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If you are planning to get a card later, then I would go with the GT to hold you over. If youare not and still want to spend more, you could look at the 8800GS or x1950PRO.
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There should be a drop of price when the 9800 series come out, so maybe you can wait before the upgrade.
    
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If you are planning to get a card later, then I would go with the GT to hold you over. If youare not and still want to spend more, you could look at the 8800GS or x1950PRO.
Why bring x1950 that card it outdated and 8800Gs will blow over it.
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I want my system to be up and running by April 7th (even if it's after midnight and switching over to the 8th, I don't mind).

You see, I'm working on my first build. I have 5 items left to buy, and I cannot buy all 5 of them this month. But I know I can order them right after midnight on April 1st. This is when I'll finally purchase the video card. I have this feeling that even by then I won't be able to afford an 8800xx, and especially not the 9 series.

The way I see it, everything left on my list is a "Guaranteed 3 Business Day Shipping", so I know that I should be able to put everything together come Monday, April 7th, and turn it on. I really don't want to put this off any longer. See my sig rig. I've suffered long enough.

So, I want to get the best I can buy right now while maintaining that budget. I'm trying to make as few compromises as I can.

You see, my fear is that I may not be able to afford a new video card until next winter, so I want something good, but really affordable, such as that 8600GTS.

So, here's my question: if I buy the 8600GT, what would I be missing out on by not going with the GTS? Both are within my budget, so I just want to make the wisest decision. I realize that Promo Code for the 8600GT should make this a no-brainer, but as of right now, it still seems wiser to go with the GTS.

To be clear, I do not mind being behind. I currently don't have a desire to play the newest games. I currently don't have anything more demanding than Tron 2.0 (there are other games too, but they're not quite as demanding).
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and 1GB is a overkill in that card it will not use it because it has 256 bit bus ...
That is a load of friggin hooey my friend.

If it were that way, nobody would upgrade their PC's to hold 4GB of ram.

If you use the card in a situation where > 512MB of video memory is being used, you WILL benefit from HAVING > 512MB of memory on your card. The bus speed is irrelevant to this equation.

Now, 1G may be a sort of overkill in *MOST* cases with *TODAYS* games, but that doesn't mean it will *ALWAYS* be so, and again, the memory bus speed has almost NO BEARING on the utility value of having extra onboard vram.

I think you fundamentally misunderstand how vram and it's memory bus interact if you're saying something like what you just said. Sorry
    
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Do you plan on running either of those cards on your sig rig? If so there may be a problem.

Nevermind!
    
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That is a load of friggin hooey my friend.

If it were that way, nobody would upgrade their PC's to hold 4GB of ram.

If you use the card in a situation where > 512MB of video memory is being used, you WILL benefit from HAVING > 512MB of memory on your card. The bus speed is irrelevant to this equation.

Now, 1G may be a sort of overkill in *MOST* cases with *TODAYS* games, but that doesn't mean it will *ALWAYS* be so, and again, the memory bus speed has almost NO BEARING on the utility value of having extra onboard vram.

I think you fundamentally misunderstand how vram and it's memory bus interact if you're saying something like what you just said. Sorry
Exactly. Keep your eyes on the future. There will come a time when that 1GB MSI video card will be $49.99, just like the GeForce FX and 6 series.
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Do you plan on running either of those cards on your sig rig? If so there may be a problem.
Come on, man. Give me some credit.

This is for my first build ever. It hurts that you would think that I would be dumb enough to try and use a PCI-E card in a system that only has an AGP 1.0 slot.


Edit: I just saw your "nevermind". But from now on, try to give people some credit. Try to avoid assuming that they're really computer illiterate.
post #19 of 64
Definitely get the 8600gts over the 8600gt.

I have the msi 8600gts (overclocked to 750mhz core, 2200mhz memory)
and it runs Crysis on mostly high at 1440x900 so I don't know why people say these cards are so horrible. Plays every other game just fine.

Thought I am going to be upgrading to a 9600gt soon, just can't pass up a 3 times performance boost for that price.

The 8600gt will usually never get close to the 8600gts memory speeds.
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I had both, and liked both.

The 8600GT was an amaxing card for the price I paid at the time, and I had an oppurtunity to upgrade to an 8600GTS for cheap so I did.

Honestly I would go with the GTS, because both cards OC like mad, but the GT is mem limited. That means that even though you can get the core clock sky high on the GT, the mem will still be the limiting factor. That isn't as much of an issue with the GTS.


In all honesty though, if there is any conceivable way for you to earn the extra 100 bux to get the 9600GT, I would strongly recommend it.

Could you list the rest of your components needed, the ones you currently have, and your current budget?
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