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-Okay, I bought a 128MB video card from BestBuy today. Wb6vpm is gonna kill me when he finds out its a 9250 Chipset. He told me not to get anything lower than 9600. To be specific, it is an XTASY 128MB ATI RADEON 9250. I got it for $81. I decided it's temporary since I can find a 256MB card online for that price (a couple bucks less), and they said I can return it. These are some choices I'm looking at, I want to know if they are good cards (which one would be best).

SAPPHIRE ATLANTIS Radeon 9600 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X
POWERCOLOR R96-HD3-B Radeon 9600PRO 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X

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-Dammit, you're supposed to tell me which one of those I should choose. Hey, all of those are 9600! If I remember right, the Powercolor got the best ratings. You have to let me know which one to get!

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I guess you should go with the SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X just because it supports OpenGL 2.0 and the others only support 1.5
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only thing is there batmanchrs is we need to figure out what yrou motherboard will support
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Hell i got me a nice ATI Radeon X700 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express Card for like 150 at newegg last year.
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Why are you looking for a card with 256MB of vid RAM that is not at the high end of performance? I'm assuming you don't have a really high end performance computer. I doubt you will notice any difference between a vid card with 128MB and 256MB. If you do have a high end PC, than don't skimp on the vid card.

I have a GeForce 6600GT with 128MB vid RAM and it's a beast. Not the most powerful out there, but better than the ATi 9600 series.

My point is that you really don't need 256MB of vid RAM. The chipset and series of card is more important than the difference between 128MB and 256MB of vid RAM.
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Don't overlook Matrox. For 3D/games they are often within a few percentage points of the stuff from ATi and Nvidia and are unbeaten in 2D, video, and multi-display hookups.

Matrox takes a lot of care with their drivers, you NEVER hear of the kinds of driver problems that people who 'enjoy' product from ATi and Nvidia have.

I've got a slew of Matrox G550 cards running flat panels on DVI interfaces. The next time I replace the home PCs I'll probably go with their next-generation PCIe G750 or better cards.

The 64 Mb version of the G550 goes for about $100, way less if you buy used on ebay.

Remember that with video cards, more 'ram' does not equal higher performance. Video Ram is used to build high-resolution images at high color bit depths.

So if you are running a 1280x1024 display at 32 bits of color. Your memory requirement is about 42 meg. The math is as easy as that.

There are some schools of thought that say you should have 2x the amount of video ram than your display resplution requires. This is true, but ONLY if your video drivers can do dual-ported image assembly (rare) *AND* your applications can feed interlaced or progressive scan images to the video card at high frame rates.
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