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  Reply # 162194 4-Sep-2008 17:22
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pistolpower: Considering that the 9600gt only has 64 stream prosessors you would probably be better of with a 9800gt as it has 112 stream processors which is 2x the processors 9600gt have on there pcb which would perform alot better than 9600gt. The 9600gt is $170.78 on pricespy whereas the 9800gt is $220.75. Both the 9800gt and 8800gt are better than the 9600gt which only has speed going for it. But if you wanted to get more serious then the next step up would be a 9800gtx+ which has hardly any more stream processors than the 9800gt but has faster clock speeds. But for $459.56 you get a gx 260 which has 192 stream proccessors which is almost 2x that of the 9800gt!!!! and 3x that of the 9600gt!!!!!! and it allso boasts over 700mb ram on it which is more than any of the other cards i listed!!! and its faster!! :D

Anyways go look on the nvidia website under "products" as they have rated there new 8,9series gfx cards in terms of performance by assighning them a number (use this to compare there performance then look at the price on pricespy) but i advise against buying the 9600gt as you should at least get a 9800gt because of the extra stream processors...

Hey there,
He has already chosen and purchased the ATI 4870 which is about on par with the 9800GTX. Recently Nvidia put in some significant price drops so now the 9800GTX is actually cheaper (wasn't before), however its still a solid option.



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  Reply # 162283 4-Sep-2008 20:38
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Hey,

The reviews I saw on Tom's hardware guide had the 4870 a tad faster than the GTX 260. Always hard to rank them exactly though - each card has its strengths and weaknesses!

It arrived and it's faster than I imagined! Currently only running games at 1280x1024 (until I have enough for the LCD) but even without having installed the CPU, it's running assassins creed at max settings without a hint of lag. I'm a happy chap.

Oh, and I simultaneously got engaged and my girlfriend got a raise at her job, both today too :) Rings are expensive... that LCD might be a few months off, haha!

Thanks for the advice guys.

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  Reply # 162331 4-Sep-2008 23:26
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Good on ya, that is good to hear that not only had a good ending the hardware drama but that you had other great news too,

Good luck,

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  Reply # 162512 5-Sep-2008 16:13
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psk20: Hey,

The reviews I saw on Tom's hardware guide had the 4870 a tad faster than the GTX 260. Always hard to rank them exactly though - each card has its strengths and weaknesses!

It arrived and it's faster than I imagined! Currently only running games at 1280x1024 (until I have enough for the LCD) but even without having installed the CPU, it's running assassins creed at max settings without a hint of lag. I'm a happy chap.

Oh, and I simultaneously got engaged and my girlfriend got a raise at her job, both today too :) Rings are expensive... that LCD might be a few months off, haha!

Thanks for the advice guys.

Whoops! i was thinking the 4850! Yes you're right, the 4870 does just beat the GTX260 for a much cheaper price, i got confused.

Congratulations for everything.

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