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DataDroid
09-09-04, 07:55 PM
I'm prety set on getting a 6800 GT for my next video card (currently have a 9700 Pro 128), but I'm trying to find out which card I should get. I want it to have good overclocking capabilities and stability, and a bundled game would be nice as well. I also don't want to spend more than $400 (US). I've found a few in that price range, but I don't really know much about the brands. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Current prospects, all prices after shipping:
XFX ($386.75) (http://www.buyxtremegear.com/vc129117.html)
EVGA ($382.70) (https://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=M&Product_Code=190144) - Bundled with Far Cry
LeadTek ($390) (http://www.pcsupplysource.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=VGA%2DL256%2DFX680G&cc) - Bundled with Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell 2, Gunmetal, and Big Mutha Truckers
Gainward ($375) (http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=M&Product_Code=190121)
PNY ($382.50) (http://www.gameve.com/gve/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?sku=VC-PNY-005)

Which of these is the best buy (factoring manufcturer's reputation and bundled software)? Do any of you know of a better deal?

EDIT: Added some more and changed some prices.

Ghostguy
09-09-04, 08:02 PM
best buy has my card for $399, not a good bundle, only demos I think but it comes factory OC'ed (Core 370) and I think a lifetime warranty

DataDroid
09-09-04, 09:56 PM
The Gainward is looking pretty nice right now, a review (http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_content.asp?id=gw6800gt&page=1) of it I read said it was the best GT they'd tested so far. For one thing, it's overclockable to 400/1100 under factory warranty. The downside is that it only comes with only Arx Fatalis, an old 2D RPG, rather than a game that would actually show off the card's power. Also, it comes with dual DVI stock, something other GT cards don't do.

Ghostguy
09-09-04, 10:06 PM
Just presenting an alternative.
The BFG reviews did extremely well @ HardOCP and Hot Hardware.
Dual-DVI native is nice, though the BFG comes with 1 and 1 and an extra dvi adapter should you want to do Dual-DVI.

kahloq
09-09-04, 10:14 PM
If you plan on keeping the card longer then 1 year, then buy the BFG model as it has a true lifetime warranty. Although it is factory overclocked to 370, most GT's will overclock to that and beyond anyhow.

Pandora's Box
09-09-04, 10:22 PM
what are your system specs?

OWA
09-09-04, 10:38 PM
Unless you're interested in one of the bundles I'd just get the cheapest one. Gainward is good. Just make sure it'll fit. I seem to remember it being a little too big for one particular motherboard (maybe an Abit?). It has been a while since I read that so I could be wrong about that.

DataDroid
09-09-04, 11:09 PM
Well, I'm not too concerned over the presence or lack of a warranty, but I do like the fact that the EVGA comes with Far Cry. My current system is as follows:

A7N8x mobo with Athlon 2800+
512MB DDR3200
Radeon 9700 Pro 128MB
WD 40GB hdd @ 4200 RPM
WD 120GB hdd @ 5400 RPM
SB Audigy Gamer

However, during this semester of college, I will be buying the parts for an entirely new, nearly top of the line PC, starting with the video card, since I will be able to use it immediately. My projected system specs:

AMD Athlon 64 3800+
Geforce 6800 GT 256MB
1gb or more of RAM (type undecided)
twin SATA 10K rpm hdds
SB Audigy 2

OWA
09-09-04, 11:54 PM
I have the eVGA 6800 GT and I love it. I already had Far Cry but a friend was very happy to receive the copy I got with the GT. :)

ynnek
09-10-04, 12:49 AM
I like my BFG GT, but if you don't have a copy of Farcry, I'd get the evga card,s ince it would be like a $340 for the card + $40 for the game.

Dazz
09-10-04, 01:36 AM
I myself just ordered an MSI NX6800GT i'll tellya what it's like when i get it.

DataDroid
09-13-04, 02:03 AM
I can get a BFG 6800 GT OC for $399 (http://www.chumbo.com/info.asp?s=855650000500). It doesn't include any bundles, but I've heard nothing but good about this card, and since I work at an Electronics Botique, I can get 15% off Far Cry if I decide to pick it up. This is the best price I could find on this card; does anyone know of a better one?

Now if only they'd get more in stock :banghead:

JayrodTremonki
09-13-04, 08:01 AM
Eh, one thing about BFG is that I'm not a fan of their new coolers for the GTs =\ They're breaking away from the reference cooler and using the dual fan LED cooler that doesn't seem to perform on par.

and also, I'm pretty sure that EVGA.com is now shipping with Doom 3. Correct me if I'm wrong?

mustrum
09-13-04, 08:53 AM
I'd say EVGA since it's cheap and if you don't have FarCry yet you get the best shooter available right now. (Die Doom 3 die!! Must boring graphics demo ever!)
I'd avoid gainward and their noisy cooling solution.
BFG seems great as well with their warranty service but they are slightly more expensive.

ldspears
09-13-04, 02:17 PM
(soapbox)
I picked up an eVGA 6800 GT at "The Micro Center" in Atlanta, Georgia and it came with Far Cry inside. Also The Micro Center was giving away Doom III to everyone buying a 6800 video card that day. I had my choice of buying either the BGF, Leadtek, Gainwood, PNY locally at Fry's and/or Comp USA and I still went for the eVGA. I just liked what I had read in the reviews on the Internet. I took it home and replaced my ATI Radeon 9800 Pro and downloaded the latest Nvidia Drivers 61.77. Then I downloaded the "Coolbits 2" registry hack and applied. This added the Overclocking tab to the Nvidia Control Panel. I overclocked the eVGA 6800 GT's core to 400 and the memory to 1.10 GHz which is the default Ultra speed. It idles at 51c and gets up to 59c playing 3D games. I'm very pleased with the eVGA card and I recommend the card to anyone that's thinking about buying a 6800 GT.


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JimmyWang214
09-13-04, 04:47 PM
The Gainward is looking pretty nice right now, a review (http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_content.asp?id=gw6800gt&page=1) of it I read said it was the best GT they'd tested so far. For one thing, it's overclockable to 400/1100 under factory warranty. The downside is that it only comes with only Arx Fatalis, an old 2D RPG, rather than a game that would actually show off the card's power. Also, it comes with dual DVI stock, something other GT cards don't do.

Unfortunately the one the review tested is the Golden Sample version, which Monarch Comp has for a higher price than 375. ($410 actually). I bought the GS and I liked it (before it blew out my mobo, which i think its more b/c DFI sucks ass than anything the video card did) Some people complain about the fan, but I don't really mind it.

mustrum
09-13-04, 04:54 PM
The gainward is the loudest 6800 card you can buy out there though.
And Arx Fatalis is a 3d RPG, but yes it's old. :D