Help me find a video card.

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May 18, 2008
  1. juggernaut911
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    I'd go the 8800GT if you can afford it and you're still using XP. There's a few conditions on the 8800 though. You can't have a VIA chipped motherboard and you'll need a decent PSU (power supply.)
    I personally have a XFX 9600 GT because I have a VIA chipset and the 8800 GT wouldn't even fire up on my motherboard. It's been quite good except a few things went wrong. Mine was 650/900 mhz stock standard but I've overclocked it to 700/1000 mhz with Rivatuner which it handles with ease. Also it runs pretty damn cool, with the fan set to 50% it rarely gets over 50 C.
    Just remember to get at least a 550 watt PSU.
     
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    I am familiar with computer lingo. arent the 8800GS g92's better than the 8800GT's? I AM running Xp.

    is VIA a company? like I have an intel north/south bridge. is that VIA?
     
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    Can't be too sure who understands what these days. I wasn't being rude.
    I'm pretty sure I heard VIA and North/Southbridge used in the same paragraph before so they are VIA. I think it a certain set of chips that run PCI slots and motherboards. I was told after I'd got my mobo that they aren't that good. People told me I should have gone for and intel or geforce mobo. I will in my next comp.
    g92's, ypu might be right. All in all a 9600GT isn't that bad. I've got COD 4 running with full detail at a very respectable framerate.
     
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    I might just get the card posted if urza doesnt post his opinion soon. thnx for your input
     
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    VIA is a company and if you have an intel chipset mobo you don't have VIA north/south bridges

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    juggernaut911: give us a quick spec list on your computer and it will help in advising you.
    Motherboard, CPU, RAM, PSU details in particular.
    **further edit**
    Also what resolution monitor you have if using a LCD screen.
     
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    e4500 @ 2200 MHZ
    450watts
    2GB2 of RAM
    250GB HD
    15" CRT display (22" LCD this christmas)
     
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    Motherboard?
    Chipset info will do but model specific is best.
    CPU-Z will give most the info if you are unsure.
    Also 450 Watt PSU may be fine as long as it is a good quality PSU. Cheapies are not so good and are usually well below their stickered wattage in real performance.

    **edit**
    I was going to continue on with some in depth thoughts but after a quick google to back up my numbers I found some pretty decent resources.
    Check this page for some benchmarks between the 8800GT and 9600GT. 1680 X 1050 res it what most 22" monitors run at BTW.
    Even better just take a look at this lovely article.
     
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    8800GS or 8800GT will easily give you medium settings on Crysis at a good resolution, and will max out any game older than about a year (as far as I know). By the sounds of it, they'd be more than fine for you.
    I would recommend the ATI Radeon HD 3870 that I bought, but it's gone up about $20, and so isn't quite as good value as it was.
     
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    If you are looking at a Geforce 8800, I would recommend looking at your PSU to see if you have PCI express connectors and what not, it is also recommended that your motherboard has a Video Card peripheral connector on it that can connect to your powersupply, but that is not necessary. Also 500W should've been the minimum for that card, but I don't know about 450W, it might be alright.
     
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    well your budget allows 8800 gt? if so its the best card in this budget.
    8800GT 512 =8800GTS 640 MB imo.
    i wont even pay 1$ more to buy the gts.
    8800 gT is a great card/overclocker.
    btw if you want to do what iv done that is:
    wait till the new cards will be out ( june 14-16) like 9800GT and Ati radeon 4870
     
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    Yep, the GT200 GPU should be much better. The current 9800 uses a G92 GPU which is an ass.
     
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    ill go on asus/evga, dont be temped by a low price and the opposite.
    they dont really make such a difference only : cooler/OC cap/made in china [​IMG].
    google the brands to compare them [​IMG]
     
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    ok well... I'm going with the XFX card. same as the evga +a a game! [​IMG]
     
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    XFX is not that bad either right?

    I have the evga egeforce 8800GT though, I run Crysis on VERY high settings at 1280X1024 at ok framerates, and medium settings on high resolutions.
     
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    eVGA score Higher, more reliable, my xfx card was working like sh*t(heat / overclock problems) and iv changed it to eVGA, works great. dont be tempted by the game!!!
     
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    You should replace the stock fan anyways.
     

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