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    Question Good Buy? Rad 9500

    Looking to build the parents a new computer, something that will last them a few years. Do you guys feel that this http://www.vibecomputers.com/index.c...f=n&vID=191022 is a good buy, or would I be better off getting them a 9600 pro? Thanks for the input.

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    Considering the 9600Pro is only $10(CAN?) more, I'd say go for the 9600Pro. I mean, sure you *could* try to softmod the 9500, but I don't see much point gambling..

    What do they do with the PC?

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    I would stick with the 9500Pro if you are running FX8 Stuff

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    FX8, lol

    try to find a second hand 9700pro as they are about £130 now ($200?)

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    The 9500 (nonPRO) is AWFUL. VEry slow and hardly o/c'able. The only reason peopel bought them was a few of the very early ones came on the 9700PCB and stood some chance of modding to a 9700PRO ... chances were tiny and as they moved to their own PCB (within a month of release) modding was impossible. 9500PRO are much better as they are the only non-top-end card to use 8 pipes so you get the raw processing power of the 9700PRO or 9800 when you o/c (often more). Of currently available cards the 9600PRO is the best choice, esp when you o/c. If you want to gamble forget the 9500nonPRO and grab yourself a 9800SE ... just ensure it uses 380/340 clocks and has 256bitDDR RAM (all 9800SE_AIW should). Apparently with those chances of getting something as good or better than a true 9800PRO_AIW are 50%!

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    Thanks guys for the answers, I appreciate it!

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