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By ramsfan8583
Jan 5, 2006
  1. i have a dell 4600
    2.6 p4
    512 2700ram
    geforce 5200 128mb agp
    40 gig hd
    stock 250w psu

    i know that my psu limits me and so does my budget. but like playing halo and i want to beef it up a little and i want to buy doom 3 and probally play it at 800x600 for a card at the price in pricewatch.com. so if anyone can help thanx.
     
  2. Ural_

    Ural_ TS Enthusiast Posts: 96

    How much can you spend?
     
  3. ramsfan8583

    ramsfan8583 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    o yeah i forgot, i would like to keep it under a 100 maybe 85 or so
     
  4. PUTALE

    PUTALE TS Rookie Posts: 126

    for 100, you should consider geforce 6600, maybe x800 for the ati as well.
     
  5. ramsfan8583

    ramsfan8583 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i was thinking 9800 pro but then i was wondering if the newer 6600 would be better
     
  6. ramsfan8583

    ramsfan8583 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the x800 is more than a 100
     
  7. PUTALE

    PUTALE TS Rookie Posts: 126

    I think if you plan to get the 6600 line, the 6600GT is probably a better choice as it's a better performer than the 9800 pro. 9800 pro still performs quite well but it lacks some feature that's in the 6600. The benchmarks usually show that the 9800 pro performs slightly better than the 6600 while 6600GT performs slightly better than the 9800Pro.
    http://www6.tomshardware.com/2005/07/05/vga_charts_vii/page4.html

    You could also consider buy the 6800 (but it maybe a tad harder to find it).

    Have you consider maybe buy a used one from other big tech sites, you may score a good deal.
     
  8. ramsfan8583

    ramsfan8583 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    do u know any good sites for used ones? and my power supply could be a problem at 250w and its not a standard one i would have to rewire it and i dont want to mess up my motherboard.
     
  9. PUTALE

    PUTALE TS Rookie Posts: 126

    Check anandtech.com's forum and hardforum.com

    both forums are packed with people selling their stuff. For some local stuff, you can also check craigslist.org

    mmh, your PSU may post you problem with these newer card. for that PSU, maybe 9800 Pro would be a better choice as ati's card consumes a tad less power than nvidia's counterparts.
     
  10. Vaerilis

    Vaerilis TS Rookie Posts: 54

    The 9800 series cards consume significantly more power than a GF 6600 would.
    Techreport benchmark
     
  11. ramsfan8583

    ramsfan8583 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    funds r down farther than what i thought, so i want to know would a 9550 128mb, 128bit be a big differance than a 9550 256mb 128bit, i was also thinking of buying a cheap pci slot fan to run under it, is that a bad idea?
     
  12. PUTALE

    PUTALE TS Rookie Posts: 126

    the performance would be similar between the 2 cards but the extra memory may help off load some of the needed spaces, but benchmark has shown that the memory do have some impacts but it's not as great as the bandwidith (256bit vs 128bit).
     
  13. ramsfan8583

    ramsfan8583 TS Rookie Topic Starter

  14. Vaerilis

    Vaerilis TS Rookie Posts: 54

    The R9550 (almost as good as a 9600) would be a lot faster than an FX5500 (a 5200 on steroids).
     
  15. mossimoboy

    mossimoboy TS Rookie Posts: 121

    Only one problem, you won't be able to play Doom3 at very high settings.

    You can probably get it to work well on low settings though, with a decent framerate.
     
  16. ramsfan8583

    ramsfan8583 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i dont mind i just know the 9550 would be better than the 5200 i have now. i read benchmarks and it looks like i can play halo at 1024X768 with no lag wich is all that really matters to me. so i think i could play doom at 800x600 at medium i hope.
     
  17. ramsfan8583

    ramsfan8583 TS Rookie Topic Starter

  18. Vaerilis

    Vaerilis TS Rookie Posts: 54

    The GeCube Radeon 9550 GU is pretty much a downclocked, renamed 9600XT (at least that was the case a year ago when a friend of mine had one), it's among the cream of of the 9550s. It almost possesses the performance of a 9600pro.
     
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