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December 14, 2008 5:03:45 PM

What is the most capable Nvidia card I can get that will run games like Oblivion, GTA4, Left 4 Dead, COD4, etc for around $100. I've been researching for hours and still feel pretty lost. Here is my desired configuration so far:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Antec Basiq BP500U 500W ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

New to most of this computer building stuff....

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a b Î Nvidia
December 14, 2008 5:20:00 PM

look on the homepage of this site .

Over on the left is a link called "Best Video Cards For The Money: Dec '08 "
December 14, 2008 5:41:48 PM

I've read through that and it narrows it down some. I would really like to hear some personal recommendations on brand names as I have no idea what is reliable and what is overpriced junk. Yes, I have looked at the customer reviews on newegg and done comparisons and stuff. I still feel like I am guessing at what would be a good card for my system and need some good advice.
These are the recommended cards in my price range according to the article "Best Video Cards For The Money: Dec '08"

Radeon HD 3870

GeForce 9600 GT

Radeon HD 4670 GDDR3

GeForce 9600 GSO

Any of them seem acceptable to me. What do you think?

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a b Î Nvidia
December 14, 2008 5:58:24 PM

Do n`t expect too much from GTA IV right now, everyone seems to be having issues with framerates on this game. The other games you`ve listed should run just fine on any of the cards listed.
Fasted seems to be 3870/9600GT then 4670 with 9600GSO just coming in last, but it`ll depend on which game is in question, each does better in some games, not so well in others.
I`d have a hard job choosing myself but I`d probably go for the 9600GT. If your PSU was a little weaker I`d go for the HD4670, it`s only a little slower but uses so little power it does n`t need an external power connector!
Try checking out Newegg for prices, you never know, you might find a HD4850 for under $100 (with rebate).
December 14, 2008 6:11:33 PM

Ok, so:

1. HD4850 (depending on price/rebate to get into price range)
2. 9600GT
3. 3870
4. 4670
5. 9600GSO

Thanks. That is very helpful. Does anyone disagree with these suggestions?

December 14, 2008 6:21:36 PM

The HD4850 seems so sit around $150 which is more than I'd like to spend. $100 or less would be great.

As far as a 9600GT: ASUS, PNY, EVGA, BFG TECH, GALAXY, GIGABYTE????????

December 14, 2008 6:26:21 PM

HD4830 ?? yes a little over $100
a b Î Nvidia
December 14, 2008 6:28:33 PM

You have a crossfire board but you want an nVidia card? Well whatever. Look into an nVidia 9800GT or a Radeon 4830. I say go with a 4830 since you have a crossfire board so you can add another one latter on for added performance, mighnt need to upgrade your PSU for that though :) . I say go with this card

HIS Hightech H483FN512P Radeon HD 4830 512MB $109.99 ($89.99 after $20.00 Mail-In)

or if you really just want to go with nVidia.

EVGA 512-P3-N971-TR GeForce 9800 GT $114.99 ($94.99 after $20.00 Mail-In)
December 14, 2008 6:30:23 PM

I don't disagree with it. Although, if you don't mind overclocking, I'd place the 9600 GSO above the 4670, as it can outpace it with higher clocks.

Another card for consideration would be the 4830; it's cheaper than the 4850 normally, and you could probably find some deals to bring it down closer to your range. On top of that, it's highly overclockable on the core, and shows some incredible gains from it. Even at stock, it would outperform any of those cards (other than the 4850). Just something to throw in there.
December 14, 2008 6:30:54 PM

oh, thanks.
December 14, 2008 6:37:38 PM

Hmm, these 4830's look very nice from what I understand. Now, out of the 5 that newegg carries, only the HIS Hightech H483FN512P Radeon HD 4830 512MB has a 4, not 5 egg rating. Is this really the better quality card? I seriously have NO IDEA which company makes better stuff ( I know, I should research more, but I'm pretty burned out on it right now and I need to figure this out soon.)
a b Î Nvidia
December 14, 2008 6:39:35 PM

Get ddr2 800 and that will allow a little more $ for a better card.
December 14, 2008 6:40:10 PM

megamanx00 said:
I say go with this card

HIS Hightech H483FN512P Radeon HD 4830 512MB $109.99 ($89.99 after $20.00 Mail-In)

or if you really just want to go with nVidia.

EVGA 512-P3-N971-TR GeForce 9800 GT $114.99 ($94.99 after $20.00 Mail-In)


I recommend the Radeon because it's a little faster than the GeForce, though the 9800GT is great too. I have a 8800GT which is the same as the 9800GT and plays all the games you listed (except GTA IV, which I haven't played yet) maxed out at 1680x1050 with no problem.
December 14, 2008 6:51:55 PM

I think I have decided on this card for all the options included and of course the rating and price:

SAPPHIRE 100265L Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $115 at newegg.

If anyone thinks this is a mistake, please let me know!! Thanks for your help!
December 14, 2008 6:52:25 PM

Yea, if you have to have one of the originals, 9600GSO for the win, but if it were my money, Id get 4830 or 98/8800GT.

EDIT: didnt see you had made a choice, and a good one in my opinion. Enjoy!