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PCI-Express Card recommendations

By taimuraly
Apr 23, 2006
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  1. I got a new PC at last, a one with PCI-Express :grinthumb (Dad was kind enough to exchange one of the Pcs from his office with mine). Here is the configuration. Compared with my old PC -

    Acer E 500------------------Acer RC 500
    P4 3.06 Ghz-----------------P4 3.2 Ghz
    160 GB Hard disk------------120 GB Hard disk
    512 DDR2 -------------------512 DDR
    PCI-Express slot-------------AGP 8x slot
    blah blah....-----------------blah blah....

    Well the only reason I swapped my PC was cause of the PCI-Express slot (and I take the DDR2 ram as a bonus). So now I need a graphics card. Here are my choices :-
    ATI Radeon X1900XTX (really interested , might end up buying one soon)
    ATI Radeon X1900XT
    GeForce 7900 GTX (can't decide - X1900TX or this ???)
    GeForce 7800 GTX
    GeForce 7800 GT

    Well as you can see that they aren't the cheapest but I am so happy on getting a PCI-Express slot that I am willing to pay any price. :unch:
    So what I am asking from you folks, is to tell your recommendations. Please tell your view on the cards I have choosen and the ones you have. Thanks :wave:
  2. LipsOfVenom

    LipsOfVenom TS Rookie Posts: 256

    the 1900XTX is the best. Even the 7900GTX can't compare. I suppose the 1900XT and the XTX are the same, but you get more stock clock speeds, so maybe the overclocking spectrum is a little broader. And as you said, you're willing to pay the money. So 1900XTX it is!
  3. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Posts: 459

  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,428   +217

    I have an Asus Radeon X1900XTX. Runs great. I can't give a first hand comparison to any nVidia card since I don't have one.
  5. EndersGame

    EndersGame TS Rookie

    NVIDIA all the way i dont like ati
  6. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    Why buy the ati branded card when you can get the same thing from another ati parter for much less?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814103175


    What power supply do you have taimuraly?
    If your getting a card like that, you'll need a good power supply. The specs say:
  7. Coolmatt

    Coolmatt TS Rookie Posts: 141

    ATi goes for Intel and nVidia goes for AMD. I would go with the x1900xt cause your CPU is a P4.
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,428   +217

    I have an AMD Athlon FX-55. Runs just fine with my X1900XTX.
  9. taimuraly

    taimuraly TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 116

    Well where I live - which is the United Arab Emirates - , I am getting a Saphire ATI Radeon for Dhs 2675 (which is $ 734 approx.) and a XFX NVIDIA GeForce FX7900 GTX for Dhs 2550 (which is $ 700 approx.). All these prices are after bargain and I can't buy a card over the internet because most of the sites, including newegg.com, don’t deliver here. So I have to go with those prices, the shops said that there isn’t any stock left and this is the cheapest they will sell me as they only get a limited cards here in the U.A.E (well I don’t how much truth there is to this). And because I have a branded PC, Acer E 500, I'll have to buy a power supply (mine has a 300W PSW). This will cause me Dhs 450 for a Zalman 460W PSW (which is $ 123 approx) or Dhs 550 (which is $ 137 approx.)for a... uhmmm, forgot the name, think it was therma tech or something like that. So any way my total cost will be more than $ 800 and the funny part is that I got my PC for the same price, $ 822.

    The point of me writing all this is to tell you folks that the prices are a rip-off but I have no other choice so I will end up spending all that cash for the same thing you'll be getting for cheap. :mad: @#$%!%!#@ :dead:

    So now I'll like to know if you people think that I should go ahead and make my purchase or should I wait - for a newer card to come out and so then, maybe the prices might go down.

    Sorry for the long and boring thread but just had to share this.
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