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I finally got my new 24 Inch Acer 1920*1200 LCD. It is very nice. But I am sure you can guess my problem. My 8800 GTS SC 320Mb GPU just can't keep up very well at max Settings on Games. I was playing COD4 last night, Everything as high as it could for in game settings, No AA, 8*AF and I was Avg 40-45FPS during game play and dipping to low 20's during big explosions. Then I fired up Crysis Single player, All settings to high no AA or AF and It was almost a slide show!! 10-15 FPS is very unplayable for me. I reduced all in game settings to Med, And still had a hard time staying above 20 FPS just walking around. As soon as the Gunfire broke out it was a sad site.
I have been doing some searching for a better GPU under the 250 Dollar Canadian mark. So far I think the Gigabyte 8800GT is a very nice pick, With the new Gamer HUD to raise the GPU volts, one review hit 800Mhz on the Core!!
http://www.hothardware.com/Art...T_GVNX88T512HP/?page=2
Here is the Article that has got me thinking. So I have come to you guys for some help. I don't have the kind of Loot to buy the best card out, But I think I could get a very decent card for under 250. But I have not been up to date on all the Cards that are out, And which ones are likely to Overclock the Best. I am not only going with Nvidia, I will consider a ATI GPU if the Performance is on Par with what Nvidia has to offer.
I really need some help guys.
http://www.shopbot.ca/p-90775-2037700.html
I Can pick up one of these Gigabyte 8800GT's for 190 Canadian and hope to heck that it Overclocks close to 800Mhz on the Core.
Or I have also been Eyeballing the EVGA 8800GT Akimbo
http://www.evga.com/products/m....asp?pn=512-P3-N808-AR
Very nice specs out of the box with a nice two slot cooler.
720Mhz on the core,2000Mhz on the Mem are very Respectable and Guaranteed.
The Gigabyte might not even hit 720Mhz and the Mem is only 1840Mhz out of the Box. Also EVGA's step up program would help me down the road.
I would save my self almost 100 Bucks by going with the Gigabyte.
But what else is out there?? I don't have Steady enough hands to do hard volt mods, so the Software app on the gigabyte 8800GT should help push that card further.
I have heard that ATI has a few GPU's that support Voltage adjustments with software.
But which ones have that feature that works well?? I haven't read too much on which ATI GPU's support voltage adjustments through windows. I think the 2900XT does, But I don't want that card.
And This new 9800 series has me really confused. I hear the 9800GTX is just a re badged 8800GTS 512Mb or something like that And I also read somewhere that the 9600's are beaten by 8800GT's all day.
Can someone who has been following the new lineup of GPU from both ATI and Nvidia please shed some light on this decision for me?
I really need to make this GPU purchase worth it as I won't be able to upgrade for quite a while. I have already had my 8800GTS SC 320Mb since last May which I paid 469.00 Canadian plus taxes!!
Thanx for bearing with my long post, But I just wanted to make sure I got all my points out.
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9600 GT or 8800 GT. Also your 8800 GTS should keep it up , you messed somewhere.
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How do you figure my GTS should keep up?! Wouldn't 192MB of extra V-Ram help the situation out. I can get 11500 Points on 3DMark, Wouldn't a G92 GTS or GT get me 13500?? That should equate to about 10FPS which might get these games to run a lot smoother.
I am surprised there is no ATI Fans offering any Help or Idea's, Or is there just no GPU in that Price range that will be a improvement?
No one else has any suggestions? I thought that the Gigabyte 8800GT with Voltage adjustment would be on par with a G2 8800GTS 512MB.
Is there a good article that help show all these cards in action head to head?
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i average around 60fps to high 20s at 1600x1000 in cod 4 with everything maxed

kobilica
the higher the resolution the more vga ram is need to run it smoothly

at 1900x1200 he should have atleast 512 to play at max resolution
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A used 8800GTX or 8800GTS 512MB would be your best bet
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i would SLI your 320 GTS and that should do.
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Originally Posted by G|F.E.A.D|Killa View Post
i would SLI your 320 GTS and that should do.
Thats what I was thinking, but then he would need a new motherboard.


I say save up, you should've realized what you were getting yourself into with that monitor. You might be able to get away with CoD4 at that resolution with an 8800GT, but don't expect to play Crysis with anything less than a 3870 X2.

I would save up for that, its just too bad it costs $100 more than it does to the americans.
    
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I know by getting a bigger LCD I would be getting myself into a situation of needing a new GPU. But there is a second big reason for getting this size of LCD. I also have an XBOX 360. And over the last two years I have always wanted to run it at 1080P. So this was the smallest LCD I could find that supports 1080P.
I just need a new GPU that will give me a boost in performance till the new GPU come this summer. I'll likely have to wait till Sept/Oct for the prices to level out after the initial prices of the next GPU's coming out.
It seems that My options are either a Pre-Overclocked G92 8800GTS 512, Or the Akimbo 8800GT with 720Mhz Core from EVGA. Having the EVGA Step up program to fall back on three months later is always a nice plus to think about.
I can't believe that no thinks that the Gigabyte 8800GT with the Voltage Adjustment Software App wouldn't be a good choice? I would've thought that that would be a big hit with the Overclockers of this site. I am sure there will be a Registry hack or some other trick to raise the GPU volts above the topped out Voltage that it supports out of the box for further performance enhancing.
Very suprised that the Gigabyte card has not got more attention than it has being th first card out to support Voltage adjustment out of the box. Other companies need to follow this idea. Many people like myself want to do Volt mods on their cards but are too afraid to put a soldering iron to their 200-400 dollar GPU for a few more FPS. But to have it available through a software app would be great.
Anyways, Thanx for the replies people.
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post #9 of 17
You could get a hd3870. Its quite the overclocker and runs on high at 1280*1024 above 30fps. ITs suppose to do you at the higher resolutions too.
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I'm thinking 8800GTS 512mb
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