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June 1, 2008 6:32:45 PM

Hi i've had some trouble and had to send my 8800gt back to the manufacturer, and i need a new card, now i have a tight budget and the 2 cards i'm stuck between

Asus GeForce EN9600GT/HTDI/512M PCI-e
http://www.pccomponentes.com/ASUS_GEFORCE_EN9600GT_HTDI...

Club 3d Radeon Hd 3870 512mb Gddr4 Oc Edition Pci-e
http://www.pccomponentes.com/CLUB_3D_RADEON_HD_3870_512...


Please need quick replys as i need to order tonight cos i now don't have a graphics card so then i can have it midweek, thanks for the help.
June 1, 2008 6:39:16 PM

What res?

Go for the 9600GT, its a better price:p erformance.
June 1, 2008 6:51:10 PM

Resolution of 1024x768 or 1280x1024

Ye it is supposed to be, but will this card last me a while as my mobo does not have pci-e 2.0 so need it to last a while until a new mobo is needed.
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June 1, 2008 6:55:59 PM

Either card will last you fine.

Go with whichever you can find cheaper. At the resolutions you are talking about, performance will be very similar.

...if you are waiting for your 8800GT to be returned, buy something for $30 and just wait.
June 1, 2008 6:59:27 PM

No i am not waiting it's gone for good, and i've heard that a lot of people have bin having trouble with 8800gt's maybe because they're coming to the end of the line, so i'm put off buying another one. I've also heard that the hd range is not really for gaming and the nvidia cards are better for this, and i plan on gaming. But not sure if a hd 3870 would be better than a 9600gt?
thanks for the quick replys
June 1, 2008 7:11:12 PM

I've got 3870 and it runs all the latest games just fine..
who said hd isn't really for gaming.... :S ?
June 1, 2008 7:12:16 PM

Ye ano i was gonna get that, on friday it was only 175€ but now its gone up cos i was gonna order it tonight, i was well gutted:(  and that was just about my limit, i'm a student and don't really have enough money. Do u think the price will go back down soon because of the new cards, although i don't know if there will be a delay on when they come out over here in europe.
thanks
a b U Graphics card
June 1, 2008 7:14:23 PM

if your mobo supports dual gpu buy which ever is supported by your mobo.
Intel chipset buy ati
Nvidia chipset buy Nvidia
really at low res the performance won't matter much
June 1, 2008 7:18:05 PM

hmm ye my mobo doesn't support dual gpu and its a p35 chipset, ye i have my friends hd 3850 in atm and the games play pretty good i must say, but ye i still don't know what to do. lol.
cheers
a b U Graphics card
June 1, 2008 7:19:31 PM

wesbuck said:
Resolution of 1024x768 or 1280x1024

Ye it is supposed to be, but will this card last me a while as my mobo does not have pci-e 2.0 so need it to last a while until a new mobo is needed.

PCIe 2.0 is backward compatible with PCIe 1.1

Either card will work at 1024x768 or 1280x1024 ; you may actually be limited by CPU than GPU at those resolutions. Since you seem to have RMAed the 8800GT you should probably get a $22 card like this one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

until you get the 8800GT back.
June 1, 2008 7:21:17 PM

I'm thinking the hd 3870 is probably the best since i have the money for it.
@fox well with the benchmarks, the hd cards lose a lot of performance when things like AA is applied but suppose i won't need that if I use 1280x1024.
June 1, 2008 7:22:27 PM

What so could i put one of the newer pci-s 2.0 cards into my mobo, i'm guessing that will jsut affect the performance??
a b U Graphics card
June 1, 2008 7:23:49 PM

wesbuck said:
Ye ano i was gonna get that, on friday it was only 175€ but now its gone up cos i was gonna order it tonight, i was well gutted :(  and that was just about my limit, i'm a student and don't really have enough money. Do u think the price will go back down soon because of the new cards, although i don't know if there will be a delay on when they come out over here in europe.
thanks


I don't think they will go down anytime soon....unfortunately. This are/were the best performing cards of the 8800 series, for the money. The 3870 will probably do you nicely though. I would get that over a 9600GT, if you can't get the cash together for the 8800GTS 512.
a b U Graphics card
June 1, 2008 7:27:09 PM

wesbuck said:
What so could i put one of the newer pci-s 2.0 cards into my mobo, i'm guessing that will jsut affect the performance??



All PCI cards are backwards compatible to PCI 1.0, and no there isn't much advantage to PCI 2.
You won't notice any difference.
June 1, 2008 7:28:01 PM

Ye ye thats what i'm thinking also, the hd3870 is probably the better card that i can get for the money i have, and like you all said that will probably work perfectly at the resolutions i have so no problem really. thanks
June 1, 2008 7:58:35 PM

Well then take another 8800gt. But another made.
Lets say Evga or BFG or XfX.
June 2, 2008 6:55:52 PM

Ok in the ned i went with the HD3870 as today i went to look again and it was 10€ cheeper so i got it, thanks for all ur replys and help once again.
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