Price Guides September 2004: Video and Memoryby Adam Rader on September 12, 2004 12:05 AM EST
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Video Cards - NVIDIANVIDIA continues to be the favorite option when Doom 3 is a factor in the purchase. The impressive performance that the 6800's have been shown to provide in this game is nothing short of top notch. Of course, with top performance, again come top prices. If you can afford it, then the 6800 GT is a very nice card to own and should not disappoint you.
Chaintech's GeForceFX 5900128MB PCIe card is a nice choice if you are looking to upgrade your motherboard to one capable of taking PCI Express cards. A step sideways takes us to the XFX GeForceFX 5900 128MB for use in board that still has an AGP slot, which would certainly constitute the majority. Both cards will give you playable framerates in titles ranging from Battlefield 1942 through Doom 3.
Short of needing those extra frames for gaming, a 5700 is plenty for the average user and does not have to break the bank by any stretch of the imagination. Gainward's GeForceFX 5700 128MB is currently going for under $100 and should suit the needs of a PC intended for web browsing, emailing, and office applications without trouble.