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Not sure about my purchase

Hi

I have a crappy Dell XPS 600.

My video card was overheating so I needed a new one and didn't want to buy a new PC or upgrade any other parts in my current PC.

I was going to buy a GF 9600GT but they were out of stock at my local store so the guy sold me an ASUS ENGT240.

I just read a couple of threads on this forum and it seems like it's a really bad choice for the price, am I right?

I know there is a lot of better cards but with my hold Pentium D CPU, I thought it wasn't worth it to buy something better because it would be bottlenecked by the CPU but is there anything else with a better value for performance/price?

The good thing with this card from what I've read is that it doesn't make much noise and doesn't need a lot of energy...so if I can't have a good video card...might as well have a silent one lol

Thanks
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  1. It is close (if GDDR5) to the 9600GT in performance and well suited for the Pentium D. You probably could have gotten a 9800GT for the same or less money and some boost in performance.
  2. next time purchase your card off a web site like newegg or tigerdirect, you could save yourself a nice amount of money.
  3. Yeah that's what i saw while surfing on the net after my purchase.
    So I just went back to the store to get my money back.

    Seems like I could get something a lot better for the same price on Newegg.

    I paid 115$ =tx for the GT240.
  4. So, what would be the best card for my PC?

    Should I just buy the same card on Newegg for less money or should I buy something a little better?

    I heard ATI is better these days.
  5. Best answer
    for $115 you can get an ATI 4850 or GTS 250

    you can even look into an open box ATI 5750 which offers similar performance but has DX11.

    any of them will work with your PSU
  6. I don't mind paying a bit more if it can get me something a lot better.

    With like 150$, what's the best card I can get?
  7. with $150 you can step up to the ATI 5770. If you plan to get a new PC or make CPU upgrades in your current PC, it would a wise choice.
  8. I say HD4850 or GTS250 would be max for your pentium D like ct1615 suggests. If you plan to upgrade CPU soon the HD5770 is a good buy.
  9. Cool Thanks

    One of those cards with a slight edge over the other?
  10. And one last question.

    Any chance one of those cards won't be compatible with my motherboard?

    I tried the GT240 I bought earlier today and it seemed like it was working well so I'm guessing the GTS250 will be fine but I don't know anything about the ATI cards.
  11. They should all work fine.
  12. I just saw some GT240 with a really nice special:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130537&cm_re=gt_240-_-14-130-537-_-Product
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130533&cm_re=gt_240-_-14-130-533-_-Product


    What's better between DDR3 but 512MB
    and DDR5 with 1GB

    ??

    There is way too many different cards!!
    Grrrrr
  13. 1) the GT240 is too slow to use 1GB of RAM, the 4850 and GTS250 can barely take full advantage of 1GB.
    2) you would get a slight increase with DDR5 on the GT240 but not enough to come to the level of either card above.
    3) why are you still looking at the GT240? Its not a very good card for the price.
  14. DDR5 is going to be faster and those prices are nice after MIR.
  15. ct1615 said:
    1) the GT240 is too slow to use 1GB of RAM, the 4850 and GTS250 can barely take full advantage of 1GB.
    2) you would get a slight increase with DDR5 on the GT240 but not enough to come to the level of either card above.
    3) why are you still looking at the GT240? Its not a very good card for the price.

    $50-60 is not a bad price.
  16. Well, I was looking at the GTS250 and 4850 and saw that the GT240 after the MIR is like half the price of those cards.

    Maybe I might see better specials on the other cards if I wait a bit.
  17. Well, this one seems like a good price:

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121334&cm_re=gts250-_-14-121-334-_-Product

    It's like 36.00$ more for the 1GB one.
  18. Gorrath said:
    Well, this one seems like a good price:

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121334&cm_re=gts250-_-14-121-334-_-Product

    It's like 36.00$ more for the 1GB one.


    its has a horrible heatsink, I owned it (also read the reviews). Sounds like you stuffed a vacuum into your PC with the fan running at 30%.

    I even flashed the BIOS as ASUS suggested to fix it, didn't work. The only thing that worked was setting the fan to 10% and it still made noise. Check out the two GTS250 I linked.
  19. Heatsink huh?
    LoL
    Never even thought about asking for this.

    This one seems like the best choice:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824&Tpk=4850

    It's one of the ones you linked.
    I'm using newegg.ca so some of the prices are not the same.
    All the 250 seems more expensive than the ones in your links :(

    How's the heatsink in this one?
  20. works fine, its a good card
  21. What is your monitor's native resolution?
  22. ct1615 said:
    its has a horrible heatsink, I owned it (also read the reviews). Sounds like you stuffed a vacuum into your PC with the fan running at 30%.

    I even flashed the BIOS as ASUS suggested to fix it, didn't work. The only thing that worked was setting the fan to 10% and it still made noise. Check out the two GTS250 I linked.


    I forgot where I saw it, but someone upgraded from that to a GTX 480, and it was louder than the GTX 480 at 100% fan speed.

    Possible he had a defective fan like you......

    ( A hig percentagae of those cards have fualty fans, something about the ball bearings in the fan or soemthing_
  23. jyjjy said:
    What is your monitor's native resolution?


    I got a crappy monitor.

    I don't think I can put it at more than 1280 x 1024

    It's a 19"

    Well, just took a look and this is my monitor:
    http://www.teachmefinance.com/Energy_Efficiency/Monitors/Dell%201907FPc.html
  24. For that resolution the HD4850 should be great and it's probably the best choice for the money.
  25. ^ Yep that or a GTS 250,.
  26. Best answer selected by gorrath.
  27. Damn, there is a lot of bad comments about the Sapphire 4850.

    Well, in fact, it seems like all the cards have a lot of bad comments lol
  28. lot of people installing cards that i would not let install the PC plug into a wall outlet

    most of their DOA are self inflicted, although makes for some nice open box savings
  29. Gorrath said:
    Damn, there is a lot of bad comments about the Sapphire 4850.

    Well, in fact, it seems like all the cards have a lot of bad comments lol

    It's selection bias. If you get a dead card or have a problem you are 100x more likely to leave a review in order to bitch about it.
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