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May 7, 2009 6:17:47 PM

Hello all. I'm new to this site and I appreciate any info you could give me. I'm going to try not to sound too n00bish. I'm thinking about upgrading my video card. I currently have Nvidia Ge Force 6800 (256mb). I have the PCI-e card slot.

I'm an occasional gamer. I mostly use my computer now for work that I take home. But every now and then I'll play some Battlefield series, Company of Heroes series, Command and Conquer series, Rise of Nations, Age of Empires, etc. But I've seen some pretty sweet games recently and I want to make sure I can at least play them with some decent frames/sec.

3.0 Ghz P4
Win XP Media Center Edition
2 gig DDR2 PC 5300 memory
Nvidia Ge Force 6800 (256mb)

I've been looking at the BFG GeForce 9800 GT on Tiger Direct (mainly because it's only $100). It has 512 mb, which is double my current 256 mb, so I figure it has to be better, right?

Anywho, looking for recommendations in the $100-150 range.

Thank you! :) 
Mike

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a c 168 U Graphics card
May 7, 2009 6:34:53 PM

Welcome aboard.

Are you in the US or Canada mate?
The card you list requires quite a bit more power than your existing 6800, can you tell us the specs of your power supply? And what resoloution do you use?
Without that I would say the HD4770 is a sound starting point, it fits your system and draws little more power than the 6800, so no need to upgrade the power supply.
Oh, and it's on the Egg for under $100;)
May 7, 2009 7:20:35 PM

coozie7 said:
Welcome aboard.

Are you in the US or Canada mate?
The card you list requires quite a bit more power than your existing 6800, can you tell us the specs of your power supply? And what resoloution do you use?
Without that I would say the HD4770 is a sound starting point, it fits your system and draws little more power than the 6800, so no need to upgrade the power supply.
Oh, and it's on the Egg for under $100;)



Hi coozie7, thanks.

In the US. Is there a way to get the power info without cracking open the case? I'm at work right now for about 3 more hours.
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May 8, 2009 7:20:10 PM

coozie7 said:
Welcome aboard.

Are you in the US or Canada mate?
The card you list requires quite a bit more power than your existing 6800, can you tell us the specs of your power supply? And what resoloution do you use?
Without that I would say the HD4770 is a sound starting point, it fits your system and draws little more power than the 6800, so no need to upgrade the power supply.
Oh, and it's on the Egg for under $100;)



Hi coozie7,

Power supply is 350W. I would be interested to hear your recommendation for a new gpu.

In terms of resolution, I like 1024x768 or 1280x720 (depending on what the game offers).

Thanks!
May 8, 2009 7:20:52 PM

Quote:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No you have to crack the case and tell us how many amps are on the +12v rail/s.


Hi zip,

Power supply is 350W. I would be interested to hear your recommendation for a new gpu.

In terms of resolution, I like 1024x768 or 1280x720 (depending on what the game offers).

Thanks!
a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2009 9:58:08 PM

Does your cpu have hyper-threading?
May 8, 2009 10:03:17 PM

edeawillrule said:
Does your cpu have hyper-threading?


Hi ed,

Yes it does have HT.
a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2009 10:43:08 PM

The 9800 GT would be major overkill with your cpu but I think it can handle that 9600 GSO.
a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2009 11:10:47 PM

dragonfang18 said:
LOL I recently purchsed this 9600 GSO... Get this one! It has a free game!, making it much cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was wondering, because I am new... Is the GSO better than GT? Will GSO work with nvidia 3d vision? It says the 9600 GT can handle it...


The 9600 GSO I posted has quite a few advantages over that one.
It is quite a bit cheaper.
Its core clock is 650mhz instead of 580mhz.
It has 512mb of GDDR3 memory instead of the 1gb of GDDR2 on that one.
It has a 256-bit memory bus instead of the 128-bit on that one.

So it has more raw processing power and more than doubles the memory bandwidth while costing $20 less.

The GT is better than the GSO and I'm actually not sure about Nvidia 3D Vision.
a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2009 11:13:06 PM

And although it has 1gb of memory compared to the 512mb on the one I posted it would never use more than 512 unless you were using resolutions like 2560x1600 (And under those circumstances you would need a much more powerful card anyway).
May 8, 2009 11:34:35 PM

Actually mine was cheaper... they charged the game as $50, so the card was $45. Its not that bad of a game either. Of coures, if the game was cheaper, then yeah it would be up a little more.

Cheapest I could find the game was $42. This makes the card cheaper than yours by a couple of bucks (~$7).

50-42= 8
8+45= $53 (price of my card no rebate) (comes with a $20 rebate now...with rebate its $33 + $42 game)
your card was $60 with rebate
a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2009 11:45:57 PM

Me + Math = Fail Lol

I just prefer GDDR3, a 256-bit bus, & higher clock speed =P
a b U Graphics card
May 9, 2009 12:03:46 AM

Btw games accompanying a card don't make it cheaper they are there just make it look good and make up for less value in the card itself.
May 9, 2009 12:07:17 AM

so... its a $25 dollar card for me plus rebate. Would I pay $35, just to get a bit more, depends on my budget....
May 9, 2009 12:08:21 AM

Cant find any other new 9600 GSO cards with these specs at that price... (found one on ebay, but its used) (dont like sloppy seconds) :D 
May 9, 2009 12:09:51 AM

You really shouldn't upgrade just your graphics card.

I'd recommend just sticking to your rig or completly buying a new one.

Your machine's 4 years are up.
May 9, 2009 12:16:58 AM

Yeah... His PC is kinda old... best to just buy a new PC or make your own! forget the 9600 GSO.... all that math for nothing lol...

a b U Graphics card
May 9, 2009 12:17:18 AM

I majorly agree with dingumf.
May 9, 2009 12:25:35 AM

you mean Dingmuff and Dragon
May 9, 2009 4:37:06 AM

dingumf said:
You really shouldn't upgrade just your graphics card.

I'd recommend just sticking to your rig or completly buying a new one.

Your machine's 4 years are up.



I was afraid someone would say that.

Ok ... since we're on this subject now ... any recommendations? Not sure where to start with a DIY build. Can it be done for $500ish. I want Win XP Pro. Looking for something "mid level."
May 9, 2009 5:40:40 AM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/the_500_pc_build_off

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/build_a_500_p... (I wouldnt recomment the resoewill powersupply.)

Hope these help, If you get in trouble ask here, youtube, wikipedia, or google...

1 warning about these... They probably wont last long in the technology battle. AMD's latest chip can fit in AM2+ Sockets, so you can save up if you already have a motherboard with this type future proof wise depends if they still want to use this socket. i7 is ok..., i5 is coming out with a different socket, so if you go i7 its kinda a gamble for future proofing as well.

Bang for buck: AMD/ ATI
Technology: Intel/Nvidia...
May 11, 2009 2:07:29 PM

dragonfang18 said:
Here is one from Tom's Hardware http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-e5200-rad...



Thanks to all for the replies. I'm going to stick it out with my current system for 6-9 months. After such time, I'm going to build. Great info on this site!

Assuming a $700 comp, will the links to the DIY systems you posted still be a good starting point in 6-9 months, or should I come back and post a comment asking for suggestions? Basically, will the hardware recommendations change over the next 6-9 months?

Thanks again!
May 11, 2009 3:11:32 PM

You can't go wrong with the 9800GT
May 11, 2009 4:29:28 PM

Well, I'll keep checking sites, if they come out with new cheap ones in 6-9 months.
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