Enough cash, no clue...

So I'm buying a new video card. I love my little 8600 GTS but after getting my new monitor it isn't up to the task (1920x1200 is a bit much for 256mb video memory). What I'm looking for is something that'll perform well at this res for a couple of years. I mostly play Garry's Mod with all its shiny effects, World of Warcraft, and some Bioshock or Supreme Commander on the side.

I was looking at the 8800 GTS 512 but after reading a few articles (no links sorry) I was wondering if 512mb would be enough for 1920x1200. Using an Asus P5KC (P35, so SLi is out) and I'd like to stay with Nvidia, simply because of a long running bias I have towards them (bad experiences with ATI cards in the past).

Any suggestions or insight please? ^^
Cost isn't a problem, but I don't want to wait for the high end 9 series to come out, I'm looking to order in the next 2-3 weeks.

Current setup:
Asus P5KC
Q6600 overclocked to 3.6 GHz
2x 150GB Raptor in Raid 0
2x 750GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 in Raid 0+1
Iiyama ProLite B2403WS monitor (24")
750W PSU (overkill I know)

Thanks in advance for any suggestions ^^
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  1. If you're looking for something that will last you 2 years on 1920*1200, the 8800GTS (G92) may or may not be enough - it's difficult to predict quite how demanding future games will be (at least for someone with my limited knowledge...). I have a hunch that if you really want it to see you through to 2010 (without giving you the itch to upgrade half-way through its tenure), it may not be quite enough.

    You might also consider the 3870X2 since SLI is ruled out in your case. The best performer available at the moment, although I wouldn't necessarily buy into the usual argument that its quadrillion universal shaders and DX10.1 compatibility make it a better long term investment (I've heard both sides of the story. While I lack the technical knowledge to decide which is correct, I'm inclined to subscribe to the common sense view that by the time these things matter for the games you're actually playing all current models will have come and gone).

    However, the 9800GX2 will apparently be released on 18th March. While that is technically within your 2-3 week timeframe I'm not suggesting you should buy one immediately. Rather you could get an EVGA 8800GTS and see how the new 98xx cards performe over the 90 day period. If they turn out grand, step up. If not, well, no matter what we think now, we will all buy new nehalem systems in 12 months anyway...
  2. I would say 3870x2 but due to having to constantly update drivers just to paly games which quite a few ppl dont like doing id say 8800GT.

    8800GTS 512 if you want but IMO any games that the 8800GT and GTS 512 can play play at an acceptable level with hardly no difference and games which they cant aka crysis neither can.

    8800GT id reccomend, but an alternatly cooled version, not stock.
  3. I like the 8800GTS-512-G92, particularly it's superior stock cooling. I have two 24" monitors @1920x1200, and It runs them well. The only card with more that 512mb I think is the 8800GTX, and it is only marginally better.

    For insurance, get the EVGA version so you can use their "step-up" program to trade it in for a upgrade card(9800Gx2?)within 90 days. I'm betting you won't want to use it.
  4. I'll wait around to see what Tom's makes of the 9800GX2 when it hits the shelves, I can't see there being a better 9xxx series card for a good while, especially since it's a GX2 model

    Thanks for all your comments, if the 9800GX2 isn't quite up to scratch (or is insanely overpriced) then I'll either look at a heavily factory overclocked Ultra, like that Leviathan Tom's reviewed a while back, or else an 8800 GTS 512.
  5. There's a guy on ebay who sells Volt modded 8800GTS's, with some amazing & stable clocks, at complete bargain prices.

    I missed out on one by a measly £4 last week, one sold just for £207, my max bid being £203 :(

    These cards outperform the Ultra in most benchmarks, the core being 800mhz, Shaders at 1950mhz & DDR3 at 2100mhz I believe. Professional advice too. I'll find you a link if you want... he's the best ive seen for this sort of thing.. pure power for not alot of money. Cant go wrong!
  6. dude share the wealth!, i wanna see the links!
  7. hang on im gonna check now... got interuppted cos went onto my ebay n found i had a dispute against me for £260 worth of goods that ive already posted! might mean i lose ALOT of money cos more fraudulant buyers on ebay.


    £260 = Price of a very nice card at the end of the day!
  8. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190199745949

    Thats the link to the Superclocked voltmodded 8800GTS...

    Would love one of those, at that price it's a steal! Nice guy too.
  9. I have tried three different brands of 8800GTS-512MB (eVGA, XFX and BFG, basically they are all made in the same factory), all of them can be stably overclocked over 800/2200(core/memory). I did not do any voltage mod; just changed the fan speed profile in Rivatuner to make the card cooler. I kept the eVGA(512-P3-N841-AR) at last, since it can reach 830/2300 without any problem. At this clock, it should be able to compete with a mildly OCed Ultra.
  10. http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130325

    Here is the card, it was $260 USD AR a week ago.
  11. If you check the link, the card can actually be taken to even higher clock levels....

    875mhz Core
    2344mhz DDR3
    2143mhz Shader

    For £200 there is NOTHING to compete with that.
  12. Thanks for the offer but I'm planning on buying from a local store. I've done a lot of business there, get a nice discount on everything, and also get allowed to run a small tab (which is why cost isn't a problem).

    The EVGA step-up program sounds good, though I've always had a soft spot for Gainward's gold samples. They're fast and look awesome.

    I'll wait for the 9800GX2 and see how it shapes up against what we have at the moment. If things are a bit hazy I'll go for the EVGA program and nab an 8800 GTS 512mb.
  13. Next time one of them VModded 8800GTS's come up for auction I'm getting one.... I still cannot believe I missed out by just £4! You gotta admit its amazing performance considering the pricing.

    8800GTS clock comparison

    Core - 650mhz >>>> vmod 825mhz >>>> O.C 874mhz

    VRam - 1944mhz >>>> vmod 2220mhz >>>> O.C 2344mhz

    Shader - 1625mhz >>>> vmod 1955mhz >>>> O.C 2143mhz

    % Increase

    Core = 34%
    VRam = 20.5%
    Shader = 32%

    These sorts of clocks should hopefully equate to the performance of the upcoming 9800GTX. We'll have to wait and see :)
  14. On that link that card went for $400...wow that much for a 8800GTS 512? you can get that card stock, for like $250 after MIR.

    I dunno man it is a overclock, well voltmod, but couldn't it stand to do this by oneself?

    Woah man, $400 for the card, and $56 bucks for shipping this guy is smoking something all right....

    $456 for a volt-modded 8800GTS 512?.....right....
  15. In the UK the 8800GTS cards retail for £200-230, at stock clocks.

    £200 for a voltmodded edition, is an excellent price over here.
  16. 512MB seems enough for a single 8800GTS. If running sli 8800GTS I could see needing more vram at what could have been playable settings though, especially in something like Crysis.
  17. http://en.expreview.com/2007/12/30/review8800gt-how-many-memory-do-you-need%EF%BC%9F/

    See how little 1GB helps a single 8800GT. I'd love to see SLI results though.
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