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The 9800 pro is at $200 right now, and will be able to handle all the latest games for quite some time.

 

If you can't spend that much, the best thing that'll play those games would be a TI4200. It's about $90 right now, and it should handle those games on low settings.

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watch out, only the rip off versions of the 9800 pro are cheap. the fear'd 128 bit cards.

 

the real ones are still more expensive, and they should be, they are like twice as good

Even the 256bit versions are very cheap now, as low as $200.
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http://www.pcpitstop.com/techexpress.asp?i...YF4LW40BBUS1D6E heres my test with my old card heres the cards that i was looking at http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc....-128-188&depa=0

 

 

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc....-130-179&depa=0

 

are they better than the ti 4200 and the 9600xt or the 9800? and which one is better in the links?

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Why a 4200 over a 5200??? :huh:

 

I'm asking because I've been thinking about getting rid of this integrated video crapola, and I thought the 5200 seemed pretty decent for a non-gamer. -kd5-

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i think the ti4200 is faster. You gotta remember, 5200;s suck. I cant believe they put a 5 in there, should be a 3200 or somethin. Anyhow, if ur not a gamer at all, get a mx440. There cheap, and they do the job.

 

If ur gonna spend almost 200 on a nvidia 5900xt, forget it, the 9800 pro will rap, and then murder that thing, and a 256bit one is only like 209$. I got mine at best buy for 170 something after rebate and my bro's discount( hell of a buy.) I got another one from there for 200 also, before my brother even worked there. I like that they sell the built by ati cards, this card will last me for a long time, i mean, the only cards that are better are like 400 bucks

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Hmmmmm... I'm glad I asked then before I bought. I'm gonna have to research the 4200 and scrap the thought processes regarding the 5200. I based my judgement not only on price but some of the test scores I was seeing with the 5200. Can't afford the "newest & bestest", but the 5200 seemed like it was a pretty good card and pretty good performer for the $$$. -kd5-

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Yep the FX5200 is an absolute flop compared to the TI4200. The TI4200 has faster memory and core speeds, and it's also based on a chip that was designed for gaming, even if it is a year older than the FX5200.

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i'd go with the gainward card if it had to be one of them. stay well away from MSI (even if they do give u doom3)

 

i'd suggest another solution. i bought a 9700pro last month with a new Arctic Vga Silencer for under $150. with the cooler its going to give similar performance to the nVidia cards.

 

put it this way, i can run Far Cry on near Max detail @ 70fps

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This is my system back in Jan running the FX 5200 8X card: http://www.pcpitstop.com/techexpress.asp?i...9RLKWYXHSMSTC7E

 

 

and this is my system now Jun running the Ti4200 4X card: http://www.pcpitstop.com/techexpress.asp?i...RZBLWQUR7USXU7E

 

apparently I am running at 74% of the average machines.

 

This also hleped me to realize I have been running my 2500 Barton Core Cpu overclocked to 3200 for months with it reporting high temps but is still rock solid and no problems! Incredible if the temps are accurate.

 

Rev-Roy

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