Thread: bang for the buck GeForce?
April 7th, 2002, 10:52 PM #1
bang for the buck GeForce?
Friend is building his own P4 1.8GHz machine and he just told me he'll be using it for web browsing and Excel. I told him it's overkill, but he just wants a NICE change from his P200MMX... and he's got enough money.
Now I haven't kept up with the times... so what's the best bang-for-the-buck GeForce3/4 these days (and Manufacturer/model #) that he can get for $60-$100 ? Obviously it's already overkill for what he'll use it for, but it'll be a high-end machine so I don't want to tell him to get a regular video card... ya know.
April 7th, 2002, 11:02 PM #2
Why not ATI?..
He uses a PC in way makes him need and appreciat 2D quality .. and ATI is from the best in that line ...
ATI Radeon7500 for about $85
Or top of the line Radeon8500 for about $150
April 7th, 2002, 11:45 PM #3
I'd say go with a Geforce Ti-200, probably from Gainward. You could get one used for $100.My R&D machine:
AMD 2100+ @ 2700+
1GB Kingston PC333
2xWD 74GB Raptor's in SATA RAID
ATI 9700Pro w/ Zalman Heat Pipe
April 7th, 2002, 11:58 PM #4
I agree with the G3 Ti200 being a top choice but am unsure how easy it will be to find one used... maybe on EBay. If not, the Geforce2 Ti would be my second choice for the price range you have stated- can pick one up for around 75-80... either that or the Radeon 7500.
However, I agree with Emc2... if possible, go with the G3 Ti200. Check out its performance in this link (taken from TIMO homepage article concerning ATI vs Nvidia, I have pasted link to page six which starts good graph comparisons) http://www.tech-report.com/reviews/2...a/index.x?pg=6 . In all tests, it hangs considerably well with the big boys until screen resolutions become insane... hehe.
April 8th, 2002, 12:09 AM #5
Guys.. notice he is talking about web browsing and Excel.. ATI should fit here better for his needs ...
GF3 Ti200 will be an overkill with no point, as he will not be able to see the real power of GF3 if he is not a real gamer ...
At least to get a really superb 2D quality and nice 3D quality, ATI is a top option here IMO ...
If you insist on nVidia card then as stated above GF3 Ti200 would be best bang for the buck ...
April 8th, 2002, 12:16 AM #6
Good Points KenKen. I agree with... "get a really superb 2D quality and a nice 3D quality." Bang for the buck in that price range and use would be the ATI 7500.
Retracts earlier statements. Use the rest of the money for more Ram or something....
April 8th, 2002, 12:24 AM #7
Thanx guys, will advise him of the ATI choices... he uses newegg.com too.rh71.com
April 8th, 2002, 01:54 AM #8
if he uses newegg.com a Visiontek GTS-V for $48 is more than enough and has plenty of bang for the buck believe me
April 8th, 2002, 04:02 AM #9
If money isn't the real object here, wouldn't the GF3ti be a better choice for not that much more? If he is 'only' going to use for web browsing and excel, then I agree with that it's overkill. But, he hasn't been able to see anything of the new tech or games since he is moving up from a 200mmx. That's the kind of machine that you still read the specs on the side of the software box to see if your system could handle it. Just IMO.
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