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September 28, 2007 3:17:22 AM

Heya guys, Im in the market for a new Vid card for not much money and came to the conclusion that the Geforce 8600 was the best route to go (and it seems that the stickied thread at the top fo the page agrees)

There is many brands, all within like $15 of each other too, anyone have any advice on which is the best one? It always seems that some brands use cheaper memory (like the Biostar one seems to use DDR2 instead of DDR3) or other differences that set them apart.

Was gonna go with the Evga one just cause its a brand I knew of that wasn't known to be a complete rip, but I really haven't been doing allot of research on them lately so I don't want to make a bad choice due to rushing to order.

Thanks guys!

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a c 131 U Graphics card
September 28, 2007 7:06:48 AM

What kind of card are you upgrading from?What do you intend to use it to do.
If you plan to game then the 8600 isn't that good of a card.
It does its job well in its own segment but you wouldn't expect to play newest games on high settings with it.
Things like ddr2 or Gddr3 are easier to deal with you should get a card with Gddr3 as they are significantly better than the ddr2 variants.
Going with Evga would be a good move as they have a step up program which means you can exchange the card for a better one and pay the diff if you decide that the 8600 wasn't enough card for what you wanted.
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September 28, 2007 8:20:12 AM

What are you looking for in a card? Are you looking at something which is fairly cheap but would be able to handle crysis or are you looking for something competent but not amazing in gaming but is good at HD video?

From what I understand of the 8600 if you're a budget gamer you may be better off waiting to see the mid range card Nvidia are due to unveil anyday now.
September 28, 2007 9:48:50 AM

As posted by Mactronix, the 8600 isn't the nVidia card to use for high res gaming. I'm sure you know this, however. If looking for a contemporary card that nicely manages dual displays for bus. use, etc...well then...its a great series, with nice image quality, IMO. I prefer the Asus or Gigabyte brands as they offer nifty passive and, therefore, silent cooling.

I'm using this to pull a 30" and 21" display.

...more info than what you asked, but you may get better feedback if you can share what responsibilities you plan to give your card.

September 28, 2007 3:07:11 PM

Ahh thanks guys :) 

As far as my old card and what I plan to do, Im using currently a Nvidia 6800 that came with my system. I cant even play Counterstrike or TF2 with HDR lighting enabled under my wide screen 1680x1050 resolution without very slight lag (kinda like the air seems thicker, and thats just not acceptable in a FPS)

Sure crisis would be great, Bioshock too, but I just dont have the money right now :/  I was just looking at the cards for kicks cause I saw that the game "Tabula Rasa" was coming out on oct 18 I think, and In beta I had to have all settings down to almost min so I diddnt lag. It was then that I saw that the 8600 was only little over $100, and all step up cards from that were seemingly over $200-$250.

My other important system specs are: Pentium D 2.8, and 2 gigs of ram.

Thanks again guys :) 
September 28, 2007 3:48:02 PM

Also, what about differences like these 2, the Evga 860GT vs the XFS?

The EVGA has a clock of 576mhz and a 1500 mem clock, while the XFS is 620mhz and has a 1600 mem clock.

Im really just lookin for a good card for close to $130 or less :/  choices aren't too abundant :/ 

EVGA also has a cheeper 8600GT:
540mhz and 1400 mem clock, is this the same card just stock overlocked?

There is so many different 8600's :/  the GT, the GTS, the OC, i dont know whats the best deal :/ 

Like this is the evga 8600 GTS:
and the slightly higher clocked:
seems to have much more, for like $40 more. But most of the differences are clock speeds, but this card talks about having:
"Additionally, This amazing unit supports Quantum Effects%u2122 Technology, enabling a new level of physics effects to be simulated and rendered on the GPU as well as support for NVIDIA's Lumenex%u2122 engine, which introduces 16x Anti-aliasing and 128-bit floating point High-Dynamic-Range (HDR) rendering for the most realistic lighting effects."

that the lower ones dont say, do they all have that and their just makin this 8600 seem better?
September 28, 2007 4:08:01 PM

get an 8600GTS
September 28, 2007 7:38:56 PM

GTS-32GB/s memory bandwidth /2000Mhz (reference)
GT-22.4GB/s memory bandwidth / 1400Mhz (reference)

If you get a GT the XFX 620/1600 is ok (I have one)
September 28, 2007 8:03:57 PM

AdamJ said:
get an 8600GTS

but then he could get an x1950 pro, which would rape it
September 28, 2007 8:45:40 PM

The GTS goes for just a bit more, its in the $150-160 range, Id really rather stick to Nvidia cause one of the older games I still play has problems with ATI unfortunately :/ 
September 28, 2007 9:07:00 PM

but then he could get an x1950 pro, which would rape it

I 2nd that. Even though I've always bought NVidia, the OP has stated he plays game with the source engine and ATI cards have traditionally done better with that engine.

