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Old 08-16-04, 02:39 PM
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Need help deciding on a video card.

I am upgrading my PC to a new PC and I was wondering what the best video card is right now as far as money and performance. I am willing to go for the top of the line if it will give me a decent jump in performance.

Right now I am trying to decide between either the X800 pro or the 256 MB Nvidia 6800 GT . I am also trying to decide if maybe I should just get a 128mb regular 6800 or a 256 mb ati 9800 pro for now and upgrade again later when the X800 or 6800 GT's go down in price.

my system specs sso far are:
Athlon 64 3500 (939)
1 GB PC400 Ram
74 GB Raptor 10,000 rpm drive
XP Pro OS

This is actually a PC for my new office that I am leasing for my small business but I have decided to also make it a gaming PC for when I have the free time to play Doom 3.


Thanks for any help
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Old 08-16-04, 02:51 PM
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Here is a good site comparing the 6800 series and X800 series, as well as ati 9800 and nvidia 5500 series cards running Doom 3. Your PC seems to be better than the test PC these guys were using.

Dell has the X800 Pro for $333 right now.

It looks like the 6800 GT is going for $399 most everywhere.

Buy.com has the XFX 6800 for $267 if you use this $10 off $75 coupon.

*mods, I pulled the coupon off another site, so I don't know if there is a referall attached to the link

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Old 08-16-04, 03:12 PM
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Thanks for all the info, I will go look at the tests.
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Old 08-16-04, 03:24 PM
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well it looks like I will probably go with the 6800 GT OC since it seems to do much better than the x800 pro on Doom 3.

Does Dell sell graphic card seperatley or is that the price when you get it with a Dell PC. I already have all my other components so I dont need a Dell PC, but that price is the best I have seen.


anyone know a good online place or B&M store to get a Nvidia 6800 GT OC by BFG Technologies?

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Old 08-16-04, 04:01 PM
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I'd be careful with buying and OC nvidia card. I've read rumors on anandtech that OC'd 6800 cards start to perform poorly in order not to overheat the chip.
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thanks for the info, I will do some research and maybe just get a normal 6800GT.

anyone know which brand of the 6800 GT is the best card to get.

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Old 08-16-04, 06:15 PM
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There is nothing wrong with the BFG OC cards. In fact, i'd say the BFG cards are the best 6800's right now because they have a lifetime warrenty. Outside of BFG, just about all the cards are the same. XFX, PNY, etc... all pretty much use Nvidia's reference design and bundle random odds and ends, which might be attractive to you if you're looking for a few free games to get with your video card (for example, PNY comes with nothing, eVGA comes with Far Cry)

As for availability, CompUSA is supposed to have the PNY card. A few BestBuy's have the BFG. If you're near a Fry's electronics, they might have them as well. Outside of those 3 stores, you'd probably have to look online, as the cards seem to be very scarce at B&M's.

Between the x800 and GT, i'd go with the GT at the same price. 330 bucks for an X800 is a great deal at Dell, but if money isn't an object and you want the best performance for your money, i'd look for the GT.
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Originally posted by bluntman72

Does Dell sell graphic card seperatley or is that the price when you get it with a Dell PC. I already have all my other components so I dont need a Dell PC, but that price is the best I have seen.
Dell sells card seperately as well as a bunch of other components.

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Old 08-17-04, 08:34 AM
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I'm trying to make the same decision as well. It seems that the regular 6800 is a good performer in Doom 3. Giving ~$280 for a video card is enough of a stretch, I don't think I can get myself to pay ~$399 for the GT or ~$499 for an Ultra.
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