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8800GT to GTX 260 worth it?

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December 12, 2009 1:25:23 AM

Recently one of my 2 8800GT's died and was wondering if it is worth it to upgrade to a GTX 260 or Radeon 4890 and maybe use my 8800GT as a dedicated phsyx card. I don't really want to spend a lot more then $200 but I also don't want to have to replace the card 6 months later. I currently game at 1680x1050 with no plans to upgrade from that res anytime soon. What are your opinions?

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a c 228 U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 1:59:36 AM

Since I am married, I'll have to ask my wife what my opinion is. :) 

In the meantime, read this page:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

"I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher. Otherwise, the upgrade is somewhat parallel and you may not notice a worthwhile difference in performance"
December 12, 2009 2:24:46 AM

Its worth it.

But I would suggest getting a 5850....... DX11, and what not..............
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December 12, 2009 2:36:30 AM

hellraiser06 said:
Its worth it.

But I would suggest getting a 5850....... DX11, and what not..............


I'm not really willing to spend that much on a gpu at this point.
a c 1367 U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 3:23:52 AM

GTX260 from one 8800gt? YES it is worth it but not if you are comparing to two 8800gt in SLI which would be faster than the single gtx260.
December 12, 2009 4:53:23 AM

In that case, get a GTX 275 and use your 8800 as a physx card.

In the future, you can drop out the 8800 if you like and sli the 275, if you manage to find one.....
If you cant find a 275, then 4890 is the one that performs more or less like it...
December 12, 2009 11:36:34 AM

hellraiser06 said:
In that case, get a GTX 275 and use your 8800 as a physx card.

In the future, you can drop out the 8800 if you like and sli the 275, if you manage to find one.....
If you cant find a 275, then 4890 is the one that performs more or less like it...


Why would I get a 275 for $300 when I could get a 4890 for $200 if they perform alike.

rolli59 said:
GTX260 from one 8800gt? YES it is worth it but not if you are comparing to two 8800gt in SLI which would be faster than the single gtx260.


Why would I get a 260 if two 8800GT is more powerful? Wouldn't I just want to get another 8800GT for $100?

from what I see it doesn't seem worth the money to upgrade at this point.
a c 271 U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 7:55:43 PM

kazar123 said:
Why would I get a 275 for $300 when I could get a 4890 for $200 if they perform alike.

Because you would still be able to use the 8800GT as PhysX card without messing with hacked drivers.


kazar123 said:
Why would I get a 260 if two 8800GT is more powerful? Wouldn't I just want to get another 8800GT for $100?

If you can find one, go for it.

kazar123 said:
from what I see it doesn't seem worth the money to upgrade at this point.

Unless you have a game that you can't play at the moment, now is not a good time to be upgrading.
a c 228 U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 8:09:31 PM

Seems this lays out a perty good line up of choices

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...

Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09

$50 - HD 4650
$65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
$85 - 9600 GT
$95 - 9600 GT / HD 4830
$110 - GTS 250 512 MB
$120 - GTS 250 1 GB
$155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
$200 - HD 4890
$240 - 2 x GTS 250
$310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
$330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
$400 - 2 x HD 4890
$410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
$465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
$625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)
December 13, 2009 5:24:24 PM

So does anyone think it is worth the upgrade, I'm only really willing to go up to $300 including tax and I don't see how 2 GTS 250 adds up to only $240 the cheapest one I've seen is $140.
December 13, 2009 6:56:43 PM

get a 5850 if 300 is your budget. If you live in CAN then 13% tax isnt that big of a deal for a superior card. Just get the 5850. Sell your other 8800gt if you need the money.
December 13, 2009 7:21:08 PM

impaledmango said:
get a 5850 if 300 is your budget. If you live in CAN then 13% tax isnt that big of a deal for a superior card. Just get the 5850. Sell your other 8800gt if you need the money.


The cheapest 5850 on newegg is $324 then with shipping and tax it's already $382 a bit over budget.
December 13, 2009 7:28:20 PM

PEOPLE READ
"I'm not really willing to spend that much on a gpu at this point. "

so stop telling him to get that

just a question, do you want dx 11?
December 13, 2009 7:41:46 PM

Ehsan w said:
PEOPLE READ
"I'm not really willing to spend that much on a gpu at this point. "

so stop telling him to get that

just a question, do you want dx 11?


At this point I don't really know, if it is as little a difference as dx9-dx10 then maybe not. It might be nice to have a dx11 capable card for the future?
December 13, 2009 8:00:58 PM

I am currently running Crysis Warhead at 1680x1050, Gamer settings, Dx9, no AA at 30-40 fps with some noticable dips, what would it take to run it at 1680x1050, Enthusiast settings, no AA, dx10 at around the same frames and maybe less drops in fps?

My other specs are q9450 @ 3.4ghz, 4gb DDR2 800 RAM and a single 8800GT 650/1620/1000
a c 271 U Graphics card
December 13, 2009 8:26:27 PM

kazar123 said:
I am currently running Crysis Warhead at 1680x1050, Gamer settings, Dx9, no AA at 30-40 fps with some noticable dips, what would it take to run it at 1680x1050, Enthusiast settings, no AA, dx10 at around the same frames and maybe less drops in fps?

