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January 10, 2010 7:03:55 AM

I have the Nvidia 8800GTS, and I want to upgrade. My Motherboard is an Asus P5N-E SLI. So basically I was thinking about the Radeon ATI 4870 card, but I really don't know alot about GPU's. My budget is no more then $200 at max.

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January 10, 2010 7:22:07 AM

Is that a 512mb 8800GTS or 320/640mb?
January 10, 2010 7:25:25 AM

320
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January 10, 2010 7:27:25 AM

Please post other system specs and also at what resolution do you play your games ?
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January 10, 2010 7:31:15 AM

Alright. The HD4870 wouldn't have been a huge upgrade over the 512mb version which is much more powerful.
I would probably recommend either an HD5770 or HD4890 with that budget. However what is appropriate for you depends highly on both your monitor's native resolution and the specifications of your power supply.
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January 10, 2010 2:28:06 PM

^+1.
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January 10, 2010 6:11:59 PM

jyjjy,OP has a 320MB card :) 
A HD 4870 would be a good upgrade but i would choose HD 5770 as well,runs cooler and performs good and has newer techs like DX11,eyefinity etc
January 10, 2010 6:23:16 PM

Alright thanks yall, I have a 500W power supply, and I'm not really sure what my Resolution is at currently. I run around 60-80 FPS in World of warcraft, so I never lag unless its server lag.
January 10, 2010 6:49:19 PM

1280x768 pixels at 60 HZ in true colors 32 bit..

I'm running a 20inch Dell monitor from 05'
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January 10, 2010 6:57:41 PM

That resolution is quite low and even an HD4850 would do very well for you. If I were you I would probably get one of these two cards;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The second is overkill for your resolution but it's a nice deal with the promocode and free shipping. It's DX11 compatible and will also be nice if you upgrade your monitor which is a good idea really.
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January 10, 2010 7:02:03 PM

For that res,HD 4850 is a good choice,HD 5750 is good too
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January 10, 2010 7:09:23 PM

Yeah, the HD5750 would do well also
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But I'm not sure it makes sense when it's $30 more than the HD4850. And if you want DX11 that HD5770 would be too tempting for me when it's just $20 more.
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January 10, 2010 7:28:32 PM

connor m said:
1280x768 pixels at 60 HZ in true colors 32 bit..
Looking here....

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

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.

3 teirs up puts you at the 9800 GTX GTS 250 range

At your resolution, anything more than that would be overkill.

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 - 9800 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)








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January 10, 2010 7:31:35 PM

Just blindly pasting a chart doesn't help here. The HD4850 at $100 is definitely a better deal than the GTS 250 at $110(if you could even find such a thing which is unlikely.)
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January 10, 2010 7:41:21 PM

He has a 320mb 8800GTS. It is getting to be a bit weak even for his resolution.
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January 10, 2010 8:07:26 PM

An 8800GTS 320mb is on par with a 9600 GSO which I've used a good bit at similar resolution. It's a good card for that but I wouldn't call it great. He should definitely see a noticeable difference in a lot of current games and probably in most if he wants to max out AA.
January 10, 2010 8:15:40 PM

Be aware that best card for the money chart published in december is alreayd hopelessly wrong.

Prices have changed alot due to 4xxx series now stopping production, costs going up as they become scarse.

In fact cost of all cards seem to have increased alot.
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January 10, 2010 8:21:42 PM

He hasn't mentioned what he is playing but he came here for advice on upgrading. I don't see why he would do that unless he wanting better performance in the games he is playing. Can you think of another reason?
Bottlenecking hasn't been mention of course because he hasn't told us his CPU which is a decent question actually.
January 10, 2010 8:45:25 PM

I said a few posts ago that I play World of Warcraft. I was thinking about upgrading my monitor the other day. Thanks for all the help yall.
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January 10, 2010 8:50:36 PM

You should really figure out if you are going to upgrade the monitor before buying a new card. If you really aren't sure but you might then go for the HD5770 as it well do pretty well even up to 1920x1080.
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