Not too mention the x1950 pro would beat any 8600 in just about every bench.
September 28, 2007 9:17:58 PM

The 1900GT is a good option at $95 (went down $5 the other day), provided that the fansink fits in their case. Not everyone can fit a 8-9" fansink in their systems.
September 28, 2007 9:20:44 PM

spuddyt said:
but then he could get an x1950 pro, which would rape it

Dude, you seem to have a fixation on this sex, there's medication for that, ya know? :ouch: 
September 28, 2007 9:39:32 PM

The x1950 is DX9 only, id atleast like the option to run DX10 when I upgrade to Vista also :)  I dont doubt that in its own right its better, some of the DX9 cards in the Nvidia 7000 line are better then the 8600 also.

lets say i was to spend around $150 then, would the GTS be the best bet? Like
a c 131 U Graphics card
September 28, 2007 10:05:55 PM

Seems to me that we have an op here who knows exactly what they want and just needs a little help sorting the wheat from the chaff so to speak.
I beleive that the card in the link below is about the fastest 8600GTS out at the min. If anybody knows any different please let us know so the op can get the best deal.
I am also supplying a link to a review.
Ps it is said to overclock quite well if you are in to that sort of thing :) 
September 28, 2007 10:53:04 PM

Zaskar said:
The x1950 is DX9 only, id atleast like the option to run DX10 when I upgrade to Vista also :)  I dont doubt that in its own right its better, some of the DX9 cards in the Nvidia 7000 line are better then the 8600 also.

lets say i was to spend around $150 then, would the GTS be the best bet? Like

The 8600GTS would be a better card if you wanted one that "TECHNICALLY" supported DX10.
However, the DX9 cards at that price range would run faster and yield better graphics.

Any DX10 Card less than the 8800GTS or new 2900Pro just don't have the horsepower to run sufficient
detail to make use or the DX10 features. You will be spending more money to get slower performance and lower quality graphics.
September 28, 2007 11:15:14 PM

kpo6969 said:
That probably is the best deal, but uses 2 slots (if that would be a problem)
$22 more and this is the fastest, I would get
evga stock:
best deal stock:

I have a 375 watt power supply at the moment, the first one says it requires a 400 watt, and the second says it requires a 350watt. Is that really strict (since the first is just an slightly overclocked version of the second) and I cant use the first without buying a new PS also, or could I still run both?
September 28, 2007 11:42:43 PM

In all seriousness, getting a 1950XT or Pro would be your best choice. Think about this: your pc will not be able to run Vista well, much less game on it. Also Dx10 isn't supported on Xp. The 8600GTS just sucks and won't give you much frames (It's only a bit better than the 6800). The only potential problem is your Psu, which may not be sufficient for the 1950Pro.
September 28, 2007 11:48:53 PM

I use to run the vista beta, and gamed on it also, I dont see how Vista would be a problem on my system when you understand how it works :/  The processor isnt fast but its not bad either.

It doesn't require more CPU power, just GPU and memory, and im very well off on memory. The additional graphic elements of the Vista desktop unload when a fullscreen game starts actually giving more free resources to the game then XP did with its 2d desktop always running in the background.

the low point of my system is the Vid card, and thats what I was planning on changing out.
September 29, 2007 5:00:56 AM

Anyone have any input on the power supply thing? Only have a 375 watt now, when newegg lists 400 watt min, is that strict, and i need to stick to the ones listed as 350 watt (never seen any say 375 :p ) and below or should it be ok?
September 29, 2007 5:04:29 AM

post the specs of your psu
September 29, 2007 5:09:08 AM

Oh im not positive :/  It cant be anything above average though, its a stock one that came with a Dell XPS 400. Its not a custom machine :/ 
September 29, 2007 5:13:33 AM

Your psu has 30amps which can run a 8800GTS so you have no issue with power. The 8600GTS's were 18amps.
a c 131 U Graphics card
September 29, 2007 7:36:48 AM

Just read your latest post and as kpo6969 says your psu is well up to it Dells can be a right pain but one thing they do is supply a good psu.
So all you need to do now is pick one of the many you have been given to choose from or pick one out yourself of course.