View Full Version : Which GFX card

02-04-08, 01:23 PM
Already pretty much sussed out my new PC. Just the GFX i'm not entirely sure about

Old System:
Foxconn 755A01/K8S755A Series
AMD Athlon 64, 2000 MHz (10 x 200) 3200+
XFX Nvidia GeForce 7800 GS AGP
1 GB of RAM
Maxtor 6Y160M0 (152 GB)

New system:
Asus P5N-D, NF750i SLI
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
150 Gb Western Digital WD1500AHFD Raptor
2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2 Pro, DDR2
Coolermaster RC-1000
620W Corsair HX Series Modular SLi PSU
Zalman CNPS9700-NT
GFX: ???

I'm really looking for the speed improvement, This piece of junk i've had for 3 years has just about had it.

Now I'm pretty unsure of a new graphics card, I know anything on the later range could beat my old card now (Nvidia 7800 GS). Just i'm unsure of which to go for, anything above 300 is risky, 400 is my ultimate limit on a graphics card. Now I was origonally intending for a 8800 GTS 512. I've read alot about how it can't perform as much at high resolutions (I'm getting a 24" moniter, (1900 x 1200 type reso))
I was thinking of SLi, since the system i'm getting could handle it, possibly with the GT's, But the price equals out at a GTX, which could perform both of the GT's put together.
Then again I'm not entirely keen on the GTX, It has been out a year now, and isn't as..recent?
I need a card that can play high resolution games with some AA (I know it depends on the game but from 4xAA - 8xAA.)
Sorry if I've confused you.


02-04-08, 01:48 PM
I don't know currency exchange from to $, but I'd go with an ATI HD3870 X2

02-04-08, 02:44 PM
I'd go for the 8800 GTS 512, not much difference in real world performance between it and a GTX, plus, you can always add a 2nd one at some point.

02-04-08, 05:48 PM
A 3870 X2 would be the fastest alternative right now... as long as the game has full sli/crossfire support, otherwise you get single 3870 performance.
It should be around 250 (w/o vat).

the gtx isn't quite as fast, but will still do fine, and you can get them now already for little over 200 (w/o vat). Plus, they don't depend on good sli/cf support.

02-07-08, 01:13 AM
Here's another vote for the 8800GTS 512Mb or in SLi.

I tried a HD 3870 X2 myself and found it; too hot, too loud and to have too unpredictable|unreliable performance. Thank God I found a su.. er buyer to take it off my hands.

SLi has more flexible modes. nVidia cards tend to do better in DX10 too and in particular with filtering active. Want to see a stock 8800GT beating a HD 3870 X2 in "Crysis" @ every tested resolution?


If you want to see something hideous try SupCom results from the same review.


In some titles Crossfire actually causes a performance hit, or lower performance than a single card. In those instances you'd have to disable CAT AI which would turn off on board Crossfire and that also disables all fixes in the ATi driver for various titles.

If you are really interested in that type of card, wait on the 9800 GX2.

02-07-08, 03:11 AM
the 3870x2 is great! I got a HIS 3870x2 for my friend's computer build. It was REALLY long (11 inches) and it could hardly fit in an NZXT apollo, but it should fit comfortably in a cooler master cosmos. It performed well. For me, it didnt get very loud, and at idle it was about 48. Load temps were from 65-80. ( i think). It's a great card IMO, though some games dont like multi-gpu cards. e.g. CRYSIS :(.

In other games however, like COD4, FEAR and such, the 3870x2 performs very solidly into even the highest resolutions. It often loses to even the 8800gt at 1024x768 and 1280x1024, but it holds that frame rate into 1920x1200 and 2560x1600. So if youre getting a 24", its a great card to buy :D

hope that helped

02-07-08, 08:07 AM
8800GT or 8800GTS 512MB gets my vote.

02-07-08, 04:38 PM
2x most other sataII HDDs in raid 0 will be faster than one raptor.