Help for a newbie... PNY, ASUS or ATI..

mataus

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Hi all,

OK I'm new to all this so I would appreciate some expert help here. I'm upgrading my card and I'm also limited to price. I've seen some good deals for PNY FX5900 and ASUS FX5800. Are they any good or just crap? Should I really stretch my budget and go for the 9800 PRO? I don't want to kick off a major battle of the chip's here, owuld just like some genuine help...

many thanks guys

Mataus
 

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Buy BBA Radeon 9800 PRO.

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<Agreed>

Definitely the 9800 Pro. Whatever you do, avoid the 5800 at all costs, as it sucks.

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I agree with all of the above. If 9800Pro is too much, get a 9800non pro. If that is too much, get a 9700Pro. If that is too much, get a 9700non pro.......

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I hate PNY's RMA service right now >< two weeks and all i got was "we have receive ur card and we're processing the RMA" ---___---" i'm gonna die ><

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You should Slim down your budget and go for a Radeon 9700 non-pro. It offeres EXTREMELY high performance for onlu $250 or less. You won;t be dissapointed. I'm DEAD serious. The GeForce FX cardslook attractive now it UT2K3 scores. But with modern Tombraider 4 & Soon to be HL2 benvhmarks, this is likely to change. Don't beleive s, check it out for your self> <A HREF="http://www.beyond3d.com" target="_new">http://www.beyond3d.com</A>

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I hate PNY's RMA service right now >< two weeks and all i got was "we have receive ur card and we're processing the RMA" ---___---" i'm gonna die ><


ahahha you suck ^_^

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phial

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agree


in current games, the 5900ultra is about teh same , maybe a few percentages more than the 9800por



but, because of its craptastic pixel shadering, the 5900ultra will suck in most future games

right now, i would chose a 9700nonpro over a 5900ultra

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mataus

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OK Radeon it is. I can't find any non-pro 9700's but I can find non-pro 9800's. How do they rate against the 9800Pro? And are the cards made by Sapphire any good?

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They're pretty close to the PRO version. The only difference is clock speeds; 380/340 for the Pro, 325/290 for the non-pro. Its a kick-ass card and if you want you can overclock it:)

Sapphire is a fine brand, just make sure you know what you're getting. Check the clock speeds, and if possible the type of memory.

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mataus

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OK, sorry to be a pain but what kinda things should I be looking for. What is good memory and what is crap etc?

Many thanks for your help guys
 

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Well, I think all sapphire 9800 Pros come with Samsung 2.86ns (called 2.8) ram. The non-pro version might come with higher ns memory (the lower the better). With the 9600 series, theres ALOT of different versions... Pro, non-pro (just called 9600), EZ, Lite, Gold, Ultimate Edition...

With the 9800's (as far as sapphire goes) there are less. Athough there are more than 2 (pro and non-pro). Don't get an SE, or any other oddly named version. Just get a Sapphire 9800, and it should come with 2.8ns samsung ram.

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