I'm thinking of getting this mobo/video card combo, rate it. v.8800gt

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  1. alex

    alex My neighbor got the gas chamber awhile back for do Moderator

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    Newegg has a Gigabyte-brand factory overclocked 8800GT on sale for $179.99 with $40 MIR.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?&Item=N82E16814125088

    ...there's a combo deal with a Gigabyte-brand GA-P35-DS3L board. Good reviews from Newegg on both.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059

    You can get them both for $259.98 before the $40 rebate. I'm building a rig for light gaming and lots of HD video. Would this be a good thing to pick up? The price seems good. :o

    Thanks :x::wavey:
     
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    i'd hit it
     
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    alex My neighbor got the gas chamber awhile back for do Moderator

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    orly? :naughty:
     
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    yeah, only con i can think off:
    mobo are short on features, vid card cooler could be noisy

    besides that, everything is ftw
     
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    alex My neighbor got the gas chamber awhile back for do Moderator

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    alright, here's the issue here...

    i'm building this computer piece by piece, hopping on all good prices as they come along. the video card has a $40 MIR. if I want to cash in on it, i'll have to clip the upc. what's the chances that i'll mail in the upc and by the time i'm ready to build the video card will be DOA? i have no way of testing it. :wtc:

    what should i do? is this a good enough deal to take the risk?
     
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    got no friends with pcs to try it on?

    From newegg:

    so you will have to go directly to Gigabyte for an RMA.
    just tell them the card died or something.
    Gigabyte's warranty is 3 yrs, I think.

    make a copy of the UPC just in case gigabyte ask for it.
     
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    Save yourself $20 or so and get the vid card, but change the mobo to the Gigabyte GA EP35 DS3L.
     
  8. alex

    alex My neighbor got the gas chamber awhile back for do Moderator

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    i have no friends in general. the card is nice, but there are a few complaints that the included zalman cooler don't properly cool the memory modules. the one with the pipes that danno mentioned in another thread looks good too...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127329

    how's MSI vs. Gigabyte in video cards?
     
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    I have the DS3-R mobo. I have had 0 problems with it. I don't need raid or SLI.
    I have the eVGA geForce 8800GTS 512 graphic card. The GT is only a one slotter I think, while the GTS is two. I don't hear the card, or anything from my PC at all, haven't heard much about the GT being loud. Either way, it's a good combo but I'd rather buy a NVIDIA graphics card from XFX or eVGA... gotta have that lifetime warranty
     
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    I've been recommending that MSI card here because of the cooler.
    that and the Gigabyte's rebadged Zalman VF830 cooler are way better than the standard nvidia reference design (single slot cooler) found on most 8800GTs.

    between the two, the MSI does have the better cooler.
    but the Zalman ain't bad either. as long as you have good case air flow, it shouldn't perform as poorly as the others. only problem I know about it is that it can be noisy.

    as for the Zalman not properly cooling the memory modules, just buy these if there are problems:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...&N=2010110576+1375726621&name=VGA+Card+Memory

    comparing the two:
    Gigabyte = $20 cheaper after rebates, has a faster core clock, can be noisy, comes with a free game if purchased through newegg (Neverwinter Nights II), 3yr warranty.
    MSI = more expensive, but better cooler, 3yr warranty.

    both are already factory overclocked but I do hear they still can go higher (no guarantees).
     
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    what's the risk of overclocking to video cards? will they catch fire and blow up? or just not turn on? i've never overclocked before, as my main rig has been a beat up old laptop.

    (i have a bachelor's in computer science, so i'm not a complete computer newbie. i'm just poor :hsd:)
     
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    My MSI will go higher. Not sure how big of an overclock you need to go on a video card to make a noticeable difference though.
     
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    The MSI is dual slot. It also fits in my mid-tower case.
     
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    the advantage of this design is that the enclosure will force the hot air to exhaust at the back of the case immediately.

    the MSI and Gigabyte's cooler is open, and will just throw the hot air back inside the case. again, not really an issue if you have good case air flow.

    example, my case has a side fan directly facing the expansion slots. this will exhaust any hot air in that area.
     
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    nah, a failed overclock can result to hangs, reboots, instability, and overheating.
    they won't diaf.
     
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    ok good, i might try it. i'm thinking about the MSI one. thanks for your help, i think i'm going to wait on the original combo and save some money.
     

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