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MSI 4850 or 8800GT?

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August 8, 2008 9:19:12 PM

Hi,

My 7900GT just had a heart attack and I need to bring my system back to life. I am not sure if I should get the 4850 or the 8800gt.

My current system has an Asus A8N SLi-Premium mobo, AMD 3700+, OCZ 520 powerstream PSU, and 2 gigs of OCZ ram.

My noobie questions:

If I put an ATi graphics card onto an Nvidia based motherboard will I experience issues?

Would my Display drivers interfere with my motherboards drivers since one is ATi and one is Nvidia?


I want to get the 4850 but I am afraid it might not perform in games as well as the 8800gt because of driver issues or software optimization (namely games being optimized for nvidia based graphics cards).

By the way I am looking to buy MSI versions of either card on Newegg that come with aftermarket cooling solutions.

Thank you for your time and help.


-Michael

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August 8, 2008 9:45:44 PM

anyone have any advice on this subject? should I worry about nvidia and ati drivers interfering with one another???
a c 171 U Graphics card
August 8, 2008 9:55:26 PM

No, there are no worries with the drivers. Should be just fine.

I don't care if games are optimized for Nvidia or not. The 4850 is such a better card that it would beat the 8800GT with ease. Remember that the 4850 is > the 9800GTX. The 8800GT is a light lunch before the main course.

The issue your going to have is the single core CPU. If you have a low res monitor, you might not even need the 4850. I don't know what games you play, the res you play them at, so I don't know 100% for sure. You might be better off getting whatever is cheaper.
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August 8, 2008 10:10:20 PM

^+1. 4850 wins hands down in price/performance.
August 8, 2008 11:29:56 PM

you should get the 8800gt becuase yes its slightly cheaper, and i do believe it takes less wattage.

but because of cpu is the only reason why i say to get it.

unless your upgrading to an x2 at something like 2.8 or 3.2ghz get the 8800gt if you are upgrading your cpu, get the 4850.'


EDIT: forgot to add this

4850 is a hell of alot better then the 8800gt.
August 8, 2008 11:33:41 PM

You will be better off getting the 8800GT.
August 9, 2008 12:21:12 AM

There are only two situations where I would recommend the 8800 GT over the 4850.

1. You have an 8800 GT already and have a SLI motherboard
2. Your CPU isn't strong enough to really take advantage of a 4850

You've got case #2 - a single core 3700+ is going to your main bottleneck with either card, so it might be better to go with the cheaper 8800 GT since both will perform about the same in that system. However, if you're planning on upgrading that system anytime soon and will want to cannabilize the GPU, take the 4850 as it's significantly better than the 8800 GT.
August 9, 2008 12:56:09 AM

It depends on the applications you use actually.

The only game that I could ever that can be seriously CPU botteneck the 4850 are (The Athlon 3700 runs on 2.4Ghz. More than enough I say. Overclock it also if you don't agree.) Crysis and Flight Simulator X. Everything else runs fine. Believe me or not.

Because of that I'd suggest the 4850 over the 8800GT due to price/performance.

The only bottleneck you can experience is if you game at 800x600 on medium settings. Besides, you can remove that bottleneck by increase the game's detail settings to maximum and run the resolution a bit higher. ;) 
a c 143 U Graphics card
August 9, 2008 1:33:21 AM

I'm voting for the HD 4850 because it's faster.

If you want to fix the CPU problem you'll need a new motherboard, because yours is socket 939 and there are no CPUs for that socket any more.
Get something like K9A2 Platinum + Phenom 9850 for example (total about $350). Or an equivalent Intel solution (Q6600/P5E X48 for about $420).
August 9, 2008 2:16:29 AM

+1 for the 4850
August 9, 2008 4:43:51 AM

aevm said:
I'm voting for the HD 4850 because it's faster.

If you want to fix the CPU problem you'll need a new motherboard, because yours is socket 939 and there are no CPUs for that socket any more.
Get something like K9A2 Platinum + Phenom 9850 for example (total about $350). Or an equivalent Intel solution (Q6600/P5E X48 for about $420).


+1 and then some!
a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2008 5:03:58 AM

Ill say this again. The single best improvement someone can make for their gaming rig is a better gpu. Period. Single core will have its problems, a fast HDD helps that a lil. The lower core speed of the cpu will aslo hold you back some. But get it right. If youd want to match a gpu with this cpu, youd have to go get a 7900GTX or a 1900XTX. Any card better than these 2 will cause a cpu slowdown. So, if the OP gets a 8800GT, itll still be slowed down by his cpu, but getting a 4850 will still give him better fps regardless
August 9, 2008 5:23:16 AM

Physicz said:
you should get the 8800gt becuase yes its slightly cheaper, and i do believe it takes less wattage.


http://slickdeals.net/?nojs=1

PowerColor Radeon HD 4850
$140 after rebate & free shipping

8800GTs are mostly $120ish so the price is negligible at best
August 9, 2008 10:07:46 PM

how do i overclock the CPU? I have an aftermarket heatsink fan on it already.
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