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Which Graphics chip do you all prefer to use with windows vista, i got a budget of 200 dollars and ineed help picking one!!!

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i take it US$?

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Any DirectX 9 capable video card should work fine (as far as I know there are no DirectX 10 cards out yet). Personally I would probably go with ATI as they seem to have the best D3D support. If you are a gamer perhaps an X1950, if not you could save a lot of money and go with something older like an X850. I've ran Vista RC1 on a 9800 Pro and it worked very well. Of course it depends also on whether you have AGP or PCI Express. Also if you want to run Linux in the future or dual boot with it I would definately go with nvidia.

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there are 2 directx10 cards, extreme high end, and a slightly less extreme high end (geforce 8800's). the cheapest one is about NZ$1000

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lol wow your a bit behind there the first DX10 card came out last month, the 8800, but the ATI R800 should be coming next year sometime
i would also recommend ATI

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yea, by the sound of it the ati (or is it amd? ) is going to be a lot better than the nvidia one even though one 8800 is better than 2 of the best cards below it and you can SLI up to 3!

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Post by empireum »

I prefer NVidia, but mainly because they have a better driver support than AMD/ATI. They still support older OSes like Windows 9x/ME and NT4 up to the GeForce 6xxx series and they have a good Linux/Solaris/FreeBSD support, too.

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empireum wrote:I prefer NVidia, but mainly because they have a better driver support than AMD/ATI. They still support older OSes like Windows 9x/ME and NT4 up to the GeForce 6xxx series and they have a good Linux/Solaris/FreeBSD support, too.
They develops very well drivers for linux but they discontined drivers for the oldest version of windows. For the 7xxx versions, you cannot install drivers on 2k or 9x system.

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lol, the administrator of my school tried to install a 7xxx card on Win2k ( 50 brand new computer but 50 old license of windows 2k ) and the computer says "framwork cannot work on this version of windows".
I dont know if the chipset was recalsitrant, but he cannot install the drivers.

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Maybe the drivers need the .NET framework or something like that? Anyway, they should work on Windows 2000.

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sounds more like the installer is having issues with 2000, im sure if you installed it manualy from the device manager it would work

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Post by moonlit »

I'm pretty sure they should work on 2000... I know the ATi drivers (or more specifically the software that accompanies them, *not* required for the drivers to work) require .net 2.0 for a full install, it's a PITA.

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Post by defect17 »

Since no-one suggested a specific product:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814143049

That will more than handle the load, and a fair few games you care to throw at it, for under $100.



If you really want to spend around $200, a 7950GT is an amazing buy at $190

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814186006

Thats some serious beef right there.. Will take pretty much anything you care to throw at it

I'm not sure about ATi equivalents cause i pretty much blindly follow nVidia.. FANBOY ALERT! Seriously though, they're leading the way for now, and really have been since the 6xxx series.

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Post by NAX »

i was looking 4 a gfx card 4 a friend recently as well... there was a x1950 XT and a x1900 XT for around 200€ including tax... (in europe). idk bout the prices in the us, but usually its 1€ -> 1$ ... just try... i would look one up 4 ya, u dont know a site which lists US shops and the prices...

EDIT: oops im probably too late...

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Post by rws7 »

I would suggest ATI Rademon because it is much better than nVIDA and my Dell came with it which is Vista Capable.

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Umm, If your going to say ATI is much better than nVidia please tell us why... don't simply say that because you have one

I've got a Pre-Order on the 8600Ultra. It will be approximately $170 US ($220 AU), and will the first mid range card series to support Directx 10. (That is if your able to wait until April for release).

I prefer nVidia over ATI, because as stated before their drivers seem easier, and from experience nVidias out last ATI's, and are much easier to overclock.

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Post by empireum »

clt_42 wrote:ya nvidia rocks, get 2000 dollars get a quad sli 8800 gts
What exactly is the purpose of this post? It's completely off-topic regarding the original question. More than that, it's fanboyism.

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Post by Bender »

Can we stop the fanboyism please, its not helping the discussion at all and it creates useless posts.
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Post by hypr »

I was always brought up with nVidia cards for building computers, they are great, but I am curious to try the ATI all in wonder set...

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I'm not really up to date on modern models, but if you want Linux support, go with nVidia. I have a 9600XT, and i still regret buying it (not that it's doesn't have a great performance/price ratio, but the Linux support is horrible). You'd have to use the closed, proprietary ATI driver, as the open source r300 driver is still unstable (not to mention the absence of GPL'd drivers for >9800 cards). Then you have to use Xgl for Beryl/Compiz support (AIGLX doesn't support ATI's driver because it uses an old DRI interface, and the nVidia driver only works with, well, you know ), which is a pain. nVidia, on the other hand, supports everything one needs in the same layer, so you can play 3D games while using Beryl without dirty hacks (like I do ).

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Post by Shadcr »

If you don't want to wait for the cheaper dx10 cards to come out, Geforce 7900 GS is worth considering.

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Post by stealth »

well since the cheaper direct X 10 cards are out (recommend if you want for the games but dont want to spend too much)
the 8600 and 8500 are out, as far as i know for the prices (AUD) it is:

8600: $300 australian
8500: $170 australian

so a lot cheaper in US

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Post by ppc_digger »

stealth wrote:well since the cheaper direct X 10 cards are out (recommend if you want for the games but dont want to spend too much)
the 8600 and 8500 are out, as far as i know for the prices (AUD) it is:

8600: $300 australian
8500: $170 australian

so a lot cheaper in US
I'd wait till next week, when ATI introduce their DX10 compatible cards.

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Post by spaceship9 »

i find nVidia to be superior for gaming, however i use ATI right now, and while it certainly is not as good as the nvidia with gaming, in general their the same, but the ATI was cheaper...
I mean your not always gaming (hopefully) right?
in the end its down to your own tastes...
ATI, cheaper, but not as good with gaming
Nvidia, more expensive, but definatly "The way its meant to be played"

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