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Reasonable Graphics Card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Boycie, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Can anyone recommend a reasonable graphics card for someone who does a little bit of graphics and games. Nothing to wild. Their current one's fan has fallen off and died in the heat.
    Personally, i always thought ATI were good, but i have heard some people say they aren't....
     
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    I find my ATI Radion 9600 perfectly good for the few games I play, while not being too expensive.

    Harry.
     
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  3. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    great, thanks :thumbleft
     
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  4. Phoenix
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    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

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    what kind of graphics? most graphics programs are memory intensive not video card intensive
    do you have AGP or PCI-E?
    Radeon 9600s are nice, the 9600XT are even nicer, but both are over 2 years old now i think and might be hard to aquire..

    Radeon were ahead of nvidia last generation but nvidia has the crown at the moment hands down
     
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  5. elli5on

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    i have an ati rad x1800xt a very good card but i think i may wanna get a nvidia
     
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  6. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    thanks for the input guys.
    Phoenix- glad you are back! Just still graphics.
     
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  7. wagnerk
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    Hi,

    I have the ATI 9600, while for about 99% of programs it was an excellent card, on a few games though it crashed. If you just want a basic average card (by todays standards), pick one of those up or you could go for the nVidia 6600 (both AGP & PCI-express) which is about £50-£60 from ebuyer (the 6600 card produces higher benchmarks than the ATi 9600 Pro). But then again "Just still graphics" means different things to different people :biggrin

    -Ken
     
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  8. Phoenix
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    do you use photoshop and the like mate? if so Memory is the main factor and your card choice has little impact

    id go with the 6600 as well if you cant find a 9600, nvidia drivers are generally more mature than atis and are more open source friendly (although not open source)

    I think i have a 9600XT sitting on a shelf at the mo waiting for me to build a new rig for it, LOL
     
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  9. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    The card isn't for me, but they don't use Photoshop, just the odd picture crop with Picassa and game. 9600 XT 128 Ordered.
    Thanks for the input :thumbleft

    Phoenix- Are you back? :)
     
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  10. noelg24

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    Well like a few of you I have 9600XT AGP...and I have been in love with it since I got it...so u will be pleased mate...:biggrin
     
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  11. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    thanks. I am sure they will.
     
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  12. ffreeloader

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    I just installed a 6600 in a new computer, and a couple of weeks ago installed an ATI 9200 in another machine. Of the two I'd say I liked the 6600 the best. As to the ATI Linux drivers they can be an absolute pain to install some times. The last problem I had with installing them was that the ATI installer window is not resizable and at the low resolutions available it would not fit on the screen. The entire bottom of the ATI window was cut off and I couldn't get to the OK and CANCEL buttons once I had made the choices of how and what to install leaving me without the ability to install drivers as just hitting enter would not work.

    I also have to say that the nVidia installer for Linux drivers, in the latest release, has improved a lot. It works very well and runs very fast.

    For me, any machine I'm building from now on will have a card with an nVidia engine.
     
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  13. Modey

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    Boyce, I tried to PM you about something, but your inbox is full. I used the 'send email' feature instead, could you let me know if you got it please.
     
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  14. Baba O'Riley

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    Why go for an out-of-date GeForce 6 when you can pick up a 7600 (possibly GT) for sub 100 quid? That will do all the jiggery pokery they need for a while yet.
     
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  15. Gaz 45

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    Seconded Baba and the 7600GS (I think) is passively cooled so nice & quiet!
     
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