Video card recommendation

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by Thomas Jarboe, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. Hello to everyone.
    I have a ATI Radeon x1900GT Video card that I am looking to upgrade. I was
    wondering, what would be a worthy upgrade? I'm looking at either ATI HD
    2600 series or the geforce 8800 Series. The motherboard I have now supports
    SLI so I'm looking more towards NVIDIA.
    Thomas Jarboe, Dec 18, 2007
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    SilverWS602 Guest

    If your going Nvidia the best bet is a 8800 GT / GTS (the new one --
    512mb). Otherwise wait till early next year when the new 9-series rolls


    - Core 2 Quad Q6600
    - Abit IN9 32 MAX Motherboard
    - 4 GB Patriot Extreme Performance RAM PC-6400 @ 4-4-4-12
    - EVGA 8800 GT KO Edition x 2 (SLI)
    - 74gb Raptor HDD
    - Vista Home Premium x64
    SilverWS602, Dec 19, 2007
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    SimRacer Guest

    Well if you intend at some point in time to buy a second video card for SLi
    operation then go with the 8800 series card. But if you intend to stay with
    just one card pick up a new ATI 3750 far better performance then the 2600
    series cards and the power consumption is far lower and the price is as well.
    The 3700 series cards are Direct X 10.1 certified cards and the top of the
    line card only costs around $250
    SimRacer, Dec 19, 2007
  4. personally,im stickin' with nvidia - ive run my ati cards in crossfire mode
    & my nvidia cards in sli mode & i dont think ati comes close to nvidia. if u
    decide to go with nvidia,just make sure u do ur homework & buy from a
    reputable manufacturer such as EVGA,XFX or the like. dont know ur tech level
    or where u shop for pc stuff,but if ur not doin it online ur takin' a
    beatin' in the pocketbook 95% of the time when it come to video cards.

    in case u dont,i highly recommend or - like i
    said,do ur homework,the newegg site is an excellent resource for customer
    reviews & things u need to know ahead of time before u spend ur cash,such as
    the size of the cards & all the specs - i find its worth it to just quickly
    browse thru some of the reviews. actually im upgrading to a 8800 series card
    myself very soon,but gonna get a 640mb card which should do me well for a
    while with the DirectX 10 series of games that should be getting more
    support now,plus i like to run at high resolutions cause i have a 20"

    good luck
    'The Chameleon', Dec 19, 2007
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    Paul Smith Guest

    I've just moved to a Radeon 3870 from a Radeon X1900XT. Crysis is playable
    at very high at 1280x720. :) And now all my other games are back to
    running silky smooth at 1920x1200 maxed out.

    I won't be buying another nVidia product for the foreseeable future, not
    thanks to how terrible their drivers have been and how they stung everybody
    by dropping support for the GeForce 5xxx series and nForce 3 boards -
    despite saying they would support them.

    Paul Smith,
    Yeovil, UK.
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User.

    *Remove nospam. to reply by e-mail*
    Paul Smith, Dec 22, 2007
  6. The Geforce 8800GT 512MB cards look very good for the price. You can
    overclock them and get similar or better performance than a 8800GTX.

    But, depending on what resolution you game at, it may be overkill, and
    may not see much of an improvement by going SLI.
    Dustin Harper, Dec 22, 2007
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    VRG Scotty Guest

    Deffo go for 2 x Gainward Bliss 8800GTX you'll not be disappointed
    VRG Scotty, Dec 24, 2007
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    Uba-Pook Guest

    I got an Evga Nvidia 8800 GT (superclocked non-requitred but go for the
    overclocking for $50 if you want) and its just amazing
    Uba-Pook, Jan 15, 2008
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    Andy [YaYa] Guest

    I got an 8800GT, nice card, thinking of getting another for SLI, but I still
    believe SLI is a major ripoff. I'm playing Lord of the Rings Online, and
    while the game looks phenominal in DirectX 10 mode with this card you loose
    about 40% of your framerate vs. DirectX 9. I am playing Bioshock in Dx10
    mode at 1650x1080 (LCD 16:10 monitor), and it looks great. Framerate dips a
    bit here and there, but it could be CPU related (high end core 2 duo), who

    If you want to stick with ATi, wait for the 38x0 series, I'm hearing amazing
    things about these cards and they cost less than the 8800gt's (Faster too).
    ATi should be winning the video card war, but nVidia is taking more risks,
    getting to market first so they are winning, but I love ATi for keeping
    pricing competitive! If ATi ever went away we'd be screwed. :)

