Best Video Card for Under $200
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What is the best video card for under $200.00 (usd)?

I will be using a:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
4 gig of Ram

Thanks for all the help! I really appreciate it
ryan
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What is the best video card for under $200.00 (usd)?



I will be using a:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

4 gig of Ram



Thanks for all the help! I really appreciate it

ryan

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#1
Posted 07/09/2008 10:16 PM   
nvidia 9800gtx
or
ATI hd4850

You choose which you like best.
nvidia 9800gtx

or

ATI hd4850



You choose which you like best.

#2
Posted 07/09/2008 10:54 PM   
Given your motherboard you HAVE to stick with Nvidia products if you want to run multiple cards at some point. That is to say, you can only have Nvidia's SLi and NOT ATI's Cross Fire.

SO... if you plan on adding a second card for a good deal of performance increases you should go with the 9800GTX. However, if you only plan on using ONE card till the point that you are going to upgrade yet again then the HD4850 seems to be the better performer out of the two (by quite a bit at higher resolutions, not so much at lower ones).

FYI the 260GTX has dropped in price to $299.99

If you can splurge on an extra 100 bucks, that will KILL anything in the 200 dollar price range. Hell, it even out paces SLI 9800GTX, which would cost you at least $400!

Just something to think about.

[b][u]BOTTOM LINE[/u]:

For a single card solution, get the ATi HD4850.

If you plan on going SLI, get the Nvidia 9800GTX.

If you can afford it, spend the extra 100 bucks and get an Nvidia 260GTX.[/b]
Given your motherboard you HAVE to stick with Nvidia products if you want to run multiple cards at some point. That is to say, you can only have Nvidia's SLi and NOT ATI's Cross Fire.



SO... if you plan on adding a second card for a good deal of performance increases you should go with the 9800GTX. However, if you only plan on using ONE card till the point that you are going to upgrade yet again then the HD4850 seems to be the better performer out of the two (by quite a bit at higher resolutions, not so much at lower ones).



FYI the 260GTX has dropped in price to $299.99



If you can splurge on an extra 100 bucks, that will KILL anything in the 200 dollar price range. Hell, it even out paces SLI 9800GTX, which would cost you at least $400!



Just something to think about.



BOTTOM LINE:



For a single card solution, get the ATi HD4850.



If you plan on going SLI, get the Nvidia 9800GTX.



If you can afford it, spend the extra 100 bucks and get an Nvidia 260GTX.

Ultra M998 mid-ATX case

Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W PSU

EVGA X58 SLi

Intel i7 930 @ 4.0 GHz

6GB OCZ Reaper HPC Edition PC16000 DDR3 RAM (3x2GB)

2x GTX 480 (SLi)

Intel X25-V 40GB SSD (OS)

Corsair F80 80GB SSD (games)

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD (porn)

Prolimatech Megahalems w/ dual Noiseblocker M12-S3HS

Panasonic TC-P58VT25 58" 3D plasma display

Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 23" LED LCD display

#3
Posted 07/09/2008 11:05 PM   
[quote name='MisterMister' date='Jul 9 2008, 03:05 PM']Given your motherboard you HAVE to stick with Nvidia products if you want to run multiple cards at some point. That is to say, you can only have Nvidia's SLi and NOT ATI's Cross Fire.

SO... if you plan on adding a second card for a good deal of performance increases you should go with the 9800GTX. However, if you only plan on using ONE card till the point that you are going to upgrade yet again then the HD4850 seems to be the better performer out of the two (by quite  a bit at higher resolutions, not so much at lower ones).

FYI the 260GTX has dropped in price to $299.99

If you can splurge on an extra 100 bucks, that will KILL anything in the 200 dollar price range. Hell, it even out paces SLI 9800GTX, which would cost you at least $400!

Just something to think about.

[b][u]BOTTOM LINE[/u]:

For a single card solution, get the ATi HD4850.

If you plan on going SLI, get the Nvidia 9800GTX.

If you can afford it, spend the extra 100 bucks and get an Nvidia 260GTX.[/b]
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Do i want the crossfire?

Thank you both for suggestions
[quote name='MisterMister' date='Jul 9 2008, 03:05 PM']Given your motherboard you HAVE to stick with Nvidia products if you want to run multiple cards at some point. That is to say, you can only have Nvidia's SLi and NOT ATI's Cross Fire.



