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7300 gt ddr3 or 8500gt ddr2

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July 16, 2008 7:41:43 PM

hi all , am deciding to buy a new gfx card please suggest which of the following is better of the two mentioned above, in a review considering both the cards the 7300gt ddr3 (256mb) was ahead of the 8500gt (256mb). plus is the extra dx 10 on the 8500gt worth any thing but vista, already have vista ultimate, want the card for ocassional gaming like halo2, cod4, carbon, graw2. Am on a very tight budget.

link to review: <b> http://www.madshrimps.be/?action=getarticle&articID=579 </b>


sys:

2 gb ram
amd 5500+ 2.7 ghz
160 gb hdd
asus m2n vm -dvi (mobo)
19" lcd

450 watt psu

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a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2008 7:47:00 PM

How tight is your budget? Neither of those will be great for gaming, and the Sapphire 3850 (FAR better card) is going for $85 after rebate right now on Newegg.
July 16, 2008 7:51:13 PM

neither of those cards will be able to play any of the games you mentioned well. as cjl said, look into a 3850. you can't do any better for the money at this point in time.
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a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2008 8:01:05 PM

Both those cards are obsolete, and nothing short of a 8800 GTS canrun any DX10 programs well (I tried with a 8600, not good results :D  ).

I'd go with a 4850 based on price/preformance, but the 9800 GTX and 9800 GX2 are worth considering, depending on how much you are willing to spend.
July 16, 2008 8:06:55 PM

gamerk316 said:
Both those cards are obsolete, and nothing short of a 8800 GTS canrun any DX10 programs well (I tried with a 8600, not good results :D  ).

I'd go with a 4850 based on price/preformance, but the 9800 GTX and 9800 GX2 are worth considering, depending on how much you are willing to spend.


those cards are almos certainly out of the question, unless the OP agrees to spending more money. but really, his best bet would have to be the radeon HD3850. you can pick one up on newegg for $85. and the 8500GT goes for around $65! the amount of performance that extra $20 gives you is well worth it.
a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2008 8:26:45 PM

gamerk316 said:
Both those cards are obsolete, and nothing short of a 8800 GTS canrun any DX10 programs well (I tried with a 8600, not good results :D  ).

I'd go with a 4850 based on price/preformance, but the 9800 GTX and 9800 GX2 are worth considering, depending on how much you are willing to spend.

The OP mentioned a tight budget and $60 or so dollar cards, so I think that even a $160 "budget" 4850 is out of the question, much less a $200+ 9800GTX, or a $400+ GX2.
July 16, 2008 8:34:05 PM

I'm going to go with the flow and say that both of the cards you suggested are nearly worthless. For a few bucks more, you could get something that offers much more performance.

Example 1:

HD 3650 512 MB GDDR3 for $55 (with $15 mail in rebate):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not the greatest card, but it definitely bests the 7300 GT and 8500 GT.

Review: http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=545&type=expert&pi...

Example 2:

9600 GSO 384 MB GDDR3 for $85 (with $20 mail in rebate):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A much better card, but also $30 more. Performs a hair better than the HD 3850 512 MB in most situations.

Review: http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-9600-gso-386-mb-r...
July 16, 2008 8:38:49 PM

jzsang said:
I'm going to go with the flow and say that both of the cards you suggested are nearly worthless. For a few bucks more, you could get something that offers much more performance.

Example 1:

HD 3650 512 MB GDDR3 for $55 (with $15 mail in rebate):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not the greatest card, but it definitely bests the 7300 GT and 8500 GT.

Review: http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=545&type=expert&pi...

Example 2:

9600 GSO 384 MB GDDR3 for $85 (with $20 mail in rebate):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A much better card, but also $30 more. Performs a hair better than the HD 3850 512 MB in most situations.

Review: http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-9600-gso-386-mb-r...


any of these cards would be much better. avoid the geforce 8 series. unless you're looking at an 8800 card, the rest of the series is awful.
a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2008 8:55:05 PM

Didn't see the $85 9600GSO - that one's a good choice too. The 3850 and the 9600GSO are definitely a league above the other cards mentioned, and those are what you should be considering.
a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2008 9:06:29 PM

Not like there needs to be more advocacy for upgrading the OP's original choices. But I guess I'll chime in anyhow. Don't go with the 7300 or 8500 cards. The 7300 is two generations old now (never a good idea) and the 8500 frankly isn't adequate for today's games.
July 16, 2008 9:47:06 PM

With your setup, budget, and stated gaming use, I would start at the 8600gt with 512MB of DDR3
July 17, 2008 9:36:47 AM

hi guys thanks very much for the early reply's , the reason i chose the above cards is that i just have $60 to spend. i'm really on an extremely tight budget, as said im not a hardcore gamer but an occasional gamer, just wanna play cod4, i have seen people play cod4 @ 1028x768 with medium settings on a 7300 gt ddr3.
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