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    I'm in the market for a new video card, but don't really watch the market, so thought I'd ask the forums. I'm looking for an upgrade for my X300 video card. Yes, I currently play with an X300 - but it's not that bad actually. I'm about 40-50fps at 1024x768, but obviously have things turned down. I'm looking to turn them up a little without breaking the bank - looking for the $150 range. BTW I have no interest in going beyond 1280x1024 because that's as far as my LCD will go.

    Can anyone recommend a PCI-E card for me?

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    Re: recommend a vidcard?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814122201
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      Re: recommend a vidcard?

      Oh, and on the closer side of the $150 mark:
      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130214
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        Re: recommend a vidcard?

        For that price range, you're looking for a 6600GT. Should allow you to play at medium high settings with the proper power (at least a name brand 300W power supply), CPU, and ram (at least a gig).

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          What did i just now suggest? Twice even :).
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            Re: recommend a vidcard?

            Originally posted by Steel_Penguin
            What did i just now suggest? Twice even :).
            Just backing you up. I always do more research than just one person's word. Great minds think alike. :)

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              Re: recommend a vidcard?

              A friend has an ATI 800XL and is quite happy with it. Cheaper than nVidia.

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              • #8
                Re: recommend a vidcard?

                The x800xl is out of the $150 price range and at around there nVidia 6600GT's have the nasty tendency of outperforming ATI cards :p. (Sorry, is my brand loyalty showing? :) I love my 6800GT, definitely staying with nVidia)
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                  Re: recommend a vidcard?

                  at the $150 price range, it's hands down the 6600GT. ATI simply has no budget card that's equal to the price/performance of the 6600GT.
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                  • #10
                    Re: recommend a vidcard?

                    Originally posted by Spyder
                    at the $150 price range, it's hands down the 6600GT. ATI simply has no budget card that's equal to the price/performance of the 6600GT.
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                    • #11
                      Re: recommend a vidcard?

                      Cool, thanks. I've used both NVidia and ATI in the past. My last card was a 9800pro, which I loved, but I upgraded to a PCI-E, so there went the AGP 9800pro. Along with that PCI-E came a whole bunch of upgrades, and the X300 that I now have.

                      Can you guys suggest buying now vs. buying later? I'm getting by on the X300, but on the other hand I want to beef up BF2 before I burn out on it. I can afford to go a little higher $$-wise, but typically I don't like buying high-end because it never feels I get my money's worth. Just in the past few months I've noticed some major price drops on the PCI-E cards - is this expected to continue? Would I be better served waiting a few more weeks?

                      Thanks.

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                        Re: recommend a vidcard?

                        Will the 6600GT upgrade be worth it? Seems incremental to me. I'd wait until you can afford at least a 6800GT.

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                        • #13
                          Re: recommend a vidcard?

                          Originally posted by Tempus
                          Will the 6600GT upgrade be worth it? Seems incremental to me. I'd wait until you can afford at least a 6800GT.
                          This makes sense to me - looks like 6800's start at around $190, but the GT's are like $280 - what's the deal with GT? Why are there so many options here, it's driving me nuts. Seems to me that the 6800GT won't fall under $200 until next year, which is too long for me...

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                            Re: recommend a vidcard?

                            The 6600GT is not an incremental upgrade to his X300!

                            The X300 runs 15.8FPS at 1024 x 768 where the 6600GT runs at 59.7

                            The GTs are better than their equivalent 6600s and 6800s (more pipelines, faster clock speeds, etc.)

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                            • #15
                              Re: recommend a vidcard?

                              Originally posted by wrxlvr
                              The X300 runs 15.8FPS at 1024 x 768 where the 6600GT runs at 59.7
                              This seems a nice upgrade to me... what denotes an incremental upgrade?

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