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I need a DX10 GPU as a back-up. Sooner or later, I will blow a bunch of money on an SLI or CrossFire setup, but until such time I will need a GPU to perform rather well in current games such as BF2 and FEAR as I will use it as my main.

Based upon cost and performance, I think the best choice would be an nVidia GeForce 8600GTS. I will probably go with XFX or eVGA to get the lifetime warranty.

However, I am not set in what I will be getting so I would like to receive your inputs and opinions!
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post #2 of 16
Get the 8600gts,no bad for dx 10.
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post #3 of 16
8600gts

or 8500gt will be the same (in benchies) as your current card.
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post #4 of 16
8600GT or 8600GTS, the 8600GT is under 150 and preforms mighty
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post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by shellofinsanity View Post
8600GT or 8600GTS, the 8600GT is under 150 and preforms mighty
So here are my favorite two options:
8600GT: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814150229 ($150)
8600GTS: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814150227 ($180)

Any comments on my choices? Which would you get? Is there another options you would suggest?

Finally, would the 8600GT clocked to the same speeds as the 8600GTS perform the same, or is there an architectural difference? I realize that overclocking the 8600GT won't get it nearly that high, but if there is also a architectural performance gain by going with the GTS I might as well spend another $30 and get it in my opinion.
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post #6 of 16
Get an 8800 320mb then when you want SLi get a second. =D
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post #7 of 16
avoid the XFX 8600GT cards, that heatsink is the refrance 6600GT heat sink fan, and the sites that have reviewed the XFX cards noted little head room and temps very high, XFX does not use cooling that meets the standards for that core.


This is what i would go with
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130084

its a stock eVga 8600GTS


but for a lil cheaper id grab this also
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814122025

leadtek 8600GT @ 590/1800
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post #8 of 16
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The eVGA 8600GT is only $20 cheaper, so I think that eVGA's superclocked 8600GTS is the best option then (their regular one is out of stock).
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post #9 of 16
well its a great card for sure, mine oc's rather well, i mean if 600/1800 with a shader core @ 1.56 is good of course
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post #10 of 16
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shellofinsanity View Post
well its a great card for sure, mine oc's rather well, i mean if 600/1800 with a shader core @ 1.56 is good of course
Hmmm, the XFX 8600GTS seems to have a good HSF setup (looks to be the same as the EVGA one).

What about my architecture difference question?

I might as well go with the XFX 8600GTS XXX Edition - it's only $5 more than the EVGA one you listed.
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814150227
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