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Mightypenguin

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Can anybody make any recommendations for a good quality, card for under or close to £100 (about $150 or less, I think).

It is purely for games (mostly FPS and RPGs), and running on a P4 2 with a feeble 256MB. My current card is a GF 2 MX 400 and is starting to strain now. Or should I spend my pennies on cranking my 256MB up a little?

Also I've been looking at some of the GeForce cards, and most of the options in my price range seem to be the FX5600 range. I know that an Ultra is better than a standard card, but where does XT fit in the scale?

Thanks

ps I have seen Pauldh's post on $100 cards, but if the Ti4200 he recommends is running on DX 8/9 would I be better off going for a newer card that is DX10 compatible out the box?<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Mightypenguin on 01/30/04 10:43 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
 

cleeve

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There are no DirectX 10 cards in existance. DirectX 10 itself will not exist for at least a year and some.

The newest cards are DirectX 9. The best one in your price point should be the 9600 PRO. They go for around $140 in the US.

If it's too expensive, you should be well served by a Geforce4 Ti4200. Quite a bit cheaper and is DirectX 8, but it's still a very strong card and has basic shaders, which most game companies will be supporting for some time.


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ChipDeath

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The GFX 'XT' cards are like Ati's 'SE' versions - lower in performance than a NON-ultra card.

Something like a Radeon 9600 (non-pro) should be attainable in your budget. Watch out for '9600 Pro' cards which are 'Lite' or 'EZ'... I think they stick slow RAM on those which doesn't help matters...

Failing all else, a Geforce4 Ti4200 will do quite well...

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cleeve

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P.S. The Fx5600 is pretty dismal. A 9600 PRO will destroy it.

If you don't want a Geforce4 Ti4200 and can afford a few more bucks, but not a 9600 PRO, consider the 9600 non-pro.

But STAY AWAY from the 9600SE!!! the 9600SE is crippled very badly.

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Caimbeul

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check out www.ebuyer.co.uk

goood pricess and reliable, use em all the time.

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