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    Question how much of an improvement?

    hi all,
    i currently wanting to get a new graphics card.
    and was wondering how much of a improvement a 9700pro would be over my fx5200?

    any other recomendations on graphics cards less the £100 would be welcome

    cheers, lee

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    That would be a massive increase. I have been using my 9700 pro for about a year and a half now and it still cuts the mustard. Definatley recommend this card if you can get it for about £70-£80.

    Leon

    Edit: Check out this thread in the bargain hunt forum. It has some very decent priced cards.
    Last edited by LWA; 12-01-2005 at 01:56 AM.

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    cheers for that big leon

    i will be deffinatly looking at that card then

    i dont like the idea of buying refurbished cards

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    Nope you don't have to get it from there, just a suggestion. I have heard good things about that place, and Daveham (a hexus bargain hunting dude) says it is a family run company so problems get sorted out quickly.

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    3dmark03
    1550 fx5200
    5300 9700pro

    More than 3x faster

    I got one from overclockers for under £100. I don't know if this company are as bad as some people make out since I never needed to RMA anything. Stuff I've ordered always turns up quickly so sales side is efficient. Not my first choice of retailer but they had stock of what I wanted which is preferable to waiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed^chigliak
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    1550 fx5200
    5300 9700pro

    More than 3x faster
    Where did you get those numbers from? 3D Mark IMO is not a good measure of performance between different platforms/generations. If you want benchmarks look for the ones that use games, such as UT2004, Doom 3, HL2 etc.
    I don't mean to sound cold, or cruel, or vicious, but I am so that's the way it comes out.

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    Would be a very good upgrade.

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    thanks for all your advise guys

    i will be denninatly looking at getting one of these cards then, but at a good price

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    Increase from 19fps-70fps @1024res in doom3 4xAA
    VGA charts tomsharware

    I was just putting some numbers to 'massive' improvement without going into any great depth. Probably the best sub £100 card and a strong performer despite it's age.

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    Just my 2p's worth. I bought an ATI 9700 pro from Retek Oct 2003 for £160 it is still going strong (with a small overclock at 360/330.)

    For £70.50 now you won't find anything better unless you pay a bit more for 9800 pro around £120.

    You WILL see a huge improvement over FX5200 as said above. Check here for comparisons

    http://graphics.tomshardware.com/gra...004/index.html

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    How about trying to get a 2nd hand 9800pro instead? i see some floating around from time to time for around 90 notes
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    Very big improvement, go for it.
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    I think that there are a few things that you should consider when making this kind of decision

    Probably the first one is value

    Value is a very subjective thing

    However, you can introduce some science into the choice

    This can be as simple as taking the price (inc VAT & delivery) and then dividing it by the FPS you will get in the games that you play most often

    This 'cost per fps' is a rough and ready reckoner, but at least it does introduce some science to the choice

    Next you get the 'Wow Factor' from opening the box

    Some AIBs will supply you a box with a card in it - which can be ideal for the very experienced user

    Other AIBs include everything - I am specifically thinking of a certain vendor that has a tendancy to ship cards with around 17 games (you know who you are !)

    For a beginner/casual gamer - this can be a fantastic proposition because they will be buying an 'instant entertainment library'

    In terms of display - you need to be clear about what screen you will be using

    If you have a 15"/17" TFT that can only display 1024x768 - then consider the card's performance at that resolution

    Lastly, you need to have a very fixed budget in mind

    When making a PC-related purchase, it is all too easy to think 'Around a hundred quid' and then - 30 days later - see £189.95 on your Visa statement

    We have all done it

    If you can spend more - then be honest with yourself before you start looking

    Once you have set a budget - do not go over it !!!
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    hi guys,
    ive found a new 9700pro OEM for £96.99 inc VAT+DEL

    any of u know if there is any going cheaper

    and is this a good price?

    cheers
    lee

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