Getting new GPU need help!

By porsche911r
Jan 25, 2008
  1. hey guys i got the following spec
    880 hiper psu
    msi k9n SLi 2f mobo
    amd x2 5200
    4gb OCZ reaper x
    2gb kingston value
    and 8600gts in SLi

    i want to get a new nvidia card what shall i get
    8800 ultra
    8800 gtx
    8800 gts
    8800 GT

    please give me some advice i like nice smooth graphics so i want something good for gaming and photoshop
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    All of those are good cards. The 8800GT is probably the best value (bang for the buck), while the GTX is better but more expensive with the Ultra being the most expensive of all. The GTS is not a bad value either. I guess it comes down to what you can afford.

    For what it's worth I have read there are rumors that the Ultra will be soon discontinued and eventually replaced with the next top of the line Nvidia card.
  3. porsche911r

    porsche911r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    hey thxx for the post i wnt to get the gtx but which one..evga,ocz,gainward...
  4. Harley2

    Harley2 TS Rookie

    gt way better

    The 8800 GT is running higher scores then the 8800 GTX in many tests, and the ones that it is not are very close. Many sites and magazines have stated that the GT is the only nvidia card to get right now. The Ultra is to expensive the GTX is a power hog and is run down by the GT. The only other cards you could really consider is ati 3870 and 3870 X2 out in a few weeks. And really if you have the money for a GTX get more perfomace with one GT let alone two in SLI, or two 3870's in crossfire, or wait two weeks and get the smoking fast 3870 X2. I really think the GTX is on its last lags and is a bad decision against the new G92 8800 GT. Remember the GT is a one slot design and takes way less power and is quieter then the GTX. The GTX is huge and loud for basically a little worse to the same perormance as GT. Yes I have a 8800 GT OC no problems sick framerates.
    Best of luck.
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    porsche911r, which one to get, good question. Because I don't have experience with most brands of Nvidia cards I hate to give you an uninformed answer. I can say that I have a PNY 8800 Ultra. PNY might not be well known but I took a chance and it has worked out well so far.

    Harley2, I read a review of the 3870 X2 and it sounds like a good card. I'd like to see how it stacks up against the next top of the line Nvidia card. I'm not in the market for a new graphics card at the moment but later you never know.
  6. Harley2

    Harley2 TS Rookie


    Ya well with an Ultra there is no reason to upgrade.
    Heres the numbers
    8800 gt 269.69.
    8800 gtx 450-569.99
    8800 ultra- 639.95

    ATI 3870-239.95 so make it 2 and your at about 480 bucks, compare that to the GTX and it runs way faster in Crossfore then a single GTX.

    Make it 2 on the 8800 GT 540 bucks, Just as fast in single form, same price for two GT's as 1 GTX and get way faster performance even faster then the ULTRA in SLI

    So as you see GTX, ULtra and really any other card on the market can not compare to a 8800 GT or ATI 3870 for performance to price ratio.
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    eVGA, XFX and BFG offer the best warranty and after-sales service, in that order.
  8. porsche911r

    porsche911r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    hey guys thanks for ur posts i did some reasearch and took ur advice so im eithier want to get an HIS HD 3870 IceQ 3 Turbo or 8800gt now i need ur guys opinion on what to get another thing is will these gpus work with my mobo because is a fairly basic sli mobo but i thought it wud be ok???
  9. porsche911r

    porsche911r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    It is an excellent choice and yes it will work with your current mobo.
  11. porsche911r

    porsche911r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    rage thanks i think i will be getting that but guess what i just been told that there is a 3870 x2 coming out soon which is ment to be the dog bollocks LOL
  12. Harley2

    Harley2 TS Rookie


    I know its tuff. Your choice is great, but if you can wait the 3870 x2 will be the most powerful card out for a bit, even more then the ultra, even though it's really 2 cards just put on 1. Good choice either way.
  13. porsche911r

    porsche911r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    mmhh yeh i think i might just get the 8800gt because then in the future i might get another one so in terms of expansion 8800gt better for me and also the new ati benchmarks do not kill the gt at all.
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