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September 20, 2008 4:28:23 PM

i have 2 choices for a new graphic card and i wanna ask u abt which one is better GeForce 8600 or GeForce 8500GT?

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September 20, 2008 4:38:33 PM

8600gt. Although frankly, they both suck. :p 
September 20, 2008 4:45:55 PM

Get an old ati 3850. About the same price as the 8600 but way better.
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September 20, 2008 4:54:58 PM

would it be compatible on a intel dp35dp mobo ?
September 20, 2008 5:04:06 PM

Save your money and get something better.

3850, 3870, 4850 all ATI.

I've built ATI and Nvidia rigs, and I prefer ATI. To each his own.

8800gt can be had for $110 these days. Theres no reason to save $40 to get such under performing technology. If you go for 8600 or 8500, you might as well get a g45 mobo with onboard video, or AMD equivilent.
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September 20, 2008 5:09:11 PM

_SunTzu_ said:
would it be compatible on a intel dp35dp mobo ?


Yes. You've got a PCI_E x16 slot on that mobo. You can use 8600GT, HD 3850 or even HD 4850 with it, no problem. If you're playing games get the 4850.
What kind of power supply do you have?
September 20, 2008 5:21:57 PM

Yes it'd be fine. I fugure since your looking at either an 8600 or an 8500gt your on a budget. I used to have an 8800gts (g80 320mb) and a friend bought a 512mb 3850. It performed as well as, if not a bit better (at high res) than my 8800. Don't expect 40+ fps in crysis, far cry 2 etc, but it'll play every game out at acceptable settings.
September 20, 2008 5:59:30 PM

i wanted a ati 4850 but the problem here in my country there aint much ati products and especially the 4850, u cant find one.
the market is filled with nvidia product so im stuck on that.
i might find a 3850.
so what do u suggest?
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September 20, 2008 6:03:58 PM

The 3850 is a good choice, and would significantly outperform the 8600. Alternatively, in the nvidia camp, a 9600GT would be a good choice if you can find one (it's way faster than the 8600).
September 20, 2008 6:11:43 PM

just for the record i want the vga for games like neverwinter nights 2 and warhammer and games like the such.
so u think 8600 sucks ... plz be objective :p  i too like ati and amd and asus but as i said before they are a bit expensive over here
September 20, 2008 6:27:56 PM

A 9600 would match the performance of the 8800GT (g92), but would also be more expensive than a 3850 or 8600/8500gt.

If your after a gaming card, then the minimum i would reccomend would be the 3850. Sorry to say this, but the 8600 and 8500gt really aren't gaming cards - you'd only be dissapointed.

With nvidia, the suffix (ie, GT, GTS GSO) only becomes important when you look at what type, of card your interested in. As far as i see it: x400/x500 = basic desktop card. x600 = mid range desktop, with light gaming at low res. x800 = gaming. Where 'x' is the series number, ie, 7000, 8000, 9000 etc.

I don't know where you live, but have you tried ebay? Might be able to pick up a second hand 8800GT (which is a nice card) for a good price - and chances are they'll be able to ship it to you.
September 20, 2008 6:30:45 PM

i live in lebanon and shipping to lebanon are a bit expensive including the import tarrifs and everythin
September 20, 2008 6:36:39 PM

It seems like your between a rock and a hard place. I don't know how to help you further - a 'true' gaming card is expensive, yet the cheaper cards won't give the performance you're after. If your budget allows you to buy withing the 8600/8500 range (>£50 over here) then your going to have to go the second hand route if you want a decent card, or save more and bite the bullet.

I feel for you as we take the fact that we have access to high end hardware at (comparitevly) low prices for granted over here.
September 20, 2008 7:03:59 PM

What i said was not misinformation. In the very link you posted the 9600gt is shown to be very similar to the 8800gt. Yes the 8800gt is better overall, but only marginally. In the context of the post i dont think i was wrong to say the two cards have very similar performance.

My opinion was not biased either. First i reccomended an ati card. Then, when the OP said he has more access to nvidia, i reccomended a suitable nvidia card. I am not biased in any way, having owned both ati and nvidia cards in the past.

Now, do you have any help to offer, or is there something else you want to nitpick about?
September 20, 2008 7:08:22 PM

Well if you can find someone to purchase it for you and ship it to you as a gift it isn,t that expensive.

I can check the cost of shipping and sell you one on Ebay if your intereted. PM me if interested.
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September 20, 2008 7:16:21 PM

The new Radeon 4670 is a pretty good value, and pretty darn cheap. It's at the same pricepoint as the 9500GT (a die shrunk higher clocked 8600GT) but really outperforms it. It is almost as fast as the Radeon 3870, but for less. If you can afford it though go with an 8800GT or better video card. If it's cheaper on the tariffs and such get roadrunner here to sell you one ^_^
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October 6, 2008 5:06:31 PM

dagger said:
8600gt. Although frankly, they both suck. :p 


emyyhh said:
Get an old ati 3850. About the same price as the 8600 but way better.


roadrunner197069 said:
Save your money and get something better.

3850, 3870, 4850 all ATI.

I've built ATI and Nvidia rigs, and I prefer ATI. To each his own.

8800gt can be had for $110 these days. Theres no reason to save $40 to get such under performing technology. If you go for 8600 or 8500, you might as well get a g45 mobo with onboard video, or AMD equivilent.

+1. for above posters.
November 18, 2008 7:55:18 PM

Here's a little pickle I'm dealing with HP on a warranty machine.

I was playing EQ2 the other week, and we have the HP S3400T with 4gb ram and the 8500GT card yada yada. Fan noise incredibly loud, and yes in mid swing, system froze and fan melted on graphics card.

Since I know the way HP operates, I refused to send them the box, got them to agree to ship new card and power supply. I'll skip the frustrating part where I'm now into day 9 without the system working or hour 7 on the phone with HP.

They sent a tech out, since I didn't want to void the warranty and do it myself, and after replacing power supply, graphics card....and motherboard...(sigh) the tech scampered out with only the VGA working. I called internal HP and spent another hour on the phone, trying to get it to recognize the DVI input on the 8500gt. I went into recover and reloaded the driver, HP want's to wipe the hardrive..I left that order on hold. I went back in, loaded the chipset for the NVdia and the drivers, and went out and grabbed the updated drivers for the card since I'm on 64bit system.

Now it sees that there is a HP monitor and NVidia graphics card, but still no DVI input will work. I tested using a brand new DVI cable, and attempted to use the VGA to DVI to no avail.

My first guess is that there still is a hardware problem, potentially when he installed the motherboard, or maybe the DVI is blown on the monitor? I'm not fond of wiping the harddrive as that seems to be HP's solution to everything. Plus as a little aside, I had to show their tech a video online of how to disassemble the 3400t as he never had worked on one before. I wasn't home when he replaced the motherboard...so I have too many things that could be wrong.

Just wanted to know if anyone had any solutions before I started hour 8 on the phone with HP support.
Thanks.
November 19, 2008 11:49:02 AM

8600 is probably better, thought I'm just guessing on that.
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