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    Time for a GFX upgrade.

    Simple question really. I have £300 to spend on a GFX card, what should I get?

    I have been looking at the 9800 Pro's but there are so many makes to go for. I used al ways go for Hercules cards because they used to be the best, is this still the case or are you just paying for the name now?

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    hmmm i couldn't be sure..... that particular card is going for £300 this week at ocuk....

    however you can get the connect 3D card for cheaper than this now....

    I will recoment the 128meg versions of the 9800pro over the 256 ones as there simply isn't enough gain with the later to justify its cost

    plus the 128 will clock just as high as what the 256 will reach

    My recomendation therfor is the Connect 3D 9800pro... This thing has helped me over the 20k barrier in 3DMark2001SE with its stock cooling

    Should get for £280 or less.......

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    Get a Sapphire one if you can, or Hercules. Very well regarded manufacturers.
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    For the top cards manu makes VERY little diff. Look more to bundles and price etc. Rad9800 are fine if you can do a little o/c'ing, still WAY faster than anything can actually use. As said 256MB is pointless, by the time it's truly useful the 9800PRO will be like the GF-FX5200 is now (MHO).

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    Connect 3d 128mb version if you want to spend a bit extra then you can have a sapph or herc but is it worth it??

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    Originally posted by steve threlfall
    Connect 3d 128mb version if you want to spend a bit extra then you can have a sapph or herc but is it worth it??
    Agreeing with Steve.... I wouldn't say the other brands are worth it....
    This connect 3D is superb

    You might as well save money and go for this bundle. The other brands up the price by including some dodgy batch of old DX7 games....

    The connect 3D comes just with what you need
    • The card (obviously )
    • SVHS - SVHS cable
    • Phono - Phono cable
    • Phono - SVHS converter
    • VGA - DVI
    • Driver CD


    More than enough

    EDIT: should get one to you for around the £280 mark
    That means you can get a round or 2 in at the pub with the rest with your savings
    Last edited by acidrainy; 04-08-2003 at 09:03 PM.

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    I can get the herc for only £20 more than the 3d one, and I have never heard of connect 3d so I think I am gonna go for the hercules card.

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    Originally posted by Trash Man
    I can get the herc for only £20 more than the 3D one, and I have never heard of connect 3D so I think I am gonna go for the Hercules card.
    Your choice.... I will tell ya though. I've had the connect 3D to over 20k so far and got plenty headroom left to adventure with.....


    (had to show it off again!)

    Ive heard a few people not managing this with hercules...
    Plus putting the omega drivers on it can be a bit of a fuss.. :/

    Still, if you want the hercules... it will be a great bit of kit for you
    Last edited by acidrainy; 04-08-2003 at 09:10 PM.

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    hmmmmm

    any links to places selling the connect 3d cards?

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    Ive been looking for about 10 mins... the best price ive got so far is http://www.tekheads.co.uk/site/produ...oductId=601790

    i'll keep looking.....

    EDIT: I got mine from dabs... at the time they had the best price...Currently tek beats them though
    Last edited by acidrainy; 04-08-2003 at 09:15 PM.

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    Cheers m8

    I am running the same CPU as you, but how far did you OC the 9800 to get that score?

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    Originally posted by acidrainy
    Your choice.... I will tell ya though. I've had the connect 3D to over 20k so far and got plenty headroom left to adventure with.....


    (had to show it off again!)

    Ive heard a few people not managing this with hercules...
    Plus putting the omega drivers on it can be a bit of a fuss.. :/

    Still, if you want the hercules... it will be a great bit of kit for you
    yeah mate this was what influenced me on my suggestion

    damn i need a new 3d card nowww. my tnt2 isnt holding up to well lol

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    Hold the phone.........................................................


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    That's not a pro model m8.

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    AFAIK the connect3d ones are just ATI ones. On the 9700pros they even had the ATI stickers on the fan. The Sapphire plant that makes the graphics cards also makes the ATI ones, so the chances are that you will be getting a Sapphire manufactured graphics card under a different name.

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    The Sapphire model is only another £10 at Tekheads than the connect 3d one.

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