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1GB Ge Force GTS 250 vs. 1GB Radeon HD 4850

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May 25, 2009 1:38:23 PM

Hi,
I'm trying to choose between these cards for my HP 9600 with Intel Core i7-920. I am a casual gamer, but I want my games to run smoothly. I also want to take in longevity. Will I be able to add on another of these cards in a year or two to help my computer handle new games?
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a b α HP
May 25, 2009 1:51:37 PM

The cards are about equal in performance. If your MB supports crossfire select HD4850. If MB supports SLI select GTS250.
May 25, 2009 2:38:53 PM

Sorry for my lack of computer-savvy! How do I tell what my motherboard supports?
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May 25, 2009 2:51:31 PM

@ Rolli59, his computer is a OEM HP if I'm not mistaken I doubt that a HP computer would support stuff like CF or SLI
May 25, 2009 3:01:12 PM

I suck at this stuff. Honestly, I don't know what I am doing. Do you guys know what motherboard I might have? I can't find it. By the way, I haven't purchased the computer yet, so I can make changes if it is possible to change the motherboard.
May 25, 2009 3:08:43 PM

Where are you buying the computer from, then? The seller should provide you with all the specs. Just copy and paste. :) 
May 25, 2009 3:18:37 PM

Okay, sorry.
This is what I have from the HP website where I am creating the computer. Hope this helps. Please let me know whatever else you need. I'm trying to create as cheap a computer as possible while still having good performance.

Components
• Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
• Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-920 processor (2.66GHz, 1MB L2 + 8MB shared L3 cache with QPI Technology)
• FREE UPGRADE! 6GB DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM [3x2048] from 4GB
• FREE UPGRADE! 640GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 500GB
• 768MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600GS [DVI, VGA, HDMI]
• LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
• Integrated 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) Ethernet, No wireless LAN
• Integrated 7.1 channel sound with front audio ports
• 15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, 1394, audio
May 25, 2009 3:19:18 PM

Oh, and I was going to upgrade the graphics card... hence, the question. Disregard that.
May 25, 2009 5:54:00 PM

Okay, I just got off the phone with an HP sales rep. and he said that the motherboard DOES have SLI capabilities. So, I guess I will go with the GTS 250.
It was very interesting because this is the first rep. from a computer company that was American! I guess it's because it was a sales representative. :D 
May 25, 2009 6:18:34 PM

Do you have a link for this HP desktop, I'm interested :lol: 
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May 25, 2009 9:35:55 PM

Monitor resolution is critical

both those cards are marginal with a 22inch lcd and theres no head room at all with a 24 inch
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