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Last choice, HD 3850/70, 9600GT, 8800GTS 512MB, or wait

post #1 of 18
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After deciding on single card for my new build, I'm down to one last choice...

HD 3850, HD 3870, 8800GT, 9600GT, or I should wait for the HD 4000 series or the GT200.

The reason why I'm not including 8800GTS 512MB is because my budget is $160.
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If your budget is 160, then there's no point in waiting for the new cards really. The 4 series will push down the price of the 3 series cards, but not by much I don't think. And if nvidia is nvidia, they will charge an UNGODLY amount of money for the GT200 cards. I say go for a 3870. Do you plan on updating your rig any time soon? I hate to throw the B word around, but that system will be a bottleneck.
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If your budget is 160, then there's no point in waiting for the new cards really. The 4 series will push down the price of the 3 series cards, but not by much I don't think. And if nvidia is nvidia, they will charge an UNGODLY amount of money for the GT200 cards. I say go for a 3870. Do you plan on updating your rig any time soon? I hate to throw the B word around, but that system will be a bottleneck.
No, I got a new system, not that old Dead Rig...It's a PD 840, gonna OC to around 3.6GHz, 2GB DDR2 800, ECS 945P-A.
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post #4 of 18
i say 8800GT, but if at all possible save the money and get an 8800GTS 512
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post #5 of 18
If budget has been set, then figure out what you need and find it at that price range. At $160 price range, either 8800GT or HD3870 is fine especially for the 19" LCD but I would pick 8800GT over HD3870.
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At $160 price range, either 8800GT or HD3870 is fine especially for the 19" LCD but I would pick 8800GT over HD3870.
You can pick up a HD3870 for $160!!!

The same over here would be £140 (roughly $280). I'm so jealous.

I vote 8800GT, but the HD3870 is a good card too.
post #7 of 18
if you play the source engine alot, then the 3870 is a great card (ATI cards are usually better for source)...but I have no complaints with TF2 and my 8800GT (all high settings, 16xAA 16xAF, 1280x1024, avg ~100 fps)
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post #8 of 18
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Guys I need your opinion fast, I'm deciding at the end of the week.
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post #9 of 18
Well ultimately it's up to you isn't it? If you can wait, wait. It's always (uhm.... usually) better.
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post #10 of 18
My vote is for the 8800GT, or 9600GT. The 8800 is slightly faster, but the 9600GT performs very well. I have one, and I have no complaints at all.
Just my two cents.
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