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    Hey all,

    Im now looking for a new graphics card.

    I want my computer to be able to run WAR when it comes out, heres the spec:
    For Windows VISTA

    · 2.5 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
    · 2 Gigabyte RAM
    · A 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
    · At least 15 GB of hard drive space

    I have core 2 duo 1.86ghz processors, and 2 gig of ram but thats easy to upgrade and plenty of HDD space. The only thing i know little about lately is graphics cards, so if someone care to enlighten me to what a good graphics card these days is, value for money wise.

    I keep seeing 8800 GT but no idea what thats like, and the moment i only have a PCI-E X1500 i think it said. So yeah my graphics are a bit derelict

    Thanks for any help!

    EDIT: I found this not sure if any good but looks alright: Graphics Card
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    8800GT is better but if you're playing in some girl resolution then it wouldn't be 30 quid better.
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    girl resolution? whats that?

    And that was more expensive than the 8800GT i saw in some places so i assumed it must be better.

    Will stick to the 8800 GT if it is the better card.
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    OP, please don't look at Currys for PC components, there not specialists in stocking them, often find that they overpriced

    Get something like this
    http://scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=725598
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    (Original post by spikeymike)
    OP, please don't look at Currys for PC components, there not specialists in stocking them, often find that they overpriced

    Get something like this
    http://scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=725598
    The 9600GT is pretty much equivalent to the HD3870, and beats it when you have AA filters, plus the 9600GT is cheaper. Also, you're claiming they're overpriced at Currys when the 9600GT is cheaper there than at scan, the site you linked to?
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    the 8800gt is good, make sure you have a real power supply, atleast 450W.
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    9600GT
    650MHz core clock, 64 stream processors, 512mb 900MHz GDDR3 RAM, 256-bit memory bus, PCI Express 2.0, DirectX 10.0

    ATi Radeon HD3870 (http://ati.amd.com/products/Radeonhd3800/specs.html)
    800MHz core clock, 320 stream processor, 512mb 2250MHz GDDR4 RAM, 256-bit memory bus, PCI Express 2.0, DirectX 10.1, Shader Model 4.1

    I don't know, but by comparison the ATi is better, i'm not up to date with my graphics cards, all up to you OP
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    heh me either, and i dont usually look at pcworld currys dixons etc but was in pcworld the other day and almost all their components were cheaper than ebuyer as were the actual computers and stuff, so i thought i'd re-look at it all.

    That ATi looks a good idea, i alraedy have an ATI.

    The powersupply is the one that came with my dell, i'll check but im sure it should be good enough for a new card.
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    (Original post by spikeymike)
    9600GT
    650MHz core clock, 64 stream processors, 512mb 900MHz GDDR3 RAM, 256-bit memory bus, PCI Express 2.0, DirectX 10.0

    ATi Radeon HD3870 (http://ati.amd.com/products/Radeonhd3800/specs.html)
    800MHz core clock, 320 stream processor, 512mb 2250MHz GDDR4 RAM, 256-bit memory bus, PCI Express 2.0, DirectX 10.1, Shader Model 4.1

    I don't know, but by comparison the ATi is better, i'm not up to date with my graphics cards, all up to you OP
    But in real world comparisons, ie. playing games on the same settings and with the rest of the system identical, they match up pretty much identically, with the nVidia 9600GT being better when using AA filters. If you go and look at some benchmarks and comparison tests you'll see. It's not all about the specs "on paper", real benchmarks show you performance.
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    (Original post by Rob801)
    But in real world comparisons, ie. playing games on the same settings and with the rest of the system identical, they match up pretty much identically, with the nVidia 9600GT being better when using AA filters. If you go and look at some benchmarks and comparison tests you'll see. It's not all about the specs "on paper", real benchmarks show you performance.
    That's fair enough :proud:
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    do you have a max price your willing to pay?
    because you could get a card that will just play the game (cheaper), or get a card that will play absolutely anything (more expensive)
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    £100 preferably around the ~£80 mark.

    I have read the dell forums and the 8800GT does seem to work in upgrades, and if it does, well i guess i upgrade the PSU.

    Even if i had loads of money to spare i couldnt run a cross-fire card or anything like i would like.
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    Holy christ, I took what the OP said about currys being cheaper on some things, and had a quick browse, the Q6600 I just bought a second of from OcUK for £110 is £350 at currys!!
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    Usually i would say go for the 8800gt, but in your situation i would say go for the 9600gt because:

    -The 8800gt is a bigger card and it will not fit in all dell computer cases.
    -The 8800gt requires a 6pin power connection which your PSU is unlikely to have and even if it does, the PSU may not be powerful enough anyway.
    -The 9600gt is cheaper.
    -The game you want to play has low specs that an 9600gt would handle with ease.
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    (Original post by guiclaw)
    Holy christ, I took what the OP said about currys being cheaper on some things, and had a quick browse, the Q6600 I just bought a second of from OcUK for £110 is £350 at currys!!
    £354?!
    thats crazy...
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    (Original post by alexsheppard11)
    £354?!
    thats crazy...
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    wonder iif any of the companies curry's price promise with have a ~£115 q6600 could be a decent saving to be had if one of them does
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    (Original post by *Mike*)
    wonder iif any of the companies curry's price promise with have a ~£115 q6600 could be a decent saving to be had if one of them does
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131950 They have price promise with ebuyer (atleast the do if it's the same price promise as pcworld)
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    Curry's suck, some Belkin cabling there cost £40 to buy, got it online for £6 inc delivery.

    Suckers :p:.

    Also OP get a HD4850, you can probably get it for around £100 if you look carefully.. (eBay as well, if you're not concerned about warranty).
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    well the few items i was looking at that were definitely cheaper exact model vs exact model were: tvs (at least 200 cheaper than i found on some sites), dvd drives, network adapters and routers. I was shocked though, and there prices dont match online but instore farnborough pc world was on fire with prices.
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    ATI is more future proof as it supports DirectX 10.1. But as most games don't use DirectX 10.1 so it is not too much of a problem at the moment. Problem I find with ATI is that there drivers don't seem to update as well compared to when I had my nvidia. The computer seems to crash at start up after updating, but then works fine after that. I personally would choose an older nvidia 8800 over a 9600 if I wanted an nvidia graphics card.
 
 
 
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