I currently have a 7300GT 512MB DDR2 128-Bit
I play World of Warcraft, Counter strike, COD4
What would be the perfect upgrade from this?
I'm confused due to the fact the price difference in various cards is not much (like $10-15 in most cases)
This is Price Group-1 (cards I'm getting at almost similar price around $75): 9500GT 1GB 128-Bit DDR2 or
9600GSO 1GB 128-Bit DDR2 or
GT220 1GB 128-Bit DDR2
Or I could spend some more and go for Price Group-2 (again prices are almost same range around $110): 9600GT 1GB 256-Bit DDR3 9800GT 512MB 256-Bit DDR3 or GT240 1GB 128-Bit DDR3
I would really need some advice on what is the best choice to go for, I dont mind spending the extra $ on the 9600GT/9800GT but I don't know if it would be a difference in performance significantly for the extra bucks and whether it's worth it or not?
And also one more thing, I'm looking for either an EVGA or an XFX, please recommend which is the bette to go for.
No clue :s If my PSU supports an HD4850 I'd go for it, it's almost same range as the 9800GT etc, but if I have to change PSU as well that would be a problem with budget right now :s
and is 4850>9800GT?
What about the 9800GT would that run on 460W PSU?
And what is your take on the cards i've mentioned which one is the best bet to go for if it cant be 4850?
If you are concerned, there is a BFG Ecointelligent 9800gt that requires no supplemental power and uses 350w. This is not exactly head to head with the gts250, but I'd consider the 4850, perhaps upgrading the psu to a 550.
A 4850 is quite a bit better than a 9800GT. If you are feeling nervous about your PSU you can get a ATI 4770 which falls in between the 9800GT and 4850 in performance. Its a newer model card so it uses less energy than the older model cards.
Thanks, that has cleared my mind to a great extent. What about the difference of memory?
Like is there a significant difference between the performance of 512MB and 1GB variants of the same card?
More ram is usually only useful for very high resolutions or multiple monitors. If you plan to game with just the 1440x 900 then 512 would be plenty. If you are gaming with a TV along with your monitor the 1 gb might give you a minor performance boost.
I think 4850 seems to be the best option for the Price/Performance basis, or I'm thinking of a 5750 (considering it uses lesser power and newer tech), Nvidia has no dx11 card at this range which is so disappointing?
Right now I'm thinking of going with 4850/5750 or a 5770 if the deal is good, unless there is any news that nvidia would be launching its dx11 mid range cards this month?
No-- Nvidia will be launching its DX 11 line March 26th, but they will likely be in the $300s..
ok good -- you are thinking exactly what I would be. I dont see any fantastic deals at the moment though... Newegg had a Sapphire 5750 on sale for $129--but its sold out now. There was a 5770 for $142 last week..