QUOTE(lebriznon @ Aug 10 2005, 12:20 AM)
get the nvidia 6800GT instead of the x800. the ATI card doesnt perform as well, and costs more. ATI cards dont really shine now like they did with the r9000 series.
I suggest you read reviews for the Geforce 6 series
The image quality does not match ATI's. The 8xS AA for Geforce 6 series is worthless because it runs so slow. Battlefield 2 is sponsored by Nvidia and between the Geforce 6800 GT and the Radeon x800 Pro, the Radeon runs faster. Half-Life 2 runs much better on any ATI card. Still want to argue this fact, check the benchmarks from tomshardware between the Geforce 6800 Ultra and the X800 XT. http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/2...tournament_2004
Oh and the x800 wins every test but OpenGL tests, but anyone already knows Nvidia runs OpenGL better. OpenGL isnt used very much anymore anyways. DirectX has taken over and I would want a faster DirectX card. Geforce 6800's are no cheaper, they are about the same price.............really they are more.
Cheapest AGP Geforce 6800 Ultra...................$419 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814127144
Cheapest AGP ATI x800 XT..................$389http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814102423
Cheapest PCI-e X800 Pro................$249http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814102465
Cheapest PCI-e Geforce 6800 Ultra...................$469http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814122214
Even the slower Geforce 6800 GT is................$319http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814122209
Hmmm it would seem the 6800 costs more(according to newegg) and has worse overall performance (according to tomshardware).
So for PCI-e $249 will get you a X800. I would call that cheap. I have two friends with the exact same system except for GFX cards. One is an ATI man and one is a Nvidia man. Both bought MSI neo4's, AMD Athlon 64 3500's, 2GB of Cosair XMS, 160GB SATA Samsung HDD's, SounbBlaster Audigy 2 zs. One with a Geforce 6800 Ultra and one with x800 Pro and yes the ATI machine plays everything but OpenGL games faster.
Now, I still rock my ATI 9800XT. It still works just fine. Yes HL2 @1024x768 with all settings at max and 6xAA 16xAF. Very playable and I only have the AMD Athlon 64 3000 system, 1GB of ram, SB Audigy xgamer, 3 160GB SATA HDD's, and the MSI Neo2. Well highly overclocked.