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Chunkee

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I am running Vista 64bit, 8gb mem and e8400, corsair 525 psu. Looking for something solid, stable, and a pretty good performer....does not have to be the best.

JC
 

faxon

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dont bother, the 8800GT is still one of the best cards you can get. they just rebranded it as the 9800GT. performance is similar to an HD4830 in most games. only reason to upgrade before next gen is if you have a 1920x1200 or higher resolution monitor.
 

error8

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Originally posted by: faxon
dont bother, the 8800GT is still one of the best cards you can get. they just rebranded it as the 9800GT. performance is similar to an HD4830 in most games. only reason to upgrade before next gen is if you have a 1920x1200 or higher resolution monitor.
I'm not that sure about that. 8800 GT didn't feel to be enough even for 1680X1050 and that was before the release of all these new games ( Fallout 3, Dead Space, BIA and so on). I have the feeling that these games will not work maxed out, AA and everything on an 8800 GT. At 1920X1200, the old GT doesn't have a chance right now.

OP, I would suggest checking some benchmarks with ATi 4870 1gb, Nvidia GTX 260 ( core 216 or not), since those would be my first choices. I upgraded from an exactly 8800 GT card to an 4870 512 mb and it gave me a nice boost in performance.
 

pcslookout

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Originally posted by: error8
Originally posted by: faxon
dont bother, the 8800GT is still one of the best cards you can get. they just rebranded it as the 9800GT. performance is similar to an HD4830 in most games. only reason to upgrade before next gen is if you have a 1920x1200 or higher resolution monitor.
I'm not that sure about that. 8800 GT didn't feel to be enough even for 1680X1050 and that was before the release of all these new games ( Fallout 3, Dead Space, BIA and so on). I have the feeling that these games will not work maxed out, AA and everything on an 8800 GT. At 1920X1200, the old GT doesn't have a chance right now.

OP, I would suggest checking some benchmarks with ATi 4870 1gb, Nvidia GTX 260 ( core 216 or not), since those would be my first choices. I upgraded from an exactly 8800 GT card to an 4870 512 mb and it gave me a nice boost in performance.
It all depends on the games you play and what settings you must have. If your playing Crysis course it is not enough though nothing is. If you want to play Crysis with 4x AA and 16 AF or higher you going to have to wait maybe one more year to get playable frame rates. I am talking about on the whole Crysis game including the ice levels. You have to remember these levels are a lot more demanding than the other levels of Crysis. So even if you get playable frame rates on all the rest of Crysis you must have a pretty high buffer room of fps on all the other levels of Crysis to be able to have playable frame rates on the ice levels.

My Geforce 8800 GTS 320 is doing fine for me and it is a little less than a Geforce 8800 GT. Even played a little Crysis on it but decided to wait until I can play Crysis in all of its glory, all settings on very high, 4x AA, and 16 AF. I know this is going to take a while but I can wait. I am glad Crysis pushed the envelope and hope they can release another patch for Crysis that pushes the envelope even more with like ultra high settings.
 

pcslookout

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Originally posted by: faxon
dont bother, the 8800GT is still one of the best cards you can get. they just rebranded it as the 9800GT. performance is similar to an HD4830 in most games. only reason to upgrade before next gen is if you have a 1920x1200 or higher resolution monitor.
:thumbsup:
 

MarcVenice

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Originally posted by: error8
Originally posted by: faxon
dont bother, the 8800GT is still one of the best cards you can get. they just rebranded it as the 9800GT. performance is similar to an HD4830 in most games. only reason to upgrade before next gen is if you have a 1920x1200 or higher resolution monitor.
I'm not that sure about that. 8800 GT didn't feel to be enough even for 1680X1050 and that was before the release of all these new games ( Fallout 3, Dead Space, BIA and so on). I have the feeling that these games will not work maxed out, AA and everything on an 8800 GT. At 1920X1200, the old GT doesn't have a chance right now.

OP, I would suggest checking some benchmarks with ATi 4870 1gb, Nvidia GTX 260 ( core 216 or not), since those would be my first choices. I upgraded from an exactly 8800 GT card to an 4870 512 mb and it gave me a nice boost in performance.
Fallout 3 runs like a charm on my 8800gts 320mb, with pretty much medium to high settings and 2xAA and 4xAF. Dead Space is a source game, capped at 30fps, never seen it even move to 29fps ... BiA: Hell's Highway also runs pretty good, it's the unreal 3.0 engine, which isn't all that demanding ...

I'd stick with the 8800gt if you're gaming at 1680*1050 or below. Maybe wait for gtx270, or wait for AMD's 58x0 series ...
 

Chunkee

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okay, thanks for the input, i run 1600x1200 on my pair of dell 2001fp 's

I think I will keep the card and save some moolah... think it will handle Call of Duty World at War?

Thanks again
 

MarcVenice

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Yes it will handle World at War, which basicaly is a slightly improved version of CoD4.
 

faxon

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yea i play at 1600x1200 on my old CRT (going to LCDs this christmas finally) and im still using my HD2900 PRO 1GB because i dont game that often on this rig anymore and it is honestly more than fast enough. plays UT3 games just fine with my old athlon 4000+ and im sure it would handle ET:QW or Dead Space if i installed them. i mainly game at a friends house though, and the machine there only has an HD4670, since the monitor is a 1240x1024 monitor and a 4670 can play quake wars maxed out at 60+FPS without problems.
 

FalseChristian

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I have 2 8800GTs in SLI and i can run Crysis at 1280x1024 all high 4xAA, 16xAF at least 50 fps. No microstuttering, either.:)
 

adlep

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Apparently this guy (link below) loves his GTX260 Core216 over the 8800GT
That would be my upgrade choice btw

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badnewcastle

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Originally posted by: adlep
Apparently this guy (link below) loves his GTX260 Core216 over the 8800GT
That would be my upgrade choice btw

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I do, however if Cod 4/5 (world at war) were my basis for the decision I can't say that I would make the jump.
 

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