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Which card video card up grade do I choose?

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Which price / performance video card upgrade would you choose?

Total: 12 votes (4 blank votes)

  • SLI another used 8800 GTX for ~$100 ?
  • 13 %
  • ditch the 8800 gtx and get a used local BFG NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 OC MAXCORE 55 for ~$130 ?
  • 13 %
  • ditch the 8800 gtx and get an open box 4890 for ~$150 ?
  • 38 %
  • ditch the 8800 gtx and get a used local eVGA 285 GTX SSC (used ~5months) for ~$225 ?
  • 13 %
  • OTHER: Explain
  • 25 %
January 7, 2010 10:52:54 PM


I've got an eVGA 8800 GTX right now, but am looking to upgrade. :D 

I'm running 1080p and like to run natively. I also want my games to SPARKLE :o  (high rez, AA, DX9 and DX10, AF)

Games I've been noticing slow-down on and would like to run better / look better:

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky
Oblivion (with high texture packs)

Which would you guys do and why?

I'm running an e6600 on a 680i board with 4gigs of ram.

I've seen lots of benchmarks, but they're all saying different things!! :heink:  I don't care about synthetic marks; I want real world suggestions.

Overclocking is also an option, as long as it is a relatively common OC that can be reached and many people have proven to work.

A little "future proofing" would be nice, too ... but not extremely necessary. Price / Performance and the ability to play above games would be great!

Thanks! :sol: 
a b U Graphics card
January 7, 2010 10:58:54 PM

The 4890 performs equal to a GTX275. A GTX285 is 1 tier above the 4890 and almost equal to a 5850.

Sell the 8800GTX on ebay for $80 or so, and get that used GTX260 or 4890...those aer pretty good prices.

The additional money for the GTX285 isn't worth it...and another 8800GTX will run hot and use a lot of power.
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a b U Graphics card
January 7, 2010 11:43:26 PM

Yeah and the GTX 275 is equal to a GTX 285. A lil bit of diffrence. And HD 4890 performs the same as a GTX 275.

No, the GTX275 comes close/equal to the performance of the GTX280. The GTX285 is better than the GTX275, so much so that it ranks a tier above it on the tomshardware GPU hierarchy.,...

The GTX285 is roughly 10-15% better than the GTX275.
a b U Graphics card
January 7, 2010 11:51:00 PM

GTX 275 and GTX 285 got horrible prices and both are huge + needs 550W PSU. HD 4890 is on par with the GTX 275. Well, all the benchmarks are diffrent. On some HD 4890 beats GTX 275 and its almost as good as GTX 285. And on others, like the ones you linked its not. But yeah its equal to GTX 275 thats for sure.

Yes they are both overpriced. We're talking about sheer power though.

GTX275 < GTX285

The GTX285 beats the GTX275 in every benchmark.
January 7, 2010 11:51:42 PM

Can I lose with any of the above options? I think they'd all be good upgrades, so it comes down to price, no?

(... Excluding the 8800 GTX SLI, or course, which might overheat the system! And by the way, it's an EVGA E-Geforce 8800GTX KO ACS3 Edition, which used to kick the snot out of everything that got in it's way ... about 2 years ago)
a b U Graphics card
January 8, 2010 12:46:21 AM

Not disagreeing with any options above-- but just for the sake of argument, why not sell the 8800GTX and try a different multicard setup...?

2 4850s for around $200...
2 GTS 250s for around $230? (a tom's recommendation at $240)