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Best value: 9800GT or GTS250 / 9800GTX+ ?

System specs:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (Brisbane 65nm) @ 3.21 GHz
ASUS M2N32-SLi Deluxe (nForce 590 SLi)
8GB of G.Skill DDR2-1066
Two 256MB BFG 7600GT OC's in SLi
PC Power & Cooling S61EPS (solid 610W)
24" 1920x1200
Vista 64 SP1

I am looking to upgrade the obviously lacking video cards with either a 9800GT or a GTS250 / 9800GTX+. I list the GTS250 and the 9800GTX+ together because they are pretty much the same thing. Between those two I'd probably go with the GTS250, since they have better prices than the GTX+'s.

I don't actually game all that often, but when I do, I like it to look good! I like to play at native resolution... and thats not really possible anymore with the 7600GTs. I usually play HL2 or something, but I want to be able to play Crysis, Far Cry 2, Left for Dead, UT3, Mirror's Edge, etc.

My friend just got the Galaxy 9800GT for $75 after rebate on newegg... but the best deal I can find right now is this 512MB MSI N9800GT-OC for $89 shipped after rebate. The other option is this 1GB Asus ENGTS250 for $135 after rebate... which do you think I should go for? Remember, I'm talking best value here, and I'm not afraid to OC whichever card I wind up getting.

If I'm overlooking an option, please let me know. I kinda want to stick with an NVIDIA card because I want CUDA & I do a lot of Photoshop... but yeah, let me know what else I should be looking at.
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    The MSI 9800GT is a good deal but so is this for 25USD more http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127422
    Currently nobody should be looking at the 9800GTX+ cards unless the need another one for SLI.
  2. You're right. That is a great deal.

    Do you think the 1GB versions are worth it for me (considering I'm gaming on 1920x1200)?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121309
  3. At that resolution it is worth it but the GTS250 would be a minimal card. Maybe you should be looking at GTX 260 or HD 4870 1GB.
  4. rolli59 said:
    At that resolution it is worth it but the GTS250 would be a minimal card. Maybe you should be looking at GTX 260 or HD 4870 1GB.

    At the least :sweat:
  5. yeah those are out of my price range. even the gts250 is stretching it.

    like I said, I only game occasionally. If I can't play the newer games in a year or two I'll probably get another of whatever card I'm using now... If I haven't ditched the 64 x2 for i7 or amd's new architecture by then. :)

    so... which gts250s are pretty quiet, and which are great at overclocking? are there any that fit both bills?
  6. You can't drive any antistropic filtering or anti alaising (can't spell) with that gpu at 1920/1200...

    It should work ok though :??:
  7. I'd get the recertified EVGA 9800 GT+ for $104. You can stil register on EVGA website for a limited warranty.

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

    I've used an 8800 GTS 512 and a 9800 GT and the difference in framerates is very noticeable. There's a 40% fill rate difference and 22% memory bandwidth.

    For $104 ??!! - No question for me that the 9800 GTX+ is the better value.

    You can see the stats at
    http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=135&card2=127
  8. dang.. that is a pretty sweet deal.

    i actually already went with the 1gb Asus GTS250 ($135 after rebate)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121309

    it should be able to OC further than the 9800GTX+, because it uses a smaller die

    also its got 1gb :)
  9. also note: GTS 512 != GTS 250

    GTS 250 is a 9800GTX+ with a smaller die, smaller size, lower power consumption, better overclocking ability, and the option to order with 1gb
  10. oh i just realized you probably meant 512mb GTS 250... my bad. ignore the previous post
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