I play mostly RPG games (Civ4Colonizations, Age of the Empires 3), but I also play some Madden/Battlefield 2/TrackManiaNations, and I'm interested in playing CoD4. I like to game at 1920x1200.
My current GPU allows me to play at high resolutions with medium to high settings. AoE3 and Madden 08 do get bogged down...framerates drop to 19-24 fps on those games on medium, and high settings are unplayable.
What kind of video card upgrade can I get for $100? And how much will it help?
That is a great card....but it's more than I wanted to spend. I guess I can spend the extra $30, but I wonder if it's more than I need. Most of the games I play now play just fine with my current card, and I'm wondering if the 256MB of vRAM is hurting me on the games that are bogging down. I guess I'm wondering:
a) Would simply having more graphics memory help my current situation?
b) If more v-memory will make things better, how much do I need to upgrade the actual GPU? 7900 GS to 8800? HD4830?
a. well i mean they say at 1920 x 1200 more memory deffintly helps.. like if u had to pick between the 4870 512mb and the 4870 1gb , the 1gb would def help at 1920 x 1200 but not really help at 1024 x 748.
b. i really dont understand what you mean, but the 7900 is still a good card, if u lowered the setting a bit in madden an stuff it should become more playable.. but if u want to play games maxed out at 1920 x 1200 the whole card def needs to be updated.
b. i really dont understand what you mean, but the 7900 is still a good card....
I guess I'm wondering: "If I had 512MB of vRAM, would my 7900 might work just fine?"
Obviously, if I need to upgrade the vRAM, I have to buy a new card. I'd LOVE to buy the latest and greatest, but I'm on a tight budget these days. I'm seeing HD4670s and Geforce 9600GTs for around $70 plus rebates. Do they offer better performance than a 7900GT with the increased 512 RAM? Or do I need to bite the bullet and spend $100-130 and get an HD 4850 or GT 250?
If you want to play FPS shooters like COD4 I would really strongly advise you to look at getting the fastest card you can afford.
That said the Egg has a pair of HD4830s for a little over $70 with rebates, which is faster than the 9600GT although slower than either the 9800GTX/GTS250/Hd4850.
Take a look here for a few performance numbers.
I looked at the chart already. But there isn't hard data for that chart. It doesn't give me a % improvement....it just says "This group of cards is better than the next group". I can't find a straight Geforce 7900 vs. geforce 9600 GT or HD 4830/50. That is why I said "it look like a 9600 GT or a HD4830 is 3-4 tiers better".
I also had asked people about that sapphire HD4830. Thanks for seconding that card. Anyone else got an opinon on which card would be a good upgrade?
Sapphires custom PCB uses a little less power than the reference design, and it's a pretty good card. It will prove faster than the 9600GT, especially if you overclock the core a bit. If you can wait till tomarrow though the 4770s should be comming out soon for under $100 and they offer better performance than the 4830s, almost the level of the 4850s.