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post #1 of 12
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So here is the deal my friend is looking for a cheap but powerful card to run on his system.

The importants on his system are

E2140 OC'd to 3.2ghz
Ip35-E
2GB RAM
19" monitor at 1440x900

now the killer part is he has a PSU with only about 28A on the 12v's. Therefore the really high watt cards in the price range like i believe the HD3850 and 3870 probably isn't a good idea. He is going to upgrade but not for a month or two.


He can spend up to around $140 however the less the money the better of coarse....also it CAN be open box.... Also any added bonus items are a good thing to consider but MIR's are an eh for him and me as well....MIR are hard when your young and strapped for cash. He honestly isn't all that HUGE of a graphics guy in a sense that once he has a card hes fine with the ability of it and doesn't expect too much mainly becuase i have helped out with whatever i had leftover and stuff to help make his rig.

Help us out here I'm thinking an 8800GT 256 may be his best bet becuase at 1440x900 it should still eat up most games. I was looking at the 8800GS becuase it had a little more memory and is around the same price but im pretty sure that extra memory won't compete with the much higher clocks and shaders of an 8800GT.

The 9600GT is looking good to at 512 memory which would assure him that he wouldnt max out the memory on a 19" for a while and it is more powerful than the 8800GS and runs with the GT however it is more expensive of the 3.

This looks like a great deal since it includes COD4 which he wants to play online with me.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...3ATmK8EYvsb84w
It's got a MIR but that doesnt matter too much...sure if he bought it we'd send it in but that's not the deciding factor.

What do you guys consider?
post #2 of 12
That PSU is really pushing it with any 8800 series card.

If he is not huge gaming guy..then why don't just buy a used card here on OCN?

Matter of fact...I got a 7900gt lying around that can sell cheap.

Cards like that will carry him to the next gen, also without having to spend 100 dollars or so.

The the money saved now to buy a PSU.
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post #3 of 12
Can you link us to the specific PSU in question?
A decent trustworthy 400-500W w/ 28A on the 12v should be just fine for a 8800GT... a used one can be had for ~$140ish here on OCN
Edited by killa_concept - 6/15/08 at 1:04am
post #4 of 12
8800gt 256 if he is gonna stay 19" forever
9600gt if he is gonna upgrade 19"+

remember resolution is not the only thing that eats up mem, texture resolution and aa also eats up huge amount of mem

28a on 12v should be enough
post #5 of 12
I personally wouldn't bother with a 256MB... either look for a used 512MB 8800GT here on OCN or buy a new 9600GT
post #6 of 12
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I was looking and the 9600GT seems to be his best bet in a sense that it has a low power consumption as opposed to the 8800GT 512 and especially the HD 3870.

I let him use my 8800GT 512 for a while to see if his comp could run it. After a couple of days he COULD run the card at stock without any problems but when i tried to overclock it to the speeds that i know it's capable of the entire graphics just screwed up which lead me to believe that the extra watts that overclocking it added sent him over his power supply's threshold. Like i said this shouldn't be too big of a deal becuase he is going to buy a new PSU in a month or so. Still the 9600GT looks really good and probably will run overclocked in his rig until then. It's a little pricey in a sense that there really aren't any used ones these days but maybe we can find an open box
post #7 of 12
I like my card its about $100 should run just fine on that psu.
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post #8 of 12
Get an 8800GS/9600GSO or a 9600GT
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post #9 of 12
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I'm leaning heavily toward the 9600gt becuase there is an open box MSI one for $125 on the egg and he really likes it.
post #10 of 12
Im using a 9600GT now. You can see the rest of my specs in the sig for my comp. Great card for the price, runs all my games @ higher settings. Running at 1280x960 Res and everything looks great. Go for it for $125.
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