Im buying a graphics card soon. My budget is about $200 or less and Im thinking about a 8800gt or 4850 so far... any other options?
What Graphics card should I get?
4850 ALL THE WAY, it's much better than a 8800GT and even beter than a 9800GTX it goes for just under $200 in newegg that card is a beast.
If you want to spend something around $150 or a little less, then there are a couple of 8800GT's for that price in newegg. I have 8800GT SLI and it's amazing but the 4850 is much better
"well I got an 8800gt last year and its been great but i think there are a lot more superior cards for the price at nowIm really hoping for under $150. Right now at ncix the eVGA 8800gt is $129, and the 3870 is around $150. But most ati cards had 30day, 1year or 3 years at best warrenty ( ill probably get a new card in 3 years anyways. The 8800gt on the otherhand has a lifetime warrenty.
"OH MY GOD!!! CHRISTMAS IS JULY!!! http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=31477&promoid=1015is that card good?!?!?!?!"
Oh yeah DEFINITELY good, it also has a double slot cooler and the fact that the 8800GT is $99 after mail in rebate is a plus if you want a real cheap card get that but again, the 4850 is better but the 8800GT will run nearly any game pretty well
I say go for it!
Only problems only way I can pay is paypal (takes like a week to process at minimum) because Im only 14 no credit card and I cant order the card from the store near me. Sale will be over by time paypal is done and theres like 10 left, will be gone in the morning at best.
Dont get an 8800GT if you want a more long term card, yes its cheaper now but you don't want to be in a situation next year looking for another new card, the 8800GT was the best choice card last year...let me say that again..last year..this year a HD 4850 is by far a better buy.
"If you can spend that little extra then the ATI 4870 is a good choice of card and probably the best on the market to be honest.Can do $270 minimum for a card, but I want to run game on max settings for the next year atleast so I think im set for a 4850.
"Ok, 2 lasts things I need like a 500W psu and I heard ati sometimes has driver issues... is that true?"
Whether you choose ATI or Nvidia, you're bound to have driver problems with every new release, that shouldn't be a deciding factor. For ATI's catalyst software, I don't have much experience with it but look at other PC forums like Anandtech, you should find something in no time.
I bought a 512MB 3850, for like $140, and I'm overclocking it to near 3870 speeds... the GPU can do it, but the memory can't quite. Still, a good cheap option though. I have not had any driver issues at all.
It runs stable for hours while I'm playing Warhammer Online Beta, with the Graphics turned all the way up @ 1280 x 1024.
I'm happy with it, but if you have the budget you may as well go for better.
I would wait for the 200 series to mature. I haven't checked in a few weeks, but last time I checked they only have 2 cards.
edit: I don't think that there's any need to upgrade an 8600gt. I have one that I overclocked and its fine. I run a stripped down version of winxp for Crysis, and I can run it on max settings for DX9.
HD4850 is a lot better than the 8800GT, especially at higher resolutions with AA. HD4850 even beats out the GT 260 in some tests. It's a great value and is definitely within your budget. You can get it for $140 After Rebate with Free Shipping if you keep an eye out for deals.
I'm going to be getting an HD4850 soon. I ordered a new Power Supply today since my 400watt ULTRA power supply won't be enough. Once I collect some more funds, and another deal comes around, I'll pick up the HD4850.
"Do the 9800 and 4850 both need the 500watt psu?
I'm not very sure but I do believe that both of those gfxcards do indeed need a 500w PSU. It also depends on how much stuff you have on you pc. With me I needed to up grade since I run 4 hdd's and 2 DVD Drives.
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