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Thalanor Thornhale
22-11-2004, 23:07
Hello everyone,

Before December 4rth, I want to get myself a new graphics card for Guildwars. The nVidia Vanta 8 Mb somehow just doesn't cut it anymore. Short and to the point, what would you advise a poor student on reliable, affordable, and decent graphics card. The only requirement is <100$ and it has to be an nVidia since I do not want to deal with all the troubles coming from changing to ATI. Any feedback is appreciated.

Dreamsmith
23-11-2004, 03:16
The only requirement is <100$ and it has to be an nVidia since I do not want to deal with all the troubles coming from changing to ATI.

What troubles would those be? You're going to install the latest video drivers for whatever card you get, it's no more trouble if it's the same or a different manufacturer than the last one.

As it would happen, however, I think the nVidia cards are superior in any case. If you have the dough, the nVidia 6xxx cards have leapfrogged ATI's best, they are the cats meow today. But you're looking for something cheaper -- I'd take a look at a Geforce FX5200 based card. Alas I don't have personal experience with these, but I'm told they're better than the ATI Radeon 9200 cards, which would be in about the same price range. They support DirectX 9 and I've seen them in the $50-$60 range mail order. Probably the most bang for your buck today...

Vexion
23-11-2004, 18:57
I have a nVidia GeForce4 MX 440 and it runs fairly nicely. Costs around $40 on NewEgg's site. I am upgrading to a Radeon 9600XT, so you can have my old card.

GammaRay
23-11-2004, 21:24
You could also check out TigerDirect's nVidia selection. They've got quite a few at good prices, about the same as NewEgg. I've ordered multiple times from both stores, and haven't had a bad experience yet, so it's just a matter of who has the better price.

Just a quick note though to make sure that if you're going AGP (as hopefully you would :P) that your motherboard supports the right multiple speed. I had a little bit of trouble finding a newer Radeon that supported 4x, since my motherboard came out just before 8x hit the market.

But yeah, the nVidia cards are great, I would have gotten one if Circuit City had what I wanted, but I was there swapping an MP3 player my parents got me for a video card. Radeon is what they had, so Radeon is what I got.

codemeister
24-11-2004, 20:19
compusa has a 6800 for 200$ on friday

5zigen
26-11-2004, 00:08
you can get a radeon 9600 128 (saphire) for around 100$. A very good card. IMO the ATI is just as good if not better in THIS range. I did alot of research when i bought my card which is a 9600 pro 128.

Changing to ati from nvidia was the best thing i think i ever did. so much more stable...

no matter what you get though, remember to uninstall your old drivers.

Also i dont know how new the rest of your system is but heh hope you have 8x agp (though i dont need it to run everything on pretty in GW).

Dreamsmith
26-11-2004, 14:38
you can get a radeon 9600 128 (saphire) for around 100$. A very good card. IMO the ATI is just as good if not better in THIS range.

I would have to agree, in that range (9600 vs. NV 5700) ATI does beat NVidia. At the $100 end of things, though, you're going to be looking at a 9600 SE rather than like a 9600 Pro or XT, slower, but still good appearance. Better than a GeForce 5200, but also pushing the top end of your price range -- I wouldn't say it's enough better to justify nearly double the price, but then I'm cheap. :lol: YMMV.

Thalanor Thornhale
01-12-2004, 03:13
Thank you so far for the feedback!

My system Specs are:

AMD Athlon Thunderbird 900 Mhz (upgraded from an AMD Duron 750 Mhz)
640 Mb SDRAM (upgraded from 64 Mb SDRAM)
Some cheap motherboard I don't know but with 4xAGP
8 Mb nVidia Vanta Lite (<- This needs to go badly)
80 GB WD 7200 rpm
60 GB Maxtor 7200 rpm
The usual CD burner and DVD player

I am really wondering if I should upgrade to the following by changing the internal organs"

AMD 64 3000+ (90 nm; 739 Socket)
512 Mb DDR SDRAM PC2700
Abit AV8 Motherboard
XFX GeForce 6600 GT Video Card 128 Mb AGP version

OR

eVGA GeForce 6600 GT Video Card 128 Mb AGP version

The costs currently would run between $ 500-600. For a poor graduate student, that is quite a large investment. Alternatively, I will only upgrade a graphics card for <$ 100. I am thinking of nVidia 5500 FX 128 Mb. An old system really doesn't deserve a cutting edge graphics card...It just needs to run Guildwars smoothly with good graphics (for now). From reading the spec thread, it seems that this is enough.

Jantix
01-12-2004, 03:56
If your just going to get a new video card I would go with an ati card, either a 9600 or a 9550. In this generation of cards the ati's outperform nvida. If you are upgrading your entire system, consider a 6600GT or a X700 both have very nice price to performance ratios.

Dreamsmith
01-12-2004, 17:21
If your just going to get a new video card I would go with an ati card, either a 9600 or a 9550. In this generation of cards the ati's outperform nvida. If you are upgrading your entire system, consider a 6600GT or a X700 both have very nice price to performance ratios.
Note: If you're upgrading your system and looking at the bleeding-edge, PCI Express video cards, it's hard to go wrong either way, but the latest NVidia cards (6800) support DirectX's Shader Model 3, whereas the latest ATI cards (X800) still do not. Not a big deal with today's games, but it may become so in 2005.

Lipton
01-12-2004, 19:31
compusa has a 6800 for 200$ on friday


I got my 6800oc for $250 :/ oh well still love the card! :D

I gave my old 440 to my brother and it runs GW fine, course I can play with all settings on high now ;)