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Budget Build - Deciding the graphics card

Last response: in Graphics & Displays

Should i stay with the pny 9600 gt? I got 146 bucks

Total: 7 votes (1 blank vote)

  • Yes
  • 17 %
  • No
  • 67 %
  • Maybe
  • 17 %
October 28, 2008 1:13:03 AM

Games i play - CoD4, Wow, Hoping to play Wotlk on 60 fps when it comes out in raids as well on a resolution of 1280 x 1024 only got a 17 nch lcd monitor.

Here is my current Budget Build

CPU/Mobo :intel dual core e7200 wolfdale 2.53 gh
BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 Combo deal - 183$

Case /PSU: antec 300/ 550w psu combo deal - 85$
Ram: 4gb g skill - 55$
Operating sytem - vista home 64 bit - 100$
HDrive: Seagate OoooOooO barracuda 400gb 7200 - 50$

Graphics Card - PNY VCG96512GXEB GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 - 90 $

What can i replace the graphics card for better performance/money ratio or is this card good enough i can waste 146 bucks on a graphics card so what should i buy? Im not planning to run sli or crossfire in the future

If no? plz Link what graphics card on newegg
October 28, 2008 1:39:15 AM

If you can't afford it now, I'd wait a couple weeks (assuming you have an income) and get an HD 4850 like above.
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October 28, 2008 1:47:32 AM

the hd 4850 just like 20 more bucks heck if it has way better performance then i'll get it
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October 28, 2008 2:07:26 AM

Keep your money. For that amount you can buy a HD 4850 but the gain is not worth $146. Save a bit more and upgrade in June when the new 40nm cards are out.
October 28, 2008 2:09:27 AM


Nvidia has better drivers, it has a dual slot cooler, it can overclock much more, and in most of the reviews I've looked through @ 1280x1024 it trades blows w/the 4850. The 4850 only really beats it playing Race Driver GRID at high res with AA.

But on another note, I bought an eVGA 9600GT SSC (super super clocked) for $65 w/rebate and at 1280x1024 it was maxing out everything (CoD4, GRID, etc.) but Crysis. The only reason I sold it was to turn a profit and wait for a better deal.