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December 30, 2008 7:55:00 PM

Hi, i currently have the above card and want to upgrade to either a 9800gtx+ or a ati 4850. Which do you think would be the better performer in the system below:

Athlon X2 5000+ BE at 3.0 ghz
Asus M2V mobo
4gb 667 memory
450 watt psu(28 amps on 12v)
BFG 8800gts 640mb OC

Thanks in advance,

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December 30, 2008 8:14:08 PM

What resolution are you gaming at? If you're gaming at 1680X1050 and higher, then you would probably notice a decent difference with the 4850. If gaming at 1440x990 and lower, you probably wouldn't notice much if any difference. I just recently upgraded from a 8800gts 320 to a 4850 (and then 4850 xfire) and although there was a noticeable increase in FPS, it wasn't earth shattering like I was hoping for.

Believe it or not your video card is still a pretty decent card. Had I to choose however, go with the 4850.

Also, in my opinion, anything higher than a 4850 with your current rig would most likely be bottlenecked by your CPU.
December 30, 2008 8:18:04 PM

hmmm....Well a 9800gtx really isn't that much more powerful then a 8800gts 640mb. Just like the above poster said...if you are playing at resolutions 1680x1050 or even 1920x1200 then upgrading wont do you any difference, becuase your card is still considered towards the high end and is very powerful. Infact at 1680x1050 your card can easily max out any game on the market except crysis :) 
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December 30, 2008 8:25:00 PM

Thanks for the replies. I am purchasing a new 22" screen so will be gaming at 1680x1050. So you guys think i should stick with the 8800?
December 30, 2008 8:28:07 PM

get 4850 since you will be getting 22"
a b Î Nvidia
December 30, 2008 8:29:16 PM

I have/had a 640 card. I also have a 22" monitor...16x10. If you can't upgrade to a GTX260 don't spend your money. The 640 is getting a little long in the tooth but still has it's uses and going to a 4850 won't be much of anything TBH.
a b Î Nvidia
December 30, 2008 8:31:45 PM

To see very large gains in FPS, you probably need a GTX 260 Core 216 (or GTX 280) or the HD4870 or higher ATI wise.

My 8800GTS (512MB) does really well with current titles at my 19" monitor's max 1440x900. After looking at benchmarks on the newer cards, I've realized it's not worth upgrading for me yet.

Now, with a 22" monitor, you'll be doing 1680x1050 or higher depending on your monitor. You will probably see some gains in performance that way, but don't expect anything earth shattering.

Check out the VGA charts here on Tom's Hardware and compare different game titles @ 1680x1050 with your video card compared to the ones you're tempted to buy.

That's what kept me from upgrading frankly. I almost ordered a second 8800GTS (512) a couple days ago to do SLI, but at my 1440x900 there really was hardly ANY increase in FPS possible at such a low resolution. Short of buying myself a much bigger monitor, it wasn't worth any upgrade.

EDIT: Just for my $0.02. I'd upgrade RAM and CPU before you do your video card. If you put in one of the GTX 260/280, ATI 4870 or higher, your CPU is going to create a bottleneck and limit your video card's performance anyhow.
a b Î Nvidia
December 30, 2008 10:28:27 PM

I also have the 8800GTS-640 and a 22" 1680x1050 monitor. I'm waiting for the next generation (or two) of graphic cards to be released (as well as waiting for an update to the rest of my system).

-Wolf sends
December 31, 2008 3:25:16 PM

Thanks all for the opinions. I got the 22" today and cant see any noticableloss of frame rate from using higher res(1680x1050). Seems like i will be sticking with the old 8800 yet!
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