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what are the silly video cards right now? Decently priced. I don't game, some dude at my office just asked me to find out.
 

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Best bang for the buck!

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=14-102-268&DEPA=0

SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9800 PRO Video Card, 128MB DDR, 256-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP -BULK -OEM

Model# RADEON 9800PRO 128M
Item # N82E16814102268

Specifications:
Chipset/Core Speed: ATI RADEON 9800 PRO/380MHz
Memory/Effective Speed: 128MB DDR/680MHz
BUS: AGP 8X
Ports: VGA Out(15 Pin D-Sub)+TV-Out(S-Video Out)+DVI Connector
Support 3D API: DirectX®9, OpenGL®2.0
Cable/Accessories: 4 Cables, VGA via DVI Adapter, PowerDVD, Driver CD
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N/A,8/17/2004 2:29:25 PM
This card is amazing. Runs hot with the stock heatsink and fan, but what 9800 doesn't? I replaced the fan with a VGA silencer and I added some vantec iceberq ramsinks to help with overclocking. While ... See complete review>
This card is amazing. Runs hot with the stock heatsink and fan, but what 9800 doesn't? I replaced the fan with a VGA silencer and I added some vantec iceberq ramsinks to help with overclocking. While I was installing the VGA silencer I noticed the core said R360. Sure enough, my card was a 9800xt with the 9800pro bios on it. I just did the bios flash and runs flawlessly at xt speeds, even overclocks further then before the flash. IT EVEN HAS THE BUILT IN TEMP SENSOR THATS ONLY SUPPOSED TO BE ON THE PRO. This card is a steal even if you're only using it as a pro. If you're lucky enough to get the xt (which is a very good chance but by no means a guarentee) its amazing.
 

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if he wants to push doom3 at high resolutions and such hes gonna have to drop some money on a card. The 9800xt is overkill. Some of the 9800 pro cards can be flashed to the core speed of the xt. The new nvidia line of cars are insane as are the radeon's. Look into like a 9600 pro or higher for radeon. As for nvidia look into geforce fx series or the 6 series cards.
 

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Pushing Doom 3, you'll need a minimum of 9800/9800Pro/9800XT from the ATI camp and 5900 and up from Nvidia.

If he wants to be hardcore, go Nvidia 6800 series or ATI X800 series but those are guarantee to take $400 out of your wallet at the very least.

On the horizon, Nvidia is releasing 6600 that's around $200-$300 which claims to be faster or on par with 5900. But that's at least 2-3 more months away.
 
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