Need help with upgrade

i currently have a 9500gt and want to upgrade for under 150$ what card would be the best
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  1. What is your mobo, PSU, etc?

    Xfire 2x 4830s

    1x 4850

    1x 9800GTX/GTX+/GTS250

    1x 4870 512mb
  2. i have a 450w bfg gs series psu and a xfx 8200 series mobo.
  3. i bought all of this about two months ago and was hoping for better
    amd 5600+ 2.9ghz
    4gig ddr2
    9500gt 512mb
    BFG 450w gs series psu
    XFX 8200 motherboard
    i want to get a great gaming expierence for cheap and is there anything else i should upgrade besides the video card
  4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102810 that 4870 is probably your best bet however depending on your resolution you may not need that much card. Your CPU may bottleneck you slightly as well.

    Going to probably take more than 150$ to improve the CPU/MOBO, etc.
  5. Your 450W PSU can probably handle a 4850, but if I were you I'd dig around to be sure. The new BFG 550W PSU has gotten excellent reviews, but I'm not sure about your older, smaller one.
    Fortunately, it is easy to blow a 9500GT out of the water. A 4670 can do it, for $65-$70, but still may not be satisfactory if your resolution is 1680x1050. In that case, you'll want a 4850, probably with 1GB of RAM on it.
    If you want to stay with nVidia, possibly due to Hybrid SLI, then a 9600GT is the minimum option, followed by a 9800GT or up to GTX260 at the high end if your PSU can handle it.
    If you aren't sure about the PSU, you can get a 4830 or 9800GT for $90-$95, and an Antec Earthwatts 430 for $55 to meet your $150 budget.
  6. i play at 1440 by 900 and i am not the biggest gamer but like anyone who has played crysis wants to make it play better
    My main titles are call of duty waw and farcry 2
  7. Wouldn't a 4850 be enough for that resolution? 4850's push 1280x1024 around like its nothing so that is my recommendation ;)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121272

    Now that asus is a pretty good card BUT!

    I recommend this card as it has a DOUBLE life time warranty and it should support overclocking so you can overclock it to or past the ASUS's "top overclock" without voiding warranty!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150337

    You also have the option of the 9800GTX+ or its better cousin the gts 250!

    The 9800GTX+ and GTS 250 will offer the SAME performance as the 4850 as well

    I recommend EVGA as you get the overclocking warranty and i believe you get the DOUBLE warranty here as well so you can sell the thing and the buyer gets his warranty to just like the XFX cards

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010380048%2050001402%201305520548%20106793024&name=EVGA


    An XFX card that will also come with COD5...you get the warranty and overclocking + a bitchin game

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150314

    or

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150341

    or

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130339

    You can overclock that EVGA up as well and you still have your warranty etc
  8. you have a 6000+ and the other person said thaat would be my bottleneck would it?
  9. Ok, your problem is the 9500gt. It's not a gaming card, although it quite often gets sold as being one.

    Either buy an HD 4670, 9600gt or HD4830, or wait 1 week and buy an HD 4770. All of those cards will blow the 9500gt away, with the later ones being slightly more expensive and better at every step.
  10. Onus said:
    Your 450W PSU can probably handle a 4850, but if I were you I'd dig around to be sure. The new BFG 550W PSU has gotten excellent reviews, but I'm not sure about your older, smaller one.
    Fortunately, it is easy to blow a 9500GT out of the water. A 4670 can do it, for $65-$70, but still may not be satisfactory if your resolution is 1680x1050. In that case, you'll want a 4850, probably with 1GB of RAM on it.
    If you want to stay with nVidia, possibly due to Hybrid SLI, then a 9600GT is the minimum option, followed by a 9800GT or up to GTX260 at the high end if your PSU can handle it.
    If you aren't sure about the PSU, you can get a 4830 or 9800GT for $90-$95, and an Antec Earthwatts 430 for $55 to meet your $150 budget.

