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Graphics card

By 8eios
May 2, 2008
  1. hello everyone! i intend to buy a new video card and i have a question before proceeding. first of all i play lot of games like counter strike source, call of duty 4, medal of honour airborne, etc... i have a budget of up to 100 euros approximately to spend. the card i have decided to buy is the ASUS EN8600GT SILENT/HTDP 512MB

    http://www.e-shop.gr/show_per.phtml?id=PER.513289

    my only speculation is that it is fanless and i wonder if that would limitate the performance of the card (rise of temperature after some time of playing, potential overclocking, etc..)

    other cards i have in mind are the following:

    ASUS EN8800GS/HTDP 384MB
    http://www.e-shop.gr/show_per.phtml?id=PER.513322

    EVGA 8600GTS 256MB
    http://www.e-shop.gr/show_per.phtml?id=PER.519001

    GALAXY GEFORCE 8600GTS 512MB DDR3 CM HEATPIPE PCI-E
    http://www.e-shop.gr/show_per.phtml?id=PER.515809

    XFX GEFORCE 8600GT 256MB PVT84JUSD XXX ZALMAN FANSINK PCI-E RETAIL
    http://www.e-shop.gr/show_per.phtml?id=PER.519616

    GIGABYTE GEFORCE 8600GT GV-NX86T256H 256MB PCI-E RETAIL
    http://www.e-shop.gr/show_per.phtml?id=PER.516135

    which one of the above would you reccomend? thank you very much in advance!!
     
  2. Acclamator

    Acclamator TS Rookie Posts: 295

    EVGA for the win there pal. If you can squeez out the extra get an 9600 GT.
     
  3. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,634

    the 9600 GT is definitely the best.
     
  4. 8eios

    8eios TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    i know, but 9600gt exceeds the budget by far
     
  5. ChaoticFlame

    ChaoticFlame TS Rookie Posts: 31

    As I side note, I'd just like to point out that gamers have often, out of this very concern for their graphics cards, affixed by one method or the other a fan to the top of the cards heatsink.
     
  6. ChaoticFlame

    ChaoticFlame TS Rookie Posts: 31

    EVGA GeForce 8600GTS 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130286

    The cost of this card translates into being just under 100 Euros.
    You might be able to find it for sale in your country for a similar price...?
    (I don't know if Newegg ships out of the US...)

    I'm assuming that your motherboard uses PCI-E 16x with this suggestion.
     
  7. 8eios

    8eios TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    thanks very much for your suggestion, i'll try to check it out even though i don't think that i can find it that cheap. :)
     
  8. 8eios

    8eios TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    yes my mobo (Asus A8n-Sli deluxe) supports PCI-E x16
     
  9. drawz

    drawz TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Prices are always going down on video cards just wait a month or 2. Because the 9 series just launched 8 series prices are droping fast but the 9 series wont start going down for about 8 more months.if u can and get u a decent 8800, Since u have an SLI mobo u can always toss another 8800 in after the fact to increase performance when u think 1 isn't cutting it anymore. What games are u playing btw?
    I love my a8n btw runs good after 2 years still.
     
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    I recommend the 8800GS. It's the best in your list and is also within your budget methinks.
     
  11. FoReWoRd

    FoReWoRd TS Rookie Posts: 238

     
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