Want 8800GTS...But

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  1. Skyline22GTR

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    I will be planning on purchasing a new PC here either tonight or tomorrow. I was just looking at the graphics cards and would like to go with an 8800GTS. I see this is a PCI 2.0 card. Would it hinder the video card if say I went with a MOBO that did not have a PCI 2.0 slot. i.e a P35 board?

    Also I hear that EVGA is the company to go with.
     
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    Actually I guess that is only a few of the cards I have seen on NewEgg. I was plannin on going with one of these cards: What would you recommend?


    EVGA 640-P2-N829-AR GeForce 8800GTS SSC 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130317
    $289.99

    EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130325
    $289.99

    EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130312
    $339.99

    I take it I want the G92 version? Also what is the difference between the last two. Its the AR vs. A3 and there is a huge price difference.
     
  3. crontab

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    g92 performs better and is cooler than the g80. those newegg prices are a bit high for a 512 gts, unless there is a rebate. look at clubit, zipzoomfly, chiefvalue, mwave for prices as well.

    what size monitor do you have? the only advantage a 512 gts has over a 512 gt is its ability to run better at high resolutions, 1900x1200 and onwards. there are charts online to show this behavior per game. so if you only plan to run at a max 1280 x whatever.. then get a $200 512 MB 8800 GT.

    now is a really iffy time to buy since the new 9 series cards are coming out. i'm still using my pos ati 128MB thing, until i find a value leader. but if you need a card now, get a evga since they have a step up program.
     
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    I have a 19 in monitor. I am still running a P2.4 ghz and an ati 9700. I am just in the market right now and don't really want to wait anymore. I also dont' really want to spend an outrageous amount on a graphx card. I think 350$ is my max.
     
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    are you going to upgrade that monitor along with your new pc? or is that later in the future? how much further out are you going to wait? will you get a 24" lcd or just step up to a 20 or 22. if you plan to get a 24" later, get a evga gts at a place cheaper than newegg. if you don't ever plan to get a 24" anytime soon, a 8800gt 512 mb will be great.

    if you can wait a month to see what's coming out. wait.
     
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    keeping my same monitor. Not in my budget to get a new one. Also I just bought a Q6600 from Microcenter for a steal at 200$ hence why I am building a machine and want to order the parts right away.
     
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    save a couple bucks and get a $200 512 8800 gt then. there's a good thread in the main that lists all the deals from fw and sd.
     
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    thx for the help.
     
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    the GT is fine, but get the G92 GTS if the price diff isn't that huge.
    the GTS has waaaaaaaayyyy better cooling than the 8800GT
     
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    i have the GTS512 by eVGA. I used to have the 320GTS model based on the G80 series GPUs, and the difference isn't huge but I no longer get any tickiness in anything but Crysis. The fact that it's a two slot card really helps it keep cool. It's okay if you don't have a PCI-E 2.0 port... I don't either. It's just compatible with it (or would take full advantage of it, I guess). eVGA has awesome customer support so I'd go with them. Anyway, if you have the money, go for it. It performs on par with the 8800GTX.
     
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    I replaced the BFG 8800GTX in my main system with a BFG 8800GTS 512MB and believe it or not, the GTS is actually faster in 3dmark06 than the GTX was. It's only a couple of 80 points or so, but it's still faster. In game performance, I couldn't tell you which one is faster, but they both play great at 1920x1200.
     
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    is the 8000GTS bottlenecked by not being in a PCI 2.0 slot?
     
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    PCI-E 2.0 is backwards compatible, so it will work just fine on a PCI-E 1.1 board.

    Plus,.... cards right now are still nowhere near close to using up all of PCI-E 1.1's bandwidth.
     
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    i don't think anything comes close to the pci2.0 bandwidth capabilities.
     
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    go for the GTS dude... or wait a few weeks for the 9 series. either way, buy an eVGA so you can step up and have lifetime warranty. or XFX which has lifetime warranty that follows a resale. both are good choices.
     

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