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Vote for the best under $400 video solution

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by btarunr, Nov 25, 2007.

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Vote for the best under $400 video-solution

Poll closed Jan 1, 2008.
  1. SINGLE: A factory-overclocked GeForce 8800 GTS (Or the new 8800 GTS NVIDIA is planning to put up)

    10.3%
  2. SINGLE: EVGA 512-P3-N806-A1 GeForce 8800GT SSC

    24.7%
  3. CROSSFIRE: 2x Radeon HD 3850 256M

    27.8%
  4. CROSSFIRE: 2x MSI RX2600XT Diamond Plus Radeon HD 2600XT 512MB 128-bit GDDR4

    1.0%
  5. SINGLE: Sapphire Radeon HD 2900 XT 512M GDDR3

    1.0%
  6. SINGLE: Sapphire Radeon HD 2900 Pro 1024M GDDR4

    5.2%
  7. SINGLE: Powercolor Radeon HD 3870 Xtreme 512M

    14.4%
  8. SLI: 2x XFX PVT84GYDQ3 GeForce 8600GTS 512MB

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. SLI: 2x XFX PVT80GGHF4 GeForce 8800GTS 320MB (Open-box prices)

    6.2%
  10. GPU + PPU: XFX PVT88PYDF4 GeForce 8800GT 512MB + ASUS Ageia PhysX Card

    5.2%
  11. GPU + PPU: Powercolor Radeon HD 3870 Xtreme 512M + ASUS Ageia PhysX card

    4.1%
  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Hello folks!

    $400 is all I have to blow for the video sub-system of a PC I'm planning to gift to a special friend. So drop your votes.

    Oh yeah, drop in a vote above. Democracy rocks.

    I'm only asking about the video-hardware EXCLUDING monitor, so don't talk about monitors, please.

    Based on the results of the above poll, I can decide on the motherboard.

    If a SINGLE or GPU + PPU option wins, Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R is what I'm planning to choose. ($ 125)

    If a SLI option wins, EVGA 122-CK-NF67-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i LT is what I'm planning to choose. ($ 165)

    If you've got a better idea, put it up! Either ways, the CPU of choice is a C2Q Q6600.

    EDIT: If a CROSSFIRE option wins, the CPU + mobo would be GIGABYTE GA-MA790FX-DS5 + AMD Phenom 9500
     
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    If the 8800gts 128sp model wasent pushed back to December 14th I would say that.. otherwise get the 8800gt if your friend has the pc conected to a TV (with HDMI) get a 3870xt.
     
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    8800gt. great value, great card.
     
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    dual 3870's in CFX
     
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    20" LCD, TV Tuner, and an HD 2600XT 512MB (this kid prolly doesn't game that much, and if he did, anything much higher than a 2600XT would require a power upgrade ;)).
     
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    Single 8800GT.
     
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    As far as actual votes go, I'd get the 2900Pro w/ a beefy power supply.
     
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    JC316 Knows what makes you tick

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    Yup, thats a good solution too if you can find a pro. It would be best if you could get the pro around $200 or under it.
     
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  9. btarunr

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    It's just about an hour since I started this poll and I'm stunned at so many people giving thumbs-up to ATI solutions.
     
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    Yeah, I owned an 8800GT and it was good, but personally, I think that Nvidia is fucking with the numbers on that. Especially on 3dmark06, my pro scored 12K with the CPU at 3.5GHZ, but the 8800 made 13.1K. There is hardly a difference in the 2900 and the 8800.
     
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    I voted for the crossfire 3850's man, that would be a nice setup.. :)

    The only thing I can see that you should change is the DFI mb... that ATI chipset is very old and rather slow... A P35 chipset is much faster. If you can't afford a P35 crossfire board the the P965 is also a good option.

    I am not to sure why people are telling you to buy a PSU when you have a 700w Tagan!!! that is heaps..

    Good luck with it..
     
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    I voted for the single 3870, that way you should still get a cross fire board so if he/she wants to upgrade down the road they can do so very easily when the card drops in price. big thumbs up!
     
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  13. btarunr

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    But P35 gives x16 + x4 PCIe lanes.

    At least the ATI chipset give two full x16 lanes (or x8 + x8 + x2 when 3 PCIe x16 slots used)

    I'm building a fresh new PC to gift.

    Besides the CPU I'm using has a 1066 MHz FSB, so that's leveled-ground for the mobos
     
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    Why not just get a regular or superclocked EVGA 8800GT then save the rest of the $$?
     
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    Because I've decided upon how much to spend on a sub-system basis, even if I have to spend $ 399.99 that's okay. No savings, no problem. At least I have a good rig put-up. Are you interested in knowing about the other sub-systems?
     
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    Until I see what the ATI 4XXX series does, my 1900XTX works just fine, (but thats not one of the options...I guess thats becase I paid more than $400 for it! LOL)

    :toast:
     
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    8800GT is made for benchmarking, the ATi 2900Pro 1gb is made to work! The ATi gets my vote.
     
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    Depends if he wants to use widescreen - ATI still have issues with disabling scaling, so that unless you can game in native res the screen blurs badly (which screws me over good, as i only have widescreen monitors and TV's)

    P.S - before anyone says anything, 1366x768 (HDTV) isnt a common res in older games, so no, i cant just set every game to use that.
     
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    still ahve yet to see any proff of your comments on widescreen and ati, and don't forget I'M RUNNING WIDESCREEN ON ATI. infact i run all my games at 1680x1050, so I really don't know what you're talking about.
     
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    its not RUNNING them at 1680x1050 - run it at 1280x1024 and tell me what it looks like. Nvidia have scaling so that it stays a 4:3 ratio, ATI just stretch to fit - AND IT LOOKS LIKE CRAP.
     
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    Is it really worth buying a PhysX card?
     
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    wow so what you're saying their having toruble with widescreen when you really mean they have trouble running nor mal resolutions in widescreen monitors. why the fuck would you buy a widescreen monitor to run at 1280x1024? I think you're trying really hard to make ati sound bad and are using any excuse.
     
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    wow, just wow
     
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    Ummm...CCC, ATT and (I think) ATI Tool all have options to not scale the image. Centered timings anyone! Any video card would be rediculous not to have such an option.

    Get real!:slap:
     
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