June 15th, 2000, 02:36 AM
What Can I get for around $200?
Getting new PIII 600 system and not sure which Vid card to put with it. On a budget (see my "Is this a good system" post in Motherboard forum)and need good gaming card but want ability to eventually play DVD's and do video editing. Don't have budget for these new $250 - $350 Geforce or V5 cards.
Have the system quoted with a V3 3500 - stick with it?
June 15th, 2000, 03:05 AM
If I were you I would stick a TNT2Ultra in there instead of the V3 3500, but thats just me. I personally don't care for Voodoo 3 line. I think 3dfx could have done much better. Nvidia all the way
June 15th, 2000, 05:57 AM
There are also ATI boards. They have lots of features (ie. DVD decoding, etc). Unfortunetaly, they aren't of the highest quality. I however have never had ANY problems with mine. Hope this helps.
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Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
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June 15th, 2000, 07:07 AM
I think a very great thing for you would be ordering a Asus v3800U for around: 140-190$.
That is a good graphic card I think.
My card is around 4 month, and I have already maked it cooler because I cleaned it and added some ekstra thermal paste myself.
Maybe we can change for your Voodoo 3500?
I want to test them in benchmarks and games, but I can't afford to give out that much money for one.
If you are interrested give me a mail: John.firstname.lastname@example.org
June 15th, 2000, 05:20 PM
You guys probably don't care but, 3DFX is going down.
Main Computer Specs:
Intel E8400 Core 2 Duo 3.0Ghz 45nm
4gb OCZ Reaper HPC PC6400
Seagate SATA2 250Gb
eVGA 512Mb 8800GT
SupremeFX II Mobo Audio (for time being)
Wynndows7 Home Premium 64Bit
Currently playing; Crysis, Just Cause 2, Alien Swarn, Borderlands, and Starcraft 2.
June 15th, 2000, 05:28 PM
June 15th, 2000, 05:33 PM
TNT2 ULTRA would be the best choice. Its still great one for gaming and is quite good for DVD.
For DVD is ATi one of the best out there, but a bit slower in games.
GeForce is also very good at DVD acceleration, maybe U can get one....
June 16th, 2000, 02:10 PM
Thats very interesting info on 3dfx. My company has a customer that had a contract with 3dfx and 3dfx recently broke the contract and is causing serious cash flow probs for my customer.
Perhaps I should reconsider and go with a NVidia based card. But what Nvidia based card has the same features as the Voodoo3-3500 for around $200?
June 16th, 2000, 02:16 PM
A TNT2 Ultra is under $200 now... and if you do a lot of looking around you may even be able to pick up a GeForce for $200.
I have seen some links for Geforces on sale.. I will see if I can find a good one.
June 16th, 2000, 02:23 PM
Here ya go... Asus Pure GeForce 32 MB for
$188.99 about $200 with shipping
June 16th, 2000, 07:54 PM
OK, quite a few of you seem to recommend going w/ a RIVA TNT2 Ultra - but I did'nt think that card had video capture? How can I verify this?
Also, does the GeForce have video capture? That's a good price, Rich.
Maybe I should consider getting one of those TV tuner add on cards and get a cheaper but good performing video card. Or, if I get something like a TNT2 Ultra or cheaper Voodoo card (i.e. Voodoo3 2000) will it work/coinside with something like an ATI card?
So many choices to consider.
June 16th, 2000, 09:46 PM
If you must have a TV capture feature built onto your video card go with the Voodoo3 3500.
The best bet if you have the cash is to get a GeForce and an ATI TV tuner/capure card seperate.
Or you could do what I am doing.. blow all your money on a good video card and upgrade the computer later with a tuner card.. I may get mine next week... I seem to keep putting it off.
ATI has great TV/Capture cards.. but thier drivers are holding them back as gaming cards.
June 16th, 2000, 09:59 PM
If you want high quality with TV capture you can go for a Viper II and buy a separate TV capture card... it should cost less then 200...
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