Extreme budget GFX card!

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by RagnaroK, Aug 17, 2002.

  1. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    Hello again y'all.
    I'm on a tight budget, and wanna get a new graphics card. What card do you guys (and gals if any) recommend for under $150 ($AU) ?

    Thanks.
    -Ragnarok
     
  2. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    that's about $80 usd. you can maybe get a geforce3 ti200 for that... which would be the best choice. if you want an ati option, they have a new radeon 9000 that's about the same price... not sure how it stacks up, though.

    if you wanna play it safe, a geforce2 ti 64mb is damn cheap and a good value.

    these kinda prices are found looking on pricewatch.com... not your neighborhood store, mate. }:>
     
  3. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    Thanks taurus. But those prices are too good to be true, because my "neighborhood stores" sell Geforce3 Ti200 for $300AU and Radeon 9000s for around $500AU... :(
    How come everything is so expensive over here...
     
  4. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    dunno, man. what about shopping online from one of our stores that ships overseas?

    or else try the geforce2 ti. if you need something cheaper still, try a geforce2 gts or... *shudder*... a geforce2 mx.
     
  5. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    LOL! :D
    What's wrong with GF II MXs? I got one now... its not that bad... is it?
    Yeh, I guess I'll look around for a TI or GTS. Thanks taurus.
     
  6. paul_43

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    Yeah.. I live in SYdney too... but I am originally from hong kong.. all the hardware are way too expensive in Australia.. I would say 85% extra you will be paying... I buy all my hardware in hong kong and bring / ship is to sydney. It doesn't make any sense to buy anything in Australia... (sydney)
     
  7. RagnaroK

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    Yeh, but isn't it more trouble to buy parts from overseas, because of waiting times, shipping costs, insurance, etc. ?
     
  8. Cosmin

    Cosmin Graphic Designer

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    I recommend a good brand also :
    1.Leadtek
    2.Asus
    3.MSI

    In any order ..
     
  9. paul_43

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    What insurance do you expect to get when you buy a hardware?? and saving up to 85% that will cover all extra cost and will be still more then 50% cheaper... yeah.. the only thing is you will have to wait... so .. if you can wait... then you can save some money or spend the same money to buy better things...
     
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  11. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    like paul said, if you can wait a week or 2, try to order online. i'm sure it'll be cheaper in the end... but don't quote me on that.. never ordered out of country.

    the gf2 mx's aren't very good choices because they have sdr... stepping up to a gts or ti gives you ddr so doubles your memory bandwidth... which gives a big performance boost.

    this gives you a good idea of what card can do what:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/graphic/02q2/020418/vgacharts-05.html
     
  12. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    Both of you have strong arguments paul_43 and taurus. But I'm that sort of person that always has been "insecure" about such things as ordering online. I'm willing to try it, but I need more reasoning to persuade me... Sorry, I'm the "trust no-one" type! :D
     
  13. chastity

    chastity Moderator Political User

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    Well look at from this way. U would have to out of ur back side to buy local or u can take a chance on buy online. I don't know if this company shipps over sea's or not but u can check them out.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/
     
  14. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    www.pricegrabber.com lists lots of different vendors and has seller ratings for each one, to give you an idea of their customer satisfaction.

    btw, i did a search for a geforce2 ti on their to see what came up... and www.tigerdirect.com came up with a pro (good, between gts and ti) for $40 after mail-in rebate. sweet deal. also, they have a geforce3 ti200 for $80 after mail-in rebate if you're looking forward to pixel and vertex shaders.
     
  15. paul_43

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    Well if you can order it online that would be the best at the time.. because Australian dollar is doing well aganst USD.. so... buy online and you won't regret... it things don't work you can always return it .... don't worry about ordering online..... or you can just ask your friends to bring you some if you have one..