I am looking to play UT3 and maybe even Crysis with the best performance I can get that is in my price range.
Here are my basic specs: Windows XP SP2 2gb DDR2 ram AMD Sempron 3200+ - Can't upgrade Geforce 5200 FX - Serious problem. (My 6200 had direct contact with a kitten.)
I have in mind 3 video cards. A Geforce 7600 GT 512mb DDR2 (400mhz clock), a Geforce 7600 GTS 256mb DDR3 (800mhz clock effective), and a Geforce 8600 GTS 256mb GDDR3 (2000mhz clock effective.).
1. Would the 256mb GDDR3 perform better then a 512mb DDR2? 2. Is the difference in the clocks worth the gap in the prices and memories?
I will have to wait on the Geforce 8600 if that is the best choice.
I do not care if they support HD or not. I want a video card purely for gaming.
What do you think would be the best?
Are you sure you have a PCIe x16 slot in your motherboard?
Do you have a budget? Radeon's new 3850 is a great new price-performance card for the money. If you have about $250 to spend you should get an 8800GT.
This site: [H] Enthusiast - ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series says the 3850 it will cost about $180
However, of the three choices you gave, the 8600GTS would be the best choice.
Newegg.com is where i buy all my crap. Cheap prices. I would without a doubt go with the 8600 or maybe wait until Christmas when the 9000 series release, and hopefully 8000s will drop in price.
I think the 9 series will be coming out closer to springtime than Christmas, unless some recent news/rumor has surfaced. Newegg is my choice for all my pc hardware purchases as well, so I second that.
As far as the cards listed in the OP, the 8600GTS is hands down the best choice of the 3. I wouldn't expect any miracles with running Crysis though; it doesn't even run that great on my 7950GT 512mb, which is a superior card to the 8600GTS. While Crysis (and other nextgen games like COD4) will "run" on those cards above, it's gonna likely run like poo. I would take foodmaniac's advice and maybe save up a little more money for either an Nvidia 8800GT (currently ~$250) or the upcoming ATI 3850. The difference in performance would be well worth the wait/sacrifice to save up a little more.
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The 8600 GTS is your best bet, but be sure your MB supports PCIeX16.
Same goes for the the 7600GT 256. I had a PCIe 7600GT and it played most games perfectly at 1280x1024. Oblivion, FEAR, Doom3, FarCry, all of them with everything in game maxed out, except the AA.
Well take a look at my comps specs in my sig, I picked up Crysis today and have been playing it all day! Lots of fun, but does not look all that great on my compy... Running 1280x720 on medium settings. I'm just waiting 2 and a half months and doing the trade up program. As for the 9 series? nVIDIA could have released it already, they simply have no need. ATi is not putting out any competition, and they can continue to prep the 9 series and make it all the more efficient until ATi actually does something. The 3870's preformance will be the deciding factor of its release date. Although it will not preform better then the 8800 ULTRA, or probably even the GTX, it could force nVIDIA to launch their new flagship card and drop the prices on the others.
Yes, I have two X16 PCI slots.
How long does it take Newegg to deliver? The prices are ungodly cheap.
I have my eye on the PNY Geforce 8600 GT. $149.00 after mail-in-rebate...Holy shi---. I like the 512mb GDDR3, you just can't beat that.
The link is right here.
I have a few questions: Is Newegg good about shipping saftey? Are PNY cards reliable?
Edit: My power supply is a piece of crap, the 8600 GTS is out of the picture because of it's price and power supply reqiurements. However, the PNY 8600 GT is nice on the power supply.
What is the make/model of your power supply?
Newegg is extremely reliable. After purchasing at least $5000 worth of stuff from them the past couple years, I've yet to have a bad experience. How long it takes is up to you. I use the cheapest shipping method (UPS ground) and I get my stuff from them in 3 business days. If you live in CA or very close, it may show up even sooner for you using that method. I think you need to live in the US to use newegg though.
PNY is an OK brand, but if you can, go with EVGA, BFG or XFX as they are the highest regarded nvidia brands out there. The prices should be very close to the same.
btw - The 8600GT has not been well received like past _600GT models have, and isn't much better than the much cheaper 7600GT. (maybe 5-10% better performance-wise) Memory on video cards is highly over-rated, and should not be used as an indicator of a card's performance. It's really only necessary to have alot of video ram when running games at high resolutions (1600x1200 +) and maximum settings.
Here's a nice comparison chart of video cards: Tom's Hardware GPU Comparison
Oh I just want to add, that if you buy the 8800gt, your pcu will very possible bootleneck.. is there a reason why you cant upgrade that part?
You should buy this Newegg.com - Open Box: SAPPHIRE 100199L Radeon X1950GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card Until you upgrade your CPU any better video card will be bottlenecked by the Sempron