I haven't purchased or even kept up with video card specs since I bought my 6600GT. (Don't laugh, its paid for.) I now want to be able to play Crysis and COD4 with no problems. So here I am on the hunt for a new card and would like to get some opinions about these two, or maybe some suggestions on another card to go with.
I believe the 8800GT will smoke the 3850, even with only 256MB on it. If you can, wait another couple of weeks for another round of releases to see what it does to prices.
Ultra X-Connect lives (or perhaps dies) on Tier-5 ("Do not buy") of the PSU listing at http://www.tomswiki.com/page/Tiered+PSU+Listings?t=anon. The specs may be adequate, but if it might suck hard enough to draw the magic blue smoke out of your rig, I'd choose one from Tier-3 or better.
Hey, those are both quality cards, so I don't see a problem with either one. I will say that if you are exploring your options, and you want something to work well with Crysis or COD4, then I would suggest the 8800 GTS 320/640MB cards. Either one would do well in both games, Crysis reccomends the GTS 640MB but I have the GTS 320MB and the Crysis demo worked fine. XFX, EVGA, BFG would be your best bet for Nvidia cards.
Thanks for the info jtt283. According to that PSU rating list, my PSU sucks! Unfortunately that is what I already have.
sprucebr1, thanks for the info on other cards, but I dont want to pay that much for a video card. Way out of my budget. Trying to stick to no more than 250.
I have and older rig setup now and dont want to put too much into it. Plans are to build new in about a year or so.
Intel board 915 (only single pci-e slot) , Intel 550, Leadtek6600GT, 2GB cheap stuff RAM, WD250GB & WD80GB both SATA, Lite-On 8x DVD RW, and the Ultra X-connect 500W
But I really want to get away from BF2 already.
My thoughts were just get a mid range card just to get by.