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Need help on choosing a Video Card

By Gamree
May 30, 2007
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  1. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    I vote for the eVGA e-GeForce 7950 GT.

    But if you can afford it get an eVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTS.
  2. Robgamer

    Robgamer TS Rookie Posts: 65

    I got an 8800 Gtx. Its sweet, and runs beautifully. No lag whatsoever, so I would deffinetly recommend if you have the money, to spring for one of the Geforce 8 Series.
  3. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,624

    I vote for the eVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTS. I have one and think it is wonderful.
  4. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    I think he's got the idea that he can get better performance if he spends more, but his question was between the 3 graphics cards up there at the moment.

    I'd say that I personally own an X1950Pro, and I believe its pretty good. I can play C&C3 with everything on Ultra High, but it lags on large battles. Bringing it down to no AA and everything on High solved the problem (I might get away with a few things on Ultra High, but I couldn't be bothered tinkering).

    You get what you pay for, so like the others said, if you can afford xxx, go for xxx.

    I'd stick with the ATI offerings on the list. I won't go for the 8600 or below, but the 8800 series should perform much better than anything up there at the moment, but you'd be paying for that.

    And you DON'T have to buy eVGA, I'm still absolutely puzzled to why everyone is recommending them, as I see that only the trade-up policy puts them above the competition; and thats something that most people will not take advantage of anyway. They are equal to other brands when it comes to speed and quality.

    Unless you see yourself taking advantage of the trade up policy, go with the brand thats:
    a) cheapest, or
    b) best bundle, and most importantly
    c) easily available.
    Sometimes its worth paying a few dollars more to get a bundled game you'd play, instead of a software suite/game you'd never use.
  5. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 743

    7950 GT for sure.
    Ok for overclocking as well. The Ati 1950 are notoriously bad overclockers!
  6. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

  7. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 743

    yeah....i guess. Although nvidia did the same didn't they with Splinter Cells and a few others.

    Personally i have no allegiance to either. I just buy what a good deal and good performance at the time.
    I bought a non-brand 7900GS 256mb and they notoriously overclock to speeds well beyond 7900GT without problem.
  8. Gamree

    Gamree TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Thanks for the suggestions and advice so far, guys, please keep them coming. I've looked into the 8800 series already, but it's out of my price range at the moment. I could, however, be able to buy a GeForce 8600 GTS, if people would suggest it over the cards I have posted above. I also wasn't planning on overclocking very much, if at all.

    And lol, CMH, you drive a hard bargain. That steampowered deal sure is tempting. =D
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,533   +301

    CMH - I think people recommend EVGA because they are reasonably priced and they are often clocked faster than other companies versions, right?
  10. Gamree

    Gamree TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Another quick question, which is more important: Memory Clock Speed or Memory Size?
     
  11. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    I always recommend eVGA because I've had great expierences with them. Not to mention that they are the true nVIDIA card.
  12. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Memory clock is more important in general. If you play at high res with lots of AA/AF, then memory size becomes important, but as long as you have 256MB, and you don't play at larger than 1280x1024, then memory clock and bus are far more important than size. The X1950XT is the best videocard in that list. It bests the 2 there, and it's also better than the 7900GTX by a small margin. It's the second best DX9 card ever, just after the X1950XTX. I definitely recommend it. I have a 7950GT, which is (to me) extremely powerful, especially compared to my old card. But I would have bought a X1950XT(X) if the store had them at a reasonable price.
  13. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    If that is true, then I don't see why I shouldn't be recommending eVGA myself. I'll look into it later.

    I mentioned it earlier and I'll mention it again: the 8600 series perform less than the X1950Pro, but they're apparently priced for that difference (ie: cheaper). They also support DX10, which IMO is useless for at least another year or so. Even then, we're not sure how much of a performance hit would DX9 cards perform in those games, or if it would perform at all, but I reckon games would still support DX9 cards for the next couple of years before DX9 is phased off.

    I would've bought myself the X1950XT(X) if I could afford it.

    And to clarify things, I'm after the best hardware out there. I'm not an AMD fanboi (I've never owned AMD chips, always been Intel), and I've nothing against nVidia, have used solely nVidia chips until 4 years ago with a BUDGET 9200SE. And then the X800XT which lasted 6 months, and now the X1950Pro.
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,533   +301

    CMH - The 8600 have new PureVideo HD stuff where they take even more load off the CPU than the 8800s decoding HD video. Not really a selling point for gaming, but for the BluRay/HD DVD/HTPC crowd it is nice, allowing a 'mid-low to mid' graphics card to be paired with a midrange cpu and still do HD decoding without problems.
  15. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    Hrmm.....

    I read about that somewhere, but I kinda dismissed it, because its not relevant for most people.

    Its a good way to differentiate cards which perform exactly the same otherwise though, thanks for the tip.
  16. Gamree

    Gamree TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Thanks guys, this has really given me better knowledge of video cards and now I think I'll go with the Radeon X1950XT. Thanks for all of your help!
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