Getting a new video card. Should I take this deal?

aunsophaunsoph Registered User regular
Ok, so my Powercolor ATI Radeon x1950 Pro died the other day. It was past the absurdly short warranty, so I'm being forced to buy its replacement. My tech support guy offered me a shitty Geforce 8400 for dirt cheap, and of course, when faced with an obvious downgrade, I said "Thanks, but no thanks."

Now, I've been an ATI customer for years... but I'm ready to jump ship. While I'm willing to bet Powercolor's the real culprit here, (The shoddy product didn't last nine months before getting bricked.) I'm damned tired of all the compatibility issues every game under the sun has with ATI.

This is the card I'm looking at right now: MSI NX8800GT GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI-E 2.0 x16 HDCP SLI

Is it a good choice? Any suggestions? Keep in mind the linked card is THIS close to breaking the price range I can afford at the moment.

Thanks beforehand. :)

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  • Pastoriusk2Pastoriusk2 Registered User
    edited February 2008
    Can't go wrong with an 8800. The cooler on that looks quite beefy as well.

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  • DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    No. The GeForce 9600GT is cheaper and performs almost as well. So is the Radeon HD3870.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/02/21/nvidia_geforce_9600_gt/index.html

    I mean, you can shell out the extra for the 8800GT if you really want, but you said you were right near the edge of your budget.

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  • TelMarineTelMarine Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Daedalus wrote: »
    No. The GeForce 9600GT is cheaper and performs almost as well. So is the Radeon HD3870.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/02/21/nvidia_geforce_9600_gt/index.html

    I mean, you can shell out the extra for the 8800GT if you really want, but you said you were right near the edge of your budget.

    hardOCP says otherwise in their latest review of the card.

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  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Newegg has the EVGA 8800 GTX for $360 after all the rebates.

    EDIT:

    NVM not within your budget.

    EDITEDIT:

    The only thing the 9600 has over the 8800 GT is lower power consumption and temperatures. So I would go with the 8800.

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  • KendrikKendrik McKinney, TXRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    TelMarine wrote: »
    Daedalus wrote: »
    No. The GeForce 9600GT is cheaper and performs almost as well. So is the Radeon HD3870.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/02/21/nvidia_geforce_9600_gt/index.html

    I mean, you can shell out the extra for the 8800GT if you really want, but you said you were right near the edge of your budget.

    hardOCP says otherwise in their latest review of the card.

    Here's a link to the article he's referencing. To summarize it, the 9600GT comes in just behind the 8800GT in all their testing, but since the price point right now on both cards is within $30 of each other its probably worth it to go for the 8800GT. If those prices start to spread out, then the 9600GT becomes a better budget option.

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  • DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    TelMarine wrote: »
    Daedalus wrote: »
    No. The GeForce 9600GT is cheaper and performs almost as well. So is the Radeon HD3870.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/02/21/nvidia_geforce_9600_gt/index.html

    I mean, you can shell out the extra for the 8800GT if you really want, but you said you were right near the edge of your budget.

    hardOCP says otherwise in their latest review of the card.

    HardOCP tends to have all of their tests run by drooling retards, except for their power supply reviews, which are fantastic. I much prefer Tom's Hardware or Anandtech for graphics card stuff.

    Shit, in HardOCP's review that was linked, they only tested with three games.

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  • DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    How was your warranty less than a year?

    for new cards:
    http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTQ2Niw4LCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA==

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