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8800GTS 512MB to 4850 512MB: Smart Move for Free?

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June 24, 2008 3:32:52 PM

Hey all,
So I am pretty impressed by the new 4850. I know it runs hot, not a thing I am a fan of, but I have really good case ventilation so I am not too worried. The big question is this: I have a friend who wants to buy my 8800 GTS 512MB for $200. I could then take this money and buy a brand new 4850. In essence, I am trading cards. I used to be an ATI person so designer really doesn't matter to me.

The question is, do you think it's worth trading these two cards? Remember, there is not cost.
June 24, 2008 3:40:34 PM

My friend already has an 8800GTS and is looking to set-up SLI
June 24, 2008 3:42:06 PM

Do it Murphy it's a no brainer then.
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June 24, 2008 3:45:11 PM

Go for it Murphy. You got a good friend.
June 24, 2008 3:45:49 PM

Iam sure you have seen the reviews.....its a step up, but not a massive step up. IMO it wouldn't be worth it if it will cost anything, however if its free then why not?

Why not get another ang go xfire...or wait for 4870.
I know that wont be free for you...but it will be a very nice step up for not too much money (with your mate buying your gts)
June 24, 2008 3:51:33 PM

I think going for a 4870 would be smarter.
June 24, 2008 3:53:48 PM

Do it... you'd be getting a performance increase.
June 24, 2008 4:07:19 PM

4870 HAS MY VOTE. LOL

amd/ati you did it :)  i just read the system builder article. did you see the 2 9800 gx2 bomb . haha. nvidea fanboys are so funny :p 
June 24, 2008 4:09:52 PM

I can understand what some people say about waiting for the 4870, but that wouldn't be free. I have a bad habit of spending too much on my computer. I figured I am not really spending any money here. Still, the 4870 is tempting.
June 24, 2008 4:10:13 PM

Technically it's not really free. The $200 you spent on the 8800GTS could have been put into a bank and earned interest. But I suppose that point is moot since you had to buy a video card. =)

At any rate, the 4850 is better, but by how much? Well... let's just say if I were in your shoes I would keep it and tell your friend to get the 4850.
June 24, 2008 4:12:22 PM

@ Ryun

The money couldn't be put in a bank, because I need a graphics card one way or the other. I only get the $200 if I sell my current. I still need a card to run my comp. I do see your point though, but with interest rates the way they are today, bank accounts really don't return much. As it is I already have some thousands in savings and I earn maybe $1 a month?
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June 24, 2008 4:42:21 PM

So here's the deal. If your friend has an 8800GTS already, and wants a second one, he's probably going to spend around $200 to buy one online to go SLI.

You're going to put out about $200 to buy a new 4850 video card. So, if he's willing to buy your used 8800 GTS at online retail price, and that basically pays for your 4850, I'd say do it. You'll get an upgrade, and he'll get an upgrade, and he's the one paying for it. :) 

In case you don't know/trust this friend with your life (or finances) I'd tell him to order the 4850, and then you'll swap cards. This way you don't shell out $200 and have him then refuse to buy your old 8800.

:) 

EDIT: BTW, make sure his 8800GTS is the same version as yours so you don't have SLI problems and him not wanting the card. (i.e. both are G92 512MB versions, or both G80 320MB or G80 640MB.)
June 24, 2008 6:25:42 PM

Ryun said:
Technically it's not really free. The $200 you spent on the 8800GTS could have been put into a bank and earned interest. But I suppose that point is moot since you had to buy a video card. =)

At any rate, the 4850 is better, but by how much? Well... let's just say if I were in your shoes I would keep it and tell your friend to get the 4850.


By a fair amount I'd say. Doing usually better when AA is on, almost always beating the 9800GTX and in some instances the GTX 260 as well. I know some biased people would like bash Ati, but for what it's worth, they really did come through on this round. (Psst... and we still haven't seen the HD 4870 X2)
June 24, 2008 7:07:30 PM

Ryun said:
Technically it's not really free. The $200 you spent on the 8800GTS could have been put into a bank and earned interest. But I suppose that point is moot since you had to buy a video card. =)

At any rate, the 4850 is better, but by how much? Well... let's just say if I were in your shoes I would keep it and tell your friend to get the 4850.
Yes, and why doesn't he just sell his computer, and then his car(s) and house, and then put all that money into the bank instead of buying replacements for everything :p , then you would have alotta money, but you would be a hobo.

If you can get the HD4850 for free, then hell yeah go for it. It beats the 9800GTX in most tests.... but if you want a real upgrade that would be far more worth it, then wait a bit and get the HD4870. It's only a $100 upgrade.

June 28, 2008 11:52:30 PM

murphy82nd said:
@ Ryun

The money couldn't be put in a bank, because I need a graphics card one way or the other. I only get the $200 if I sell my current. I still need a card to run my comp. I do see your point though, but with interest rates the way they are today, bank accounts really don't return much. As it is I already have some thousands in savings and I earn maybe $1 a month?


Yeah, that's why I said, "But I suppose that point is moot since you had to buy a video card." I was just reminiscing about a conversation we had in microeconomics a few semesters ago. Really just a joke more than anything. :D 
June 29, 2008 12:07:06 AM

murphy82nd said:
.......The big question is this: I have a friend who wants to buy my 8800 GTS 512MB for $200. I could then take this money and buy a brand new 4850. In essence, I am trading cards...........
The question is, do you think it's worth trading these two cards? Remember, there is no cost.


jerreece said:
So here's the deal. If your friend has an 8800GTS already, and wants a second one, he's probably going to spend around $200 to buy one online to go SLI.

You're going to put out about $200 to buy a new 4850 video card. So, if he's willing to buy your used 8800 GTS at online retail price, and that basically pays for your 4850, I'd say do it. You'll get an upgrade, and he'll get an upgrade, and he's the one paying for it.......


^That just about sums up what I was going to say when I read the OP (just adding my $.02 to reach 300 posts :kaola:  :lol:  )
June 29, 2008 12:21:33 AM

Well, since g92 8800gts dropped to $119.99 after mir now, your friend is overpaying by quite a lot. I don't think he'll be happy once he finds out about this. :na: 
http://fxvideocards.com/ZOTAC-GeForce-8800-GTS-G92-512M...

Well, a 8800gts perform about the same as 4850, still, he's overpaying.
June 29, 2008 1:33:27 PM

SCETR said:
Do it Murphy it's a no brainer then.


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