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    Which graphic card to buy?

    I dont have HD DVD, but i want the best card for these new type of (hybrid) games coming out. Like UT3.. What card will best play UT3, etc... I have NVIDIA 5200 right now, but it's quite blotchy. Any advice would help greatly. Thanks....

    #2
    well, Ati Radeon x1900xtx would do good enough, or Nvidia Geforce 7900
    but if you want the best of the best
    eighter you get Nvidia Geforce 8800 Ultra/GTX
    or Ati HD 3870X2 1GB Version
    they are both very good cards but atm ati hd 3870X2 wins in technology, performance and image quality.

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      #3
      Are you on AGP or PCI-E.

      What is the rest of your system like?

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        #4
        For nVidia cards, nothing less than the 8800's.

        maybe this will help you out;

        http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics_2007.html

        Happy Hunting!

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          #5
          You'll want a new CPU/motherboard/RAM too

          http://utforums.epicgames.com/showpo...9&postcount=13

          (My advice)

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            #6
            Since you have AGP, your very limited in options. Best if you just start saving up for new MB+cpu+ram+video card.

            Here is a review of all video cards currently available.
            http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/02/...008/index.html

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              #7
              you should maybe search, or just click on the page nav links and go through the threads on the first 6 pages of this forum area. there most be 10 threads on this in the last 2 weeks alone. i mean no offense, but have a look at some of the other threads and see if your questions have been answered.

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                #8
                I have a AGP Nvidia Geforce 7300 Gt with 512Mb DDR2 and UT3 plays good on my computer.

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                  #9
                  There is (or soon will be) an AGP version of the ATI Radeon HD3850
                  http://www.google.com/search?q=hd3850+agp

                  Dunno about Nvidia, but maybe they will release a 8800gs to compete here.

                  Now, if it is worthwhile to buy it, depends on the rest of the system ...

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by XEDR View Post
                    You'll want a new CPU/motherboard/RAM too

                    http://utforums.epicgames.com/showpo...9&postcount=13

                    (My advice)
                    I have a intel pentium 4 2.8 ghz ( is this good enough ). Does this help any? Not sure about agp or pci yet. I'll know later tonight. Thanks for any more replies...

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by 13th_Disciple View Post
                      you should maybe search, or just click on the pave nav links and go through the threads on the first 6 pages of this forum area. there most be 10 threads on this in the last 2 weeks alone. i mean no offense, but have a look at some of the other threads and see if your questions have been answered.
                      I have looked

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by jkskeet View Post
                        I have a intel pentium 4 2.8 ghz ( is this good enough ). Does this help any? Not sure about agp or pci yet. I'll know later tonight. Thanks for any more replies...
                        I found out that i do have a pci. My current card is a GeForce FX5200DDR 256PCI. Hopefully this info will help get some more info on what to do... Thanks...

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                          #13
                          You most likely have PCI. Not PCI-E (PCI Express).

                          You probably have AGP (Advanced Graphics Protocol) as well...

                          But the bottom line is you have an outdated computer.

                          As others suggested you will probably want to upgrade to a PCI-E motherboard and dual (or quad) core CPU sometime in the very near future. Not just for UT3, but most modern games moving forward.

                          Prices are always changing, but right now they are in a steady state where you can build a rig from scratch (buy all the parts and put it together yourself) for less than $900 -- Depending on what you need/want/already have.

                          For example, you can get:

                          -Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
                          -4 Gigabyte DDR2 RAM (PC 6400)
                          -8800 GT 512 MB DDR4
                          -Intel compatible Motherboard (socket 775)
                          -600 Watt SLI PSU (Power Supply Unit)
                          -250 Gigabyte SATA Hard Drive

                          For as little as $750-800 (U.S.)

                          This assumes you already have:

                          Mouse
                          Monitor
                          Keyboard
                          OS you can install
                          Case

                          If you need all or any of these then it can be over $1,000.

                          I know this because I am in the process of selling a rig I built, taking the funds from it and upgrading to specs similar to the ones listed above. I used Neweggs Wish List feature and it all comes out (depending on CPU) to less than $800 for my particular build and this includes shipping.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Làámßø View Post
                            For nVidia cards, nothing less than the 8800's.

                            maybe this will help you out;

                            http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics_2007.html

                            Happy Hunting!
                            ive heard of people maxing ut3 at 1600x1050 with an 8600, which is crazy cheap now.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Skill View Post
                              ive heard of people maxing ut3 at 1600x1050 with an 8600, which is crazy cheap now.
                              Yeah, the resulting screenshots look really good

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