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Ok, Im gonna be doing a build soon based around a thermaltake LanBox case, and im looking for a cheap-ish Graphics card to go inside it.

I already I had a Couple of options:

-7900GTX for £80
-8600GTS for £70
-9600GT for £115
-3850 for £90

Im not looking for uber power, as this is a fairly cheapo rig, but I will require it to run CS:S, TF2, UT3, COD4, Maybe some Dawn of War and C+C 3.

Its gonna be running a Phenom 8450, along with an mATX Asus board, and 4GB of GIEL Black Dragon RAM.

Also, Im gonna be running Probably Vista and a Couple of Linux Distro's, such as Ubuntu and Fedora, so I need good compatibility on both platforms.

Any help much appreciated.
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post #2 of 12
9600gt gets my vote
itas powerful enough for those games and nvidia has good linux drivers out
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7900GTX is dx9. 8600GTS is overpiced. So either 3850 and 9600GT is fine and will give you extra power to run those new coming games. 9600GT's performance is similar to 8800GT and HD3870 so I would pick 9600GT over 3850.
Edited by linskingdom - 5/21/08 at 2:20pm
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7900GTX is dx9.
Since Ill be Using Linux as much as I can, that point would be slightly moot.

As long as it performs for the price and doesnt have rendering issues with Compiz and OpenGL apps
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post #5 of 12
9600GT or 7900GTX, so you can say you aren't a fanboy. The 7900 would be ok, but DX9 won't be around forever. However, none of those games are DX10, and the time until DX10 games are big in LANs is a ways away. Plus, you can always run DX9 mode of DX10 games. I am building a LAN rig around an x1950XTX this summer, but I don't play DX10 games multiplayer, really.
    
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8800 GTS for 99$ http://fxvideocards.com/ZOTAC-GeForc...d-p-16285.html
whats that like 50 in your monies?
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post #7 of 12
9600 imo. Great choice.
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post #8 of 12
The 3850 would get my cash.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by ZTR1760 View Post
8800 GTS for 99$ http://fxvideocards.com/ZOTAC-GeForc...d-p-16285.html
whats that like 50 in your monies?
It unfortunately doesn't work like that. $99 of pc equipment is often £99 (or more).
Another vote for the 9600gt, perfect for a LANbox, nice and thin and runs quite cool.

This 9600gt is only £100 (inc p&p) - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142637
Edited by coffeejunky - 5/21/08 at 2:46pm
post #10 of 12
9600gt or 3850. my friend has a 3850 and its really good for the price, but it runs very hot! like 90c under full load. im guessing the 9600gt runs a lot cooler than the 3850 so i think u should get the 9600gt especially bcus it will be kept in a small lan case
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