Graphics card i cant choose please help

Im building my first computer and I cannot decide on a Graphics card.
I've picked out this Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358&Tpk=UD3P

But now I just cant decide on a video card. I want to stick with Nvidia but i also want to be able to play games like Empire: Total War on high settings with no lag or anything.

Im also on kind of a tight bugdet so im trying to stay under $200.

Thanks for all your help.
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  1. alright nice...
    thanks alot

    Are there any other opinions or suggestions?
  2. just my opinon its not Nvidia but for under 200 dollars its a smoking hot card :D http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127408
  3. Don't gor for that $175 9800GTX. There are far cheaper versions of the 9800GTX. Newegg has several selling for $140-$150.

    But for around/under $200, the best cards out there are
    1. HD4870 ~$200
    2. GTX260 ~$200
    3. 9800GTX ~$150
    4. HD4850 ~$150

    Since your mobo is a non-sli and non-crossfire mobo, go for the 4870 or GTX260.
    Preferably the 4870 since it outperforms the GTX260 for the same price.
  4. What resolution?
  5. willits479 said:


    HD4830 would be perfect for that monitor, and is around $80.

    If you must have Nvidia, then 9800GT is a little more expensive for the same performance.
  6. The 4830/9800GT is good, but I`d suggest HD4850/9800GTX. This is a new build and the more expensive cards will have more performance in reserve for future gaming monsters (Crysis, GTA IV etc).
  7. i heard there was some crashing and freezing problems with the 9800GTX+...
  8. I have the 9800gtx+ and I haven't had any problems on any games (Crysis Warhead, Fallout 3, Far Cry 2...)
  9. ok cool i guess ill go with that
  10. I read on the card specs that the GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit is Certified for Windows Vista and the GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit is not...
    If I will be using windows vista should i still go with the GeForce 9800 GTX+
  11. Both are certified for windows. The only difference between GTX and GTX+ is the latter is overclocked and "usually" 55nm. (the former is always 65nm)

    The GPU chip is the same in both
  12. o ok so i should definately go with the GTX+ then?
  13. and is there really that big of a difference between a
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz
    and a
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
  14. yes get a GTX+ for around $150ish. If you can affort it though go for a gtx 260 core 216 such as:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434
    the above poster is right though the 4870 at your price range is the best deal since it keeps up with and occasionally beats the 260.

    All in all though willits479 the 9800 GTX+ isn't a bad card and for your little 19" at 1280 x 1024 it will run just about anything at max gfx since your not throwing insane resolutions at it. The gtx 260 or even the 4870 is a tad 'more' than you need but hey there's never anything wrong with adding a bit of life to your machine now rather than having to upgrade again sooner than you want.
  15. willits479 said:
    and is there really that big of a difference between a
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz
    and a
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz


    No they are the same 45nm chips and same amount of cache. You can easily overclock them both with an aftermarket cooler. I'd say get a decent cooler and overclock the the 8400. Sure its the same price as, ok a little bit more than, the e8500 w/the stock cooler but you'll be able to push your 8400 anywhere up to 3.2-4.0ghz depending on your cooler and how much time and effort you want to put into overclocking.
  16. Thanks for the gpu info...and i dont really know much about overclocking so im not really sure how to do all that.
  17. well once you get all of your equipment put together toms and/or google like I said has some really good C2D overclock guides. besides thats what these forums are for if/when you get stuck.
  18. alright sounds good.

    thanks alot everyone
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