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Narrowed it down at least to the 2 ranges of card...
but i am STUMPED as to what version / edition to get...for either!

Basically looking for the best version / edition of the bellow card ranges...

been reading reviews for both...
some of the reviews are inconsistent
saying the 3870 is not a 8800 killer, but its better.....?!
while others are saying the 8800 is older, but is the better card...

3870 Range
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 3870 XT "Ultimate Edition" 512MB
PowerColor ATI Radeon HD 3870 XT Extreme 512MB
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 3870 XT "Toxic Edition" 512MB
HIS ATI Radeon HD 3870 XT ICEQ3 512MB
HIS ATI Radeon HD 3870 XT ICEQ3 512MB TURBO
PowerColor HD 3870 PCS 512MB
HiS (HighTech)HD 3870 512MB

8800 GTS 512 (g92)
Asus GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB
OcUK GeForce 8800 GTS Extreme 512MB
Leadtek GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB
MSI GeForce 8800 GTS OC 512MB
BFG GeForce 8800 GTS OC 512MB
Gainward 8800 GTS Bliss 512MB
XFX 8800GTS XT 512MB


Bear in mind i only have a 1x 6 Pin power connector...
(current CPU getting replaced with an Opteron 180)
BUt if it was your money....what would you go for?
Edited by Valllldondo - 6/5/08 at 3:53am
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post #2 of 29
Grab the cheapest 8800GTS and oc it.
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post #3 of 29
For the 3870 I would say "Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 3870 XT "Ultimate Edition" 512MB"

And for the 8800... Umm go with a company you trust.

Sorry but I would juts go for the card from a good brand and that's fast.

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post #4 of 29
the 3870 is not better than the 8800GT/GTS.
you should go for the BFG or XFX. its actually upto you what box design you like bcoz theyr pretty much all the same. but i stll recommend BFG/XFX
    
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post #5 of 29
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reading reviews it looks like the 8800 GTS is better than the 3870...am i right?

BFG GeForce 8800 GTS OC 512MB
this is the one i have my eye on...

BUT......Does that only require 1x 6 pin connector?

I am reading the specs on some sites saying that it needs
2x 6 Pin connectors when others are just saying it needs 1x 6 pin
with others not saying anything at all about its power requirements...

very confusing and off putting!!
not wanting to buy a card and open the box to find i cani use it cause web sites are not checking what they type in the specs!!!
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post #6 of 29
The 8800GT and GTS use a 1x6pin connector. I understand getting bad information, the best source is here from people with the gear.

I don't think you will be disappointed at all. If your not in a rush, and have plenty to spend the new Nvidia and ATI cards will be released in two weeks or so. But if not, I'd go with the 8800GT/GTS 512mb. Hope this helps bud.
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8800GTS matey
 
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post #8 of 29
it only needs one connector: proof
the 8800gts is really a much better card. it looks similar on 3dmark but in real games it is much better
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it only needs one connector: proof
the 8800gts is really a much better card. it looks similar on 3dmark but in real games it is much better

good stuff!
just need to find out if the thing will fit in case now...lol
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OK, but how many people have actually owned both cards?
Just read up on some benchmarks, but don't pay attention to the synthetic ones.
    
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