Selecting a 9800GT card

Hello all, thanks for reading.

I am in the process of upgrading my power supply and adding a video card to my HP p6280t series computer.

I was suggested Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015) as a "good deal" power supply that would work with my computer.

My new problem is, when I serach for 9800GT on newegg, there are 3 pages of cards that show up! I was under the impression it was "one card".

I am using the card to play the game "World of Warcraft" and had several recomendations for the 9800GT.

Can a forum member link / suggest a 9800 that will run WoW? I have a Core 2 Quad 2.66Ghz / 6GB ram / Win 7 / 600 GB HDD.

I apologize for this type of request, I just want to purchase the correct card.

Thanks!

Jared
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  1. Pick the one that has the best price they are all about the same performance wise just a little difference in clock speed. The antec 650 watt is a good PSU but a total overkill for your system with 9800GT.
  2. I thought so too, but upon further looking, the 500W actually costs more than the 650W.
  3. That would be one for the future then! Many of the new 9800GT don't even need an external power connection and are recommended 350-400watt PSU's Example; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500113
  4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824
    That card is a good bit better for not much more than most 9800GTs.
    If you do go with a 9800GT there are two different kinds. There's the older model with a external power and the newer model without one. The newer one will give you better power efficiency while the older one is clocked 10% higher and the power connector likely will give you more leeway for overclocking if you do so.
  5. Rolli is right that that PSU is overkill for a 9800GT. It could run 2 of them easily actually.
  6. Get the 650w so that you don't have to buy another when you do upgrade beyond the 9800gt. Second get one with a 6pin power connector and AVOID all eco or green versions since those have the most problems. If you can find a dual slot version that is priced right get it. Note that I have two 9800gt 1gb editions in sli. One is the usual 65nm while the other is the 55nm.
  7. Thank you for the replies, but I should note that my current PSU is 300W.
  8. jareda said:
    Thank you for the replies, but I should note that my current PSU is 300W.


    That is far two weak for a G92 A or B the least I would get is a 500w so there is some room to grow in the future like more drives or a newer card in the future.
  9. If it is a quality brand it can probably handle the 9800GT without the power connector. It would be pushing it though so you may want to consider something like an HD4670 instead.
  10. And waiting for the HD5670 to be released might be a good idea.
  11. Thank you for the replies. I only play one game, so I am not particularly looking for the latest and greatest card, I'm just going with what I was recommended.

    As for my situation, I found newegg offers combo packages; which I would assume would guarantee compatibility, and save a few bucks.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.319262

    Is what I'm looking at, good buy?
  12. jareda said:
    Thank you for the replies. I only play one game, so I am not particularly looking for the latest and greatest card, I'm just going with what I was recommended.

    As for my situation, I found newegg offers combo packages; which I would assume would guarantee compatibility, and save a few bucks.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.319262

    Is what I'm looking at, good buy?



    Looking good just keep the parts clean and they will last for years.
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