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argnan
07-09-2005, 12:03 PM
I really need your advise about that.... I want to buy a new grafics card but i don't have a lot of money. So, i found two models: The first is NVIDIA 5500 256 MB and it is quite cheap to buy. The second one is ATI 256 MB and it costs the top i can pay. BUT i heard some bad things about ATI sush as they don't work with some games, and these games work only with NVIDIA. If this is true, are there a lot of games that play with NVIDIA only??? So what should i buy? The cheap but not so good NVIDIA( in fact is worst from the one i already have "NVIDIA 5600 128 MB) or the good one ATI. (I tried to find some better NVIDIA cards but it's a lot of money and i can't afford it). So???

argnan
07-09-2005, 12:03 PM
I really need your advise about that.... I want to buy a new grafics card but i don't have a lot of money. So, i found two models: The first is NVIDIA 5500 256 MB and it is quite cheap to buy. The second one is ATI 256 MB and it costs the top i can pay. BUT i heard some bad things about ATI sush as they don't work with some games, and these games work only with NVIDIA. If this is true, are there a lot of games that play with NVIDIA only??? So what should i buy? The cheap but not so good NVIDIA( in fact is worst from the one i already have "NVIDIA 5600 128 MB) or the good one ATI. (I tried to find some better NVIDIA cards but it's a lot of money and i can't afford it). So???

Stigler_9_JG52
07-09-2005, 12:11 PM
I'd say, provided both cards are equal in memory and overall capability, go with the nVidia over the ATI. I have a LOT of problems seeing "dots" in this sim, and I've been told that many nVidia users don't share the same problem.

AznKamiKazeKid
07-09-2005, 12:12 PM
If you are buying close to the same card you currectly have then that's just a waste of money. What is your price range and maybe we could find a better and cheaper card for you. Personally, if you want to get a new graphics card...it should be a GeForce 6600 and above. Today's games are pushing the cpu way too far, just take a look at Lock On, that game requires a lot of cpu power that makes a lot of people drop at least 1 grand on their cpu for upgrades.

Aero_Shodanjo
07-09-2005, 12:15 PM
Why would you consider replacing your FX5600 to a new FX5500? It's a downgrading - I think, since the FX5500 is only a slightly improved FX5200.

It'll be better, IMO, if you consider a plain NV6600 (around $100-150) if you can't spend $50 more for a NV6600GT.

Unfortunately I dont know anything about ATI cards to reccomend one.

argnan
07-09-2005, 12:35 PM
I live in greece amd i don't know if the prices are equal for all countries. The 5500 Nvidia costs 80 Euros ( I don't know in dollars but it is about the same more than less) and the ATI 150 Euros. But still, the same Nvidia may be is cheeper in your country beucause you know import, taxes.... Anyway that's why i din't said prices in the first place. I know that this ATi is way better that this particular Nvidia but all i want to know is if you have any expirience with ATI like problems with compability, dots, pixels.......

argnan
07-09-2005, 12:40 PM
Ohh and something i forgot to mention. I've already baught the Nvidia mostly because i only thought that 256 is better than 128 MB. I din't look anything else. But I AM NOT sutisfied with my new card. So i want to know if should i return it and replace it with ATI BUT if you think i'll have problems i'll just keep this one.

neural_dream
07-09-2005, 12:57 PM
I prefer ATIs and that's pretty much all a non specialist can say about a graphics card.

kali tixi

neural_dream
07-09-2005, 01:01 PM
and judging a graphics card by its nominal MBs is as naive as judging a camera by its MPixels and a Monitor by the refresh rate. Look for specialised comparison reviews to decide and as a rule of thumb i could say that in most cases the hierarchy in prices reflects the actual hierarchy in the performances.

Atomic_Marten
07-10-2005, 08:04 AM
I have FX5600 exactly like you (256MB). Game can be played decently on this card, nothing spectatular, but it works OK. Assuming that you have PC strong enough (1GB> RAM reccomended + decent processor).

In near future I plan to go on 6600/6800.

About memory of graphic card; while it has some effect on overall performance, DO NOT rely too much on that. You have already noticed that there are VGAs with 128MB that have multiple higher price than those with 256MB. It depends a lot more on VGA speed etc. Well since I am a newbie with this issue, I occasionally buy PC magazine with reviews of VGAs.

I'm holding magazine in my hands now (newest VGA comparison) nad I have checked "best buy" section.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v442/Atomic_Marten/Smileys/deal.gif
From cheaper cards, they have selected
Albatron's Trinity GF6600U
HIS Radeon X600Pro 128MB

Also some more reccomendations (these are more expensive)
MSI NX6800-TD256E (GeForce6800)
HIS Radeon X800 IceQ II Turbo Edition (X800)
or
Leadtek Winfast PX6600GT TDH Extreme Version

VF-29_Sandman
07-11-2005, 05:37 AM
i use a ati radeon 9800xt. found on ebay cheeep, and runs real good with no problems.

argnan
07-12-2005, 10:48 AM
Thanks a lot for all your help. I finally bought the ATI (Randeon X700 256 MB), and i am very sutisfied. I even tested with aqua mark 3 and seemed to be a lot better than my friends Nvidia 5700 256 MB, and his card seemed to be a lot faster than mine. Well... you never know. all i have to say: ATI FOREVER!!!