I own a home built pc that contains the following:
Gigbyte GA-MA785GM-US2H Am3/AM2
Amd Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0 Socket AM3 65W
Antec 550W power supply
EVGA GeForce 7950GT 512MB Vram
Windows XP Pro
I'm looking to upgrade my video card but really have no idea what to buy, I'm also limited in budget to around 100 bucks shiped to my door. If someone here could help make some reccomendations as to what I could buy for my budget that would be better than what I now have I would appreciate it! Thanks in advance for your help.
Agree that zip got a bad card... the 9800 is not a hot-running card.
The 9800GT would be a great buy for you at only $79 after MIR on newegg. Or you could spend $110 for a GTS 250 which uses the same G92 architecture, but is a little bit faster.
I'm guessing you would be happy with the 9800GT however, as its still a pretty big jump from a 7 series. This is a good price for performance deal, as I dont think the GTS 250 is really $30 faster. By spending less you can always upgrade again sooner if you feel you need to.
I wouldn't recommend switching to ATI at this point. You already have Nvidia drivers installed, and frankly at this price point Nvidia cards are more than competitive. I would only consider ATI if you were looking in the under $70 or $130+ price ranges.
The GTS 250 is about 25% faster than a normal 9800GT and slightly more in comparison with the newer low power version with the slower stock speed. It's worth the extra money if you have it.
I don't think having to change drivers should be a real consideration for anyone when picking out a new card. Even without switching video cards the process is the same as upgrading drivers which should be done fairly frequently. An HD4770 would be a good choice, especially if your PSU is a bit sketchy.
Anyoe have a newegg link to which card would be my best bet? Sorry, I tried going there and finding the cards but didn't end up finding the ones you guys listed. Sorry for being such a pain but I just want to make sure I buy the right one for my needs. Thanks a ton for all your help, I really appreciate it.