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my old 7800gt oc just died about a week ago so i'm in the market for a new card.

my budget is about $200 i don't want to go over 200 so the 8800 is pretty much out of the question.

from what information i can gather the MSI version of the 8600gts is the best, and the 8600gts series apparently is a very good card for a reasonably priced dx10 card, but its only 128-bit, or does that even really make a big difference? i've heard people can get better fps and better 3dmark scores with a 7950gt, but will the dx9 7950gt stand the test of time and be able to play games decently years down the road? or am i missing something is there another card around $200 that will stand the test of time?

here are the links

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127284

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130074
post #2 of 18
Go with the 8600gts, The 128 bit bus will make a difference but not that much. The Dx10 will stand the test of time unlike Dx9. Dx10 games are starting to come out now.
post #3 of 18
Go with the 8600GT. If OCed it's just as good as the GTS
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I am pretty sure the 7950 will outperform the 8600, but you will have no dx10 compatibility. Someone else should be able to verify that.
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After overclocking, the 8600 should outperform it but if both at stock, the 7950 might beat it I think. Get this deal though $125AR for a GTS: http://www.ncixus.com/products/23700/PVT84GUDF3/XFX/ overclock it and you gots yourself a sick card for $125 .
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post #6 of 18
ok so if he oc's the 8600 then it beats the 7950 stock, but what if he oc's the 7950, will it beat the 8600 oc'd?
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post #7 of 18
7950 has a nice margin over 8600gts. I know you said you can't go over 200, but really the 320 is the best deal out there. don't bother with 8600 because it is low end dx10 and dx10 is really demanding, you have to go 7950, or if you can 8800GTS
post #8 of 18
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After overclocking, the 8600 should outperform it but if both at stock, the 7950 might beat it I think. Get this deal though $125AR for a GTS: http://www.ncixus.com/products/23700/PVT84GUDF3/XFX/ overclock it and you gots yourself a sick card for $125 .
That's a very good deal for a 8600GTS. I haven't seen any direct performance comparisons between the 7950GT and the 8600GTS, but I had linked to an article in a post made about a week ago that had the 7900GS vs. 8600GT & 8600GTS. It seems the 7900GS and 8600GTS were about on par. I'll try to find it.

Personally, I don't think the 8600GTS is a bad card, but the older 128-bit memory interface bothers me some.
    
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post #9 of 18
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After overclocking, the 8600 should outperform it but if both at stock, the 7950 might beat it I think. Get this deal though $125AR for a GTS: http://www.ncixus.com/products/23700/PVT84GUDF3/XFX/ overclock it and you gots yourself a sick card for $125 .
wow thats a great deal its 160 after the mail in rebate on newegg. is the xfx version pretty much the same as the msi factory overclocked version other than slightly different clock frequencies? is it easily overclockable as well? my old 7800 was mad easy to overclock with the nvidia program

thx for the responses
post #10 of 18
You would be wise to save up a little more and get an 8800gts 320MB if you want a card that will truly "stand the test of time".

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130082 - $279.99 - $20.00 MIR = $259.99

Best deal going right now in the Nvidia line-up.

Here is a link to some 8600gt/gts - 7950gt - 8800gts real world gaming comparisons:

http://anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2970&p=5
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