    The 450w was the one that pushed out the most amount of power it could with complete satbilty. I was recommended by a friend for this psu and it ran a 4870
  11. would that handle my games well or just barely be able to play on high
  12. If you want the cheapest and in my opinion best choice for price vs performance in your case it is this card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130432

    Im not sure how its warrantied but it is one hell of a deal


    The 9800GTX+ the 250 GTS and the 4850 will play ALL of your games at high and eat em for breakfast take a dump and eat em again...its just that bad azz

    Any of the cards are a great buy and they are all in the same class

    The 250 GTS is just a rebranded 9800GTX+ but its a smaller die and it runs cooler etc so if you can its better to get that card over the 9800GTX....but they will perform the same


    If you look at benchmarks at the resolution of 1280x1024 that is the EXACT performance you will see give or take 1 or 2 fps's as your resolution is the exact same...do the math
  13. cant run a 9800gtx because it requires a 6pin and 6+2pin in which i only have a six pin
  14. Get a molex 4 pin to 6 pin :sarcastic:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812887001

    Do your own research :(

    I really hate trying to help people that won't search worth a damn

    Make sure to study both of my posts in detail and take your time...

    Your AMD processor will do just fine in ANY source games...TF2 CSS L4D Portal Gmod

    It will do any COD game really well also but with your processor you won't be able to do games like GTA very well and no one gets good performance in Crysis so just forget about it isn't anything special anyway

    Your processor is great for the source titles and any cod game that will come your way as well as Farcry2...but you will want to upgrade to a phenom soon enough...just keep playing till you can't
  15. Slayer32163 said:
    cant run a 9800gtx because it requires a 6pin and 6+2pin in which i only have a six pin


    Ok once again.


    Quote:
    Either buy an HD 4670, 9600gt or HD4830, or wait 1 week and buy an HD 4770. All of those cards will blow the 9500gt away, with the later ones being slightly more expensive and better at every step.
  16. any other suggestions
  17. would the 4830(oc'd) stand up to the 4850
  18. Just buy that recertified 9800GTX+

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130432

    You will need the molex adapter....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812887001

    Aslong as your psu has one pci already you will only need one of those adapters above ;)
  19. i have done research i have the first person i asked told me a 9500gt would stand up i would rather ask people for real then look at peoples reviews
  20. Wait on the 4770. Buying any other graphics card at the $100 mark is pure insanity with the 4770 released in under a weeks time.
  21. Slayer32163 said:
    i have done research i have the first person i asked told me a 9500gt would stand up i would rather ask people for real then look at peoples reviews


    The person who told you the 9500gt would stand up was probably the same person who sold you it.

    The big difference here is, nobody is making money by telling you crap.
  22. jennyh said:
    The person who told you the 9500gt would stand up was probably the same person who sold you it.

    The big difference here is, nobody is making money by telling you crap.


    And buying the 9800gtx would hardly be insanity considering the 4770 will barely get up to the 9800gtx albeit they will most likely be matched...

    Wait on the 4770 or get the 9800gtx

    Don't ask for help when you are going to run your uneducated little mouth kiddy
  23. i know you arent trying to sell me something and the person who told me to get the 9500gt was a person from a different forum place you are NOT selling me something, ok
  24. your *** for help
  25. Slayer32163 said:
    your *** for help

    Who is?

    We have already told you wait for the 4770 or get the 9800GTX at 100$...atleast that is what i would do :sarcastic:

    GTFO if your going to bitch and moan....and learn whats the best buy for yourself....oh wait....

    No one here has to help you and if your going to whine like a ..... don't ask for help your request has already been met...
  26. Honestly people, try and keep it civil. To Slayer, people are giving you good advice. You should probably be appreciative and listen. Nobody is selling you anything nor is obligated to help you. They are doing it to be helpful, out of the goodness of their hearts.

    To Rewindlabs, asking for more help or clearification isn't a crime. To somebody relatively uniformed, there is a lot of crap on the internet and it can be confusing, especially to a 'beginner'.

    Slayer, jump all over that recertified 9800GTX. It's more than good enough. If you're uncomfortable with that, wait for the 4770 and see how it shakes things down.
  27. smithereen said:
    Honestly people, try and keep it civil. To Slayer, people are giving you good advice. You should probably be appreciative and listen. Nobody is selling you anything nor is obligated to help you. They are doing it to be helpful, out of the goodness of their hearts.

    To Rewindlabs, asking for more help or clearification isn't a crime. To somebody relatively uniformed, there is a lot of crap on the internet and it can be confusing, especially to a 'beginner'.

    Slayer, jump all over that recertified 9800GTX. It's more than good enough. If you're uncomfortable with that, wait for the 4770 and see how it shakes things down.

    Excuse me?

    He obviously thinks he knows more than we do when he runs his mouth saying "your *** for help" after 10 mins without a reply...for all i care he can troll off


    That recertified 9800GTX is such a nice deal though....if only the 4770 wasn't coming
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