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May 12, 2010 7:17:31 PM

Hi, my current video card is a GeForce 9800 GT 512MB and i was wondering if there is a video card for less than $200 that would provide a decent increase in FPS for games? By decent i mean, around 25% increase in performance. Thank you.

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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333 (PC3 10600) F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK
XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
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a b U Graphics card
May 12, 2010 7:24:45 PM

Radeon HD 5770

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Radeon HD 4890 for $50 more
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a c 172 U Graphics card
May 12, 2010 7:30:52 PM

A 5570 is the best choice over all but if you want to remain with nvidia a GTX260 wouldn't be to bad but isn't speedy compared to the 5770.
a c 106 U Graphics card
May 12, 2010 8:10:41 PM

Get a Radeon 5770 1GB or try to find a 4890 on sale. It will be a pretty good increase.
May 12, 2010 9:08:08 PM

Sounds like we have a clear winner. Thanks folks. ^.^
a b U Graphics card
May 12, 2010 11:14:55 PM

^ Yes. That's what he meant.

Anyways, another +1 for the 5770. ;) 
a c 212 U Graphics card
May 12, 2010 11:21:47 PM

It's all spelled out here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

I don't think your board does SLI ....if I am wrong .... two cards and 4 game downloads for $180 would be great buy

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Twin 4850's at $220 might be more than ya wanna spend.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Both of the above mean no DX11 support......The 5770 is a DX11 option up to 1650 x 1050 resolution or 1920 x 1080 in DX10.

Personally, if playing at 1920 x 1080 is in your future, I'd save another $120 or so and get a 5850.

May 12, 2010 11:41:18 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
It's all spelled out here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

I don't think your board does SLI ....if I am wrong .... two cards and 4 game downloads for $180 would be great buy

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Twin 4850's at $220 might be more than ya wanna spend.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Both of the above mean no DX11 support......The 5770 is a DX11 option up to 1650 x 1050 resolution or 1920 x 1080 in DX10.

Personally, if playing at 1920 x 1080 is in your future, I'd save another $120 or so and get a 5850.


I believe my mobo supports crossfire, but maybe not at full capacity. Here's a quote from the manual:

"Expansion capabilities come in the form of three PCI slots, one PCI3 x1 slot and two x16 PCI-E 2.0 slots for those looking to run video cards in an ATI CrossFire configuration. It should be noted that the blue PCIe 2.0 slot x16 operates at x16 mode and the gray PCIe 2.0 slot operates at x4 mode".

I have a couple of noob questions in regards to DX11 and 1920x1080 resolution:

1. If a card does not support DX11, then does that mean that i can't play DX11 games? Or can i still play them, but the performance won't be as good because i have a DX10 card?

2. Is a 1920x1080 resolution only usable on monitors larger than 22"? I have a 22"monitor right now that's running 1680x1050.

Thank you.
May 13, 2010 12:05:38 AM

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AMD chipsets cant do SLI, so SLIing 9800GTis out of the question.

And your boards can only do Crossfire @X16/X4, which could result in ~10%+ performance because it aint much different fromX4/X4. So, a single 5770 would be great.


Thanks. I should have done more research before i bought the mobo. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but it would have been nice to have a mobo that fully supports SLI/Crossfire in case i decide to use it. This was my first build ever, and i haven't had any major problems, so i should be thankful for that.

A 5770 sound perfect, although i'm tempted to splurge for a 5850.
a c 376 U Graphics card
May 13, 2010 1:03:08 AM

The HD5770 is a good choice. It is about 50% more powerful than the 9800GT and will give you DX11. It should do very well at your current resolution.
a c 172 U Graphics card
May 13, 2010 2:33:24 AM

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5570? you mean 5750 right?


Yes, sorry for the typo. Remember go a for proven performer when you do make your choice.
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