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The only 2 games I have played are Company of Heroes and Day of Defeat. I have been having heat and other issues with the card, then it died. So I now have a loner with stock cooling until mine is back from RMA.

It has not been impressive so far, I think the 8600Gt was a better deal (but I got it for a steal at computex last year). I was able to up the settings on CoH to one under max and add up to 4xAA but if I went more I got hangs. And I definitely could not max it out. I am not impressed with the drivers for the 8800GT either.
But I think I got a lemon. Other folks have had no problems at all.
 
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what link said. Uless you absolutly need a card now, hold out to at least see what the new cards have to offer, then make your choice...
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If you aren't looking to pay USD $450 and $650 for the 260/280 respectively, then there's really no point in waiting 2 weeks to find out they will be ridiculously expensive.
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Quote:
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"Get the EVGA and then Step-Up!"

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just a quickie.....

could someone please explain this step up program.....

is it a case of buy a card & then exchange it for a better one within 90 days
how pointless for EVGA surly they lose out ......don't they..??
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Well now I know GTX 2?0 are out on the 18th of this month, i am more than happy to wait to see how they perform.

Only issue i will then have; the GTX260 will have to be a good price, and offer decent value for money... as we all know 8800GT is the daddy of bang4buck right on that sweet spot of price/performence

Still no hint on price?

EDIT: A quick google search puts the 260 @ $449.99, with the 280 at $649.99.


So in short? UK is gonna get screwed again when it comes to price...

Angry side rant: W T F. I have just read launch price for the 8800GT was $250, if that is true then that truely takes the piss one step too far (UK debuted for £200+, i.e. $425)

OK: 8800GT is looking a bit better now the GTX 260 is going to be (realistically, i.e. once they add mark-ups) £250.


EDIT AGAIN!!!! Oh. GTX's @ $450 probably will not work out at below £200 (what i want to pay) EVGA 8800GT, then step up to a 9800GTX or GTX260 if i can afford it?

STEP UP: works exactly as you said, except you can only do it once, and you have to pay the difference in price between what you paid ORIGINALLY and the value of the card you are recieving.

You're right though, it is still ridiculously within the consumer's favour. £125 for an 8800, because i can't afford a GTX, which in 3 months will have probably dropped £25... so then i pay only £25 to go from a 8800GT to a 9800GTX...
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post #16 of 28
Go for the 8800GT for 3 reasons. GTX260 will have bad drives and it will take some time to fix. 8800GT is much much cheaper and you CPU cant use all the power of the GTX260.
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post #17 of 28
In regards to the graphics card part of the question I'd recommend waiting for the GTX260/280. However if you really feel that you need to upgrade right now you might want to go with others advice to get the EVGA 8800GT and step up in a few months.

In regards to the PSU part of the question, which i can't believe that no one has commented on yet, I'd seriously recommend going with a well known and tested brand. The PSU is what powers everything in your computer. Do you seriously want to go cheap on the component that is the reason your computer works? A bad PSU can ruin hardware, corrupt your harddrive and more.

Trust me, when mine began to fail last year (because I bought a cheap generic brand) my harddrive corrupted and formed bad sectors on my harddrive.

Honestly I consider those "reviews" on Novatech more as "impressions". None of them actually have tested or shown testing of the PSU itself, such as its

Some good brands of PSU are:

Silverstone
Corsair
Seasonic
PC Power and Cooling
FSP
Enermax
etc.

Some good websites for PSU reviews are:
www.jonnyguru.com
www.hardocp.com

There are some others too. Jonnyguru is the most respected reviewer for psus, I believe.

Personally, I'd recommened the Corsair HX620W, its very stable, quiet and should be more than enough to power the GTX260.

You also may want to consider whether your processor is going to bottleneck your graphics card. The GTX260 is going to be a beast from what i hear, and the GTX280 even more so. It'd be a shame to get one and then not be able to fully utilize it because your processor is holding it back.

Anyway thats my 2 pence.
Edited by voice - 6/4/08 at 9:53am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by voice View Post
In regards to the graphics card part of the question I'd recommend waiting for the GTX260/280. However if you really feel that you need to upgrade right now you might want to go with others advice to get the EVGA 8800GT and step up in a few months.

Tempting, as i probably won't be able to afford, nor would i need a £300 card.

I'd seriously recommend going with a well known and tested brand. Find me a reasonably cheap one, and yes i'll go for it over a cheapy one anyday

Originally i was looking at a StealthXstreme, but £40 for 500w and not that many connectors?

Personally, I'd recommened the Corsair HX620W Might be good, but at £80, NO WAY!!!!! lol

You also may want to consider whether your processor is going to bottleneck your graphics card Bizzarely i had completely overlooked that... well an Athlon X2 5000 (why oh why did i buy AMD ) even at 3GHz is probably crap enough to bottleneck a GeForce 2 MX00. The only reason i would buy something very very powerful, would be if its cheap. I "only" use1440 x 900, so don't need anything beyond a 9800GTX realistically.
Current thought now:

MAX budget for a PSU (of sufficient power to OC an Intel quad core at some point within next 2 years) £40

I guess I'll wait till GTX260 is out, reviewed and benchmarked, then I'll look at value for money, and maybe buy EVGA 8800GT so i can use step up after 90 days in the hope GTX260 will be £25 cheaper.



SO: moving onto PSUs for a little bit, can anyone recommend a PSU (i was thinking 550w) that is preferably £30 ish, reasonably Quiet (i have a 21 db fan installed, so less than 25 db would be good) has at least 2 SATA connectors, Min 1 PCI-e 6 pin connecter, and a few molex connectors? If you could recommend a PSU from either of these two sites, that would be great: http://www.dabs.com/productlist.aspx...ffset=0#Paging OR http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/p...x1y0z1p1s0n0m0


I'm now thinking Gigabyte Superb 55w or Hiper 530w. Both £41


£40 PSU, plus £130 EVGA card now costs £175...

Cheap 550w PSU, plus £105 Zotac OC 8800GT (on special offer £45 off, suspect thats because of the GTX260 arriving?)
plus dlivery costs £130

which changes things alot... £130 yes i can cope with that just go out and spend it no questions, I definatly have £170 but thats £45 or 30% (ish) more than i was expectign to pay in the first place...

Cheers.
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to simplify lol:

Cheap PSU and 8800GT 512 (what if a really good value for money card comes out afterwards... leads to option 2)

or £40 PSU and EVGA 8800GT 512 (option to Step-Up to a 9800GTX or GTX260 in 3 months time if the 260 is worth the value for money, and if it isn't overkill - which it will be... which leads me to option one again)



EDIT: Ok, I'm gonna change the angle a bit, I still need a PSU, but money is no option when it comes to graphics card, can't do SLI. proccess of elimination...

9600GT -£100 -1/2 performence of 8800GT. bad value for money
8800GT -£120 - Supreme value for money. Just right for 1440 x 900 with filters?
8800GTS -£160 - Level of performence can be achieved via OC'ing 8800GT
9800GTX -£175 - much better value for money than 8800GTS. Overkill?
GTX260 -£250+ -well if the 9800GTX could be overkill...
GTX280 -£350+ - Is this finally the card that'll run crysis on Max? irrelavent - too powerful for my needs.
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If the GTX260 does indeed launch June 18th, there might be a price drop for the 8800GTs. I am planning on getting the Zotac AMP! 8800gt for $154 after rebate, for the last 2 months they have had the same rebate, but renewed it to new dates, the 1st of the month to the 30th, but the current rebate ends June 16th. Coincidence?
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