What Graphics card should I get?

#1 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -

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?

#2 Posted by albaker (437 posts) -

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 

#3 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -

IC, i need to buy from ncix (im canadian). And i dont know when newegg opens up here.

#4 Posted by Termite (2395 posts) -
sculsoldi3r said:
"IC, i need to buy from ncix (im canadian). And i dont know when newegg opens up here."
Soon I thought
#5 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -

Well i wanna get it soon so i can have a month to play crysis and AoC and other games on high settings. 

How much better is a 4850 vs 8800gt ? Like what fps's n crap.
#6 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -

Ive been looking at the 3870 now and it gets better reviews and comparison to a 8800gt besides

Texture Fill Rate:33600 MTexels/sec here:
 http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=547&card2=544

#7 Posted by unclejohnny79 (685 posts) -

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 now

#8 Posted by yorro (558 posts) -

4850!

#9 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -
unclejohnny79 said:
"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 now
"
Im 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.
#10 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -

OH MY GOD!!! CHRISTMAS IS JULY!!! http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=31477&promoid=1015

is that card good?!?!?!?!
#11 Edited by albaker (437 posts) -
sculsoldi3r said:
"OH MY GOD!!! CHRISTMAS IS JULY!!! http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=31477&promoid=1015
is 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!
#12 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -

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.

#13 Posted by OGCartman (4354 posts) -

Dude, just get the 8800 man, unless ur planning on hardcore PC gaming but it dosent seem like it.
Spend the extra $100 on games lol.

#14 Posted by y0y0 (106 posts) -

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.

#15 Posted by StressedOutCat (238 posts) -

if you can get that card you showed in that link for that price then do...
if you cant I would suggest the 4850 instead maybe bit more expensive .. but overall a better card.

#16 Posted by Hamz (6845 posts) -

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.

#17 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -
Hamz said:
"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.
#18 Posted by Nobility (295 posts) -

It ultimately depends on the resolution you want to play but I tend to stick with single slot cards.  I would go with the 4850, great performance and great price.

#19 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -

IC, whats a better card a 4850 or 3870?

#20 Posted by Locke (330 posts) -
sculsoldi3r said:
"IC, whats a better card a 4850 or 3870?"
The 4850 hands down. 
#21 Posted by Nobility (295 posts) -
sculsoldi3r said:
"IC, whats a better card a 4850 or 3870?"

In terms of which will get you better performance, 4870.  In terms of the best price per watt performance, 4850.

What resolution do you plan to play your games?
#22 Posted by albaker (437 posts) -

The 4850 and even the 8800GT is better than the 3870, don't get the 3870 unless you're on a really tight budget

#23 Posted by albaker (437 posts) -

Look, if all you want to run is crysis stable and at good settings then get the 4850, 4870 if you can.

Otherwise, the 8800GT is an amazing card that runs every other game max and at high framerates

#24 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -

I play games at 1680 x1050 and I want everything to run a high settings with some AA, except crysis ofc. Still stuck on desicion.

#25 Posted by Nobility (295 posts) -

Then your best bet is to buy the 4850.  You won't have to pay too much, less heat and guaranteed performance.

#26 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -

Ok, 2 lasts things I need like a 500W psu and I heard ati sometimes has driver issues... is that true?

#27 Posted by VACkillers (1023 posts) -

been trying to get an answer for this myself.... driver issues.... i've heard both nvidia and ati have issues with their newest cards...

#28 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -

Yea i down loaded latest drivers for my 8600gt computer crashed and black screened. BUt ive heard the a majority of ATI cards have drivers isuues.

#29 Posted by Nobility (295 posts) -
sculsoldi3r said:
"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.
#30 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -

IC

#31 Posted by LiquidPrince (15610 posts) -

4850 should be the way to go.

#32 Posted by kallistos (9 posts) -

Nvidea Geforce 9600, works and its cheap

#33 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -
kallistos said:
"Nvidea Geforce 9600, works and its cheap"
never!!!
#34 Posted by y0y0 (106 posts) -

Definitely get the HD 4850

#35 Posted by albaker (437 posts) -

You haven't made up your mind yet!?

Man, nearly 90% of all the posters in this thread said the 4850 just get it I swear you won't regret it!

#36 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -
albaker said:
"You haven't made up your mind yet!?

Man, nearly 90% of all the posters in this thread said the 4850 just get it I swear you won't regret it!
"
Nope, i bought a 4850 a coupel hours ago with a OCZ 600W power supply.
#37 Posted by death919 (43 posts) -

Radeon HD 4850 is currently the best price/performance card IMO.  Although I've seen 8800gt for $100, so for $200 you could SLI em...

#38 Edited by Luke (1609 posts) -

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.

#39 Posted by Bidermaier (6 posts) -

the 3850 was a good card, i got one. But the 4850 is a total killer. I wouldnt  like to be on nvidias ceo shoes right now.

#40 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -

I BOUGHT A 4850 SO THIS THREADS DONE LOL.

#41 Edited by dwarfzilla (170 posts) -

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.

#42 Posted by calf_exercises (858 posts) -

If you could afford the 4870 it would be great but its a fair bit dearer though
but i think you will be satisfied with the 4850

#43 Posted by IxRyanRitterxI (127 posts) -

1 that can run runescape high detail without lag.

#44 Posted by death919 (43 posts) -
IxRyanRitterxI said:
"1 that can run runescape high detail without lag.
"

Hey hey hey, come on man... he wants his card NOW, not in 10 years when technology can live up to your ridiculous standards!
#45 Posted by albaker (437 posts) -

Congrats on your card and PSU hope it shpws it's real potential

#46 Posted by sculsoldi3r (1315 posts) -
albaker said:
"Congrats on your card and PSU hope it shpws it's real potential
"
thanks your the only one who bothered to read my post saying i got a card.
#47 Posted by MojondeVACA (23 posts) -

Get an ATI HD4870 even better if you get a crossfire setup ;)

#48 Posted by quadomatic (43 posts) -

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.

#49 Posted by WickedCobra03 (2101 posts) -

Do the 9800 and 4850 both need the 500watt psu?

#50 Posted by Hitman101 (81 posts) -
WickedCobra03 said:
"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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