Best Budget Card besides TI4200?

compn00b

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right now i'm looking at something in the 9000-9200 (pro except for 9100) series. which of those has the best performance?
 

lord_tyranus2

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I believe the 8500,9000,9200 are around the same, differing in only 4x vs 8x AGP.

All of them are worthless for gamers, as well as for non-gamers who don't need this kind of card. I'd reccomend at least a 9500, which you can possibly softmod. 9500 is $120.
 

daddywags214

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I don't know why you're discluding the Ti4200, I'd say it's the best option of all the cards you mentioned, looking in the fair eyes of value.

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Flinx

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If you're thinking of planning ahead for DX9 support you will have to go or should go to at least a 9600Pro.

Otherwise make the comparison urself and pick what you want.
<A HREF="http://www17.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030306/radeon9800pro-05.html" target="_new">http://www17.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030306/radeon9800pro-05.html</A>
<A HREF="http://www.ultimatehardware.net/rad9200/rad9200.htm" target="_new">http://www.ultimatehardware.net/rad9200/rad9200.htm</A>
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Try to get a cheap 9600 Pro

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I believe the 8500,9000,9200 are around the same, differing in only 4x vs 8x AGP.

All of them are worthless for gamers, as well as for non-gamers who don't need this kind of card.
I wouldn't reccomend upgrading to one of these cards for gaming considering that their are other options that offer better bang for buck now. However, I must say that the Radeon 8500/8500LE is still a "decent" chip. I had one of those in my systems recently and I had no problems with gaming performance AT ALL on the Radeon 8500 LE. I still know alot of gamers that still have aging DX7 based cards or less in their systems :eek: and are moderately content with them.

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