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I need some help in choosing a upgrade for my GPU

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January 6, 2009 9:06:44 PM

Hey new to the forums, Heres the situation I have a 7800 GT that I'm considering upgrading however since NVIDIA released 2 series of card practically back to back I'm having a tough time trying to decide what a good match to my AMD 4200+ dual core. So what do you guys think is a good match? Heres the system specs:

ASUS A8N-SLI mobo
AMD 4200+ 939 Dual core
PNY 7800 GT
500w Rosewill PU (sorry I don't remember the amps on the 12 volt rail)
4gb RAM (3.1 usable thanks to 32 bit XP :??:  )

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a c 176 U Graphics card
January 6, 2009 11:08:18 PM

If you can afford the 4850/9800GTX thats great, but the 4200+ will be holding you back. What games and res do you play at? I get the feeling that the 4670/9600 will be better for you. I'm sure you've heard this, but its time to dump the S939 system.
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January 6, 2009 11:10:57 PM

I got my 4850 for under $120 with rebate at www.newegg.com Just look around. You probably don't want more than the 4850 or 9800/GTX260, (AMD/Nvidia) with your current setup.
January 6, 2009 11:46:15 PM

4745454b said:
If you can afford the 4850/9800GTX thats great, but the 4200+ will be holding you back. What games and res do you play at? I get the feeling that the 4670/9600 will be better for you. I'm sure you've heard this, but its time to dump the S939 system.



Yea I was thinking of one of those 2 at the very highest upgrade however I'm not sure if those will fit in my ATX mid tower with out going into the drive bays. I was also thinking a 9800 GT might be good. Is that unit the same size as the GTX version? I usually play at 1440 x 900 since I have a 22" wide screen LCD. The things my system just hit 3 years old and I'm debating whether or not to pump some new life into this one or just build a new system.
a c 176 U Graphics card
January 7, 2009 12:03:26 AM

Most 22" screens are 1680x1050. Are you sure you are 1440x900? That sounds more like a 19" LCD, unless you play at non native resolutions.

You are getting to the point where its better to build new. S939 Dual cores still have some value, they probably won't in another year or two. S939 X2 + SLI motherboard and the 4GBs of ram should be worth quite a bit. On used forums, you can probably get $100ish for the CPU, and perhaps $75 for the motherboard and ram, possibly as much as $100. $200 is enough to buy a $100 motherboard and $100 CPU. 2x2GBs DDR2 ram is $50, so your not out much. Your system overall however will be quite a bit better.

I don't think I'd get one of the big cards until you figure out what PSU you have. The beauty of the 4670 is that it doesn't need a PCIe plug. I don't think its a big card either. It will handle 1440x900 with ease, 1680x1050 as long as you don't enable AA. Its also under $100, so its pretty cheap as well.
January 7, 2009 12:07:55 AM

not to rain on your parade,,,:) ,,,but any current video card from the 8800 and up will need at least a 2.6g cpu,although will work with less,and you will need a better psu not a rosewill [newegg house brand]something with a lot more power from a recognized maker..:) 
January 7, 2009 1:46:21 AM

Just to clear things up I have my desktop resolution set at 1680 x 1050 but I have to run some game at 1440 x 900 because the 1680 x 1050 resolution is a bit to much. And I know the rose will is an off brand but I needed it in a pinch and I never really got a round to replacing it. But I'm kind of stuck: build a new system or upgrade the video card.
a c 176 U Graphics card
January 7, 2009 11:26:08 AM

I'm still staying with the 4670 idea. Doesn't need a lot of power, should handle 1680x1050 "ok", and its under a hundred so we aren't breaking most banks. Its been awhile since I've looked, they might be down to $60ish.
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