    X1900 isn't a bad card, no directx 10, but directx 10 isn't all it's cracked
    up to be. Looks pretty, but... well if you want it, i doubt i'll be able to
    stop ya. :) Have fun shoppin.
    Andy [YaYa], Jan 15, 2008
  10. Thomas Jarboe

    zeffa Guest



    hi ,
    i need to upgrade my video card(s) about 1 year ago i bought a 256mb
    ATI Radion and a 128mb nvidia (EVGA) . BOTH COST ME ABOUT $ 115.00 EACH .
    from my glancing at the adds . a ATI or NVIDIA 512mb video card cost about
    $ 80.00 to $ 110.00 . that is at least a card at my $price$ range . my
    NVIDIA 128MB was just as fast as the 256mb ATI . ( i like to run 4 monitors
    ) . i can only aford 1 video card at a time and as you can see time = $ +
    power < 6 months = a video card may be out dated by the time i get a 2nd
    video card .

    the question is ...
    i was planing on a 512mb video card purchase . should i try to buget
    hard and mabe get a little bit biger than 512mb video card ?
    so when i get the 2nd card (mabe in 4 months) i'll have maching power ? i
    don't play any games that need more than 1024 x 768 . my 4 monitors are to
    run multible programs at once (audio and video editing) . i would just
    would ike to upgrade once if posable ....

    i thought !!WOW !! 512's and 1gb video cards . but that i think is a
    econemy card now .

    ADVICE FROM MY EXSPERENCES --- high dollar ATI cards are as good as an
    NVIDIA card ,
    --- !!! 2 things iv'e learned ---

    #1 never by an NVIDIA VIDEO CARD UNLESS IT is made by the
    " EVGA " NIVIDA company .

    # 2 it is not always required but it doesn't hurt if you buy a video
    card that is the same brand as the chip set in your north
    bridge of your motherboard .

    thank you for your earler coments . every bit of wisdom adds up .

    zeffa, Jan 16, 2008
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    VRG Scotty Guest

    Erm why to both?? I've used every video card manufacturer and they all do
    the job, I've had cards fail through review testing and I can tell you EVGA
    don't fair that well although they are do make nice high end cards, now if
    you want a recommendation for vid cards then you can't go far wrong by
    choosing a Leadtek or a Gainward card, both are very reliable and OC very
    And running a vid card the same as your chipset makes no difference at all.
    VRG Scotty, Jan 16, 2008
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    G.Freeman Guest

    If you have the money, I would suggest forgetting about SLI'ing cards and get
    the nVidia Tesla C870. It's a 128-core GPGPU (general purpose graphics
    processing unit) with 1.5GB of VRAM. If you have even more money, I'd suggest
    moving up the line to either the D870 w/ 256cores/3GB VRAM or the best of the
    best, the S870 at 512 cores/6GB VRAM.
    G.Freeman, Jan 21, 2008
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    vistauser Guest

    But why would you need such an extremely powerful card?
    I thought that 8800 with 1GB VRam would be more than enough even for all the
    modern games.
    vistauser, Jan 23, 2008
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    Andy [YaYa] Guest

    You don't, Gordon was just saying, if money is no object, these cards will
    amaze you. Keep in mind you'll want a high end 30" LCD that supports those
    high end 2560x1980 resolutions (may have those numbers wrong), not to
    mention a computer with a couple quad core Phenoms in there.

    8800's with 1gig? I assume you mean 2, 8800GTXs. There are reasons why a
    "Tesla" single card would be phenominally faster than 2 seperate cards.
    While in theory, 2 cheaper cards sounds like you're doubling your video
    speed, you really aren't, there's a bunch of stuff I don't even know about,
    but basically it's like running 2 Hard Drives in RAID-0 configuration, you
    don't really get double the speed. It's close, but not quite.

    SLI seems like a major scam (IMO), unless you're getting your cards for
    free, why bother?
    Andy [YaYa], Jan 24, 2008
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    G.Freeman Guest

    Dude. I've seen a computer with one of those tesla cards, and it's so
    freaking fast! I so wish I had one of them. Also, another side of the tesla
    series is that they're essentially a supercomputer cramped into a
    card/tower/blades. with a C environment, it's like having a BlueGene inside
    your very own computer.
    G.Freeman, Jan 26, 2008
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    G.Freeman Guest

    There is a 8800 with a gig of VRAM

    G.Freeman, Jan 28, 2008
  17. Thomas Jarboe

    G.Freeman Guest

    He's right. Getting two cards do NOT double your speed. Even nVidia only
    claims a 80% increase in performance, not 100%.
    G.Freeman, Jan 28, 2008
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