My other specs are q9450 @ 3.4ghz, 4gb DDR2 800 RAM and a single 8800GT 650/1620/1000

Another 8800GT.
December 13, 2009 9:30:19 PM

not worth going from 2 8800 to 1 gtx 260. You lose performance.
December 13, 2009 10:17:37 PM

tuesday0180 said:
not worth going from 2 8800 to 1 gtx 260. You lose performance.


he only has one....

Just pick up another 8800 and you will be set until you have some more cash and a bigger need to upgrade.
December 13, 2009 10:19:25 PM

1 of the 8800gt's died and he'd be better off selling the one left and moving on to the other one. And if you live in Canada there's one (5850) for $310 at this store http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=44992.... It was on sale 2 days ago for $280 and I was just at the store today, they have 2 in stock.
a c 271 U Graphics card
December 13, 2009 10:40:38 PM

kazar123 said:
I don't really want to spend a lot more then $200


impaledmango said:
1 of the 8800gt's died and he'd be better off selling the one left and moving on to the other one. And if you live in Canada there's one (5850) for $310 at this store http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=44992.... It was on sale 2 days ago for $280 and I was just at the store today, they have 2 in stock.


With tax that's $119 over budget.
December 13, 2009 10:59:39 PM

Mousemonkey said:
With tax that's $119 over budget.

"So does anyone think it is worth the upgrade, I'm only really willing to go up to $300 including tax and I don't see how 2 GTS 250 adds up to only $240 the cheapest one I've seen is $140."

So yea if he can sell his 8800gt for $50, then with tax and $300 max he'll be able to get one.

He can also get a 4890, it has slight more power then 2 8800gt's
a c 271 U Graphics card
December 13, 2009 11:12:29 PM

If the OP is running an SLi capable motherboard then it's down to the want or need for DX11, unless it's an i5 or i7 I would be more inclined to stick to Nv cards.
December 13, 2009 11:55:06 PM

I was getting under 50 fps at points in L4D2 the other day and it caused notciable mouse lag which I hate more then anything in game performance. My max budget is only $340 and I'm pretty suprised that it wouldn't get me much more performance then two 8800GT's. I just want something that will perform well for awhile. ATI cards seem like better value but if I get an Nvidia card I can SLI it in the future due to my Nvidia Mobo and I can use my 8800GT as a dedicated phsyx card (I'm not sure how much this helps performance but I'm sure it helps.

Is there any card for me or should I just wait it out.
a c 271 U Graphics card
December 14, 2009 12:42:33 AM

If one of my 8800GT's died I would be looking for a GTX275 to use as the main card with the surviving 8800 on PhysX duty, but that's me.
December 14, 2009 1:07:15 AM

Mousemonkey said:
If one of my 8800GT's died I would be looking for a GTX275 to use as the main card with the surviving 8800 on PhysX duty, but that's me.


I can get an EVGA 275 for $324 including shipping and tax, so it is in my budget.
December 14, 2009 1:09:16 AM

Nevermind it's not in stock.
December 14, 2009 1:29:13 AM

why would you get a gtx275 for that price when you can get a 5850...physx or no physx it's a no brainer and you can get hacks for phsyx on ati cards I think.
December 14, 2009 1:35:53 AM

impaledmango said:
why would you get a gtx275 for that price when you can get a 5850...physx or no physx it's a no brainer and you can get hacks for phsyx on ati cards I think.


It is a bit cheaper and I can't find a 5850 for less then $340 with tax and shipping, if you can find me one by all means.

I also see people comparing the gtx 275 for the radeon 4890? which is considerably cheaper.
December 14, 2009 1:48:17 AM

first do you live in Canada or US? If so I linked one above for Canada. Of you live in the Us I'm sure u can find a cheap one from somewhere around the net. The 4890 and gtx 275 trade blows and if you look you can prob find ones around the same price. IMO I'd rather have a gtx 275, but because of its price the 4890 is better.
December 14, 2009 1:55:23 AM

impaledmango said:
first do you live in Canada or US? If so I linked one above for Canada. Of you live in the Us I'm sure u can find a cheap one from somewhere around the net. The 4890 and gtx 275 trade blows and if you look you can prob find ones around the same price. IMO I'd rather have a gtx 275, but because of its price the 4890 is better.


I live in canada and from what I've seen the 275 is a solid $100 more then the 4890 I haven't been able to find any ones at a comparable price. The cheapest 5850 i've been able to find is $339.12 but it's out of stock.
December 14, 2009 2:00:15 AM

msi is pretty descent brand, never had any issues with their OC 4890. Yea it says out of stock , but I went to their warehouse and they had 2 of them there for msi and I think 1 sapphire one. If you live near by just call em and ask.
a c 228 U Graphics card
December 14, 2009 2:41:59 AM

impaledmango said:
why would you get a gtx275 for that price when you can get a 5850...physx or no physx it's a no brainer and you can get hacks for phsyx on ati cards I think.


You can get a hack (Win7 only) that lets you have an ATI card and use a dedicated nVidia card on the same system to handle PhysX
December 14, 2009 2:57:35 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
You can get a hack (Win7 only) that lets you have an ATI card and use a dedicated nVidia card on the same system to handle PhysX


i'm on windows 7 but would it work on a nvidia mobo?

impaledmango said:
msi is pretty descent brand, never had any issues with their OC 4890. Yea it says out of stock , but I went to their warehouse and they had 2 of them there for msi and I think 1 sapphire one. If you live near by just call em and ask.


If I can find one that cheap I will probably go for it but if I can't what would be the next best thing, I even hear it is comparable to the 4890, except for dx11 support.
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