Upgrading The Video Card

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  1. Aukatrau

    Aukatrau Well-Known Member

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    So the title says it all, I'm looking to upgrade my current video card in my computer. Right now, I have an ATI all-in-wonder x1900.
    Specs are: 256 mb gddr3, 256 bit interface. I can't find the exact clock speeds. Here is the newegg page with specs http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx...N82E16814102685. ATI's site for it is http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonx1900/aiwx1900/specs.html

    I would appreciate it if somebody could help me find a decent upgrade for under $200.

    My pci slot is only pci x16, not pci x16 2.0. I heard that the 2.0 cards work fine in the non 2.0 slots but aren't as powerful, can anybody confirm that to help with the video card selection?
     
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    I would imagine 2.0 working in a 1.0, similar to USB?

    I'm not too up to speed with ATI now a days, but if your motherboard supports NVIDIA GPUs then the 8800 is nice for the price, my brother has it and it can run most games rather well.
     
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    xlink GR's Tech Enthusiast

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    Red Alert delivers ;p
     
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    In all fairness I have had the 8800GT, my brother has a 9600GT, and currently I am using the ATI 3870 card that I paid $99 for. It's specs are almost, and in some categories, better than the 8800 card and cost half the price.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...&CatId=3670

    there's the link from where I purchased mine.

    hope this helps a little bit
     
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    xlink GR's Tech Enthusiast

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    it's a better card until you start enabling antialiasing...

    the 4800s are notably better than the 3800s FYI.
     
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    True but then again it all depends on what he is using it for, so far I haven't had any troubles with the 3870 and for the price I don't think I have seen much better
     
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    xlink GR's Tech Enthusiast

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    4830>3870 in most things and the price is comparable
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814127420
    $75

    the secret here is that the 4800s are made on a more advanced manufacturing process and are cheaper to make...
     
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    +1 for RA's 3 recommendations.

    BTW, US prices make me cry more than ever. NZ dollar is lower than it's been in a long time and my wallet screams everytime I enter my credit card numbers online.
     

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