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HELP ME (Buying a graphic card)

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June 5, 2009 4:39:41 PM

it's simply. i have a buget of £45. i want the best graphics card for the money.

i know it's not a lot of money but hey?

i have a 550 watt PSU with +18a +17a (Dual rails)
it should be enough power for the cheap cards. (not saying there not good)

and i want to know how it would be against a ATI HD3850.

i have seen a 9500GT:

i don't mind either ATI or nvidia card, just the best card for the money.

all help apreciated. Cheers in advance!

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June 5, 2009 5:09:30 PM

Try bidding for a second hand card on ebay, prehaps a 9600 GT or 9800 GT. After all, I got a 8800 GTS 640MB card on ebay for £6!
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June 5, 2009 5:43:18 PM

I will not recommend buying used off E-bay.
Look here, this will show you where the HD3850 you have falls in relation to other cards:,r...

As a rule of thumb, you need to go 3 tiers higher to make an upgrade worthwhile.
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June 5, 2009 6:39:30 PM

hi, i'm online again.
i'm sorry 1000FPS but that graphics card u bought has got the old G80 core.
you would have to pay me to have one of those.

Thanks Coozie7.

what about the 9600GSO.

i've seen this one here:
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June 5, 2009 7:02:40 PM

Just clarify this please: Are you planning on upgrading from a 512Mb HD3850?
If yes, then no: The 9600 GSO is the same performance, see the list I posted.
An upgrade would need to be : HD4850/9800GTX/9800GTX+ or GTS250 class of card, if you already have a HD3850 that is.
Also post the rest of your specs as well, including monitor resoloution and PSU details.

GRRRR! I had a 8800GTS 640!
June 5, 2009 7:09:28 PM

no. my ATI HD3850 blow-up, so i'm trying to replace it with my funds.

i could replace it with the same model:

i got told that the G80 core were bad, that i shouldn't touch them with a barge Pole, i don't know why though.
Was was the GPU ok. i found this later back:

Edit: Hold On i Got told that my 550 watt PSU can't Take a 8800
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June 5, 2009 7:15:56 PM

As long as the cooler will fit the 9600 will do nicely.
June 5, 2009 7:24:49 PM

so you say the First 9600. okay. well i've got a M-ATX MOBO in a full ATX case,
if's it's the same size as my Dual slot 3850, it should be okay!
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June 5, 2009 7:31:05 PM

I would be surprised if your PSU could not run a 8800, but the point is moot, it's the 320 Mb version, and I would leave it alone as well;)
My concern was about the height of the cooler it might block the slot below it, but since you already had a dual slot on the 3850, I see no problems.
Just remember you must fully uninstall the existing ATI drivers before installing the new 9600.
Now you just need to get out the Plastic and order it:)  (the 9600 GSO I mean).
June 5, 2009 9:21:26 PM

the 4730?

have you got any specs on it?
June 6, 2009 7:17:43 AM

Nah. i'm sticking with the 9600GSO. i can't find the 4370 anywhere and the 9600GSO graphics are Fantastic, even better the my ATi HD 3850, i've seen a video on you tube with the card playing Crysis Warhead
June 6, 2009 4:22:12 PM

i've just upped my Funnd by a 10er. Shall i still get the 9600GSO?
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June 6, 2009 4:38:56 PM

If that tenner gets anything better then get that, just remember to factor transport costs though, when money is tight that can be a deal breaker.
June 6, 2009 5:41:46 PM

on ebuyer, Postage and Packaging is Free. i know, i ordered all my parts to build my Custom Pc off there.
June 6, 2009 5:45:40 PM

how about a 4670 extreme edition by Saphire:

i don't under stand. i read a review and it said that this graphics card doesn't beat the 9600GSO, but Every Spec on this Graphics Card is Higher then th 9600GSO?
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June 6, 2009 6:30:18 PM

Newegg links are pretty useless to the OP, wrong part of the planet.
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June 6, 2009 8:42:43 PM

@ HappyVillan456: The HD4670 and 9600GSO perform the same, more or less, just get whichever is the least expensive overall.
June 7, 2009 3:05:12 PM

the ati 4670 looks cooler, sounds quoted, preforms great. The ati 4670 it is