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Which graphics card to buy

By Kam
Oct 23, 2006
  1. Hi

    I need some help on deciding which graphics card to buy for my PC. With so many cards to choose from, I'm not sure which one would be better. I am not a hardcore gamer but do play some games i.e. FEAR, Far Cry and watch a lot of movies on my PC.

    I recently returned a faulty ATI Radeon X1600 XT PCI-Express where the fan had stopped working after 6 months and started to get VPU errors and the screen kept freezing when I played games. I am now looking for a newer PCI-Express card but not sure which one to go for.

    I did come across various ATI cards (see below) however I am open to other suggestions.

    Sapphire Technology Ultimate Radeon X1950Pro 256MB GDDR3 Dual DVI TVO

    GeCube ATI Radeon X1950 Pro FZ SuperCooled TURBO SILENT TEC/Heatpipe 256MB GDDR3 VIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)

    HIS ATI Radeon X1950 Pro ICEQ 3 TURBO SILENT Heatpipe 256MB GDDR3 VIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)

    PowerColor ATI Radeon X1950 Pro Extreme SILENT Heatpipe 256MB GDDR3 VIVO HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)

    HIS ATI Radeon X1900 XT ICEQ 3 SILENT Heatpipe 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)

    Connect3D ATI Radeon X1900 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)

    HIS ATI Radeon X1900 GT ICEQ 3 SILENT Heatpipe 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)

    I am looking to spend around £150 - £200 and not sure if I should buy a nvida or ATI card. I also don't know which of them would be better in terms of graphics, movies, games and overall performance.

    20inch Benq FP202W widescreen monitor
    Gigabyte GA81955X Royal MB
    Intel Pentium D 920, 2.80GHz
    Corsair XMS DDR2 4300 Pro 1024MB
    1 Hitachi Sata 2 HD 1.50GB
    2 Hitachi Sata HD 1.50GB
    Antec Sonata 2 Case, 450W
    Pioneer DVR110D optical drive
    Sony FD.
     
  2. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Get the X1950PRO. They have the new built in corssfire.
     
  3. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    HIS ATI Radeon X1950 Pro ICEQ 3 TURBO SILENT Heatpipe 256MB GDDR3 VIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) Has the best cooler.
     
  4. Kam

    Kam TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi, Would you say this graphic card will be the best one to buy in terms of what i'm looking for, system specs and with my budget?
     
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