Hi, I've been thinking that i really need to upgrade my graphics card. I'm currently using a 8500GT (600/600) but since my old one blew-up (after clocking it to 780/700) I've not been able to play crysis with the detail before (1440x900 + Medium detail). I thought about upgrading my cpu instead, but i think it should be alright for a while longer (dual-core (not core2)@3.3g) Any recommendations of a graphics card with the best bang for the buck? i really have no preference as to ATI or Nvidia.
If you get from newegg.com you can pick up the 4850 for $169.99 with free shipping. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its much faster than the 9600gt(also faster than the 8800gt/9800gt as well). If you do decide to go for the 9600gt you dont want the 256MB version, you want atleast the 512MB version. The prices range from a low $84.99(shown in next link with free shipping) all the way up to $179.99. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Several of the cards come with a free game such as Rainbow 6 Vegas2, Frontlines Fuel of War or Alone in the Dark. Over all though i suggest you save your money and get the ati 4850. Its an extremely fast card. Also explore the web for lower prices. Not that i recommend Bestbuy but Ive seen the 4850 as low as $150(about a month ago when it was on sale. Either way good luck
Unfortunately i can't buy stuff on-line so I'm stuck with what is in the shop. But I'll go around a few and see if i can find a cheaper HD4850. Would like to crossfire in the future, but need a new mb first.
If you can't find a cheap HD4850 locally, look for the recently launched HD4830s, they are crippled HD4850s, but are a bit better than the GF9600GT, around the performance of the GF9800GT, with some extra abilities.
I was in Thailand last year and they have technology markets where you can obtain the latest hardware at very reasonable prices... you could probably justify the cost of the ticket and bring it back in your suitcase for that price (i do it all the time)