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Graphics Card Quandary.. Please give your 2 cents!!!

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December 2, 2008 8:50:32 PM

Just dropped cash on new organs for my case.

Stats include an intel quad 9400

Decent PSU (650W)

Asus P5Q Deluxe 775 P45 Mobo

4 Gigs of OCZ DDR1066 RAM

Samsung Spinpoint F1 750gb HD

and a VGA XFX PVT98GYDLU 9800GT 512M RT Video Card

So.. here's my quandary... If I scored the above video card for $100 with rebates applied.. is it worth spending an extra $50 or $60 for an ATI HD 4850 with 1GBM instead of the nvidia above? One reason is that I might want to go with Crossfire - which is compatible with my mobo (whereas SLI is not). Or, if I only stick with 1 video card.. is the ATI going to result in noticeable differences? Are we talking about a 2-3fps improvement or 20-30fps?

Please offer suggestions regarding my video card choices. If I made a grave error regarding any of the other choices please let me know. I have yet to open any of the boxes.

Thanks,

Scott
a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2008 9:09:19 PM

That 4850 is definitely better than the 9800GT.

My 8800GTS (512MB G92 version) outperforms the 9800GT. All the 9800GT is, is a relabeled 8800GT. It's the same chipset, same performance. My card outperforms the 9800GT, and the 4850 outperforms my 8800GTS.

Plus, if you want to go Crossfire, all you need is a second card later.

If you go nVidia now, you'll have to buy 2 cards later to go Crossfire. ;) 

Make darn sure your "Decent" PSU is a good brand. Also make sure it has the appropriate amps on the 12V rails to support the 4850 (let alone dual cards). :) 
December 2, 2008 9:46:02 PM

IMO, get the HD 4850 512MB, unless you're running some exotic 30" 2560x1600 screen, it's really not worth your money. (judging by your choice of video cards, you're probably shopping in the 1440x900 - 1680x1050 resolution range)
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December 2, 2008 9:58:06 PM

Pick up the 4850, you'll be happy with it.
December 2, 2008 10:02:15 PM

Things seem to be getting increasingly more difficult. Someone on another forum suggests that I get an Intel Core Duo E8400 combined with a better video card as opposed to my Q9400 with lower quality video.

How does this sound? E8400 with HD4850 512MB?

or... Intel Core 2Quad Q6600 with HD4850?

lastly Intel Core Duo E8400 with GTX 260?

I'm not sure where the bottleneck will be in my system.. please help ;(
December 2, 2008 10:07:30 PM

Yes, HD4850. If you go with the 1Gb model expect to pay closer to $80.00 more. HD4850 512 can be had for @ $135.00- $150.00
a c 143 U Graphics card
December 2, 2008 10:10:18 PM

+1 for getting a HD 4850. It makes no sense to combine a Crossfire MB with an nVidia card.
a c 143 U Graphics card
December 2, 2008 10:13:17 PM

act4earth said:
Things seem to be getting increasingly more difficult. Someone on another forum suggests that I get an Intel Core Duo E8400 combined with a better video card as opposed to my Q9400 with lower quality video.

How does this sound? E8400 with HD4850 512MB?

or... Intel Core 2Quad Q6600 with HD4850?

lastly Intel Core Duo E8400 with GTX 260?

I'm not sure where the bottleneck will be in my system.. please help ;(



If you play FSX get the Q6600. If not, get the E8400.

The GTX 260 beats the HD 4850, but won't allow you to add a second card with that MB and PSU. Two HD 4850 cards humiliate a single GTX 260.

I suggest you cut the MB costs with a P5Q Pro and use the savings to get two HD 4850 cards. The P5Q Deluxe is expensive and also has some pipes that interfere with large coolers. Be careful with that if you use it.
December 2, 2008 10:14:46 PM

I can't be bothered doing it, but pls compare the 512 vs 1gb benchmarks before you choose. The 1gb's advantage is, after all, a texture memory advantage. It may be useful in the future, but it's not like that thing is going to be magically cranking higher resolutions.
December 3, 2008 7:02:04 AM

+1 Hd 4850 dx10.1 sound through hdmi free AA :p  hell yeah
December 4, 2008 7:25:26 AM

+1 HD4850

Great card. Just make sure your case has good airflow, though.
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