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8600GT vs 8800GTX vs HD X3870

By bj00uk
Mar 18, 2010
  1. Hi.

    I am thinking of getting a new graphics card my PC as I currently use a integrated one.

    I want to know which would be better, I used to have a 8600GT 512mb and that was good but which is better.

    512-MB 8600GT or
    768-MB 8800GTX or
    512-MB Radeon X3870

    Which would be recommend as I am watching them all on eBay and have be allowed to make offers for them.

    would the Radeon X3870 be a HD 3870 or the an old Radeon?


    Thanks in advance, this site always helps
     
  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,129

    the 8800GTX out of those 3 but you should get a 9800GTX+. the 9800GTX+ has about the same performance as the 8800GTX but its way more power efficient
     
  3. bj00uk

    bj00uk TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 146

    Thanks for the reply.

    I will have a look at the 9800GTX+ but being a student and low on cash I might just stick to the 8800GTX.
     
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    What's your budget for the card? The HD 4870 would be a great choice if it fits your budget.
     
  5. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,967   +738

    The 8800GTX was a great card, but bear in mind that this model can suffer from issues stemming from dry or cracked solder joints. If you are getting some kind of money back guarantee regarding it's working status then it still would be a very capable card. The HD 3870 is also a nice card but not in the same league as the GTX regarding gaming performance.

    Here's Techspot's HD 3870 review (includes 8800GTX benchmarks also)
     
  6. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    not mentioned... but 4850
     
  7. bj00uk

    bj00uk TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 146

    Thanks for the reply guys. My budget is £60GBP ($90 USD) not alot I know :)
     
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,967   +738

  9. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,129

    +1 DBZ, go with the Asus HD 4850 above
     
  10. bj00uk

    bj00uk TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 146

    Thanks everyone, I will look at the 4850's and 4870's
    Thanks dividebyzero for the ebay links, seems promising :)
    Thanks EXCellR8 for mentioning the 4850
     
  11. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    aww i don't get credited for hinting toward the 4850..? lamesauce.
     
     
  12. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    As no one else has mentioned it, make sure your PSU is enough! Since you are going from an integrated GPU to your own dedicated GPU your PSU might not be good enough. Double check to make sure you can handle a 4850/4870, it'd be bad to finally install your GPU and realize you can't power it.
     
  13. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,062   +77

    Additional to Relic's comment, you will need a 450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express power connector for HD 4850. So before going ahead with your purchase decision please have a look at your Power Supply Unit (PSU); and figure out whether you'd need to replace it as well. Regards
     
  14. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,967   +738

    Virtue is it's own reward, EXCellR8 !
    But +1 for the your initial suggestion.
     
  15. bj00uk

    bj00uk TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 146

    Thanks everyone; +1 to everyone;

    dustin_ds3000 ; for the 8800gtx and 9800gtx+, and +1 to 4850
    Ritwik7 ; for the 4870
    dividebyzero ; for the solder joints issue on the 8800gtx, and ebay links
    EXCellR8 ; for hinting 4850
    Relic ; for PSU
    Archean ; for PSU

    lol not too long I hope,

    if I missed out anyone sorry :(
     
  16. tweakboy

    tweakboy TS Maniac Posts: 518

    Well 8800 GTX blows away both those cards... gl
     
  17. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Well, seeing your budget, it seems that a 512MB HD 4850 will be your best buy.
     
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,055   +970

    Would anybody want the opinion of someone with absolutely no idea, and patently doesn't care which video card the OP should buy as a tie breaker? Because I'm absolutely here for you. :rolleyes: In the bllisfully unbiased state of purest apathy
     
  19. bj00uk

    bj00uk TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 146

    Hi, I will be going for the HD4850, but might wait for a little while and get more money and see if I can get the HD 4870
     
  20. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,627   +113

    Something else to consider is the native resolution that your PC screen runs at? (since this is the ideal resolution to run on the screen)
    What games are you hoping to play with it?

    I have a PC still running a 8800 GTX 768mb and its giving me a good 60-70+ fps in Modern Warfare 2 at 1920x1200. But only around 30 fps in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 single player. I've seen HD4850s for around £75 brand new.

    Also check that your PC which has integrated video has a PCI-E slot to allow you to install one of the cards, and as others have already mentioned, verify that your PSU can support the power required by the card. ;)
     
  21. bj00uk

    bj00uk TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 146

    Hi, I am going to buy a new screen soon as my 15" just does not seem very good for games or even when im designing. Maybe get a 24" 1920 x 1080 px screen.

    Yes the mobo has PCI-E, I have a 450W PSU can't see a 6 pin connector so maybe a new PSU aswell
     
  22. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,266   +42

    MMm 24" screen, that's a huge jump from where you're coming from. You may just be better off waiting for the 4870 if you're going to use a monitor that large.
     
  23. bj00uk

    bj00uk TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 146

    You probably right, I need to wait till I get some money for the monitor so Ill wait for the 4870 aswell. Just get both in one go
     
  24. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Maniac Posts: 378

    I'm just gonna throw this out there, An HD5770 would be a little more future proof. They can be found for around $130 now.
     
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