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June 2, 2009 9:53:17 AM

Hello all!

First off, I'm very sorry to bother the forum with another thread like this.. But I've heard great things about the people here.

I am looking for a new GPU, but I have absolutely no idea which one to get. I currently have a 4350 (passive cooling) which is giving me loads of shite.

I'm looking for a nice mid-range Nvidia card, of course I will post the specs of my box:

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400, both at 2.8Ghz
Gigabyte GA-EG31M-S2 v2.0 Motherboard (Intel Bearlake G31)
One stick of 2GB DDR2 SDRAM
Aopen Z400-08F GPU (350w 400w peak)
1x Front bay card reader
1x DVD-RW (OptiArc AD-7200S)
1x 250Gb HDD (ST3250310AS 250 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
1x PCI Network card (Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P)
1x PCI Soundcard (Realtek) ALC888
2x Fans (not sure of the size, I think both are 250mm)

Some extra data on the GPU:
Form factor: ATX 2.2 12V
Fan Type: 80mm, 12VDC Fan
Power Factor Correction (PFC): non PFC / Passive PFC
AC Input : 8 amps maximum/115Vrms, 60 Hz. 4 amps maximum/230Vrms, 50 Hz.
Dielectric withstand: Input / output : 1800VAC for 1 second
Input to frame ground : 1800VAC for 1 second
Watts: 400W Peak
Humidity: 5~95% RH,Non-condensing
Efficiency: Min : 70%
Power good signal: Turn-on delay from 100ms to 500ms
Overload current protection: 150% Max
Over voltage protection: Support +5V : 6.4V(maximum)
Support +3.3V : 4.6V
Support +12V : +15.5V
Transient response: output voltage recovers in less than 10 ms max.following a 25% load change
Temperature Range: -20℃~+80℃ (storage)
Safety: Yes
CE : Yes
TUV : Yes
Nemko : Yes
CB : Yes
BSMI : Yes
PIN: 5L1S, 1SATA
+3.3V: 20A
+5V: 20A
+12V (1): 10A
+12V (2): 13A
-12V: 0.3A
+5Vsb: 2.5A
FAN: Sleeve

Hopefully someone can give me some advice, thanks in advance!

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a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2009 10:52:12 AM

The Nvida 9800 GT is a good mid range card. Anything bigger and you'd be looking into upgrading your power supply. If your willing upgrade your PSU I'd look into the Nvidia GTX 260.
June 2, 2009 10:55:19 AM

tinmann said:
The Nvida 9800 GT is a good mid range card. Anything bigger and you'd be looking into upgrading your power supply. If your willing upgrade your PSU I'd look into the Nvidia GTX 260.


Alright! What about the other versions of the 9800? A GTX/GTX+ is basically a 55nm version of the GTS250, right? Would a regular GT be the safest for 350-400w peak? Also.. Sorry to ask so many questions, which brand puts out the best 9800? Xfx, Sparkle, Gigabyte?

Thanks alot!
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June 2, 2009 11:35:12 AM

Just the regular GT. Some companies sell "super clocked" versions, which are just pre-overclocked gpus. Those would also work with your system. Whether you go with the standard speed or super clocked is up to you (but the option is there). I like EVGA, but other bands are good too.
June 2, 2009 11:37:48 AM

gimpy1 said:
Just the regular GT. Some companies sell "super clocked" versions, which are just pre-overclocked gpus. Those would also work with your system. Whether you go with the standard speed or super clocked is up to you (but the option is there). I like EVGA, but other bands are good too.


That sounds good, I really must thank the both of you for such quick replies!
Would there be a considerable advantage to getting a 1024 one instead of a 512?
a c 332 U Graphics card
June 2, 2009 11:44:58 AM

BlitzkriegBenjamin said:
That sounds good, I really must thank the both of you for such quick replies!
Would there be a considerable advantage to getting a 1024 one instead of a 512?

Only if you game at higher resolutions like 1900 x 1200, and XFX give you a double lifetime warrenty :)  .
June 2, 2009 11:58:11 AM

Mousemonkey said:
Only if you game at higher resolutions like 1900 x 1200, and XFX give you a double lifetime warrenty :)  .


I must admit I'm also leaning towards XFX, even though Gigabytes version is also tempting.