Thinking of buying a new video card.

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware, Devices and Accessories' started by - Wrath of God -, Nov 21, 2007.

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What would be the best way to go?

  1. Stick with the 8500 GT.

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  2. Overclock the 8500 GT.

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  3. Buy an 8600 GT.

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  4. Buy an 8600 GTS.

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  5. Buy an 8800 GT.

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  6. Buy an 8800 GTS320.

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  7. Buy an 8800 GTS.

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  8. Buy an 8800 GTX.

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  9. Buy an 8800 Ultra.

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  10. Wait until the 9x00 series comes out.

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  11. Screw nVidia. Get an ATI. (please state why).

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  12. Other (please specify).

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Nov 21, 2007
  1. - Wrath of God -
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    So after seeing my 8500 GT fail miserably at running Guitar Hero III at native resolution, I decided that I didn't want a cheap graphics card anymore. I still want an nVidia, because in my experience their cards are just better than those of ATI. Money still obviously matters, and it's best if the video card stays under $300, however, if the video cards above that are way better, I don't mind spending more. I could probably pass off about half of it as a Christmas present anyway.

    So, I'm stuck between the 8800 GTS and waiting until the 9x00 series comes out. As always help is much appreciated.

    Links to deals where I can get a good card for cheap are also much appreciated.
     


  2. enigmaindex

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    Wait till the 9 series comes out.
     
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    it'll cost you hell a lot....
    Get 8800 GT x2 and SLI [​IMG]
     
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    How much do you guys think the 9 series are going to cost?
     
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    Google
     
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    if you wait for 9 u might as well wait for 10,11,12,13,14....etc. etc.

    as far as your list go 8800gt is the best bang for buck
    or the new amd 3000 series depending on price

    the clear winner is the 8800gt 512mb
     
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    No. For the Best Bang for your Buck the 3850 wins this hands down.
     
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    Can the 8800 GT run Crysis though? I mean I don't want to get a new card as soon as I get this one. I want it to be compatible with a lot of future games, which is why I'm thinking of simply waiting until the 9 series comes out. Also, I've tried a Google search for the price, and couldn't find anything, so a link, or some price information would be appreciated.
     
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    Crysis is a benchmark game, not as much as some others, but still. They're made so that running on full settings won't be feasible even in the near future.

    That said, the comment about waiting for the 9 series. You can take it as "9 series is better, just wait for it." or "When the 9 series is out, the 8 series will drop in price." either way, waiting a tiny bit could do you a bit of good.

    Also, if by compatible you mean max settings...yea, it'll last you like, 2 years.
    If by compatible you mean at least average settings, hell, a good midrange card could probably last you a while.
     
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    Well certain video cards are able to run Crysis on full settings at the moment. Yeah I actually meant compatible by max settings. You think that the 8800 GT will last like two years?
     
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    What specs do you have now? If you have a killer rig, like mine isn't too shabby, a 2.1Ghz Core 2 Duo o/c to 3.0Ghz. 4GB of RAM, 1.2TB of space. I'd suggest go for a high end card and leave it alone. If your sytsem isn't that great, spend a little less for a card to get you buy, and start researching a new rig. Video cards fluctuate the most in price, so I always do that research last.
     
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    The 8800 GT can't even run crysis at full settings.

    Waiting is good with technology. Wait 6 months - a year and you'll find much better cards and the 8xxx series will be very cheap.
     
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    @ Wrath of God
    here u go my friend

    http://techreport.com/articles.x/13603/6

    oh the new midrange cards amd 3850, 3870 and nvidie 8800gt
    there are not a lot of cards out there so they are going to be a little pricey

    but u should pay no more than 270 for 8800gt

    u probably wont find a 3870 until next year they are really popular

    that 3850 is a good performer but only has 256mb or ram

    so at this point in time ur best bet is 8800gt or 3870 but at the right price

    to reiterate and clarify

    8800gt spend no more than $270

    amd 3870 no more than $220

    amd 3850 no more than $190 only listed because the Z man likes it but i would wait for the 512 version

    i double space too much [​IMG]
     
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    The Ultra can't either. And it's the best card on the market, Get over it. It's better to get a card now then waiting and waiting, if you wait 6 months you'll have to wait another 6 months since something better will be coming out.
     
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    Amen
     
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    I'm saying if he wants to play crysis he should wait. Yeah the ultra can't play crysis at full graphics..I know.

    Instead of buying new tech wait for the next generation to come out and buy it then. Once the 9XXX series comes out the 8xxx series will come down in price dramatically. Some people can't afford the newest stuff on the market like you. We have bills to pay and people to look after.

    I guess if your parents give you money to buy the newest things that come out all the time you don't have to worry [​IMG]
     
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    not worth it waiting for crysis, a few of my mates have shelved crysis who have 8800... crysis is a rental, multi is so so

    COD4 is where its at atm [​IMG] and heck even I can play that with my old 6800ultra
     
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    Yeah I'm having a whole heap of fun with COD4. I've got a 7800GT and it runs very nicely.
     
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    My specs are Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 750 GB HD.

    The point isn't that I want to play Crysis really badly. I figure that the game just came out, and barely anything can run it, so a lot of other games that will come out soon will also be barely runnable. So I want to be as future proof as possible without waiting too long. 6 months for a new video card would probably be too long of a wait for me, but I thought that nVidia released the new cards around Christmas, so I figured it may be a good time to wait.
     
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    Get a Gefore 8800 GTS With 320MB of GDDR3 ram.
    Its the better than the one with 620mb ram (Dont ask me why)
    And it only cost 300-400$ and the ultra cost 700-800$ and the ultra only makes 14 frames more on BF2148 with full graphichs!

    So a Gefore 8800 GTS!
     

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