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January 10, 2009 5:55:29 AM

Hello readers,
I have an older Athlon 4000+ SLI system with 2xGeForce 7600GTs
I primarily use this PC to game and want to upgrade the cards. The system is probably too old to warrant putting in 2 high end cards so what would you recommend short of buying a new system?

I need help deciding to either purchase a new, single ATI 4670. Or I could stick with Nvidia and get a maybe get a used 8800GT. How much would you pay for an EVGA 8800GTS 640mb. There is one on craigslist locally asking for US $100.00.

Sorry for the discombobulation of thoughts and questions. Budget is $150.00 max. Looking for cheapest workable solution to run FarCry 2.

Thanks! :hello: 

a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2009 10:12:12 AM

The 9800GT will put some spark back into that old AMD rig.
I am running a 4600X2 clocked to 2.8ghz with an 8800GTS 512meg G92, and though I know it is no match against the newer CPU's, it gets the job done nicely for me. Scores just over 10,000 in 3D Mark 06. Would be huge gain against the 7600's you have now.
Check the GPU charts on the main page of Tom's to see what games you play and check the scores between the cards.
Forget about the 8800 320meg GTS, it is just too old for the price. At least buy a card with the Nvidia G92 chip, or an ATI 4800 series. There are several 4850's on Newegg for under $150 if you want to spend that much. For the money though, that 9800 looks pretty good.
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January 10, 2009 12:04:53 PM

I would just buy a 9600GT for now and then in abit run then in SLI that was you'll get bang for your buck now with a single GPU and an upgrade option for the future...
January 10, 2009 5:19:22 PM

Thanks guys. I'm going to stick with Nvidia and pickup a 9800GT single slot or 9600GT. Not much difference in price after rebate so probably go with a 9800GT from the egg. Now what to do with those 7600GTs :lol: 
a c 186 U Graphics card
January 10, 2009 6:05:28 PM

Ebay?^^^
January 10, 2009 6:10:27 PM

dirtmountain said:
A pretty lousy deal for that 8800GTS 640 at $100, you can get a new 9800GT for $92 after rebate or a HD4830 brand new for $90 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a single 9600GT will outperform the HD4670. About $75 after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


fcuk rebates man, I got screwed on one of newegg's rebate partners (rebatecenter.com or something) who claimed i never sent them anything.
January 13, 2009 10:06:22 PM

Too bad about the rebate. I ended up getting the MSI 9600GT which was on sale w/o rebate but free shipping for ninty something. I know I could have gotten a 9800GT but like you didn't want the hassle of the rebate + shipping + higher upfront cost.

Will SLI them if I need more Horsepower. I spent about a day reading about 9600GT in SLI and they scale in modern games much better than any Nvidia Geforce before them.
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 13, 2009 10:14:41 PM

is that dual core 4000+ or single?
If it's single your cpu is probably already bottle-necking the 9600gt and sli would be pointless.
January 14, 2009 4:55:18 AM

how come I ended up paying like 140 bucks for a 1 gig model of 9800 gt when the 512 models are like 40 bucks cheaper? I mean whats the difference?
January 15, 2009 4:10:16 AM

my existing CPU is a Socket 939 Athlon64 "San Diego" core with 1mb L2.
I bought the 9600GT, figured that would be a fine upgrade from 2xSLI'd 7600GT. After I ordered I found a $30.00 rebate so it'll cost around $75.00.
I'm sure I'll be happy with it. I'll post back with how it does with my aging system. It's funny cause I could still run new games just a lower settings, now I hope to bump it up/smoother. I play at 1680x1050. I found using tweakguides helps a lot.
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