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Zotac 8800GTS 320MB G80 $88 Shipped

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May 16, 2008 10:22:50 PM

Just found this on another forum, figured it was worth mentioning. http://fxvideocards.com/ZOTAC-GeForce-8800-GTS-320MB-ZT...

Would this card with a 2.8GHz Pentium D HT Processor & 1.5GB ram play CoD4 at 1280x1024 smoothly with all eyecandy and AA+AF turned off?
May 16, 2008 10:35:09 PM

Not bad. You should be able to play with AA and AF on with this card.
May 16, 2008 10:35:49 PM

Possibly, but understand your cpu is gonna be the bottleneck here, what are you using right now for your video card ? You might be better served upgrading your cpu and not your gpu.
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a b U Graphics card
May 16, 2008 10:39:09 PM

Great no rebate price.

$175 in SLI would be good until higher res / fsaa mem limit kicks in.

May 16, 2008 10:40:19 PM

I am currently using a 8500GT 256MB. I just want to play smoothly at 1280x1024, but if a processor upgrade is the way to go with this, I have a 775 Socket.
a b U Graphics card
May 16, 2008 10:40:50 PM

A P4 2.8 is pretty low for COD4. If it can handle it, this card could play 12x10 4x/16x.
May 16, 2008 10:42:05 PM

If my spending limit was $115, would this be the best deal right now, or would the $104.99 AR 8800GS 384MB?
May 16, 2008 10:46:12 PM

I would really suggest you get a proccessor upgrade first. Your using a cpu almost as old as my p4, I think you would be better served going this route. then think about upgrading your gpu after that.
May 16, 2008 10:47:31 PM

Is a C2D that would be worth getting available for around $100? I know I could search, but should I consider ordering and waiting for the processor upgrade? I am not sure if this good of a deal will come around anytime soon.
May 16, 2008 10:47:34 PM

This card should be about same give or take. Usually the 8800gs does have a slight edge though but nothing that's going to make a big difference other than Crysis. 8800gs performs 25% faster than that card in Crysis however.

Pentium D is okay since it's a dual core. It should bottleneck but you can still get away with it. If you can overclock your CPU would be even better with that card.
May 16, 2008 10:48:26 PM

If you could scrape up $160 you could get an E2180 and the GTS 320mb, that would definately run CoD4 at 12x10.
May 16, 2008 10:48:38 PM

It's not Dual Core, it's Hyper-Threading, which I guess is like a half dual-core. Does that change anything?
May 16, 2008 10:49:51 PM

Is an E2180 worth getting by itself? I am on a budget, only 15, no job, and I lose my only source of income in like a week. Is it time to plead to mom and dad? xD
May 16, 2008 10:50:43 PM

Waffles87 said:
It's not Dual Core, it's Hyper-Threading, which I guess is like a half dual-core. Does that change anything?


Pentium D are in fact DUAL CORES!!!
May 16, 2008 10:51:46 PM

All of them?
May 16, 2008 10:53:51 PM

Dell XPS DXP051
Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz 2.79GHz, 1.50GB of RAM
May 16, 2008 10:54:08 PM

Is your computer prebuilt like Dell or something?

there's pentium 4 which is single core then there's pentium D which are dual cores. If it's pentium D it is dual core.

Your motherboard has to be compatible in order for you to upgrade your processor to the new core 2 duo. 2160 are crap if it's not overclocked. If your mobo is compatible with older core 2 duo you might want to upgrade your processor to the older E6600 or something.
May 16, 2008 10:54:20 PM

You would be better served upgrading your cpu, and then upgrade the gpu later, your pentium d is going to be a huge bottleneck. Overclocked or not, its old, and it isnt going to keep up, bottom line.
May 16, 2008 10:56:23 PM

Ok, should I just look for the cheapest E2180 I can find and get the 8800GTS? I am using a prebuilt 2005 Dell XPS 400. Sorry for asking so many questions, I am just not too upgrade-savvy, and was excited when I saw this deal.
May 16, 2008 10:58:37 PM

Hell that would be the best case scenario, then if that dell mobo will let you, oc the hell out of it.
May 16, 2008 11:00:17 PM

What would be the best-case? Do you mean my processor is in fact dual core, and I should just OC it and get the card?
May 16, 2008 11:01:50 PM

blacksci said:
You would be better served upgrading your cpu, and then upgrade the gpu later, your pentium d is going to be a huge bottleneck. Overclocked or not, its old, and it isnt going to keep up, bottom line.


It's old but it's not that old. If it's a single core it will hinder his performance where it would be better for him to get a new system but since it's dual core it can easily play newer games just lower frame rates.

A pentium D @ 2.8 ghz would be something like AMD 1.6ghz dual core.
a b U Graphics card
May 16, 2008 11:02:17 PM

If your power supply is up tot he task, I would buy the card before it is out of stock. You won't beat it for that price and no rebates. Install it and play the game, and if need be (and possible in your system), OC the CPU.

What's your power supply? How many amps on the 12v rail(s)?
May 16, 2008 11:04:03 PM

I have a Dell 375W PSU, but it has 2 12v rails for a total of around 34A. Will that cut it?
a b U Graphics card
May 16, 2008 11:05:45 PM

Yes, that will be totally fine.

Not sure if that dell will make for easy overclocking. But since it's dual core, I would grab that card before they are gone. Seriously, it's the best under $100 no rebate card I have seen. I have an evga 320MB GTS myself, although mine cost about $270 back in the day. :( 
May 16, 2008 11:06:16 PM

Waffles87 said:
What would be the best-case? Do you mean my processor is in fact dual core, and I should just OC it and get the card?


