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is there anyway to know when a cpu will start to bottleneck your system? apparantly i cant oc my processor (damn hp computer ) so how would i know how good of a graphics card to get. ive decided since i cant oc my cpu i might as well get the best vid card i can, but i dont want to waste money buying something that wont perform any better.

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8800GTS 512mb G92
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I would say get a the 8800gts g92...currently it is the best card for the buck. I think i saw one for some where around 170 or something so there pretty cheap right now. Will be a huge improvement over your 8500gt. gl

EDIT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814134037 ECS 8800GTS G92 for 170 + shipping after MIR. pretty nice deal
Edited by airdraft - 5/13/08 at 5:27pm
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8800GTS 512 ftw
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now the question, do the brands and stuff matter all that much? or should i just get a cheap one and oc it myself. and how high can you oc them?

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I agree on choice of card. The best way to determine if your CPU is bottlenecking is to run 3DMark 06, and check your cpu score against others in the online database for similar cores OCed. I don't think you'll notice a noticeable diff playing most games. Evga or XFX have sweet 8800 cards atgood prices, just watch some newegg newsletters/sales, you'll find 1 cheaper.
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Originally Posted by Ezeedee View Post
now the question, do the brands and stuff matter all that much? or should i just get a cheap one and oc it myself. and how high can you oc them?

thanks.
The brands really come down to warranty and if they have anything extra, EVGA has a step-up program that will get you full credit on a new card for 90 days after your original purchase. A good company like EVGA will give you a lifetime warranty as well. The real question is if any of that is worth it to you.
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post #8 of 11
brands dont really matter that much...i would just overclock it your self. How ever if you are concerned about warranties then i would get an eVGA one of a XFX ones because of there warranties. but if warranties arent that important to you then i would get that ECS one. just my thoughts. hope that helps. gl
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well this is the card i was looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130337 do you think it would clock higher than that? i know ive been having a hell of a time ocing my 8500gt, so i dont know if i wanna spend the extra coin and get a badass card out of the box, or try ocing it myself.
Edited by Ezeedee - 5/13/08 at 5:53pm
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post #10 of 11
I would just get a stock clocked one and oc it your self...not really worth the extra dollars imo. But its your decision. Some times the stock oced cards and oc even higher than the stock cards so sometimes its better to get the stock oced one. The one you picked should have a nice warrenty (lifetime) and will also have the step up program if you decide to upgrade in the next 90 days. Looks like a good card. But again its your desision whether you get a oced one or get a stock one and oc it your self. Personally i would go for the stock one and oc it my self but agian its your choice.
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