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HELP - What is the best mid priced graphic card?

by Jimmy61 / September 30, 2005 2:00 AM PDT

What's the best mid priced graphic card?

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Changes every few days.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2005 2:17 AM PDT

Since the answer changes not only with time but your geopolitical climate the best answer I can offer is that you set your budget, see what you can buy for that dollar and then head to http://www.tomshardware.com to see if they have benchmarks.

Bob

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consider purpose
by linkit / September 30, 2005 2:44 AM PDT

A mid-priced gaming card is probably a high priced general purpose or business use card.

Over the past few months, many publications in the USA have been touting the virtues of the ''mid-priced'' nVidia GeForce 6600GT card, which retails for up to $200 USD. Last year, I purchased a nVidia Geforce FX5500 (less than $80 after reate), and it does everything I need it to do. I'm happy with it. Happy

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depends
by scottinindy / September 30, 2005 4:44 AM PDT

Are you talking Agp or Pci-e? What price range do you consider midrange?

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I would recommend...
by Cluchetti / September 30, 2005 7:07 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) 6600 series
by AKonny47 / September 30, 2005 7:08 AM PDT
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by mid priced i'll assume GPU's spec'ed as mid range
by ozos / September 30, 2005 9:25 AM PDT

and in the $200 range
this wins:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814122193

that's a great price
if you'd like to get some more power
your going to be spending more, and I would avoid ATi based cards like the plauge, the lack of SM3.0/FP32 makes them a bad buy


if your just wanting to play some older-ish games, such as Halo
consider this card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102410

yes I get it's an ATi, what i'm saying is Radeon X series, it's too expensive to not offer FP32/SM3.0
that 9600 is from a generation ago, and it met what it was supposed to for it's price range then, and continues to do so now

if you wanted to get a little cheaper you could consider a Radeon 9550 or a GeForce FX 5200
the FX 5200 being the slowest suggested here

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by damasta55r / September 30, 2005 4:50 PM PDT

This is the order i would go

6600GT 8 pipelines-153
x800GT 8 pipelines-162

x800 12 pipelines-165 after rebates at newegg.com
x800gto 12 pipelines-184
6800 12 pipelines-189

For the cheapest and best buy, it would be the 6600GT. For 12 pipelines, the best would be x800, not the gto one. That's if you're going ati, if nvidia, with SM3.0/FP32 its 6800. SInce you don't say what is your budget, i dk what to offer. To me, these would be low-end cards. I would consider the x800xl, and x850XT medium ends, with 6800GT and 6800Ultra. As for high-end, they would be x850XT PE, 7800GT, and 7800GTX. But there are cards even lower than the ones put on this page. They are x300, x550, x600, x700, previous generation 9800,9600,9550,9200, etc. For nvidia, theres the 6600, 6200, 5700, 5500, 5200, PCX5900? (you don't see these anymore...). These, i would not consider buying unless you need it because you have only an agp slot or pci slot. All the above were pci-express cards. To some the 6600GT would be high-end. So i dk what mid-priced means.

ROger

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