Alright, so I plan on getting a new video card. I was debating between getting a video card and a sound card, but I figure I might as well get a video card since I have the money now, and a sound card is cheaper, so I can easily get one later.
Here's the situation: I have an AMD 3700 + San Diego, 1 gb RAM, etc. (I just did major upgrading in August) So, I should be able to utilize a 7800GT with minimal bottlenecking, and this is what I plan to do. I want to get a 7800G, and I will need a new motherboard, since my current one is an AGP board. My budget is $400 (semi-flexible) Of course, I would like to spend less if possible. Most of the 7800GT's I've seen are about $300, so this leaves about $100 for a motherboard. I don't need anything too spectacular, but I would like to have the ability to overclock later.
Oh, I've had a pretty good experience with eVGA, they made my current card (FX5600) and its performed very nicely for me for years, especially when you consider I got it for only $150. I would buy another card from them, but I want to be sure that their 7800GT cards are quality.
So, suggest away! :)
I really think a company like Asus or Gainward would be better. Don't go for overclocked card from BFG. That's a sincere advice. 7800GT would be really awesome. If you can get one from Asus it would be well worth the money. But I would imagine it is going to be a little expensive than most other companies. Then again I have never tired eVGA, so I can't comment on that. But my suggestion is Asus Nvidia GeForce 7800GT.
Well, I'm hoping to stick as close to $300 as possible for the video card, so I can spend a bit more on the motherboard.
You shouldn't have any bottlenecking at all with a 3700+. You should even have some headroom if you ever want to upgrade again. a good motherboard for you if you arent interested in SLI (don't be)
Not sure if it's a good idea (you'll have to get some more advice on this), but you can get an X850XT for $249. That may (I can't say) be a better option than a 7800GT, and it saves you a bit of money. With an X850XT and the above motherboard, it's $341 total. Throw in another $20 mail-in rebate on the X850XT, thats $321 before shipping. It's just as good as you're 7800GT alternative (I think) but it saves you nearly $80.
Nah, I don't plan on getting an SLI board. I doubt I'll be getting a SLI setup anytime soon.
Evga is a great brand. My 6800GT is made by them and the thing runs great. For a motherbored get Asus or MSI. There really good boreds. Never had any trouble with them.
carl4286Not sure if it's a good idea (you'll have to get some more advice on this), but you can get an X850XT for $249. That may (I can't say) be a better option than a 7800GT, and it saves you a bit of money. With an X850XT and the above motherboard, it's $341 total. Throw in another $20 mail-in rebate on the X850XT, thats $321 before shipping. It's just as good as you're 7800GT alternative (I think) but it saves you nearly $80.
Well, here's the more advice: The X850XT is generally slightly slower than the 7800GT (I say generally slower, but that dosen't mean slower on every single game, just on most of them). But, that price carl4286 found you is a steal, go with that card.
MSI K8N Neo-4-$80 eVGA 7800GT-$300
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Yeah, get an ASUS i got a ASUS 7800GT and they are great, highly reccomend it.
Hey, why dont you get yourself a ASUS motherboard as well!
I would be a little hesitant to put your 7800GT and 3700+ in the hands of an $80 MSI motherboard. A motherboard is something that you really don't want to skimp on, espeically if you ever want to overclock. I would still reccommend (as you could have guessed) that you go with the setup I reccommended. It's a steal, and its still a very high quality setup.