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Recommendation for new GFX card?

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a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2008 3:43:41 PM

Hey guys I am am thinking of getting a new graphics card. The only thing I am currently worrying about is the size of the graphics card and whether my system can pull it through. I also have a new 24'' wide screen and my old 7950gtxxx can't perform acceptably at 1900x1080.

My specs are:
ASUS P5N-E SLI MOBO
Corsair XMS TWINX 4GB DDR2 RAM
Ultra 600w Power Supply
Intel Q6600 CPU


I am looking at 9800gtx and the 200 series but wondering if they'll fit on my mobo.
thanks in advance.
a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2008 3:55:01 PM

There should not be any issues, however I'd get a new Power Supply ASAP! Ultra are barely even useful as a door stop, let alone a powersupply. I recommend: Antec, PC P&C, Thermaltake, OCZ, Corsair, Seasonic (if in a 110 area), Enermax, or Zalman of at least 550W. Ultra has SERIOUS QC problems, it may say it's a 600W when all you get stably is 400W.
a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2008 4:09:18 PM

If it's the 600 watt I've seen advertised, I think it's rated for 32 amps on the 12v+ rail which is as much as the 400 watt corsair series, though, those are monsters for being 400 watts. I've used ultras and some have been very good. But if it's the one I'm thinking of, you may be ok with that unit. Check all the manufacturer specs to be sure.
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December 22, 2008 4:10:58 PM

Better have ATi HD4850...... It equals nVidia 9800GTX+ in several performance aspects..... sometimes even overrun...
9800GTX+ would be 135$ and HD4850 be 120$.....
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 23, 2008 3:35:49 AM

Thanks for the response.
I want to know the 9800GTX+ and HD4580, which one can perform better at 1920x1080 with AA? Also which one is more future proof? I heard 9800GTX+ has more clocks in core and memory, but HD4580 makes up for it by its dx10.1 compatibility? I also have a mobo with nvidia chipset, does that work well with the amd card?
I also heard HD4580 might be a lot hotter and noisier due to the fact its a single slot card?

Sorry guys too many questions but my last question is where to buy these at the cheapest prices? I use newegg btw.
December 23, 2008 4:10:32 AM

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Thanks for the response.
I want to know the 9800GTX+ and HD4580, which one can perform better at 1920x1080 with AA? Also which one is more future proof? I heard 9800GTX+ has more clocks in core and memory, but HD4580 makes up for it by its dx10.1 compatibility? I also have a mobo with nvidia chipset, does that work well with the amd card?
I also heard HD4580 might be a lot hotter and noisier due to the fact its a single slot card?

Sorry guys too many questions but my last question is where to buy these at the cheapest prices? I use newegg btw.


The 4850 is a better card than the 9800GTX+ but you should consider whether you ever plan to use the SLI capability of your motherboard before making the decision. If you think you may want to add a second card sometime in the next year you may want to consider getting the 9800GTX+.

You motherboard won't have any issue with running a single card from either brand. The high temps and noise on the 4850's is present mainly in the cards using the stock cooling setup, which is not so good. However, 4850's with aftermarket cooling are now selling for the same price as those with the stock coolers so this shouldn't be a concern. I have an ASUS 4850 with their aftermarket cooling setup and it runs quite cool and is nearly silent.
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