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What is the best video card out there????

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Hello Gang!I am in the process of trying to purchase a new video card. My Nvidia Ge-Force-2 Ultra I think has done it's job for two years now. This is my current rig:Intel Pentium 4 1.7 Ghz512MB of RDRAM PC-800120GB Hard Drive with 8MB of cache (80GB still avail.)40 GB Hard Drive with 4MB of cache (37GB still avail.)DVD-ROM DriveCD-RW Drive3.5" Disk drive22" Flat Gateway VX1120 Super-VGA MonitorBoston Acoustics premium sound systemSoundBlaster Live! Platinum sound cardNvidia Ge-Force-2 UltraLogitech cordless keyboard & Mouse comboCH USB Pro Pedals & USB YokeSaitek USB ThrottlePlantronics USB dual headsetsI think my rig is still a pretty good one in terms of memory and speed, but I definitely need a new video card. I was thinking of the Nvidia GeForce-4 Ti with the 128MB of memory, and NewEgg.com has one for $145. Before I take the plunge, I'd like to hear some opinions from you "hardware junkies" out there as to what the best performing video card would be for a rig like mine at this moment.Thank you all in advance for any help or advice you can provide.Sincerely,Dennis D. Mullert

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Well, the king of the hill right now is the ATI 9700 Pro, if performance (and not cost) is what you are asking. But given that FS2002 is normally CPU-challenged, with your hardware that GeForce 4 would probably perform as well as the ATI 9700 Pro, at quite a bit less cost.FWIW.-Basil

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I've also got a Geforce 2 that came with my system (1.8 Ghz Pentium.) Any idea how much of a performance boost each of these video card upgrades would provide? Or would people be better off upgrading the CPU and/or motherboard instead?

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You probably won't see a huge performance boost, but visuallly it will look alot better.

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For the next 17 days it'll be the Radeon 9700 Pro :-lol after that it'll be the Geforce FX.Shane

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The best videocard right now is the Radeon 9700 Pro, followed by the 9700 non-Pro, 9500 Pro, then the Geforce4 Ti. In your case, I would suggest the 9500 Pro. It offers excellent performance for the money.ATI will soon release a slightly faster version of the 9700 Pro, codenamed R350. Don't bother waiting for the GeforceFX. The availability of the Ultra version will be very limited, and the 9700 Pro is cheaper and offers similar performance. The normal non-Ultra version of the GeforceFX performs worse than the 9700 Pro.

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The Radeon 9800 is expected in April and is "supposedly" going to be the first card to break the $399 mark due to the increase in memory (256mb) and its cost.;)Shane

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