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Hi,

I am building a budget system. I am looking at the graphics cards now, this 9600 GT vs this 8800GT. I have a few questions:
  • In future if I wish to play HD content (Blue Ray etc) to a HT TV which card is best?
  • Does the 8800GT support HDCP?
  • Of these two cards, which is better for gaming and Open GL work?

TIA
post #2 of 10
Definately the better for gaming would be the 8800GT. I would recommend looking into the EVGA and XFX brands. If you are looking to play HD content I am pretty sure both support them, but if you are looking to connect dfferent external devices such as DVD players etc to your PC then look into this card. Its a Palit 9600GT. My friend owns one and he loves it due to its connections in the back and the fact of being just an overall good card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814261001
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I would suggest the 8800gt is the better card. All 8800gt's should support HDCP, but check the manufactures spec before buying.
If you can stretch the extra, the 8800GTS 512mb (NOT 384mb) is at a great price at the moment and performs better than the GT.

What other parts are you putting with it - we can offer advice?
Edited by coffeejunky - 5/21/08 at 5:30am
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Please use the search function without posting.

The 8800GT is about 10-20% faster than the 9600GT so take into account the relative prices of the said cards and then make your decision. The 8800GTS is again 10-15% faster than the 8800GT so that may be another thing to consider.
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I am just looking at this card now and wondering if it is worth the extra money.

The spec of machine it is going into is (currently in transit):

1 x Hiper 530W Black Type M PSU - ATX v2.2, Silent/Temp Control, Active PFC, SLI/Crossfire Certified
1 x Samsung SH-S203D 20X DVD±RW/RAM/DL Serial ATA Black Bare Drive - OEM
1 x Zalman CNPS 9700 LED Socket 754, 940, 775, 939 & AM2 CPU cooler
1 x Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160 Socket 775 (1.8GHz) 1MB L2 Cache OEM Processor
1 x MSI P35 Neo2-FR iP35 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard
1 x Corsair 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL5(5-5-5-18) Heat Spreader Lifetime Warranty
1x Samsung HD753LJ 750GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm *32MB Cache* - OEM

I intended to follow this example, but wanted more ram and a better graphics card. I have looked at the vendors website (here) and it says HDTV: Yes, I don't know if this is the same as HDCP.

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Originally Posted by coffeejunky View Post
I would suggest the 8800gt is the better card. All 8800gt's should support HDCP, but check the manufactures spec before buying.
If you can stretch the extra, the 8800GTS 512mb (NOT 384mb) is at a great price at the moment and performs better than the GT.

What PC are you putting it in?
post #6 of 10
Can I just reccommend that you buy a different cooler than the Zalman, its pricey and has about average performance. A better choice would be an OCZ vendetta 2 or a Tuniq tower, these are about at the top at the moment and will allow you to get a nice high overclock. Also, if you can, the e2180 seems to overclock better than the others in the e21xx series, plus it has a 10x multi which means your mobo is less stressed.

As far as a motherboard the Gigabyte GA-p35-DS3L may be cheaper, shop around and compare prices.

The rest looks good. As for the Hiper PSU, you may be better off getting a Corsair 450w, they are more reliable, and will be just as good as the 530w you quoted.


EDIT: You are in the UK? Ooh....Let me switch from newegg to eBuyer.


EDIT2: See edit in post below
Edited by coffeejunky - 5/21/08 at 6:26am
post #7 of 10
Here is what I would build for the same price -

Corsair 450w PSU
Samsung DVD Drive
OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Cooler
Pentium Dual Core E2180
MSI P35 Neo-F
Corsair 4gb - Tighter timings
Samsung 750gb HDD 32mb Cache
MSI 8800GT 512mb (With HDCP)

Total - £423.66 Delivered from eBuyer and Aria


EDIT: Ah...Nevermind, didn't notice you'd ordered it - Not too much difference anyway . That £100 GPU is a good offer. Its a cheap make so support may not be great and it may not overclock as well. This one may also be worth considering if you can spare the extra - http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=29171
Edited by coffeejunky - 5/21/08 at 6:26am
post #8 of 10
9600gt is not a bad card at all. I got mine to 780mhz stable in games, at this clock it should just barely surpass or equal a stock 8800gt, but again you can overclock a 8800gt too.

I tried playing Crysis on 1920x1200 with the 9600gt and amazingly it gave me playable fps. I only tried the early levels thought, I'm sure the later ones would kick the card pretty badly.

9600gt is also a lot more energy efficent, which is why I wanted to go sli with it.

If I had known the 8800gt would drop so much in price I would have picked that up thought.
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9600GT is good in SLI from what I heard, The 8800GT is still better than the 9600GT you can see it,Go for the 8800GT since it has more shader power (112 Shaders Vs 9600GT's 64 Shaders).
 
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post #10 of 10
9600GT vs. 8800GT

That comparison shows the differences in fillrate and shading etc.

For a real world comparison, my mate has nearly the same set up and gets 12,450 3dmarks (albeit with an E6300 at 3.4Ghz) and I get 11,015. So yes, the 8800GT does have more power.

When I bought my 9600GT it was $172 and the 8800GT was $230 and considering I gamed at 1680x1050 the choice was simple. Mine seems to handle anything I throw at it with ease.
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