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HD4650 or 9800GT

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November 24, 2009 2:20:15 AM

Hi,

I just bought an XFX 4650 512mb for some casual gaming. Was disappointed as it did not run games at max settings at 1440x900. Now i'm thinking to upgrade to a higher card such as a GF 9800GT or (if it's worth it) a GF GTS250. I know the GTS 250 supports Physx but how much of a difference does that make???

Will it be wise to spend the extra $$ on the GTS 250 as compared to the 9800GT???
And will a notice a sharp increase in performance as compared to the 4650 at 14440x900??

My setup:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.8GHz) (I know its quite old!!!)
2GB RAM
Cooler Master 460W PSU with 36A +12V.
1TB HDD

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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 24, 2009 3:11:35 AM

Yeah, you'll want a GTS 250 or HD4770/4850 for that resolution. Any of them are much better than an HD4650.
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a b U Graphics card
November 24, 2009 3:28:10 AM

An HD5770 isn't too bad either.
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November 24, 2009 4:19:29 AM

So what difference will I notice with the new Physx option???
Also, will my 460W supply be able to supply the juice???
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 24, 2009 4:57:30 AM

Your PSU is a pretty good brand and should be fine for these cards.
And yeah, an HD5770 is good. It's also $50-60 dollars more expensive than the other cards.
I wouldn't worry about Phys-x. It's not used in that many games and when it has been used it doesn't really add too much.
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November 24, 2009 5:10:00 AM

Check out ebay. People put video cards up there all the time (I buy a lot of graphics cards on ebay - very few have any issues at all)

But the Geforce 9800GT is a good card and the GTX250 is better...
I am a big Nvidia fan myself, but if you are on THAT much of a budget... look into some ATI boards...

If you are willing to fork out extra moneys.... definitely go with the GTX 275/285.
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a b U Graphics card
November 24, 2009 5:17:33 AM

For that resolution 9800GT won't be enough will all the eye candy(I have that card).
So go for GTS 250 or HD 4850.

Overclock your CPU for better performance.

BTW what is your Budget?
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a b U Graphics card
November 24, 2009 5:30:55 AM

Would say that GTS250 is the best option that i can think of, looks like you are inclined towards PhysX. Otherwise HD5770 is a wise choice.
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a b U Graphics card
November 24, 2009 6:07:26 AM

Performance at x resolution is BS - doom 3 will run at a high res at max on any card these days yet newer games wont as a great example so why are people always asking what card is best at x res? 100% BS

Get the best card you can get at your budget - its the only way.

If you can afford to get a 5970 get it, otherwise go for something cheaper etc - its that simple.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 24, 2009 7:27:25 AM

Doom 3 came out over 5 years ago... What does it have to do with anything? It can safely be assumed that most people aren't looking to buy a card these days to play Doom 3. Just look at the OP. I'm sure it's little consolation to the guy that the HD4650 he purchased can play Half Life 2 beautifully at his resolution. Similarly in a few years now no one will care if a $50 card can play GTA IV or MW2 maxed out at high resolutions. They will care about if a GTS 450(which is really just a renamed GTX 385 :p  ) can handle Bioshock 3 or Resident Evil 7.
To run games at higher resolutions you need a more powerful card. It's simple, higher resolutions = more pixels = more graphical power required. There's no BS involved. I'm not exactly sure what you don't understand but that you needed to bring up a 5 year old game no one plays any more to make a point should give you pause.
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November 24, 2009 7:42:36 AM

Ok thanks alot everyone for the invaluable advice. Will go for the GTS 250 after all. I know ATI cards offer more bang for the buck at this price range but personally, I like Nvidia hardware.

Once again THANKS!!!
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November 24, 2009 3:15:59 PM

shubham1401 said:
For that resolution 9800GT won't be enough will all the eye candy(I have that card).
So go for GTS 250 or HD 4850.

Overclock your CPU for better performance.

BTW what is your Budget?


I'm going to agree, overclocking the CPU should help considerably and that 6300 should have a lot of headroom. I run a 2180 at 3.0ghz with a 4850 and I get very good framerates on all the games I play. (Wow, MW2, L4D2)
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