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  • Graphics: Single-card, best bang vs. buck?

    My quad 7900 GX2's are getting a little old, they're out of warranty, and one of them is pixelating a bit.

    I haven't looked into hardware in ages. I am trying to figure out what has the best bang v. buck out there right now in single-card format.

    I DO NOT want to spend $350+ on a video card. I am hoping to find something in the $200-$350 range that is still good, DX10 support, 10k score (or more) on 3dmark06 or whatever is current now.

    Attached is a picture of the pixelation/artefacting that I am seeing with my current GX2's.
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    Originally posted by Ranshackle
    I like Hasselhoff's ass better.

  • #2
    Nvidia solution:

    EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 249.99

    ATI Solution:

    XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 199.99
    When you girls are done kissing, I've got some asskicking for you!

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    • #3
      One of my best friends just built a new rig and he was asking the same thing. I sent him to Tom's Hardware, since they have a nice graph with pricegrabber for the lowest price list.

      http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/g...s-cards,1.html
      "Irony is asking the government to fix the problems it caused!"

      "The lesser of two evils is still evil!"

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      • #4
        @by: what are you basing your claim on?

        @slayer: dude, if they made that crap any more confusing...gah! no wonder people are too scared to build their own gaming rig. what happened to shoot-out reviews? jeez!
        Originally posted by Ranshackle
        I like Hasselhoff's ass better.

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        • #5
          lol yeah man

          What happened to "awesome card for a good price"
          "Excellent card... too expensive"

          stuff like that lol

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          • #6
            I don't know. I find the charts very easy to discern. I select the 2009 (Mainstream) gaming video card chart and then narrowed the field to cards that are $100-$200 and then look at what gives me the best framerates.

            http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/g...b200,1173.html

            If you want something on more of a high quality gaming video card, then you select the high quality gaming chart.

            http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/g...b200,1318.html

            I selected Fallout 3 with maxed out settings to see which card to get. I looked at my old 8800GT card, and it looks like I will eventually need to upgrade.

            If you can't figure out Tom's hardware's chart, then maybe you shouldn't be building your own rig. I have seen people build their own rigs with little computer knowledge, and they ended up building a pile of crap.

            Just my 2 cents.
            "Irony is asking the government to fix the problems it caused!"

            "The lesser of two evils is still evil!"

            Obama: Affirmative action at its best!

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            • #7
              I'm too dumb to figure out a chart, yet I can tear down a laptop to parts and rebuild it.

              Yet I shouldn't be building my own gaming rig. LOL

              Dude, that crap makes zilch sense. How the hell did you get that chart? I clicked on "all cards Q3/2009" and it gives me five bajillion links to different crap. I don't have all day to click through on every single benchmark that I'm interested in and do my own personal shootouts on cards.

              Jank makes no sense atoll.
              Originally posted by Ranshackle
              I like Hasselhoff's ass better.

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              • #8
                And it seems the GTX 275 is the way to go. Thanks guys

                http://stores.tomshardware.com/searc...de=toms_charts
                Originally posted by Ranshackle
                I like Hasselhoff's ass better.

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                • #9
                  1) I selected the "All Gaming Graphics Charts 2009"
                  2) I then selected the 4th Fallout 3 selection: Fraps/TH-Savefile Tenpenny (1920x1200, 8AA, 15AF, Very High Quality)
                  3) I then selected the price range $100-$200(at the top of the chart) to narrow the search results

                  Done in 3 steps!

                  And there is that nice drop down menu to change the benchmark.
                  "Irony is asking the government to fix the problems it caused!"

                  "The lesser of two evils is still evil!"

                  Obama: Affirmative action at its best!

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                  • #10
                    It's easy now that you've explained it.

                    You gotta understand, I am a HUGE usability junkie. That thing is about as usable as an old Motorola cell phone where they tuck the Date & Time settings in the "Network" section of the phone menu.
                    Originally posted by Ranshackle
                    I like Hasselhoff's ass better.

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                    • #11
                      You mean Japanese Ergonomics?

                      (If there was a more ironic oxymoronic statement, I am hard pressed to find it)

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                      • #12
                        I'm a big usability junky as well, stupid gui programming irritates me to no end. But the web site was pretty easy to navigate from my perspective. The only jump in logic was understanding that all the links supplied under the selected year and performance level was tied to their tests, which through reading enough normal graphic card reviews you would have a large exposure to.
                        For all the reasons to smile, 'for the hell of it' has always been my favorite.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ]LoL[Harm View Post
                          I'm a big usability junky as well, stupid gui programming irritates me to no end. But the web site was pretty easy to navigate from my perspective. The only jump in logic was understanding that all the links supplied under the selected year and performance level was tied to their tests, which through reading enough normal graphic card reviews you would have a large exposure to.
                          That was my main problem - and probably because I've read maybe a dozen graphics card reviews (probably half that) in the last 5 years.
                          Originally posted by Ranshackle
                          I like Hasselhoff's ass better.

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                          • #14
                            I just lost the fan on my Radeon 9800 Pro and the card was very, very hot this morning. I'm assuming its toast.

                            The mobo is an Asus A7N8X. (AGP 4x/8x)

                            This isn't my primary gaming system, but it is a backup that has been able to play TF2 in the past in a pinch.

                            Any of you hardware junkies have any suggestions for a reasonably priced/reasonably powerful replacement?

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                            • #15
                              lol...i know, i hate TH now. but a little further down that page is what you're looking for showing bang for buck in price ranges. much more legible...

                              http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...card,2387.html
                              "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." - Albert Einstein

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