because of it. I noticed the Xbox, which had an Nvidia chip, wasn't as bright or radiant but the colors were darker and more rich. Would this be a good way to compare the ATI with Nvidia since it's impossible to buy a bunch of video cards and compare?

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    Yes, I know about it being 128-bit, but my main point of the post was to meet his requirements, AGP, 512, and under 200 bucks. I know it's near the bottom, but for me at least it would be a decent upgrade compared my ati 9550pro I've run for 3 years now.

    I think the core problem here with me at least is spend 500 on my current machine for a video card, bigger HDD, and more memory that may stave off me putting together a new machine in a year or wait 4 or 5 months and put together a new one for 1200-1500 dollars. It's the same problem every 3 years and I tend to just bit the bullet and wait till I can afford something new, but the fact that I've not really played the latest and greatest in a about 8 months gnaws at me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Worktruck
    Yes, I know about it being 128-bit, but my main point of the post was to meet his requirements, AGP, 512, and under 200 bucks. I know it's near the bottom, but for me at least it would be a decent upgrade compared my ati 9550pro I've run for 3 years now.
    It wouldn't be really, at least not that card anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Worktruck
    but the fact that I've not really played the latest and greatest in a about 8 months gnaws at me.
    You would really need something in the X800 Pro/XL or 6800 range to do that.

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    the x800 pro is only 150$ it's 256 mb but i think i can overlook that considering how cheap it is. thanx for the help.

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    hey anyone have any thoughts on the geforce 7800 gs. any downsides? is there anything better for 200 (300$)?

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    I'm also looking for a video card that will work with a GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P956 Express ATX Intel Motherboard. I'll be getting a Core 2 Duo E6700 which will be running at about 2.66 GHz so I'm looking to get a Directx10 card. Which manufacturer has a good 8XXX card?

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