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The best graphic card under $200??

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November 17, 2007 3:03:14 PM

What graphic card would you recommend me? I only have 200 bucks to spend on a graphic car, I was goint to buy a 8600 gts but whit the release of the hd radeon 3000 series, I dont know what to do know! should i go with de 3850??, I only play games in mas resolution of 1280*1024... so this card would be a good buy? I should spend a little more for the 3870? .. and what about the 8800 gt.. but its like $250 way more of my budget! I need suggestion please!!

Thanks!!!!

My specs:
Asus m2n32 sli deluxe motherboard
Amd x2 4200 oc to 2.6 ghz
2 gb ddr2 kingston 667
nvidia geforce 7600 gs
120 gb hard disk space

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a b U Graphics card
November 17, 2007 3:15:44 PM

The HD3850 currently owns the sub $200 gaming card battle. Yes, buy the HD3850 if $200 is you max budget.
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November 17, 2007 3:34:44 PM

If I were you I'd push it for the $220 HD3870, it's definitely worth it to have the extra memory for that price (And the extra speed isn't bad either), however if you can't, then the HD3850 is the best buy under $200.
November 17, 2007 3:41:54 PM

3850 all the way, you can pick one up for ~$200 including shipping, while the 3870 after shipping your looking at $250
November 17, 2007 3:52:38 PM

Ok thanks a lot!! but there are rumors of a 8800 gt 256 mb version.. i guees you`ve heard that!! it is officialy? when would it be release?and the price for it?
With the 3850 i would be ablo to play crysis in the resolution i told you?
November 17, 2007 5:00:07 PM

tthe 8800GT won't perform as well as 3870 on crysis, the lack of memory will kill it.
November 17, 2007 5:39:19 PM

plus u'll have to wait till 2009..
(ahem)
November 17, 2007 6:25:29 PM

Nerox said:
Ok thanks a lot!! but there are rumors of a 8800 gt 256 mb version.. i guees you`ve heard that!! it is officialy? when would it be release?and the price for it?
With the 3850 i would be ablo to play crysis in the resolution i told you?



I thought it was official that there was a production of the 8800 GT 256MB version, but they don't have enough?

*shrugs* thought I read that on anandtech.com
November 17, 2007 7:16:54 PM

1rst - 256mb HD3850
2nd - 512mb HD3870
3rd - 512mb 8800gt (if you can find it)

According to budget.
a b U Graphics card
November 17, 2007 7:19:22 PM

256MB 8800GT's are to come someday, but considering the short supply of G92 chips, don't hold your breath to see them soon.
November 17, 2007 7:25:54 PM

emp said:
If I were you I'd push it for the $220 HD3870, it's definitely worth it to have the extra memory for that price (And the extra speed isn't bad either), however if you can't, then the HD3850 is the best buy under $200.


/agreed.

GET a 3780 512MB...for $220 it is worth it....just find $20...you wont regret it.
November 17, 2007 11:36:20 PM

Actualy 3850 512MB should be just under 200$, only ~20$ away from 3870 though.
November 18, 2007 12:22:44 AM

emp said:
If I were you I'd push it for the $220 HD3870, it's definitely worth it to have the extra memory for that price (And the extra speed isn't bad either), however if you can't, then the HD3850 is the best buy under $200.


Without a doubt I agree with you. The extra $20 to your $200 budget is definetly worth it. Listen to this guys advice.
November 19, 2007 4:35:30 PM

Ok thanks a lot for the advices!! How much will be the diferrence between mi 7600 gs anda the 3850? also with the 3870?
November 19, 2007 5:31:48 PM

Colossal.
November 19, 2007 8:28:39 PM

The difference between a 7600 and a 3850 will be huge. I agree with most people here that you should spring for a 3870 or a 3850 with 512MB. 512MB is the minimum going forward.
November 20, 2007 5:50:05 AM

3850 is a DX10 card and 7seris are DX9. Does DX10 games use DX10 on 3850 and DX9 on 7series??? DX10 performance is low against DX9 so Can run faster on 7series??
November 20, 2007 12:13:00 PM

imeni said:
Does DX10 games use DX10 on 3850 and DX9 on 7series???

Yes, for the time being there are no DX10 exclusive games.
imeni said:
DX10 performance is low against DX9 so Can run faster on 7series??

Actually it depends on the game. DX10 settings rape some games (Company of Heroes) while they are on par performance wise in others (Bioshock). DX10 will make most games look better, but how much better is also dependent on the game. Crysis for example looks much better on very high/DX10 settings than it does on high/DX9.

In any case you can force your 3870 to run in DX9 if you don't want DX10, so it's a moot point.
November 20, 2007 1:24:33 PM

Nerox said:
What graphic card would you recommend me? I only have 200 bucks to spend on a graphic car, I was goint to buy a 8600 gts but whit the release of the hd radeon 3000 series, I dont know what to do know! should i go with de 3850??, I only play games in mas resolution of 1280*1024... so this card would be a good buy? I should spend a little more for the 3870? .. and what about the 8800 gt.. but its like $250 way more of my budget! I need suggestion please!!

Thanks!!!!

My specs:
Asus m2n32 sli deluxe motherboard
Amd x2 4200 oc to 2.6 ghz
2 gb ddr2 kingston 667
nvidia geforce 7600 gs
120 gb hard disk space

HD3850, agreed! Can't beat that unless you want to pay more. I'm not an AMD fan, but I'm glad the 3850/3870's came out. Now I can recommend some decent cards for a cheaper price than the 8800GT and the slow 8600GTS.
November 20, 2007 1:49:47 PM

Chalk up another vote for the HD 3850. And you should really look under the couch for another $20 and get the HD 3870 - it's absolutely worth it.

Your 7600 is pretty much nothing compared to these cards.
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