Best video card under 200?

I'm looking to build a desktop with an Athlon 64 3000+. What's the best video card for under 200? I'm looking for the most bang for the buck.

Pretty sure you can get a 9800 Pro 128 for under 200. I did anyway, quite a while ago.

Here's what I'm picking from, what do you think?


NVIDIA GeForce-4 MX-4000 64MB AGP [+28]

NVIDIA GeForce-4 MX4000 128MB DDR AGP 8X EDITION w/ TV-OUT [+39]

NVIDIA GeForce-FX 5200 128MB DDR W/ TV OUT & DVI [+47]

NVIDIA GeForce-FX 5500 128MB DDR W/ TV OUT & DVI [+64]

NVIDIA GeForce-FX 5500 256MB DDR W/ TV OUT & DVI [+87]

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 256MB 8x AGP w/ TVO, & DVI [+100]

NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128MB AGP8X w/TVO&DVI [+225]

ATI RADEON 9250 8X AGP 128MB DDR W/ CRT & TV-OUT [+39]

Special ATI Radeon 9600 SE 128MB DDR AGP 8X w/ TV-Out & DVI [+64]

ATI RADEON 9550 256MB DDR AGP 8X W/ TV-OUT & DVI [+84]

ATI RADEON 9600 XT 128MB DDR AGP 8X W/ TV-OUT & DVI [+154]

ATI RADEON 9600 XT 256MB DDR AGP 8X W/ TV-OUT & DVI [+170]

ATI RADEON 9800 SE 128MB DDR AGP 8X W/ TV-OUT & DVI [+135]

Special ATI RADEON 9800 PRO EZ 128MB DDR AGP 8X W/ TV-OUT & DVI [+144]

ATI ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 9600XT 128MB DDR w/ TV Tuner [+185]

The ATI All in Wonder 9600XT will give you the most bang for its buck if you're looking to do more than gaming.

It is actually a bit faster than a regular 9600XT because of the memory used since its an All-In-Wonder.

I have one and i can watch TV on my PC with it, record TV, listen to FM radio, Input/output video signals..etc.etc.

If you want only gaming purposes then i'd suggest a 9800 thats not an SE

the best of the previous generation GPU's is the 9800Pro by far.

9800pro or 6600gt. Personally, I'd go for the 9800pro but they're both very good cards.

Mine still doesn't flinch at brand new stuff. I can run EQ2 quite comfortably at high detail as long as I leave FSAA off.

"IMO dont skimp on the video card. I would spend an extra $100 and get some current tech."

I'm thinking about doing this after doing a little bit more research. I've read a little bit about the GeForce 6800 and it looks good, but it's pretty damn expensive. How much of a difference does it make if it's 128 MB vs 256 MB?

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/doom-3-tests_4.html

Alright, this is what I'm going with. Yay or nay?


X-Dreamer Case 350W w/ Window

(939-pin) AMD ATHLON64 3000+ CPU w/ Hyper Transport Technology

(939-pin Socket) GigaByte GA-K8NS ULTRA-939 nForce3 Chipset AGP8X w/LAN,USB2,IEEE,Audio

512 MB PC3200 400MHz DDR MEMORY

80GB 7200 RPM ATA 100 HARD DRIVE

ATI RADEON 9800 PRO EZ 128MB DDR AGP 8X W/ TV-OUT & DVI

16X DVDRW/CDRW DRIVE

3D WAVE ON-BOARD 5.1 SOUND CARD

$725

Better power supply. And ya, buy a better sound card, onboard sound is bad times. 1gb of ram would be a bonus if you're playing games.

Other than that, good times :P

NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128MB AGP8X w/TVO&DVI [+225] Is the Superior Product there...

hmm...did some comparisons, it does look like the GeForce 6600 GT ($225) is better than the Radeon 9800 Pro ($144), now I just need to factor in which one is a better value for the price.

http://hardware.gamespot.com/Story-ST-13234-1120-x-x-x


They also listed the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 128MB AGP8X w/TVO&DVI for $270. What are your thoughts on that? I'm figuring the catch is 128MB, but not sure what effect that will have in the long run with newer games.

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra 256MB AGP8X w/TVO&DVI- Require Min. 480W Power [+493]

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT 256MB AGP8X w/TVO&DVI [+413]

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 128MB AGP8X w/TVO&DVI [+269]

Everyone's given up on the 9800 Pro, finally.

I'm selling an ATI 9700 PRO 128mb, with a larger fan on the heatsink, works great, for $120 if anyone's interested. Upgraded to a 9800 pro 256mb so I dont need it anymore.

ok, did more digging. i guess it depends on the game. doom3 seems to perform better on a geforce than a radeon. half-life 2 performs up to par on the radeon 9800pro with the geforce 6800 GT.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/half-life_6.html

halflife2 based games will run better on the 9800pro. End of story! If you like doom3 and the games that will be based on them go nvidia. If, however, you like games like farcry and halflife2(and future games using these game engines go with ati)

If you have an AGP card, the 6600 is where to go.

World of Warcraft comparison

http://hardware.gamespot.com/Story-ST-x-1304-x-x-x&body_pagenum=4

Armbreaker, you're an idiot! It's a well known fact that doom3 runs better on nvidia cards and halflife2 and farcry run better on ati. Look at all the reviews out there and form your own opinion on the subject. Personally, I think doom3 is shit so I'd rather have a card that plays halflife2 and farcry better.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/images/video/half-life/update/canals_1024_pure.gif

http://www.xbitlabs.com/images/video/half-life/update/canals_1280_pure.gif

http://www.xbitlabs.com/images/video/half-life/update/canals_1600_pure.gif

I'm not a fanboy and as a matter of fact I was very close to buying a 6800gt but I read about all the stuttering problems users have been experiencing (nevermind the fact that the video decoding hardware on the nv4x's are fucked beyond repair and watching a movie takes up about 90% of computing power) and decided against it.

http://www.techwarelabs.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=11452

Go ahead and read it bitch!

http://www.techreport.com/onearticle.x/7535

Carmack even said that ATI hardware runs the DX9 codepath better, and that they had to design a lower quality/precision codepath for D3 to get the speed out of NV hardware that they got.

The 6600's are still pretty competitive. the 5xxx series is crap as far as price/performance in DX9 compared to ATI though.