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February 11, 2009 12:31:24 PM

Looking to upgrade my nvidia card, I have a pny geforce9500gt pci-e, what card should I get for under $180?
my computer is a compaq sr5710f
athlon x2 4450e at 2.3 ghz each
3 gig of pc800 ddr2
250 gig har drive
160 gig usb 2.0 hard drive
psu is a antec 500watt basiq with 2 12volt rails at 18a each


so what good a 9800gt
9800gtx
9800gtx+


all are on sale under 180 at newegg and tigerdirect.

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February 11, 2009 12:33:00 PM

when I checked nvidia's page it did a 3dmark test and my score now is 4500, with a 9800gt itll be a 8400, and the 9800gtx will be the same they say
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February 11, 2009 11:19:12 PM

but the geforce is what I like, they seem to be better with physics and all
February 12, 2009 12:45:51 AM

If you're worrying about physX not working with ATI cards, there are people who have successfully ported PhysX so that it could work on ATI cards as well.
February 12, 2009 1:15:02 AM

i appreciated your help with choosing, but just got word that my lil wife just ordered a zotac nvidia 9800gt overclocked, it has good ratings from pcworld and some people on the forums, so later on ill try the ati again, I just had a bad time with ati hd2600xt and upgraded to this computer. so thank you for the advice, Hopefully she made the right choice for me as a present for valentines day. thanks guys
February 12, 2009 1:23:31 AM

GPU for valentines! Enjoy man.
February 12, 2009 1:59:31 AM

thank you, her and her uncle that does programs was watching what I was looking for and they were told by a few places like you guys here said that zotac was a darn good company and has lifetime warrenties and excellent customer care. so they saw I wanted a 9800gt and got one for 104.99
February 20, 2009 5:16:57 PM

Man, thats the kind of present every geek guy would want. Even if its not the card you really wanted, huge props to the thought that counts!
February 20, 2009 5:18:35 PM

The ati 4830 is the best for your system and also for your money. trust me! the 9800 gt is too much
February 20, 2009 5:55:18 PM

well next time ill get the 4800 series but the wife bought me a zotac overclocked 9800gt for 100 dollars last week, and it works great and runs awsome, running crysis at the highest settings.also the zotac has a lifetime warrenty and also looks great glowing orange/yellow.my 3d score is at 8100 from 4400 with the gforce 9500gt.
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