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Geforce 250GT or 9800GTX+ or 8800 Ultra

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December 31, 2009 8:07:13 AM

hey guyz. im buying a new computer and im assembling it. there are no good gaming branded computers fit to my budget of $1000. im living in maldives and have to use internet to buy computers and pay high shiping costs.

i am thinking of a good combination of a quad core processor and geforce 250GT. but i have found 9800GTX+ which is cool too. and i found geforce 8800 Ultra again cool.


WHAT THE FOK AM I SUPPOSE TO BUY!!!!!!


heres my future rig to build

intel quad core q9550

intel dp45sg mobo

4gb ram
500gb sata
dvdrw 22x
addtional card reader

they cost $607 [without tower,PSU, and any other bullshit]
December 31, 2009 8:22:07 AM

The 250 maybe slightly the best, and I recommend that, as the 9800GTX is really a 250, but older, and while the Ultra may do well in a few cases if youre needing the wider bus and memory, it wont do better elsewheres, is hot, and uses alot of power.
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December 31, 2009 8:23:07 AM

Will you buy the stuff from like... Newegg.com?

Give us the website you'll be buying the stuff and I'll give suggestions. :) 
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December 31, 2009 8:36:57 AM

The performance of the 8800 Ultra, the 9800GTX+ and the GTS 250 is the same.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...

They are suitable for 1650X1080 resolution on modern games.
The 8800 Ultra has a memory of 768MB. If the 9800GTX+ and the GTS 250 have only 512MB it will have a slight advantage if you turn on AA, but 8800 Ultra is old G80 technology that uses more power. If you live in a hot place it is not recommended.

If the 9800GTX+ and the GTS 250 have 1GB memory, buy the GTS 250 because its memory performs slightly better.

In general, it is recommended to buy the newest hardware generation, in yout case, the GTS 250. Usually it is better supported by the software drivers.
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December 31, 2009 11:13:32 AM

stridervm said:
Will you buy the stuff from like... Newegg.com?

Give us the website you'll be buying the stuff and I'll give suggestions. :) 


im from maldives and have to use the only option ebay.com....i dont know if there is any other sites that ship to maldives.

hmph!!!!!any one knows a factory built computer that got a 250gt. maybe i can change my mind about assembling
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December 31, 2009 11:15:04 AM

GTS 250 is preferred. What games are you playing and what is your budget?. Go with the GTS 250 if possible...
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December 31, 2009 11:53:17 AM

$1000 is my budget. all shipping cost will also go into this
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December 31, 2009 8:50:58 PM

As stated they are roughly the same.
Im currently running a 8800GTX which is the same as the rest.
I run crysis, FSX, COD WAW etc and have no troubles.

The 8000 series does run hotter but a 10 dollar with pci slot cooler under it you would never notice.

Save a little money for a couple of good fans in a gaming rig no matter what card you get and be sure to get a
good quality power supply 650 watt or above.
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December 31, 2009 10:30:52 PM

pat mcgroin said:
As stated they are roughly the same.
Im currently running a 8800GTX which is the same as the rest.
I run crysis, FSX, COD WAW etc and have no troubles.

The 8000 series does run hotter but a 10 dollar with pci slot cooler under it you would never notice.

Save a little money for a couple of good fans in a gaming rig no matter what card you get and be sure to get a
good quality power supply 650 watt or above.


You won't need 650w with just a single GPU. And if he even plans to SLI it, the three cards he's looking at won't be good choices to start with. For $1000 and on eBay, you can find a lot of great deals for under $1000, especially systems with a video card better than a GTS 250/9800GTX/8800 Ultra. If you're willing to drop $1000, don't settle for a mediocre card. Go with a system with at least an HD5770 or HD4870.

But if you're already committed to choosing one of those three cards, the logical choice is the GTS 250, even though the performance between the three are pretty much the same. Always go for the later card since newer cards tend to receive revisions for watt usage and temperature.
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January 1, 2010 3:10:40 PM

heh.....i tried to get a custom pc with a good graphics card and they are well above $1000. and im not restricting to these three cards. its just they are cheap. 250 needs a minimun 450w. so im getting a 500W.


nvidia says 250gt is a dual slot card. what does that mean. do i need 2 pcie slots????
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January 1, 2010 4:11:59 PM

No, you only need one PCI-E slot but since the heatsink and cooler on the card is so huge, it takes up two slot spots. If you get a motherboard where there is a PCI slot right beneath (about a centimeter gap away) the PCI-E slot, the cooler on the GTS 250 will occupy that slot and you won't be able to use that PCI slot. I guess living in Maldives makes a huge difference in pricing and shipping. I still think if you can find a site that can give you free shipping (although I do kind of doubt that is possible), you'll be much better off , especially building the entire system by yourself. Good luck on your purchases.
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January 2, 2010 6:53:16 AM

I recently had the same dilemma. I upgraded from a 9400GT to a GTS250 1 Gig and can comfortably say that I made the right move! Again, my options were the same as yours and I picked the 250GTS. This is what I finally picked up:

http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=1...

I'm running a Quad Core with 4 GB RAM and the card packs quite a kick! Here's a list of all the cards and their performances. Got this courtesy one of the fellow users on Tom's who helped me out.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/276778-33-moving-9400

It depends on what resolution you plan to run on. If you're 1920x1080+ then you may want to consider the GTX260. I've heard that the HD5770 is also a good one there. But if you're keen on lower resolutions (say, 1680x1050), the GTS 250 is the best deal considering the price range. The GTS250 is basically the same card as a 9800GTX. The GTX is an older model performance card that has been made more power efficient and rebranded as a mainstream GTS card.

Try newegg, although they might have discontinued the item by now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 5, 2010 1:32:42 PM

i want to play crysis, cod 6, nfs shift, unreal tournament 3 and latest good games. i want to play them without any glitches.
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