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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB GDDR3 for $130? Good Price?

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October 11, 2008 3:50:12 AM

Hello, I've seen this "e-GeForce 8800 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCIe 2.0 Graphics Card"

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

at microcenter for about $130 final price, including taxes. I'm planning to replace all of my 5 year old comp eventually, probably in 6 months at most. Problem is, I currently don't have a PCIE compatible motherboard, so I wouldn't be able to use this video card until I finally decide on a new mobo/cpu (which, again, could be as long as 6 months). I saw the Tom's videocard guide which said the 8800 GT was excellent, but the price there is lower which leads me to believe their version was different, GDDR2 maybe?

But anyways, my question is whether $130 is a good enough price for this card for me to buy it in advance. The sale ends sunday so I don't have much time to decide. Anyone familiar with this card and can give good input?
October 11, 2008 4:04:40 AM

After just checking around a bit, it seems that 8800GTs are rising in price, while the 9800GTs that replaced them are on a downward trend. $130 is the typical price of a 9800GT, with many below $110 AR, so there's no point in buying an 8800GT now, or ever, as 9800GTs (which are the exact same thing with tri-SLI support) are probably going to dip below $100 sooner than later.
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October 11, 2008 4:17:55 AM

While the 8800GT/9800GT/GT 140/Wachamacallit has the sub $130 segment on lockdown for the time being until the HD 4830 hits the streets in 2 weeks, you could always pay $20 more and get a substantial increase in processing power.

POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-DH Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

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

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

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



October 11, 2008 4:18:22 AM

It's a good value. It's a bang for the buck component at that price point.
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October 11, 2008 5:05:05 AM

If you're going to wait 6 months before you can use it then there is no point in getting it now. In 6 months there will be something better for the same price, if not cheaper.
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October 11, 2008 5:29:47 AM

megamanx00 said:
If you're going to wait 6 months before you can use it then there is no point in getting it now. In 6 months there will be something better for the same price, if not cheaper.



I fully agree. Its rarely a good idea to buy anything for a pc months in advance so hold out and makea decision on whats available when you need it...
October 11, 2008 4:08:07 PM

I checked up on the 9800 GT and it is indeed cheaper on Newegg, about $110 final. I will wait then until I have a cpu/mobo in mind and to see if the price drops further.

Thanks a bunch, people, you've been very helpful! Expect to see more threads from me in the CPU section in the future!
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