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setup my 9800gtx to gtx260

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July 11, 2008 7:50:50 AM

hey everyone,

I can setup my 9800gtx which i have oc/ed to over ssc speed's

my 9800gtx oc/ed is at

Core:800
Shader:2000
Memory:1200x2=2400

i dont have any lag problems or anything my setup is

Antec Twelve Case 3x120mm front/2 120mm back/1 120mm side/200mm top
Intel Q9450 2.66 12mb 1333fsb Stock
Zalman 9700LED
Evga 750i FTW SLI motherboard
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066
WD 500gb 7.2k 16mb sata 3.0/WD VelociRaptor 300gb 10k 16mb sata 3.0
Evga Geforce 9800GTX oc/ed 800/2000/2400
ABS Tagan BZ Series 900W
Windows vista x64 unlimate

i can pay $61 to go to the gtx260 but i am wondering if i would see a huge inprovement over my 9800gtx oc/ed

i can play any game maxxed out. on my LG 22' 1680x1050

so please help me pick. it maybe a no brainer for you but it is for me because i have no problems with my setup. and i know the 750i has alot of video corruption problems and what not.


Thanks for your time

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July 11, 2008 8:01:38 AM

If you have no problems and play everything maxed, then leave it as is! Just get a totally new card in a year or two when the sub-$200 offering will blow the whole GTX line away.
a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2008 8:12:42 AM

Id do it. The resale value will be much higher on the G260 than the GTX. The 9800GTX is already valued at less than 170 USD while the G260 is for sure at 260USD . Thats 90 dollars different, and the G260 will hold at those prices more than the GTX. Plus, youll have a better gaming experience down the road, when more demanding games come out
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July 11, 2008 8:17:37 AM

I didn't quite get what you meant but...

if you were to change a 9800gtx for anything else, it should be an ATI 4870 which is about $300.
The nVidia GT260 is about $330-350 and is inferior to the former, and doesn't offer a huge advantage over yours.
July 11, 2008 8:23:26 AM

thartist said:
I didn't quite get what you meant but...

if you were to change a 9800gtx for anything else, it should be an ATI 4870 which is about $300.
The nVidia GT260 is about $330-350 and is inferior to the former, and doesn't offer a huge advantage over yours.


I think he is talking about the EVGA stepup program - so it has to be the Nvidia card
a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2008 8:47:30 AM

For 60 bucks, he gets a card worth more than 90 bucks more. Plus, resale value when he decides to upgrade again will be better on the 260
a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2008 9:18:31 AM

I suspect theyll drop even further. The 4870 at the same price is 6% faster, so theyll have to. Im still looking at 270USDor so
July 11, 2008 11:05:59 AM

If it was me I won't change if satisfied with performance
I'll keep till few good games come out and it's not able to play then I'll upgrade
You cann't catch up with graphic cards otherwise you'll end up changing your graphic card every 3 months
July 12, 2008 1:37:48 AM

what would be such a big differnce besides the memory 256 to 448-bit and the 896mb from the 512mb is there a big of differnce in that?
July 12, 2008 2:31:31 AM

How long do you have to step-up? Prices may drop even lower depending on ATI's upcoming card, and this might affect step-up as well. To my knowledge, step-up prices rarely ever drop, but since ATI is on the rise they may lower it even more. For those who don't follow such things, the recent 260 price drop affected EVGA's step-up program as well, forcing the price down from $400 to $330. I recently went from a 9800 GTX SSC to a GTX 260, but for me it was free since my 9800 was $350. If your time frame is longer though, I would wait to see what happens. The 260 is a more "future proof" (although I hate to use such a term) card because of the increased shaders and memory, and as JayDeeJohn pointed out has much better resale value.
July 12, 2008 3:00:42 AM

JAYDEEJOHN said:
For 60 bucks, he gets a card worth more than 90 bucks more. Plus, resale value when he decides to upgrade again will be better on the 260



I'm with this, the gtx260 is a good card... especially for 60$ +shipping :p 
July 12, 2008 3:02:52 AM

killz86 said:
what would be such a big differnce besides the memory 256 to 448-bit and the 896mb from the 512mb is there a big of differnce in that?



It uses a higher memory bit width because it has more physical memory, that is how g80/g92/gtx200 gpus works.

The difference between 896 mb vs 512mb on that architecture should mean better AA performance in current games, and better AA/Non-AA performance in any next gen games which may likely adopt a larger texture size.
July 12, 2008 3:34:06 AM

In my opinion
if you look at it soley from the present ( as in RIGHT NOW) yes it is worth it to use $61 to up your 9800GTX to a GTX 260
however
if you extend your vision a bit farther down the road you might see there is a possibility for a further price drop of GTX 260 's price since the card has already dropped $200 within the past 2 weeks
so perhaps you will only need to add about $30 for a GTX 260 in august when the 4870x2 comes out?
no body knows
but i would say if you are not in a big hurry to upgrade for something you urgently need right now, wait and you will almost be garenteed for a better deal
July 12, 2008 3:51:41 AM

Thats not how it works; unless EVGA lowers the MSRP (which is highly unlikely) then it won't decrease the cost of the step-up anymore. The prices might still get cut, but MSRP is almost not going to happen. It won't be any better of a deal later than it is now, and its a stinking good deal now I would say in his situation
July 12, 2008 3:59:13 AM

realli?
wow
so how *does* the step up program work anyways?
do you just buy a eVGA nvidia card and you can just keep on upgrading with just paying the difference in price for a time period??
do you have to mail back your old card?
how does eVGA make money then...?
July 12, 2008 3:59:14 AM

realli?
wow
so how *does* the step up program work anyways?
do you just buy a eVGA nvidia card and you can just keep on upgrading with just paying the difference in price for a time period??
do you have to mail back your old card?
how does eVGA make money then...?
July 12, 2008 4:30:49 AM

i looked it up i have 66 days left for my step up. evga shows the gtx260 cost $329.99 i paid $277.68 so $61 would inclued shipping as well
July 12, 2008 6:04:29 AM

You said that your current graphics performance can max out everything you play, correct? Then I would wait, as it could only benefit you. As I said before, EVGA's MSRP has a slight chance of going down. In addition, you have enough time that Nvidia may release a 55 nm revision of the G200 series, which you could step up to or may drive the 65 nm revision down. I'm certainly not saying it's not a good deal right now, but if you don't need it for any games right now then probably no point.

The main point is that you are playing everything fine now, so there is no cost (in terms of gaming right now) and only potential benefit to waiting.
a b U Graphics card
July 12, 2008 7:00:10 AM

I agree, if you have that many days left, hold out a little longer, the 260 will come down, just hope it doesnt go below your buying price of your GTX
July 12, 2008 3:41:18 PM

then i will wait for the 55mm 200's come out do you know when they will start to show up?
a b U Graphics card
July 12, 2008 4:08:46 PM

Its all rumor, but some have them showing up as soon as 6 weeks, some 3 months
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