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December 29, 2007 9:43:33 AM

Hi there,

I did do a search for the answer to this question, got results but when I click on the thread to view I get this error message

"Sorry, this thread doesn't exist"

So I am having to ask the question again.

My ATI x1950 went faulty and was sent back for replacement, ebuyer dont have them anymore so I am in the market for a new card.

My mobo is an Asus P5N-E SLI, I dont know if its PCI-e 2.0 or not, probably not as the board is about 6 months old.

My question is this, if I where to buy a PCI-e 2.0 card will it work on this mobo?

Also can anyone recommend a good card, either ATI or nVidia, I have £130 tp spend on a card.

I do have enough power to run most cards as I have the ThermalTake PowerExpress PCI-e dedicated graphics power supply.

Sorry for asking the PCI-e 2.0 question again but I really cant find a definate answer.

Thanks for your help.

DoZZa

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December 29, 2007 10:16:54 AM

if its 6 months old, chances are its not PCI 2.0 but since none of the cards out there really use the extra bandwidth (ok, so the new midranges support it, but its not exactly like they saturate the bandwidth of pcie x16)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...
might be interesting to you, its a 3850 with 512 mb vram or for slightly above your budget you could find a 3870 of some sort (don't hope for an 8800 gt, those things' price is way above your budget)
alternately, you could go below your budget and get a 3850 with 256, but that will start to choke at higher resolutions nowadays
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December 29, 2007 1:30:40 PM

3850<3870<8800GT<8800GTS 512

these are the new cards in market. according to performance. so it is ur budget. c what u can get. my advice is to get 8800GT or 3870.
December 29, 2007 3:45:44 PM

I just cant decide between these two cards.

Sapphire HD 3870 512MB GDDR4 256bit Dual DVI PCI-E Graphics Card @ £164.99

or

Asus 8800GT 512MB GDDR3 Dual DVI HDTVOut PCI-E Graphics Card @ £170.26


The more I read about them the more I become confused. There seems to be mixed opinions. Some favouring the ATi and some the nVidia.

The nVidia card has the newer G92 architecture, what ever thats all about?

Ive always used ATi cards in the past but I may give nVidia a try, as my mobo, an Asus P5N-E SLi has an nVidia chipset I may go with this incase I want to SLi in the future. But that isnt likely.

Someone please help me, need to order a card asap.

Cheers

DoZZa
December 29, 2007 3:50:24 PM

I think get the 8800 gt, since it outperforms the 3870 in most games, is from a reputable company, and is only a few £ more (i mean, if you are going to go over budge by that much, why not go a little further...? :)  )
December 29, 2007 4:01:48 PM

I think thats the limit on the budget, cant go over £170, would love to spend £300 on a card but the mrs says no, where as the computer says yes, lol.
December 29, 2007 4:37:20 PM

you should get the 8800gt if they are that close in price. the new ATI cards have AA issues, and the FPS gets killed when you enable even 4x AA. both companies are reputable, and both cards are great, i would just lean towards the 8800gt 1. because i just got mine and its sick 2. less issues with drivers and such

the only time i would recommend the 3870 is if you wanted to eventually do a crossfire setup, in which it really does pretty well compared to SLI
January 1, 2008 8:29:57 AM

Cheers for all your advice.

I went for the Asus 8800GT 512MB GDDR3 card in the end.

Will follow up with any comments about it here when it arrives.

Thanks again.
January 1, 2008 4:10:23 PM

enjoy :) 
!