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Video Card for 1st Build - Last Component to Purchase

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February 21, 2008 5:25:50 PM

I am having difficulty figuring out what video card would be compatable with the following setup. Seem many different opinions as well as incompatabilities.
Any suggestions would be appreciated - $150 to 300 Range.

Existing Components =
- Ultra m998 Case ($199.00)
- Zalman 9500A CPU Fan ($54)
- PC Power & Cooling Silencer PSU ($150)
- Gigabyte EP35-DS3P Motherboard ($149)
- Western Digital Raptor HDD - 150G ($150)
- Sony DVD/RW x20 - ($35)
- Lite-On DVD ROM - ($25)
- SIIG - 9-1 Card Reader and FDD ($25)
- Corsair XMS2 (2 x 2gb) - ($59 after Rebate)
- Intel E8400 Wolfdale - ($189)

Thanks!
February 21, 2008 6:27:06 PM

Virtually any modern day card would be compatible to a point.

I'd get an 8800GT 512mb from EVGA if you're gaming. It's about $240 but it's very high end and you won't regret using it for a long while.
February 21, 2008 8:03:29 PM

Actually I say get the new 512 G92 GTS. It has a double slot cooler that = less heat and noise
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February 22, 2008 2:27:15 AM

I like the HD 3870. you can get it for less than $200, with plenty of room left in your budget to even do Crossfire with a 3650.
February 22, 2008 8:23:35 AM

GTS. for single card

HD3870 for a later Xfire option
February 22, 2008 8:37:53 AM

Better get 8800GTS or 8800GT for single cards or even HD3870 x2 if you have money to spend.

If you are limited with budget, get HD3870 for around 180$ today.

Since you're using P35 then you must rule out option for cross firing ..
February 22, 2008 10:26:58 AM

? i see 2 PCIe slots on that board, and P35 supports Xfire... what do you mean rule out option for Xfire???
February 22, 2008 4:01:41 PM

rgeist554 said:
Best 8800GT for the money: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It has a dual-slot cooler and it's only $199.99 after MIR.



I agree completely. A main complaint with the 8800gt is the cooler and this aftermarket MSI cooler looks like a nice upgrade from stock. I have been recommending this card ever since I found out about it a couple weeks ago.
February 22, 2008 5:27:50 PM

grieve said:
that is a great deal, definat best bang for the buck.


I would go for the GTS myself, here is one for $309
EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


...but you would pay 110 bucks (55%) more for a 10% performance gain?
February 22, 2008 9:13:51 PM

I would, $110 is nothing... I am not wealthy by any means, but I certainly would blow $110 on my entertainment.

I bought the GTX when it was $800, i couldnt afford it, but its my entertainment.
February 22, 2008 9:30:32 PM

Hey everyone just so you know the MSI cooler on thier 8800GT card is in fact a Zalman GV1000 cooler minus zinc plating
February 23, 2008 1:05:14 AM

grieve said:
I would, $110 is nothing... I am not wealthy by any means, but I certainly would blow $110 on my entertainment.

I bought the GTX when it was $800, i couldnt afford it, but its my entertainment.


I'm not going to knock it if you can swing it. The GTS is awesome and overclocks quite well to boot. Definitely an enthusiast's card :D 
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February 23, 2008 2:56:59 AM

amd_fanboi said:
GTS. for single card

HD3870 for a later Xfire option


Agreed. That motherboard will support two HD 3870 cards in Crossfire, even though not quite as well as an X38 (you'll lose about 7% of the fps compared to the same two HD 3870 cards on an X38 motherboard). If you're not interested in Crossfire, the 8800GTS G92 512MB is the best card under $300. It's only beaten by the $400+ 8800GTX and HD 3870X2.
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