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Upgradeing my Video Card


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muaythai2

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I have a Intel Quad Core Q6600 2.40 ghz 3071 mb ram
Ati Radeon HD 2600 Pro 256mb Graphics card .
Windows Vista Home Premium .

I want to upgrade my video card . Im looking at

-ATI Radeon HD 3870 512 mb GDDR4 PCI-express

-XFX GeForce 8800 GT 512MB PCI-Express Video Card - Alpha Dog Edition

-BFG GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB PCI-Express Video Card

-XFX GeForce 8800GTS 512MB PCIE Video Card - Alpha Dog Edition

-PNY XLR 8800GTS 320MB PCI-Express Graphic Card


I mostly want to play games at 1920 x 1200

Right now im playing Crysis at 1200x800 medium settings with smooth play . If I play at 1920 the game is to slow .

Would like some opinions about what the best card for me would be ?

Edited by muaythai2, 17 February 2008 - 11:06 PM.

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starjax

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with a better video card, you will get better performance with crysis. However, Crysis is a very intensive game. You will still get some slowness.

Personally I think the 8800gt is the best video card on the market when considering performance per $.

You can check out http://tomshardware.com/ for the latest Feb 2008 best video card for gaming edition

The 8800 GT offers incredible Geforce 8800 GTX-class performance at almost half the price. It beats the Radeon 3870 by a notable margin, but it does tend to be a bit more expensive. That said, if you have $250 to spend on a graphics card, you couldn't do better than a nice 8800 GT.


Edited by starjax, 17 February 2008 - 11:09 PM.

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muaythai2

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- EVGA e-GeForce 8800GT 512MB PCI-Express Video Card

-BFG GeForce 8800 GT 512MB PCIe Video Card

-XFX GeForce 8800 GT 512MB PCI-Express Video Card - Alpha Dog Edition


Does it matter which one I get ? XFX - BFG - EVGA or are they all pretty similar ?
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they all are pretty similar. I've used evga stuff for a long time. However, they all seem to have good support/warranties.
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What do you think of this PSU ' Coolmax / CX-550B / Black / 550-Watt / ATX / 120mm Fan / SATA-Ready / 20/24-Pin / Power Supply '


http://www.tigerdire...a...&CatId=1079

[ hope its ok to have the link ? ]
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I don't know much about that brand, but it strikes me as being cheap.

I would think your better off with something like this:
http://www.tigerdire...a...&CatId=1483
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What do you think of Power Boosters , as a alternative to getting a new psu ?

I cant find much info about them though

http://www.ocia.net/...vga/page1.shtml

http://www.futuresho...amp;catid=10482
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Hi there,

I would keep it simple and upgrade your PSU to the one starjax suggested in post #6. This would be close to the minimum I would consider running an 8800GT with... I have the Gainward 8800GT 512MB, and I use an Antec True Power Trio 650W which runs it nicely.

Cheers

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