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Need Help Deciding 8800GT VS. 9600GT Question

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August 18, 2008 5:11:44 PM

PNY 9600GT [] $114.99 with frontlines game

PNY 8800GT [] $119.99 with frontlines game

XFX 8800GT [] This is $134.99 with a $20 rebate. the PNY 8800GT one is cheaper but this comes with COD4 instead of frontlines so if there is not a performance difference betwenn this and the PNY 8800GT ill go with the PNY one

Im building a new computer and im having a tough time choosen between these 3 video cards. I like to play FPS games like COD4 and MMO's like LOTRO all on the highest settings. Im also planning to go SLI later down the road. Here is a link to the monitor im going to be using []

my system specs are a e7200 CPU, 4GB ram, a 320 GB hitachi hard drive, MSI 750i MOBO, and im using a samsung 22 inch 1680x1050

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a c 273 U Graphics card
August 18, 2008 5:17:17 PM

+1 for 8800GT.
August 18, 2008 5:23:48 PM

Oh and incase it makes a difference im using vista business 32 bit
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a c 143 U Graphics card
August 18, 2008 5:25:11 PM

+1 for 8800GT.

I understand that Frontlines is even more demanding than Crysis, so be prepared to get the second video card soon.

August 18, 2008 5:25:51 PM

If you can afford a 4850 that would be the best choice, but out of the three card's I would go with the PNY 8800gt
a c 143 U Graphics card
August 18, 2008 5:27:05 PM

gogamer2007 said:
Oh and in case it makes a difference im using vista business 32 bit

I assume you have a good reason for it. Because it's 32-bit, your system will only see about 3.5 GB with an 8800GT. With two of them, probably 2.75GB to 3.25GB, I don't know. Try to get a 64-bit OS at some point.

Edit: I wanted to mention the HD 4850 too, but then I saw your SLI motherboard. Nah, you're better off with two 8800GT than with a single HD 4850. The HD 4850 can give you more performance than one 8800GT but you can't add a second card later if you go that way.
Make sure you choose a PSU that supports two 8800GT cards. There's a PC Power & Cooling 610W for $80 at newegg for example, or a 650TX for $90.

August 18, 2008 5:38:26 PM

actually im glad you mentioned the PSU aevm. I was planning on using a 500w antec PSU for $39.99 will that be enough. Im on a tight budget and id rather not spend more on the PSU unless i really need too. Also i got the 32 bit OS cheap on craigslist later on ill upgrade to 64 bit

heres the link to the PSU I was going to get []
August 18, 2008 5:40:12 PM

The 500watt antec is enough for 1 8800gt, but not for 2 in SLI. As for upgrading to a 64 bit OS, you can save that for later.
August 18, 2008 5:47:59 PM

ok like i said right now im on a tight budget but if say 6 months down the road i choose to get SLI i can buy a new PSU that supports that right? Also im really sorry for all the questions guys this is the first computer im going to build and im really nervous
August 18, 2008 5:52:30 PM

+1 for 8800GT
August 18, 2008 6:03:12 PM

Dont feel bad for asking questions, its what forums are made for :D 

Yes you can upgrade your PSU later to one that will be able to handle dual 8800t's, but 6 months down the road it wouldnt be worth it.
You figure:

New PSU:100$
Another 8800gt:80$(IF you can fine one 6 months from now)


6 months from now, a new card will probably be out that would smoke dual 8800gt's for 180$, and you wouldnt have to upgrade your PSU.
August 18, 2008 6:08:48 PM

Ok im definatly going with the 8800GT and I will keep the 500w PSU because if I were to SLI it would have been about 6 months anyways so I guess I would be better off just buying a new card and I can keep the 500W. Thanks to everyone for all the help!!!
August 18, 2008 6:13:28 PM

Just make sure its a quality PSU, like Corsair, antec, PC Power and Cooling.

And have fun with your build :D 
a b U Graphics card
August 18, 2008 7:12:28 PM

ea500 is enough for 2 8800gt.
a c 89 U Graphics card
August 20, 2008 5:18:06 AM

+1 8800gt
August 24, 2008 6:39:27 AM