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Need help please on choosing a Nvidia based card

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December 11, 2007 4:43:59 PM

I need help on choosing a video card. I need a card thats gonna last me a few years and can hang with the latest games out and ones down the road. Its a toss up between the 8800GTS (G92) and a 8800GTX, or would a GT be the way to go? I see that the G92 just came out and it looks to be about the same spec wise as the GTX series. I have a Intel chipset so I can't run SLI. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
December 11, 2007 5:42:23 PM

depends on the resolution you want to run. If it's 1920x1200 below, the 8800 GTS (G92) is probably the way to go. If it's below 1920x1200, the GT would do. And if it's above 1920cx1200, the GTX would be the way to go.
December 11, 2007 6:32:54 PM

cleeve said:
depends on the resolution you want to run. If it's 1920x1200 below, the 8800 GTS (G92) is probably the way to go. If it's below 1920x1200, the GT would do. And if it's above 1920cx1200, the GTX would be the way to go.


So if its 1920x1200, GTS. Below 1920x1200, GT and above 1920x1200, GTX?
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December 11, 2007 7:24:24 PM

VOS said:
So if its 1920x1200, GTS. Below 1920x1200, GT and above 1920x1200, GTX?

1920x1200 or below = GTS

However, a GT would do.

1920x1200+ = GTX
December 11, 2007 7:39:53 PM

So if I'm gonna be playing on a 20 or 22 inch widescreen, the GT or GTS will do?
December 11, 2007 7:41:27 PM

Take into account the CPU you have. A GTX is best when paired with a 3.0+++ modern chip. The GTX can also eat 22amps on a 12v rail of a good PSU. Your display is also a factor. If your display does not support the resolution then whats the point right?

There is a big issue with Nvidia atm. Asus and MSI has gone far enough as to say that none of the 8000 cards will be compatable with the new DX10 coming out. The only cards on the shelf atm are the 3800s from ATI that have full support for the new DX10 that is coming out soon. I only bring this up because its a well known fact that the current DX10 is borked and runs realy bad for what it does. The new version has already reported pretty great increases in performance over the current version. Alot of us are waiting for MS to make a statement. When they do can determine greatly the sales of graphics cards. If the standing information I have is correct the only cards on the shelf worth anything for gaming are the 3870 models. A 700$ card atm might not perform as well as the current 250$ models after the fix.
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December 11, 2007 7:55:07 PM

And what is this fix your talking about? I assume you aren't talking about 10.1, as that isn't going to increase speeds of anything. DX10 isn't borked at all. What you are saying makes as much sense as the OP saying he needs an Nvidia based card. Why does it have to be Nvidia? If he has an Intel chipset, why not get the 3870? They might not support SLI, but it would support CF. He could even get two of the 3850, and get the power of the 8800GTX, while spending only $400. DX10 isn't broken, there isn't any "fix" coming for DX10, and its silly to ignore half of the video cards out there simple because they aren't from X company. (If I was buying a single video card, it would be the 8800GT or the 8800GTS ver2. If I had ~$500 to spend, I would get two of either the 3870 or the 3850.)
December 11, 2007 7:56:49 PM

JerseyGamer isn't quite right.

Dx10 is fine. Dx10.1 is a superset of Dx10. Yes, the 38xx series looks like it might have a theoretical advantage in Dx10.1 that will allow it to do Antialiasing faster; but it's generally slower than 8800's when antialiasing is used, so it's hard to say for sure how much of an impact it's going to make. ASSUMING it will make a difference in the future, when Dx10.1 is released...

Having said that, the 3870 or 3850 are also great choices, especially for 1650x1080 resolution - what a typical 20 or 22" LCD will push. $180 or even a bit less will snag you a 3850 that games really well at 1650x1080. But the 8800 GT is great for those resolutions too, if you're using a lot of AA it might be worth the premium over the 3870.

The CPU doesn't matter that much at 1650x1080. If you're running lower resolutions, like 1280x1024, then the CPU will bottleneck a bit.

December 11, 2007 8:36:35 PM

@ cleeve - Nothing wrong with switching to ATI. I've used them before and loved the card I just have been use to Nvidia for awhile. But I will look ito those 3850 cards. Thanks
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