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X850 XT or 7800GT?

Postposted on Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:30 am

Well, crunch time for a video card. With the recent (disappointing) news that the 7800GT would be $449, I'm thinking about something else.

So: would it really be worth spending that much on it? With the GTX only $50 more, it would seem that the GTX would be a better deal.

Now, my 1st choice was a 6800GT - but, I've gone with PCI-E, and that one is a bit more $ on PCI-E.

Hence the X850XT choice. It's about as fast, if not faster (I play mostly Far Cry), and about what I would have spent on a 7800GT.

With no benchmarks for the 7800GT yet, I'm not sure which to get (or something else altogether).

One big plus in my book for the X850 is the fan: it exhausts hot air out the back of the case instead of into the case. Yeah, it's two slot, but with that feature, who cares? Why nVidia hasn't done this...??

Oh: CPU is a S754 Athlon 64 3700+. Probably will OC to around 2.5GHz.
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Postposted on Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:34 am

GeForce 6800GT 256MB PCI-Express with dual-DVI is what I would suggest at this time.

I went with a Radeon X800XL 256MB PCI-Express with dual-DVI several months ago. It is also a very capable card for slightly less money.
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Postposted on Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:35 am

Or...if you dont mind saving a few bucks...how about this?

http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=2700725
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Postposted on Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:42 am

Ahh..$314 for a 6800GT! Nice. Might just have to grab that. Hows the eVGA brand overall?

As for the refurb...not sure I'd 100% trust one. But for $229, maybe.

To bad it's "pre-order" & not in stock :(
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Postposted on Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:47 am

LicketySplit wrote:Or...if you dont mind saving a few bucks...how about this?

http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=2700725


Nice. Too bad it's not PCI-E though.
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Postposted on Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:49 am

TheDVDMan wrote:
As for the refurb...not sure I'd 100% trust one. But for $229, maybe.



"Refurbed" video cards usually means they had something wrong with them that was dumb, like a bad heatsink/fan, or were returned for other various reasons. It's more of an "open box" deal then a real refurb. There isn't too much you can refurb on one of these cards, IIRC.
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Postposted on Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:57 am

Vrock wrote:
LicketySplit wrote:Or...if you dont mind saving a few bucks...how about this?

http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=2700725


Nice. Too bad it's not PCI-E though.


This is coming from a guy thats bound and determined to stick with socket A?? WTF..you going senile in your young age :lol: Or has the prospect of R&R clouded your judgement :lol:
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Postposted on Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:38 pm

Another thought....

Get the 6800GT, then get an Arctic Cooling cooler.

Very quiet, and exhausts air out the back of the case. Did I mention it is quiet????
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Postposted on Sun Aug 07, 2005 6:52 pm

If you have paitence wait 1 month.

11th is the release of the 7800GT

In my friends wholesale system the R520's have been moved from est 31/12/2999 to 28/08/2005.
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Postposted on Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:12 pm

dragmor wrote:In my friends wholesale system the R520's have been moved from est 31/12/2999 to 28/08/2005.


I hope the release of ATI's R520 will shake up Nvidia's pricing a little. If Nvidia release a new higher end part in response it might bump the 7800's price down.
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Postposted on Sun Aug 07, 2005 11:13 pm

LicketySplit wrote:
Vrock wrote:
LicketySplit wrote:Or...if you dont mind saving a few bucks...how about this?

http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=2700725


Nice. Too bad it's not PCI-E though.


This is coming from a guy thats bound and determined to stick with socket A?? WTF..you going senile in your young age :lol: Or has the prospect of R&R clouded your judgement :lol:


Yeah, I thought of that after I posted it. Heh. But my new PC upgrade strategy is "Is it Good Enough?" I wouldn't buy a new AGP card today, it's a dead interface. But that doesn't mean I shouldn't keep the AGP card and system that I've already paid for. :wink:

And yes, R&R is on my mind....well, mostly a set of 36Cs is on my mind. :lol:
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Postposted on Sun Aug 07, 2005 11:36 pm

The GTX started at $600, and now it's as low as $480 on newegg. I would imagine the GT will see at least a $50 price drop pretty soon after release.
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Postposted on Thu Aug 11, 2005 3:27 pm

if you order through dell right now, you can get a 7800 GT for only $331! i had to buy one, so i guess that means i have a pci-e machine on the way... :-? :D
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