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Hey Guys,

Just replaced my AMD parts with the Intel setup in my sig after a PSU failure took out my RAM and motherboard. And just my luck, my 7900GT now has it's memory failing, so I'm RMA-ing it this week or next (just got it approved). Rather than go a week or two without a computer (torture) I figure it's time to upgrade my video card and sell my 7900GT when it comes back, hopefully for $80-100.

Right now I'm looking at the 9600GT for $145 after $20 MIR, but I'm wondering if anyone can convince me to go with something else. My biggest priority is to get a significant upgrade to last me the next 18-24 months for CHEAP, but if the price/performance ratio is better on another card I'll consider it.

Also, on my 7900GT, I stupidly scratched off the sticker when I first built this (I was VERY noob). Typically this voids the warranty, but I still have the box with a duplicate sticker that has the serial number. Think they'll accept that? The guy on the phone was like "oh..." when I told him the sticker was scratched off. He said to try and send the box with it but there wasn't much optimism in his voice haha.
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I think the 8800GT, its a real nice card, its slightly better than the 9600 and can be overclocked to surpass GTX performance or even higher, the main difference is that the 9600 supports DX10.1 which i havnt seen any games using yet. Its a real good card. The 9600's dont seem to be as good on the cooling as an 8800. Ive managed to get 11275 with this card overclocked which im chuffed about.

Also, according to some thread on Toms Hardware

'8800GT is generally always faster then 9600GT (well duh 64 vs 112) and adding AA doesn't make 9600 faster .. I only saw in Crysis DX10 VH a Zotac 9600GT (725/1750/2000) beat a stock 8800GT (600/1500/1800 - much lower speeds) by an inch.

'Chipset Manufacturer NVIDIA
GPU GeForce 9600GT
Core clock 650MHz
Stream Processors 64 <--------
Memory
Memory Clock 1800MHz <-------- Nothing new here
Memory Size 512MB
Memory Interface 256-bit
Memory Type GDDR3

This is what I'm TALKING bout!!!! : )

GPU GeForce 8800GTX
Core clock 621MHz
Stream Processors 128 <--------- Oh YEA
Memory
Memory Clock 2000MHz(effective) <------- This is good
Memory Size 768MB
Memory Interface 384-bit < ----------Cant Touch THIS
Memory Type GDDR3'

Basically, i wouldnt go for a 9600.
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3870 or 3870 x2...
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post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by donk165 View Post
I think the 8800GT, its a real nice card, its slightly better than the 9600 and can be overclocked to surpass GTX performance or even higher, the main difference is that the 9600 supports DX10.1 which i havnt seen any games using yet. Its a real good card. The 9600's dont seem to be as good on the cooling as an 8800. Ive managed to get 11275 with this card overclocked which im chuffed about.

Also, according to some thread on Toms Hardware

'8800GT is generally always faster then 9600GT (well duh 64 vs 112) and adding AA doesn't make 9600 faster .. I only saw in Crysis DX10 VH a Zotac 9600GT (725/1750/2000) beat a stock 8800GT (600/1500/1800 - much lower speeds) by an inch.

'Chipset Manufacturer NVIDIA
GPU GeForce 9600GT
Core clock 650MHz
Stream Processors 64 <--------
Memory
Memory Clock 1800MHz <-------- Nothing new here
Memory Size 512MB
Memory Interface 256-bit
Memory Type GDDR3

This is what I'm TALKING bout!!!! : )

GPU GeForce 8800GTX
Core clock 621MHz
Stream Processors 128 <--------- Oh YEA
Memory
Memory Clock 2000MHz(effective) <------- This is good
Memory Size 768MB
Memory Interface 384-bit < ----------Cant Touch THIS
Memory Type GDDR3'

Basically, i wouldnt go for a 9600.
We're talking $145 for a 9600GT versus $200 for an 8800GT. Am I going to see a 35% increase in performance with the 8800GT over the 9600GT to justify the 35% increase in cost?

Quote:
Originally Posted by By-Tor View Post
3870 or 3870 x2...
My #1 priority was a CHEAP GPU that will still keep me running games for the next 18 months or so. I think that eliminates the 3870X2. As for the 3870, I hear the 8800GT and 9600GT are better for gaming.

Please specify WHY you would go with a different card over the 9600GT, throwing out names of cards I'm well aware of doesn't help much.
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post #5 of 14
Oh, i didnt know it was that much, 9600GT's go for about £100 over here and i got my 8880GT for £110 so it wasnt much a difference in price for a big boost in performance.
post #6 of 14
9600GT is a good card. Its performance is between 8800GS and 8800GT. For that price, 9600GT is the way to go. But if you can budget extra $30 or so, you can have 8800GT. You can have pretty high score on your E2180 if you OC it a bit. I got 13K on my E2180 with 8800GT.
post #7 of 14
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I'm looking at the 3870's right now. This Sapphire is priced between the 9600GT and 8800GT, and uses GDDR4, which I assume is fairly significant? Any thoughts on this card over the 9600GT and the 8800GT? Here are the cards I'm considering:

$145 - 9600GT
$180 - HD3870
$190 - 8800GT

I got to admit, the free Company of Heroes that comes with the 8800GT is tempting too. I can't decide It's so much easier deciding for other people lol.
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post #8 of 14
Here's a cheaper 9600GT. Use promo code "hardocp31715" for an additional $15 off... Comes to $130 in the end, with free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150277

As far as price/performance goes, you can't beat the 9600GT.
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post #9 of 14
The 8800gt is like 15-20% faster than the 9600 with the 3870 somewhere in between the two. If the 9600gt was at normal price ($170-180) than I would say go for the 8800gt, but it's a hard decision with it that low. Since you don't have an SLI board I'd say go for the 8800gt, it'll last you a bit longer.
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post #10 of 14
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Bah, in the end I always come back to guiding principal, get the cheaper hardware and upgrade often. Just can't bring myself to spend an extra $60 for a few more FPS I won't notice anyway. I'm willing to bet that when I get a game that the 9600GT can't handle, the 8800GT wouldn't do much better and there will be some new card on the market for a reasonable price that will make me very happy. For $130, I have to go with the 9600GT. Thank you everyone for the advice and a special thank you to Liability for the extra $15 savings.
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