You can't really overclock a dell system.
May 16, 2008 11:06:54 PM

Do you think I should order this ASAP, or would 30 more minutes be long enough for it to sell out?
May 16, 2008 11:07:59 PM

pauldh said:
Yes, that will be totally fine.

Not sure if that dell will make for easy overclocking. But since it's dual core, I would grab that card before they are gone. Seriously, it's the best under $100 no rebate card I have seen. I have an evga 320MB GTS myself, although mine cost about $270 back in the day. :( 


that's what I would do. Get the card and worry about your processor being not up to task later. It will easily play COD4 fine.
May 16, 2008 11:08:35 PM

How long ago did it go onsell ?
May 16, 2008 11:09:34 PM

Today, I saw the deal posted around 1:00 PM. EST
May 16, 2008 11:09:42 PM

Yes, it will be fine...

Dell have shipped 8800gtx with that psu..
May 16, 2008 11:14:27 PM

I am going to have to wait until 8:00 for father to get home. Should they have any left, I will be getting one. Thanks for all the help, guys.
a b U Graphics card
May 16, 2008 11:14:57 PM

I can tell you, I have often lost out on deals waiting until after dinner, or after a phone call, etc. Once they hit forums and slickdeals/techbargains sites they can sell out quickly.

Look at the price on Newegg and decide for yourself.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cheapest one on the egg is $120ish after a rebate, making the 8800GS a better value.

Well, good luck. Hope you get one! If not the $105 8800GS at newegg is also very good and evga is good on their rebates. I just cashed my evga 8800GS rebate check this week.
May 16, 2008 11:15:55 PM

Ok, just save me one ;-)
a b U Graphics card
May 16, 2008 11:20:02 PM

lol, oops.

Timing can be terrible ;) 
May 16, 2008 11:21:08 PM

You didn't get the last one, did you? >:o 
May 16, 2008 11:21:52 PM

marvelous211 said:
It's old but it's not that old. If it's a single core it will hinder his performance where it would be better for him to get a new system but since it's dual core it can easily play newer games just lower frame rates.

A pentium D @ 2.8 ghz would be something like AMD 1.6ghz dual core.


I would like to know how a pentium d, released 4 years ago is not that old, seeing as how its ancient in computer terms.
a b U Graphics card
May 16, 2008 11:28:25 PM

Hope not, in defense, I bought one as soon as I saw the link. Back at the time of my first post saying great price!

And Sorry for the edit, but seeing the father and 8:00PM comment afterwards, kinda broke my heart to be honest and I tried to pull the comment. :( 
May 16, 2008 11:33:42 PM

Meh, it's fine. If I lose out on this one, I bet in a couple days I will see something comparable to this.
May 16, 2008 11:38:42 PM

blacksci said:
I would like to know how a pentium d, released 4 years ago is not that old, seeing as how its ancient in computer terms.


Just up till core 2 duo was released 2 years ago Pentium D was top intel performer.

A pentium D @ 3.6ghz should give you comparable performance as a 1.8ghz core 2 duo in games so it's not that far off as you think it is.

It's a dual core so it's not going to bottleneck as much as single core on games like COD4 that is optimized for dual core. Although it's not going to compete with a core 2 duo @ 3 ghz it's still adequate to game on.
a b U Graphics card
May 16, 2008 11:39:11 PM

Hey,Glad to see that attitude. And again, good luck.

Next time, until you get your card, ask if it's a good deal without posting the link. Do a simple - "Is a new 8800GTS 320MB for $88 shipped no rebates a good deal?" Then post the link after you order so others can fight over the leftovers. :) 
May 16, 2008 11:40:59 PM

Haha, I've been saving up every penny for an upgrade for like 3 months, so another month or so isn't that long. Thanks for the tip, I realized that shortly after I posted it. Definitely an "Oh SH*T" moment.
a b U Graphics card
May 16, 2008 11:46:26 PM

lol. I bet.

To be honest, I've never seen that site before, so who knows if their inventory is accurate real-time. I hope so, but some sites way oversell and then you get the "backordered/discontinued" email afterwards.

edit: and the only reason I ordered this one is I had just checked my order status with Fry's for the evga 8800GS ($87 shipped after a $40 rebate) I ordered yesterday, and it says backordered. Nothing in my email but confirmation my order was placed. But I probably now won't get that card, and decided to jump on this one.
May 16, 2008 11:49:53 PM

Is this the kind of deal that comes around a couple times a month? I am asking so I know whether or not to wait until another deal comes around or get the GS if I lose out. I noticed this wasn't on techdeals.net and is page 5 on slickdeals. Here's hoping that is good news.
a b U Graphics card
May 16, 2008 11:54:10 PM

Not sure. Deals are abundant lately and last months deals look aweful compared to todays deals.

But Good prices like this without rebates are often limited to in-store deals say at a Fry's. I'm sure you'll get a similar deal, just not sure if there will be a rebate involved.
May 17, 2008 12:00:17 AM

I think I will just wait for the 9900 series to be released and get a 512mb GT for a good price, with the impending price drop going hand-in-hand with the 9900 Release. That is, if I end up losing out.
May 17, 2008 12:22:07 AM

Gah, my father is questioning the legitimacy of the site! Can anyone vouch for them?
a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2008 12:32:37 AM

Sounds like a wise man.

I quickly googled the site and saw some positive forum talk as well as this 10/10 rating based on 6 people (hopefully not the owners of the company) :) 
http://www.resellerratings.com/store/FxVideoCards
a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2008 12:51:26 AM

What gets me is when a site goes bad. I placed many orders from nexfan.com over time, and then one day I ordered and boom no communication/no product. Well, check out their rating...Josh went bad.
http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Nexfan

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