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Upgrade 8800GTS 640MB to a 9800GTX

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December 23, 2008 3:31:25 AM

Will I noticed much of a difference with this upgrade?(8800GTS 640MB to a 9800GTX) Would It be worth it considering the New 200 and 4800 seried cards?

Im looking for a few things to beef up my pc and I think this is the main area my pc needs attention. What do you think?

E8400 OC @3.6Ghz
GA-P35-DS3L
8800GTS 640MB
550VX Corsair Powersupply
4GB Crucial Ballistix 4-4-4-12
320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
Artic Silver Freezer 7 CPU cooler
Centurion Case

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a c 176 U Graphics card
December 23, 2008 3:41:54 AM

Should be a huge upgrade, assuming your res is high enough to handle it. The 640GTS has less power then the 8800GT, and the 9800GTX is even more powerful then that. If you are a gamer, I would upgrade the GPU next for sure.
a c 103 U Graphics card
December 23, 2008 3:42:53 AM

yea ur definatly good in all the other areas ur graphics card is the only thing u need to change. As far as the 9800gtx goes u will notice a pretty big improvement. But unfortunatly ur mobo is an intel chipset so no sli and it doesnt have a second x16 lane so my suggestion would be to go with (assuming you had the funds) a 4870. If u went for broke and got a 4870x2 you might need a beefier psu and same goes for the gtx 280. But those 3 cards would be what i reccomend
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December 23, 2008 3:44:06 AM

Hi

I dont have much time to write this but heres my experience on this matter...

for the same price get a MSI gtx260 for about $200 on newegg. I was pulling 18,000 in 3dmark06 with ONE GTX260 overclocked on air with a 9450@3.55ghz on air. I am sure the 9800gtx cannot compete with this. My tri-sli gtx260 system (all air) pulls a little under 28,000. I will not be looking at any responses to this message, It just caught my eye on the front page side bar.

Happy Holidays.

The best buy:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 23, 2008 3:44:56 AM

thats 28,000 on vista/vantage by the way =D
December 23, 2008 4:09:23 AM

chibanginpr said:
Will I noticed much of a difference with this upgrade?(8800GTS 640MB to a 9800GTX) Would It be worth it considering the New 200 and 4800 seried cards?


It depends on a few things, namely the price of the 9800gtx and what size/resolution monitor you're gaming on.

I had a 9600gt ($65), sold it and bought a used evga 9800gtx ($80).

And while it was an upgrade (especially when hooked up to my 1080p HDTV), I wasn't really overwhelmed with the difference. I still can't have everything (of course no AA) cranked on Crysis if I want smooth play @ 1680x1050. It also can't max Call of Duty 4 & 5...well, everything except AF.

I'm running a Q8200 @ 3.3ghz, 8gb Ballistix 4-4-4-12 and separate (but not RAID) hard drives for games and Vista 64, so I'm definitely not lagging in other areas.

In the end, I'm definitely glad I didn't pay $140-150 for the 9800gtx. If you were going to buy a new 9800gtx+, I would spend the extra $40 or so and get a gtx260 core 216.


a c 107 U Graphics card
December 23, 2008 5:14:31 AM

Just depends on the games and the settings. I think that you may as well just go for a Radeon 4870 or nVidia 260. Still, a Radeon 4850 or nVidia 9800GTX/GTX+ would be a decent upgrade to what you currently have, just look at comparisons, preferably with the most recent drivers, to see which one matters in the games you want to play. An 8800GTS 640 is still an admirable performer, so if it was me I would just wait to see what happens when nVidia releases it's 55nm G200 series cards.
December 23, 2008 7:00:28 PM

I can't say i'm a hardcore gamer as I religiously only play BF2 right now. I have everything on high and it plays rather well. I do however want to be able to play other games and I don't like falling behind on the new technology even without having the funds to spend.

Right now Im playing on an embarassing 19" Proview LCD monitor. I have nearly 300$ right now to play with, but I think my memory is failing me. So I don't know what my options are. I just remember the 9800GTX being the "one" to have at some point.
December 23, 2008 7:15:18 PM

I can see you getting a nice 20%-30% boost from that upgrade, although I personally wouldn't do that upgrade just yet, as the 8800GTS 640MB is still a great card. I can't see there being any games that you can't run on high.
December 23, 2008 7:43:13 PM

I have a real hard time calling it a 'huge' upgrade. Yes, its a better card, but if your gonna upgrade, go big or go home.
December 23, 2008 10:48:52 PM

Yeah i have to agree with B-Unit, its an upgrade for sure, but a huge upgrade, no, i wouldnt say that. The 8800 640gts is a solid performing card, for example at 1680x1050 4xaa 8xas, high quality on Crysis, the 9800gtx will do about 14.8fps average, vs 12.6 for an 8800gts 640.

Now, a gtx 260 (non core 216) will do 23.5 with the exact same settings.

Personally i think it would be a waste of money when for $50-60 more you can get a far, far more powerful card.
December 24, 2008 4:42:21 AM

Yeah, get a GTX260 or faster. The 9800GTX just isn't worth it.
December 24, 2008 2:22:25 PM

chibanginpr said:
I can't say i'm a hardcore gamer as I religiously only play BF2 right now. I have everything on high and it plays rather well. I do however want to be able to play other games and I don't like falling behind on the new technology even without having the funds to spend.

Right now Im playing on an embarassing 19" Proview LCD monitor. I have nearly 300$ right now to play with, but I think my memory is failing me. So I don't know what my options are. I just remember the 9800GTX being the "one" to have at some point.


Yeah, I know what you mean.

I just bought a no-name 22" on Black Friday ($120), and it's a definite improvement over my old 17" :whistle:  Maybe buy a 4850 and a 22" monitor after Christmas when the sales start again?

What model number Ballistix do you have? I supposedly bought the newer model that isn't a POS, but I'm still...concerned they will start dropping dead. But hey, at least DDR2 memory is dirt cheap right now.

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