Started to build my comp can’t decide on a video card

By cmyyard19
Mar 1, 2005
  1. I started order the parts for my new computer and I'm trying to decide what video card I should go with, I'm using the computer for engineering design and playing game like half life 2. I basically have a $500 budget for the card, which one would be the best for the money.

    MGE TITANIUM Silver ATX Mid Tower
    Abit "FATAL1TY AN8" NVIDIA NF4 Ultra Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939
    Ultra X connect 500w power supply
    AMD Athlon 64 3500+
    PDP Patriot "Extreme Performance" Low Latency 1gb memory
    Maxtor 300GB 16mb buffer 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
    Plextor 16X Dual Layer DVD+/-RW SATA Drive
    Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS
    Windows XP pro
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388


    What does your engineering design involve? How complex? Would a good gaming card be good for engineering design?
  3. cmyyard19

    cmyyard19 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah the programs are fairly complex but a good video card will be fine.
    Some of the cards I am looking at are
    eVGA nVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra
    HIS Excalibur RADEON X800 PRO
    Sapphire ATI RADEON X800 XT
  4. -dark-magician

    -dark-magician TS Rookie

    any of those models are great cards, there is also the x850xt now
    but I would go with a better manufacturer...
    original ATI (not saphire), MSI, or LEADTEK, PNY, ASUS.. but evga isnt too bad though.. I would see what card has the better software bundle included..unless your going OEM that is
  5. cmyyard19

    cmyyard19 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm thinking about going with

    HIS Excalibur RADEON X800 PRO IceQ II Video Card, 256MB GDDR3, 256-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "ICE80PN-2I-ZAM" -RETAIL

    Model# ICE80PN-2I-ZAM
    Item # N82E16814161119

    Chipset/Core Speed: ATI Radeon X800 PRO/475MHz
    Memory/Effective Speed: 256MB GDDR3/900MHz
    BUS: AGP 4X/8X
    Ports: VGA Out(15 Pin D-Sub) + TV-Out (S-Video) + DVI
    Support 3D API: DirectX 9, OpenGL 1.5
    Max Resolution@32bit Color: 2048X1536@85Hz
    Cable/Accessories: DVI-I to VGA adapter, S-Video cable, Power Cable, Manual,

    $420 got good reviews, comes with counter strike
  6. PreservedSwine

    PreservedSwine TS Rookie Posts: 325

    How about the X800XL or Nvidia 6800GT

    Both are better than the X800Pro, and priced about the same....

    I'm leaning towards the X800XL
  7. cmyyard19

    cmyyard19 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah the ATI Radeon X800 XL looks like a good card for the money. At $320 its a lot cheaper and only seems to run about 5 fps slower then the XT
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