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Oh goodness, not another what card to get thread...

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January 10, 2008 12:38:15 PM

I know these are like a dime a dozen here, but I am build my first system, and I know about what a I want here... I early on budgeted about 450 for graphic card(s) I have 4 options, but if you can think of a fifth, and I go with that, I will send you I helped a noob tshirt.

First off I picked up an XFX 680lt motherboard at a good deal about a week ago. I have used xfx cards in the past and have always liked the brand, but I am never sure how much that matters.

Option 1, Cheap off brand 8800GT 512(I would order two right off the bat and SLI them up) Card Cost $248 Solution Cost 596

KFA2 OC 8800 GT
Memory Clock: 2000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth: 57.6GB/sec.

Option 2 XFX Alpha Dog 8800GT (Still would likely order 2, although this puts me over budget, I am getting a better brand name for what thats worth, and its the same brand as my mobo) Card cost 272, solution cost 540

Memory Clock: 1.8GHz
Core Clock: 600MHz
Shader Clock: 1188MHz

Option 3 BFG 8800 GTS (I know GTS are not much better then GT's but its the G92 set, and still only 300) Card cost 300, Solution cost 600. (maybe just one and wait for the price to drop?) Cost 308

Memory Clock 1940MHz
Core clock 675MHz

Option 4 XFX 8800 GTX 768meg, 364 bit (never really considered this while laying out my build, but with the recent price drop it warrents consideration, I wouldnt sli it right now, but maybe in the future?) Cost 440

Memory Clock 1900MHz
Core clock 600MH

I am leaning towards eitiher the two cheap cards, or getting 1 GTS for now and waiting for price drop, but I am open to your ideas and suggestions.


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January 10, 2008 1:27:08 PM

well since you said goodness I'll post lol. If youve got the extra dosh Id say the gts, could make a good sli candidate later on. Gtx has been long lived but surely its reign will come to an end soon?
January 10, 2008 1:44:57 PM

The Only Reason to get a GTX is if you are planning on 3-way SLI.
I would go for the GTS.
The Dual SLot Cooler is nice.
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January 10, 2008 1:50:02 PM

the question is: what have ye now? will it get you through until we see what these dual gpu offerings from ati and nvidia will deliver? if it will, wait a month. if you can't wait that long, get two gt's and enjoy. just make sure that if you get the cheepos, they have a good warranty in case of failure.
January 10, 2008 2:39:20 PM

I have no plans of doing a three way sli, so two votes gts and one vote dual gt's

Any more?
January 10, 2008 2:53:19 PM

If you are getting a GTS I would suggest the EVGA version with Crysis. On newegg it is currently only $20 more than that BFG at the same clocks with the game. If you don't want Crysis, the BFG should serve you well.
January 10, 2008 3:21:58 PM

Honestly... Unless you're planning to run resolutions of 1920x1200 or higher, I'd suggest you get a single GT or GTS and see how it works for the games that you want to play, if it's not enough then buy a second. If I had to choose between a GT or a GTS, I'd pay the premium for the GTS just for the extra shaders and the better cooler.
January 10, 2008 3:31:32 PM

Yeah I am kinda leaning that way towards the 8800gts emp, just getting one and see what i get at first...
January 10, 2008 5:18:06 PM

I'd go for two GT cards.
January 10, 2008 6:41:26 PM

I'd hang in a couple of weeks for more details/benchies/prices on the new 3870 x2, then make an informed decision. Initial benchies suggest that it's pretty hot. Certainly better than the GTX single card.

Ryan Adds
January 10, 2008 6:42:52 PM

Then you can get another one in the future an have and have and have and have quad gpu time! Zabba!
January 10, 2008 6:43:47 PM

Do I get the t-shirt?
January 10, 2008 7:03:02 PM

No because i said I already got the mobo, which means no 3870 for me =)
January 10, 2008 7:57:06 PM

Go for 2 X EVGA 8800GT, it should be at about the same price than the XFX one's, but with the step-up program, you will be able to upgrade for the 9000 series in a month or two, at a cheap cost.
January 10, 2008 8:09:42 PM

so, why not wait for the benchies/details/prices on the 9800gx2..