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    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?

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    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

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    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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    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.andersen@sveg.se.sykes.com

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    You guys probably don't care but, 3DFX is going down.
    http://biz.yahoo.com/fo/000531/mu2797.html
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    Wow...

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    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....

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    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?

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    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.


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    Here ya go... Asus Pure GeForce 32 MB for
    $188.99 about $200 with shipping

    http://www.myinfinity.com/eshop/cate...26&cc=VID&tpc=

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    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.

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    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.


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    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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