Good Graphics Card that isn't a 8800GTS?

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  1. Harsky
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    After several hours of fairly jernky play on Team Fortress 2, I decided to get a new graphics card. Currently I have a Nvidia Geforce 7500 LE and I keep hearing that the 8800GTS is meant to be the best but at that price I see on some sites for it, I expect it to jump out of my PC and shit gold. So is there any other brand that are cheaper but still good?
     


  2. xcalibur

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    geforce 7600gt is quite good
    radeon X1650XT is also very good
    mind you they are midrange and 8800gts is a highrange card
    these do quite good for me though(i have a 7600gt personally)
     
  3. Jiggah

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    8800 GT for about 200-300 that's pretty, it's about half of the price of the 8800GTS 640 and outperforms it. Or you go for last gen cards like 7900 GS which should be pretty cheap now about 100-200 bucks. If you wait a little longer the 8800 GT is suppose to drop about $50 bucks and be priced low 200s.

    Exactly what are the prices you are seeing? The 640 GTS goes around 350-400, the 320 model goes around 250-300.
     
  4. Linkiboy

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    8500GT, its better than a 7600GT, and I'm running TF2 at full at 1440x900 minus motion blur.

    EDIT:: Oh and its 60 USD on newegg, dunno about british sites.
     
  5. Harsky
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    Which site should I get it from?

    Also, I have a Pentium D so is it a case where even if the card works the processor will let me down?
     
  6. Linkiboy

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    A Pentium D will work with TF2 just fine.
     
  7. Harsky
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    Which is what I'm using to run but is getting a new video card enough to fix the slowdowns that happens in the game?
     
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    RAM first then vid card after. Could you post your computer specs? Processor, video card, memory, etc.
     
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    i think the sapphire radeon 1950x pro 256 mb is very nice!
    i have that card, and i can play all games on very high (except crysis) with anti aliasing
     
  10. Harsky
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    My graphics card is in the first post. Specs are

    Pentium D 3.4GHz
    2GB RAM
    400gb HDD

    Really, that's all I know
     
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    How fast is the Pentium D? I've got a 3000+ Athlon and it runs at the same speed as a 3ghz Pentium. I've also got 7800GT and a gig of ram and it runs really smooth on almost highest settings.

    How much are you looking to spend on the graphics card?
     
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    The 7600GT was wonderful. Ran whatever I threw at it. Now I have an 8600GT and its basically the same, slightly faster with dx10 support. Just got it to hold me over until the new 8900 decides to appear
     
  13. Harsky
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    I suppose a £200 ($400) budget should do
     
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    8800GT.
     
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    Think I'll go for a 8600GT

    But what's the difference between GT/GS/GTS?

    Is there any specific one I should go for? It's like googling for one means it throws up several 8600 from different makers
     
  16. xcalibur

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    8600gt is like a 7600gs
    8600gts is like a 7600gt
    8600gs is like a 7500gt?le?

    they changed the numbering a bit of the graphics cards
    seems a stupid thing to do since the last one worked fine...
     
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    Uhh, no.

    GENERALLY:

    GTX = most powerful
    GTS = more powerful
    GT = Powerful
    GS = Weak
    LE = Weakest

    An 8600GT is like a 7700GT(if such a model existed)
    an 8600GTS would be like a 7800GT
    and a gs version doesn't exist.

    A 8500GT would be the same as 7600GT, about.
     
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    from all the reviews that ive read (mainly comparisons between 7600gta and 8600 when i was deciding what card to get)ive been led to assume that the 8600gts is the middle card of the series
    and the middle card used to be simply called X600gt
    it might be because 8600gt isnt quite the same step up from last generation as 7600gt
    itll probably change with DX10 though.