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Lady Centrina
Posted - 2007.11.24 07:07:00 - [1]
 

I am in the process of building a new computer and I have about a $150 budget for a video card and I am honestly at a lost for what to get.

I have been searching some websites, I have looked at Newegg and Tigerdirect to see what offers they have, as well as just going into Circuit City and such, but there are so many options.

Are there some known video cards that work better with Eve? This new computer is mostly built around gaming, I want to get a "Good" video card but I am not going to spend $400 so the GeForce 8800 series are not an option right now.

So, any ideas would be great, thanks

Meiyang Lee
Gallente
Azteca Transportation Unlimited
Gunboat Diplomacy
Posted - 2007.11.24 09:20:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: Meiyang Lee on 24/11/2007 09:21:44
Big Question first, which operating system? Vista or Windows XP, makes quite a big difference in the choice.

As for recommendations,

directX 10 capable: ATI Radeon HD2600XT or nVidia GeForce 8600GT, both mid-range directX 10 cards.
directX 9 capable: ATI Radeon x1950 Pro or nVidia GeForce 7950GT, both top-end dx9 cards.

Dave White
Interlude.
Posted - 2007.11.24 17:10:00 - [3]
 

I'm not sure what price it would end up at with the current dollar/euro rates, but I'd recommend a ATI Radeon HD3850. It's better then NVIDIA's 8600 series, and costs about the same.

Check this entire review for some benchmarks of the HD3850 and HD3870.

Check these benchmarks for just about all other cards.

Lady Centrina
Posted - 2007.11.25 00:49:00 - [4]
 

I will be running Windows XP with SP2, I refuse to downgrade to Vista.

I looked at a few offerings, I also found this one which pushes my budget another $100 so I want to know if it is worth it.

XFX GeForce 8800 GT Alpha Dog Edition (PCI-e, 512MB, DDR3)

I can get it for $270, which as I said is a bit more than I had planned. This is the rest of my layout:

Case: Cooler Master Elite 330 Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB and Audio Ports
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L, iP35 Express, S 775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 1066/667/800, SATA II, ATX
PSU: Thermaltake W0106RU 700W Power Supply
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750, S775, 2.66 GHz, 1333MHz FSB, Conroe Core, 4MB Cache
RAM: Mushkin 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

So, any other tweaks, places I could save some money and spend more in other areas?

Tanis Vaperstrome
Posted - 2007.11.25 00:51:00 - [5]
 

Edited by: Tanis Vaperstrome on 25/11/2007 00:55:41
8800GT 512MB. ~$250. yes, its outside your price range. Its also the fastest, most cost efficient card ever made. That extra $100 will buy at least an added year to its lifecycle compared to any card going for $150.

For $150, 8600GT. They are still quite powerful cards, will run most games on high, and will last you a decently long while, esp. if you know how to manually optimize your computer/games.

I personally avoid ATI. While they make some great cards, their driver support is all over the map, and quite often that map is in the realm of "lolterribad".

Edit: looking at your posted build:

Everything looks overall pretty good. The PSU at 700 watts is total overkill. Your system would do just fine at 500 watts, 600 watts absolute maximum. A higher quality, less raw wattage PSU is better than a super-high capacity PSU that dies after a 2 months. Thermaltake is a goodbrand, but you just don't need that much overhead.

Consider going XP64bit or 2003 Server 64bit. 32Bit OS's cap out at 3.5GB addressable ram; 64bit OSes will easily max out your boards total possible ram.

Harddrive looks good, though I would get a second, small drive to boot off of. Of course, I'd also get Raid 5... I dont like naked harddrives... Overall looks like a very good build. Get the 8800GT 512mb. Seriously, its stupidly good.

Reiisha
Veto Corp
Posted - 2007.11.25 12:53:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Tanis Vaperstrome
Edited by: Tanis Vaperstrome on 25/11/2007 00:55:41
8800GT 512MB. ~$250. yes, its outside your price range. Its also the fastest, most cost efficient card ever made. That extra $100 will buy at least an added year to its lifecycle compared to any card going for $150.

For $150, 8600GT. They are still quite powerful cards, will run most games on high, and will last you a decently long while, esp. if you know how to manually optimize your computer/games.

I personally avoid ATI. While they make some great cards, their driver support is all over the map, and quite often that map is in the realm of "lolterribad".

Edit: looking at your posted build:

Everything looks overall pretty good. The PSU at 700 watts is total overkill. Your system would do just fine at 500 watts, 600 watts absolute maximum. A higher quality, less raw wattage PSU is better than a super-high capacity PSU that dies after a 2 months. Thermaltake is a goodbrand, but you just don't need that much overhead.

Consider going XP64bit or 2003 Server 64bit. 32Bit OS's cap out at 3.5GB addressable ram; 64bit OSes will easily max out your boards total possible ram.

Harddrive looks good, though I would get a second, small drive to boot off of. Of course, I'd also get Raid 5... I dont like naked harddrives... Overall looks like a very good build. Get the 8800GT 512mb. Seriously, its stupidly good.


64 bit has horrible support though, and is hell to get to work with most of the stuff that's been made for 32 bit. I wouldnt use 64 bit unless you specifically need it for certain applications, or if you if you need more than 4GB of RAM. If you're not sure whether you need it or not, you don't.

Doomed Predator
Caldari Provisions
Posted - 2007.11.25 15:06:00 - [7]
 

get a 8800 GT, i have a similar build like you with the 880GT and every game I tried works great with all effects at max(Bioshock,Crysis,SupCom,...).

Jim McGregor
Posted - 2007.11.25 15:10:00 - [8]
 


Anandtech: Nvidia 8800 GT - the only card that matters

Yes, its outside your price range, but you really should get it... its a crazy good card.

Abbadon
Caldari
Pukin' Dogs
D0GMA
Posted - 2007.11.25 15:20:00 - [9]
 

8800gt, no question! well worth stretching your budget

Also fyi:

Dell Sells MSI GeForce 8800GT for $208USD

I saw this on another forum but no linky to deal and im UK based and cant seem to get access to Dell US

Mr Funkadelic
x13
Raiden.
Posted - 2007.11.25 22:09:00 - [10]
 

Edited by: Mr Funkadelic on 25/11/2007 22:14:15
I just bought a 8600gt 512mb ram - Can play pretty much everything with "ok" resulution. And it was like 190$ so not that bad in DK. Im sure its cheapper elsewhere.

oh and the 8800GT is about 322$ here :(

Shalia Ripper
Caldari
The Elevens
Posted - 2007.11.26 02:06:00 - [11]
 

I recently went from 2 eVGA 7900GS KO to a 8800 GT. Benchamrks (for what they are worth) have doubled over a single 7900GS and are about 20% over the two in SLI. That was with my old processor (AMD64 X2 4200+ @ 2.2Ghz.

In some game tests, I have hit over 400fps (F.E.A.R. performance test) and cleared 175fps in Valve's Half Life 2 Lost Coast stress test. But that is with the new processor (Core2Duo e6850 @ 3.6Ghz). Very Happy



 

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