Hi everyone. After playing awhile through Half-Life 2, I've realized my Radeon 9200 just doesn't cut it anymore, so I've decided to finally buy a new card. I've been lurking your forums for awhile, and it seems a lot of you know your facts about videocards even though quite a few of you lean towards nVidia. I've got a small budget, around $150-200 to spend on a video card, and it seems that most of you talk about the high-end cards like the 6800 and X800 series, but now I'd like to use this thread as a discussion that would help those of us who don't have $400 to spend on a card. I am strongly considering going along with an ATI card, but I'll take whatever outperforms the other as long as its in my budget. So what would you guys suggest?
I own a Radeon 9600 XT which is "the prefered card for Half-Life 2" it's about $200 it's works very well... Get the 128MB model... Good luck ;)
Yeah I would go for the 9600XT aswell. Look around on the internet and you may be able to get it cheaper.
I looked around using some wholesale vendors, and I can actually get the 256 MB 9600XT cheaper. Why would this be? You guys suggested the 128 MB model, but that's just really odd the 256 MB one is cheaper, what do you think?
Make sure you buy a good brand... I personally suggest Asus, ATi, MSI and (correct me if I'm wrong) nVidia if they actually produce their own cards. Do NOT buy Sapphire or any brand that you've never heard of before.
What the graphics developers (ATi and nVidia mainly) do is they sell out their chipset to other companies and they put that chipset onto their board. Some companies do a better job than others at that. Poorly made cards might wear out in as little as a year, the memory on the board could be bad (causing crashes) or the card could be more likely to overheat.
Sovetskeey Do NOT buy Sapphire or any brand that you've never heard of before..
WHY sapphire? Here is a 256bit 9800pro with 128mb memory for $191(with shipping) that fits nicely into your budget:D.
I recommend evga for a video card brand
Thanks for the advice about Sapphire. What about PowerColor, are they any good?
i recommend ATI for ur price range, dont really like nVidia except for 6800 series never heard of powercolor, give me the names of one of their cards and ill check it out
I have a Sapphire 9800xt and it works perfectly ;) - Sapphire I recommend If you want HL2 t looks its best, get the 9600xt for your price.