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December 29, 2009 6:41:30 PM

hey to all

I have a 9800 gt on the moment and a 17'' monitor. Is it worth going for a upgrade or maybe sli. Or is the 9800 gt fine for now. I am quite a gamer and I want to play games at high,not very much worried by ultra or very and that stuff.

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a b U Graphics card
December 29, 2009 6:59:25 PM

on smaller monitors your cpu plays a more significant roll then your graphics card
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December 29, 2009 7:44:11 PM

The 9800GT is fine for a resolution 1280 x 1024. It starts struggling at 1680 x 1050.
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December 29, 2009 7:49:08 PM

Do you have to upgrade? No. Is it fun to upgrade? YES.

I would really point you in the direction of a new monitor for your next upgrade. If you are "quite a gamer" then it is quite nice to stare at a nice big monitor for hours on end. You can snatch up a 22" pretty cheap these days. However, at a higher res your card will start to struggle a little more. You mentioned SLI, if our board supports SLI (2) 9800GT's run pretty darn well in pairs. You can snatch one up cheap on ebay.
December 29, 2009 8:23:31 PM

Yea I dont think I will buy a new monitor not so much worried about that. Will 2x 9800 gt be good at an 17'' monitor.
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December 29, 2009 8:25:37 PM

Yes
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December 29, 2009 8:26:46 PM

It looks like you have already decided to do this.
December 29, 2009 8:53:13 PM

no just hearing other peoples opinion,dont want to go to quikly in buying something.
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December 29, 2009 8:58:55 PM

There is no real need for the second 9800gt with your 17" monitor but you would be ready for a monitor upgrade for sure.
Visually I got more of an upgrade when I changed from 17" to a 22" at 1680x1050 than any GPU upgrade I have done in the past.
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December 29, 2009 9:03:57 PM

With the resolution on your 17" I can't see any reason you "NEED" to upgrade at all.

I have to agree with Jay2Tall though. A monitor upgrade (and then a GPU upgrade) will get you good performance, and a much better picture quality.

If you buy anything new today though, don't do 1680x1050. Go for an actual 1080P (1920x1080) monitor. The 1680x1050 resolution is quickly fading out as 1080P is becoming much more the norm/standard with HD content becoming 'more' mainstream these days.

You could get a GTX 260, or ATI 5770 to perform fairly decent @ 1680x1050 or 1920x1080 with most current titles.
a b U Graphics card
December 29, 2009 9:04:29 PM

Save your money.


edit: unless you're also getting a bigger monitor. Doing both will do you some good, but not one or the other.
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December 29, 2009 9:12:45 PM

Time to move off that monitor. I had a 17" monitor around the start of this year. Gamed at 1280x1024, no problems. Around Mayish I moved to a 20" LCD at 1680x1050. I wouldn't say its been awesome but its been nice. Perhaps the best improvement that I've noticed is the less heat coming from my monitor/station. That and watching TV/Movies is a lot nicer in widescreen. Unlike my dad I'm a huge fan of WS. If you are at 1280x1024 or smaller, you don't need another 9800GT. Heck even my 8800GS handles TF2 maxed out (2x AA though) at 1680x1050. And your card is better then mine.
a b U Graphics card
December 29, 2009 9:21:03 PM

Your GPU is more than powerful enough for your 17" display.
Spend you GPU budget on a new 22"+ display, it is a much better upgrade.
Even at 1650x1080, your current GPU is quite decent, especially as you do not care about running everything at their top settings.
Beyond this, a better understanding of your other components would be helpful.
December 30, 2009 2:32:32 AM

gpu is good for 17 inch... no one HAS to upgrade, upgrades should be done only if needed...
January 2, 2010 2:38:03 PM

Ok just got a question... till which monitor will 2x 9800 gt max out any game.

here are the rest of my specs:
Core i5
2gig ddr3
dont know the motherboard,but it can take sli.

And 2x9800 gt to which single card is it compareable...?
a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2010 3:07:35 PM

2x 9800GT should give you similar performance to a 4890 or GTX 275.
It will defiantly have no issues at 1680x1050 and will make a darn good showing at 1920x1200.
If you do not mind playing with slightly lowered settings in some newer games, I would defiantly recommend a large 24" display.
Also, I would recommend upgrading to 4Gb+ of RAM.
2Gb is not enough with today's games and software.
January 3, 2010 6:37:35 PM

How does it compare to the gtx 260 and the 4890... ?

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January 3, 2010 8:27:26 PM

? Did you not read outlaws post two posts up?
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