SO... if you plan on adding a second card for a good deal of performance increases you should go with the 9800GTX. However, if you only plan on using ONE card till the point that you are going to upgrade yet again then the HD4850 seems to be the better performer out of the two (by quite  a bit at higher resolutions, not so much at lower ones).



FYI the 260GTX has dropped in price to $299.99



If you can splurge on an extra 100 bucks, that will KILL anything in the 200 dollar price range. Hell, it even out paces SLI 9800GTX, which would cost you at least $400!



Just something to think about.



BOTTOM LINE:



For a single card solution, get the ATi HD4850.



If you plan on going SLI, get the Nvidia 9800GTX.



If you can afford it, spend the extra 100 bucks and get an Nvidia 260GTX.


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Do i want the crossfire?



Thank you both for suggestions

#4
Posted 07/09/2008 11:20 PM   
X-Fire is the ATi version of SLI. That means you would be running 2 or more ATi cards in parallel. However, motherboards can accept EITHER SLi OR X-Fire depending on what chipset they are using.

YOU, in specific, have a mobo which uses an Nvidia chipset, meaning that you can ONLY run SLi and NOT X-Fire. Therefore, if you want to run an ATi video card you will ONLY be able to have ONE at a time.

As I said, if you ever want to run multiple video cards you MUST use Nvidia cards in SLI unless you change your entire motherboard.

That being said, the ATi 4850 out perform the 9800GTX when it comes down to single card VS single card. This is why I suggest the HD4850 if you plan on using just ONE card which costs $200 or less.

However, if you want to run SLI then go with the 9800GTX. Or better yet, splurge on that Nvidia 260GTX.

BTW what resolution will you be running your games at?
X-Fire is the ATi version of SLI. That means you would be running 2 or more ATi cards in parallel. However, motherboards can accept EITHER SLi OR X-Fire depending on what chipset they are using.



YOU, in specific, have a mobo which uses an Nvidia chipset, meaning that you can ONLY run SLi and NOT X-Fire. Therefore, if you want to run an ATi video card you will ONLY be able to have ONE at a time.



As I said, if you ever want to run multiple video cards you MUST use Nvidia cards in SLI unless you change your entire motherboard.



That being said, the ATi 4850 out perform the 9800GTX when it comes down to single card VS single card. This is why I suggest the HD4850 if you plan on using just ONE card which costs $200 or less.



However, if you want to run SLI then go with the 9800GTX. Or better yet, splurge on that Nvidia 260GTX.



BTW what resolution will you be running your games at?

Ultra M998 mid-ATX case

Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W PSU

EVGA X58 SLi

Intel i7 930 @ 4.0 GHz

6GB OCZ Reaper HPC Edition PC16000 DDR3 RAM (3x2GB)

2x GTX 480 (SLi)

Intel X25-V 40GB SSD (OS)

Corsair F80 80GB SSD (games)

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD (porn)

Prolimatech Megahalems w/ dual Noiseblocker M12-S3HS

Panasonic TC-P58VT25 58" 3D plasma display

Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 23" LED LCD display

#5
Posted 07/09/2008 11:27 PM   
[quote name='MisterMister' date='Jul 9 2008, 03:27 PM']X-Fire is the ATi version of SLI. That means you would be running 2 or more ATi cards in parallel. However, motherboards can accept EITHER SLi OR X-Fire depending on what chipset they are using.

YOU, in specific, have a mobo which uses an Nvidia chipset, meaning that you can ONLY run SLi and NOT X-Fire. Therefore, if you want to run an ATi video card you will ONLY be able to have ONE at a time.

As I said, if you ever want to run multiple video cards you MUST use Nvidia cards in SLI unless you change your entire motherboard.

That being said, the ATi 4850 out perform the 9800GTX when it comes down to single card VS single card. This is why I suggest the HD4850 if you plan on using just ONE card which costs $200 or less.

However, if you want to run SLI then go with the 9800GTX. Or better yet, splurge on that Nvidia 260GTX.

BTW what resolution will you be running your games at?
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haha i have no idea. I am not much of a gamer. I will play CS once or twice a week.
[quote name='MisterMister' date='Jul 9 2008, 03:27 PM']X-Fire is the ATi version of SLI. That means you would be running 2 or more ATi cards in parallel. However, motherboards can accept EITHER SLi OR X-Fire depending on what chipset they are using.



