Alright, my card just crapped on me, and I was not expecting this to happen so soon. My intentions were to get a job and then to save up for a jump to PCI-X and a 7800. Well, needless to say, thanks to our shitty government, and its crap ways of dealing with paperwork, this can't happen any time soon. My social security, birth certificate, etc, all hasn't been taken care of (was some name misspellings on both). So, this leaves me at a tight spot. I have $85 on hand, and Possibly up to 100$ if my dad can spot me the extra cash. Maybe more, maybe less than 100. I need a new card, and I need it now. This card needs to be able to RUN BF2 well, (not necessarily graphics, but it needs to beat out my 5600Ultra on low settings, which ran smooth, could run med, but wasn't good for more than 20 players) I was shown two cards for my temporary- 9800SE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102587 9600XT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102326 I would appreciate if you can tell me which of these is the better option, and if you can, I'd like suggestions! Anything, I just need a card. Please help me. You all have followed through for me before when I had hardware related matters, and I hope you can help me again! Thanks, I appreciate it! :)
if you feel like spending all of your money (which isnt a good idea, imho save it for 7800 and pci-e board)
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12th February 2004
Of your original choices, get the 9600XT. It'll last at least another 6 months till you have the cash for a "decent" card. I have a 9600Pro and it still runs well, after 3 years of carnage for it. It can run BF2 smoothly in mostly medium (crap like lighting on low) @800x600 resolution (well my idea of smooth is ~40fps, sometimes 30). A mate has an XT and it runs like 50-60fps in medium.
IMO anything with -se at the end of it is worthless, unless you plan on desktop/photoshop stuff only.
1337's chiefvalue link is the AIW version of the 9600xt, unless you'd like to watch TV on your pc and don't mind sacrificing some performance in games, stay away from it.
For a cheap card, GF6600 (GT) is a pretty solid choise, especially if it has 256 megs of memory. You should be able to get one from any auction site for a decend price, and they all should be available in both AGP and PCIe. Meself, I bought Gainwards GF6600 (256) a little while back and once the prices drop, in the case of better models, it should be easy to upgrade, having PCIe ready.
If you just need one for now to play games then get a 9600, not the pro or xt until you get your new computer. Not worth spending money now when your going to get a new one.
Before you buy a 9600XT you should get an old 9500 Pro it out benched the 9600XT in many tests and I just sold mine for 50.00 3 months ago. The 9500 Pro has 8 pipelines while the 9600XT has 4. They bumped the clock speed up a little for the 9600XT to try and match the 9500 Pro.
As you can see the ATI 9500 Pro matches or beats the 9600XT everytime in benchmarks (note these games are a little old because the cards themselves are pretty old; but I had my 9500 Pro running CS:S at around 50-60fps avg.) I say get the 9500 Pro, save your money.
Alright, I think I might not be buying a new card. I had a good gaming friend offer to send their pre-6600 card to me. Its a 5700, but it'll do. I will, however, if I end up buying a temporary card, get either the 9600 or 9500, whichever one I feel like takin a shot at. I have always been an Nvidia person myself, so the change to ATI is gonna be dramatic (lol, tragedy) :D Thanks guys!
FlakpanzerAlright, I think I might not be buying a new card. I had a good gaming friend offer to send their pre-6600 card to me. Its a 5700, but it'll do. I will, however, if I end up buying a temporary card, get either the 9600 or 9500, whichever one I feel like takin a shot at. I have always been an Nvidia person myself, so the change to ATI is gonna be dramatic (lol, tragedy) :D Thanks guys!
no problem, ofcourse they helped more, i'll speak for them. my change to ATI was dramatic. finally my eyes open to a world of performance.