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Best bang for my buck ?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by digitalerr0r, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. digitalerr0r New Member

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    Gday everyone,

    I am trying to put together a gaming rig, just not sure on what type of graphic card to smack into it i am after the best bang for my buck =)......
    i have listed some graphics card and i am purchasing from www.mwave.com.au (yes AUS)

    any advice would help


    XpertVision GTX 260, 896MB DDR3, Dual Dual-Link DVI, HDCP, HDMI, 3-Way SLI, Smart Fan, PCIe2.0
    $447.30


    Hightech ATI HD3870 X2, 1GB GDDR3, Dual Dual-Link DVI, HDCP, HDMI, CrossFire Ready, PCIe2.0 (H378X2F1GNP)
    $487.20

    eVGA GeForce 9800GX2 SC, 1024MB DDR3, DVI, HDMI, SLI, PCIe2.0 (01G-P3-N892-AR)
    $637.40


    eVGA GeForce 9800GTX KO, 512MB DDR3, Dual Dual-Link DVI, HDTV, SLI, PCIe2.0 (512-P3-N877-AR)
    $356.50

    eVGA GeForce 8800GT, 512MB 256-bit DDR3, 2x DVI, TV-Out, VGA, HDCP, Fan, PCIe 2.0, SLI
    $268.90


    Thanks
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    a thai hooker :)

    4850. but on that list the 9800GTX, if money is not an issue the GTX 260.

    and don't forget to thank me for the joke it was clever.

    - Christine
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    "Best bang for buck" is the middle name for both HD4850 and HD4870.
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    +1 on the 4850!
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    Definitely the 4850, but don't count out the 3870x2 or 9800GTX just yet.
  6. digitalerr0r New Member

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    the one calvary linked ? you sure that will do really good in demanding games. ?
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    yes. all the 4850's mwave has are the same just different oem stickers and slight bundle differences.

    - Christine
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    ta christine
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    how much of a difference in performance will i see if i purchased the eVGA GeForce 9800GTX KO, 512MB DDR3, Dual Dual-Link DVI, HDTV, SLI, PCIe2.0 (512-P3-N877-AR)
    $356.50
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    you will lose performance lol. 4850 is slightly better and about $126 cheaper only problem it requires more power.

    - Christine
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    now that i have a change of motherboards i ain't sure which will serve a better purpose ... so many to choose from ..
    one question sure i got with a X48 or P45 if i want to run crossfire ?
    Asus P5Q3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP Intel® P45 Price: $311.50

    Asus RAMPAGE FORMULA Motherboard, LGA775, Intel X48 Price: $364.10


    Asus P5Q Deluxe Motherboard, LGA775, Intel P45 Price: $241.60

    and also if i got the Asus P5Q3 Deluxe would i have to buy ddr3 or would i be able to use ddr2 ram...
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    Rampage = 2x PCI-E 16x link
    P5Q = 2x PCI-E 8x link

    16x is about 3% difference in performance over 8x however with the new 48xx series by ATI they have shown to bottleneck at high resolutions in 8x mode not sure about 16x

    and the P5Q can only run DDR3.

    - Christine
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    However, the P5Q-E and Pro both handle DDR2. It may also be a good time to look at some new suspects. For instance, Biostar is breaking OC records with their new motherboards.
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    I would vote for the 260 but being that it is July 4th I vote for the M80
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    I would get the hd4870 rather than the hd260 cuz it's cheaper and actually faster in game performance.
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    Now i will end up eventually going crossfire so definitely a X48/38 chipset, tho i have come across two and not sure which will be good in the long term run.

    Asus RAMPAGE FORMULA $364 vs Asus P5E Deluxe Motherboard $252 which would you prefer ?

    and also with the PowerColor HD4850, 512MB DDR3 $250 vs Sapphire HD4870, 512MB DDR5 $319 should i reconsider the 4870 instead?
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    Rampage formula is pretty popular around here, depends on how much money you wanna spend really. Same w/ the card, 4850 has more bang for your buck, but the 4870 is definitely better, so it just depends on how much your willing to spend.
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    Just check the PCI express slot spacing before you buy a mobo, and make sure it matches with the types of graphics cards you want to buy. The dual slot coolers make it hard to go for multiple GPUs sometimes, especially if you have other cards, like sound or video capture that need access to other slots.
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    +1 on the 4850, they are with good performance and their prices dropped a lot.
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    Wanna buy a 9600GT

    :banghead:Hi there

    Sorry for just pushing a mail in the group but I need help. I sold my ASUS Nvidia 7600GS SLi, 512 meg 128 bit a few days ago. I wanted to buy the 8500GT but then saw all kinds of bad reviews and that it is not worth the investment. Now I'm looking at the Chaintech 9600GT as it is the best option and one I can afford. I always loved my 7600GS but when you play Crysis and Assassins Creed, it's hard not to look for another 'young lady' (graphics card) to keep you happy as your old one is not giving you the performance you need.

    I ran both games on low settings and it plays fine but everybody is talking about DX10 AND I WANT IT!!

    My specs are: AMD socket 939 single core 3800+, 2x1gig DDR400 ram, 80 gig Sata 1 HDD, Isonic 400W power supply and the Biostar NF4ST-A9 motherboard.

    I've also heard from the pc store where I wanted to buy the 9600GT card that I must also get another motherboard as mine won't work on the PCI-ex version 2.0 and also at least a 450W power supply.:cry:

    I could not believe it when I heard it and want a 2nd opinion. To buy another motherboard and PSU will totally kill my budget.

    PLEASE HELP
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    As long as you have a PCI-Express 16x motherboard you can istall the 9600GT. PCI-E is backwards compatible anyway. Personally I think you PC will be fine with your PSU. If it keeps restarting then invest in another but as long as you don't overclock- it will most liekly be stable. I run my reasonably overclocked system on a 500W and it draws a hell of a lot more power than yours would- and our PSU's ain't that different.
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    I was thinking for rather then sell my whole box for cheap and then buy a brand new dula core.

    Won't I get less performance from the graphics card and CPU. I aslo saw that your 12V line must be min 26Amps and mine is only 20Amps. I am so afraid to buy the card and then need to upgrade once again and spend more!!!

    Since 4 yrs ago I never thought that buying a pc just to play games will cost so much.

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