YOU, in specific, have a mobo which uses an Nvidia chipset, meaning that you can ONLY run SLi and NOT X-Fire. Therefore, if you want to run an ATi video card you will ONLY be able to have ONE at a time.



As I said, if you ever want to run multiple video cards you MUST use Nvidia cards in SLI unless you change your entire motherboard.



That being said, the ATi 4850 out perform the 9800GTX when it comes down to single card VS single card. This is why I suggest the HD4850 if you plan on using just ONE card which costs $200 or less.



However, if you want to run SLI then go with the 9800GTX. Or better yet, splurge on that Nvidia 260GTX.



BTW what resolution will you be running your games at?

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haha i have no idea. I am not much of a gamer. I will play CS once or twice a week.

#6
Posted 07/09/2008 11:45 PM   
Yea, screw it then. Just get the ATi HD4850. They are on sale right now for ~$180 USD. You obviously dont need the firepower afforded by the GTX260 or SLI 9800GTXs.
Yea, screw it then. Just get the ATi HD4850. They are on sale right now for ~$180 USD. You obviously dont need the firepower afforded by the GTX260 or SLI 9800GTXs.

Ultra M998 mid-ATX case

Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W PSU

EVGA X58 SLi

Intel i7 930 @ 4.0 GHz

6GB OCZ Reaper HPC Edition PC16000 DDR3 RAM (3x2GB)

2x GTX 480 (SLi)

Intel X25-V 40GB SSD (OS)

Corsair F80 80GB SSD (games)

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD (porn)

Prolimatech Megahalems w/ dual Noiseblocker M12-S3HS

Panasonic TC-P58VT25 58" 3D plasma display

Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 23" LED LCD display

#7
Posted 07/10/2008 02:11 AM   
I agree Ryan, do the 4850. Awesome new card mate. It's actually one of the best on the market, and not to mention the price tag is pretty appealing.
I agree Ryan, do the 4850. Awesome new card mate. It's actually one of the best on the market, and not to mention the price tag is pretty appealing.

#8
Posted 07/10/2008 03:07 AM   
[quote name='MisterMister' date='Jul 9 2008, 06:27 PM']X-Fire is the ATi version of SLI. That means you would be running 2 or more ATi cards in parallel. However, motherboards can accept EITHER SLi OR X-Fire depending on what chipset they are using.

YOU, in specific, have a mobo which uses an Nvidia chipset, meaning that you can ONLY run SLi and NOT X-Fire. Therefore, if you want to run an ATi video card you will ONLY be able to have ONE at a time.

As I said, if you ever want to run multiple video cards you MUST use Nvidia cards in SLI unless you change your entire motherboard.

That being said, the ATi 4850 out perform the 9800GTX when it comes down to single card VS single card. This is why I suggest the HD4850 if you plan on using just ONE card which costs $200 or less.

However, if you want to run SLI then go with the 9800GTX. Or better yet, splurge on that Nvidia 260GTX.

BTW what resolution will you be running your games at?
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Did you even look at his motherboard? It's a P35 board which is a Intel chipset and intel chipsets don't do SLI, only crossfire. His particular board only has 1 PCIE X16 slot so he's limited to a single card anyway.

Given your price range, you're looking at either a 8800GTS 512 or a HD4850 as the best cards under $200. If you shop around, you may be able to find a 9800GTX for under $200 which would be the card of choice.

Axis
[quote name='MisterMister' date='Jul 9 2008, 06:27 PM']X-Fire is the ATi version of SLI. That means you would be running 2 or more ATi cards in parallel. However, motherboards can accept EITHER SLi OR X-Fire depending on what chipset they are using.



YOU, in specific, have a mobo which uses an Nvidia chipset, meaning that you can ONLY run SLi and NOT X-Fire. Therefore, if you want to run an ATi video card you will ONLY be able to have ONE at a time.



As I said, if you ever want to run multiple video cards you MUST use Nvidia cards in SLI unless you change your entire motherboard.



That being said, the ATi 4850 out perform the 9800GTX when it comes down to single card VS single card. This is why I suggest the HD4850 if you plan on using just ONE card which costs $200 or less.



However, if you want to run SLI then go with the 9800GTX. Or better yet, splurge on that Nvidia 260GTX.



BTW what resolution will you be running your games at?

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Did you even look at his motherboard? It's a P35 board which is a Intel chipset and intel chipsets don't do SLI, only crossfire. His particular board only has 1 PCIE X16 slot so he's limited to a single card anyway.



