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9800 GTX+ or 250 GTS or 260 GTX

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May 31, 2009 2:00:29 PM

Basically i want to know which one will work great for 1680*1050 and which one is worth the money

ill be getting GTA 4 soon so i know im gonna get a 1 GB card (or with the 260 GTX a 896 MB)

thoughts are welcome

Uber :D 

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May 31, 2009 3:11:13 PM

the GTX 260 is the best one of those.
May 31, 2009 4:09:50 PM

GTX260 is the most poweful by far of the three you mentioned however at 1680x1050 you dont need a GTX260 unless you are going to be playing crysis. GTA4 for 1680x1050 a 9800GTX+ will pull it off easy. However unless you play crysis on all high settings, I recommend getting an 8800GTS 512MB, its the same power as 9800GTX however its really cheap right now and can max out any game at your resolution except crysis :) 
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May 31, 2009 4:43:41 PM

UberGenocide said:
Basically i want to know which one will work great for 1680*1050 and which one is worth the money

ill be getting GTA 4 soon so i know im gonna get a 1 GB card (or with the 260 GTX a 896 MB)

thoughts are welcome

Uber :D 


Or better yet buy two 4770's and crossfire them. Will kick every single card solution on the market's butt and you can probably get both for ~200 USD.
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May 31, 2009 4:52:10 PM

4770s are perpetually out of stock.

Get a 4850, which costs around the same and is better than the 4770. (needs more power though)

Or get a 9800GTX/GTX+ if you can find it cheap
May 31, 2009 6:32:19 PM

Also, dont waste money on the 1GB versions of 9800GTX/GTS250.
June 1, 2009 1:41:26 PM

which one is better price/performance for my 1680*1050

9800 GTX+ or 260 GTX

is the 260 worth the extra bucks
June 1, 2009 7:09:32 PM

UberGenocide said:
which one is better price/performance for my 1680*1050

9800 GTX+ or 260 GTX

is the 260 worth the extra bucks


9800GTX+, for your resolution its more then enough.
June 1, 2009 8:59:39 PM

I agree with hawk but go with the 260. It is well worth the little bit of extra money in that you will be future proofing yourself and have the option to play at higher resolutions or on more demanding games. It really depends on your budget.
June 1, 2009 11:22:44 PM

roush2fast said:
I agree with hawk but go with the 260. It is well worth the little bit of extra money in that you will be future proofing yourself and have the option to play at higher resolutions or on more demanding games. It really depends on your budget.


i agree... thats y im going with a quad core instead of a dual core to 'future proof'

and i believe more and more future games will be like Crysis( Multi-threaded and a GPU killer, or at least 9XXX killer)

im just going ahead and futureproofing

thanks for your replies

thoughts still welcome

Uber :D 
June 2, 2009 12:17:58 AM

roush2fast said:
I agree with hawk but go with the 260. It is well worth the little bit of extra money in that you will be future proofing yourself and have the option to play at higher resolutions or on more demanding games. It really depends on your budget.


+1...agreed with rough2fast, even though a 9800GTx+ as I said is more then enough for your resolution, getting a GTX260 would future proof it for a far longer period of time, and it will expand your custimizablitiy as you will be able to get a bigger monitor, and keep it for a longer time. And for not that much more money you will get a card far more powerful then a 9800GTX+

NOTE: If you want your card to live a very long and healthy life, cool it very well.
June 2, 2009 2:00:17 AM

blackhawk1928 said:
+1...agreed with rough2fast, even though a 9800GTx+ as I said is more then enough for your resolution, getting a GTX260 would future proof it for a far longer period of time, and it will expand your custimizablitiy as you will be able to get a bigger monitor, and keep it for a longer time. And for not that much more money you will get a card far more powerful then a 9800GTX+

NOTE: If you want your card to live a very long and healthy life, cool it very well.


as in turn the fan speed up????^
June 2, 2009 4:45:11 AM

UberGenocide said:
as in turn the fan speed up????^

Yeahp and always watch the card temps....always.....seeing your new 200$ graphics card at 98C can really make you scream oh sh**....
June 2, 2009 5:06:32 AM

If your going to play everything EXCEPT Crysis then a 9800GTX+ or GTS250 will be great at 1680x1050 , but I would suggest the GTX260 jsut because you will be able to play future games as well.
June 2, 2009 5:21:07 AM

Gin Fushicho said:
If your going to play everything EXCEPT Crysis then a 9800GTX+ or GTS250 will be great at 1680x1050 , but I would suggest the GTX260 jsut because you will be able to play future games as well.

Yeahp and you tend to get more options in games....my 9800gtx+ tends to lag quite a bit with 8x AA @ 1680x1050....my 260gtx has no problem at 8xx and maxed af....and of course all of the other settings are on
June 2, 2009 11:05:12 AM

rewindlabs said:
Yeahp and always watch the card temps....always.....seeing your new 200$ graphics card at 98C can really make you scream oh sh**....


lol i understand that

my 9600 GT OC idle temps are 42 C and load temps are 55 C at peak

what are the average temps for the 260 GTX do you know???

:D  Uber
June 2, 2009 7:33:45 PM

Yeah I meant as in turn the fan speed, monitor temps, and possibly add PCI-Slot coolers.
-Technically a GTX260 will run hotter then that but it all depends how well you cool it.
-My cards average on load is 85 degrees C, but I cool so well that it never exceeds 65 Degrees in Celsius cause I make sure it has good airflow and plenty of cooling if necessary.
June 2, 2009 8:04:18 PM

blackhawk1928 said:
Yeah I meant as in turn the fan speed, monitor temps, and possibly add PCI-Slot coolers.
-Technically a GTX260 will run hotter then that but it all depends how well you cool it.
-My cards average on load is 85 degrees C, but I cool so well that it never exceeds 65 Degrees in Celsius cause I make sure it has good airflow and plenty of cooling if necessary.


what games are u playing to make it 85 C graphic intense games??

or COD 4
June 2, 2009 10:17:24 PM

What case do you have it in black hawk....i have the worst air cooling here and when going through Fallout 3 with all of the hd textures and full aa/af and fan around 65 i don't exceed 60c....i always make sure not to exceed 60c....
June 2, 2009 11:17:25 PM

HOLD YOUR HORSES: I am sorry for misunderstanding, I said that "online it says that under load, my card can safely reach up to 85 degrees Celsius.

-I said that "my card never exceeds 65 degrees."

-Misunderstanding, my card never reaches 85 degrees, it never goes above 65.
June 2, 2009 11:49:00 PM

blackhawk1928 said:
HOLD YOUR HORSES: I am sorry for misunderstanding, I said that "online it says that under load, my card can safely reach up to 85 degrees Celsius.

-I said that "my card never exceeds 65 degrees."

-Misunderstanding, my card never reaches 85 degrees, it never goes above 65.


OMG thank you for clarifying

im not a GPU genius...but im fairly up to date and informed

I was thinking that 80 was too hot

Ill have 2 fans..one in take and one outtake in a fairly cool room(72 F) and i always have a ceiling fan and an oscillating fan on(yes im hot natured)

im pretty sure i have sufficient cooling

plz let me know if im wrong

Uber :D 
June 3, 2009 1:28:52 AM

If the 2 fans make good airflow past your card then I think its fine, and technically according to nvidia, a video card is perfectly capable of cooling itself with its own fan so you will most likley be fine.
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