Given your price range, you're looking at either a 8800GTS 512 or a HD4850 as the best cards under $200. If you shop around, you may be able to find a 9800GTX for under $200 which would be the card of choice.



Axis

[CPU] QX6700 @ 3.50ghz with TR Ultra 120 Extreme (XP Pro)
[MB] DFI LP LT X48
[GPU] MSI GTX260
[Mem] Corsair Dominators 2x2gig PC2 8500
[HDD] 3X Seagate SATA- 180, 250, and 320
[PSU] OCZ GamersXtreme GsxSli 600w
[Case] CoolerMaster CM690

#9
Posted 07/10/2008 04:48 AM   
My vote goes to the 9800GTX or the 4850
My vote goes to the 9800GTX or the 4850

#10
Posted 07/10/2008 09:27 AM   
Ahh, my bad. For some reason I thought he had a different mobo. Since thats the case, for SURE get the ATi HD4850!
Ahh, my bad. For some reason I thought he had a different mobo. Since thats the case, for SURE get the ATi HD4850!

Ultra M998 mid-ATX case

Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W PSU

EVGA X58 SLi

Intel i7 930 @ 4.0 GHz

6GB OCZ Reaper HPC Edition PC16000 DDR3 RAM (3x2GB)

2x GTX 480 (SLi)

Intel X25-V 40GB SSD (OS)

Corsair F80 80GB SSD (games)

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD (porn)

Prolimatech Megahalems w/ dual Noiseblocker M12-S3HS

Panasonic TC-P58VT25 58" 3D plasma display

Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 23" LED LCD display

#11
Posted 07/10/2008 10:58 PM   
OK, i found a 9800 gtx for 199.00

[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133219"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814133219[/url]
Is this a good company, good quality, etc?


Now the real question, the ATI 4850 or the 9800 GTX?

Thanks so much for all the help!
ryan
OK, i found a 9800 gtx for 199.00



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814133219

Is this a good company, good quality, etc?





Now the real question, the ATI 4850 or the 9800 GTX?



Thanks so much for all the help!

ryan

#12
Posted 07/11/2008 03:35 AM   
The 4850 competes closer to the 9800GTX+. It pounces on the 9800GTX badly.
The 4850 competes closer to the 9800GTX+. It pounces on the 9800GTX badly.

#13
Posted 07/11/2008 03:41 AM   
[quote name='Hexen525' date='Jul 10 2008, 07:41 PM']The 4850 competes closer to the 9800GTX+. It pounces on the 9800GTX badly.
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I am sorry but i have no idea what that means... /no.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':no:' />
[quote name='Hexen525' date='Jul 10 2008, 07:41 PM']The 4850 competes closer to the 9800GTX+. It pounces on the 9800GTX badly.

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I am sorry but i have no idea what that means... /no.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':no:' />

#14
Posted 07/11/2008 03:43 AM   
[quote name='Hexen525' date='Jul 10 2008, 10:41 PM']The 4850 competes closer to the 9800GTX+. It pounces on the 9800GTX badly.
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If you're talking about a factory OC'd GTX, you know better than to pull those out. Just about any 9800GTX can be OC'd to the same or higher clocks than the factory OC'd ones. That arguement went out when they first started factory OCing the cards.

Both cards are pretty equal and depending on which benchmark you look at or believe, either is slightly better than the other. You won't be unhappy with either.

Axis
[quote name='Hexen525' date='Jul 10 2008, 10:41 PM']The 4850 competes closer to the 9800GTX+. It pounces on the 9800GTX badly.

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If you're talking about a factory OC'd GTX, you know better than to pull those out. Just about any 9800GTX can be OC'd to the same or higher clocks than the factory OC'd ones. That arguement went out when they first started factory OCing the cards.



Both cards are pretty equal and depending on which benchmark you look at or believe, either is slightly better than the other. You won't be unhappy with either.



Axis

[CPU] QX6700 @ 3.50ghz with TR Ultra 120 Extreme (XP Pro)
[MB] DFI LP LT X48
[GPU] MSI GTX260
[Mem] Corsair Dominators 2x2gig PC2 8500
[HDD] 3X Seagate SATA- 180, 250, and 320
[PSU] OCZ GamersXtreme GsxSli 600w
[Case] CoolerMaster CM690

#15
Posted 07/11/2008 04:01 AM   
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