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Upgrading 9800GT, $200 budget.

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July 15, 2010 9:59:01 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By August.
USAGE: Gaming
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: EVGA 9800GT and a aerocool 640W
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: e8400 Core2Duo @ 3.00ghz, 780i FTW motherboard
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg/Tigerdirect, but really wherever it reliable/cheapest.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: No real preference, just something that is reliable.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: dual, 1600x900 and 1024x768.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Primarily looking at the XFX 5770.

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July 15, 2010 10:06:44 PM

GTX460 768mb for $200 is your best option. It performs slightly better than the 5830, which in turn performs better than the 5770.

Of course, the 5770 is also a great option as well, and is about $40 cheaper than the GTX460 768mb or 5830.
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July 15, 2010 10:09:58 PM

^ +1. IMO GTX460.
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July 15, 2010 10:10:57 PM

For the resolutions you're running the 5770 would work perfectly. Plus you'll save some cash. Unless you plan to buy a pair of new lcds with 1920x1080, anything higher of a card would be overkill. I run at 1680x1050 and almost all games run at high settings. I also use a 47"1080p occasionally as a second monitor.

You can get one for $140 but if you like the warranty like i do, xfx is always good, expect to pay closer to $170.

Also, If you do plan on upgrading your monitors sometime soon enough, a 5830 can be had at $200.
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July 15, 2010 10:25:35 PM

Mainly I would like to be able to max out most of the games I play. With my 9800, I am barely able to play GTA:IV on medium.

I'll definitely look into the 460 though
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July 15, 2010 10:40:39 PM

I have to agree with the 460 option. =D
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July 15, 2010 10:45:31 PM

get the 460 1Gb version its 20-30$ over 200$ but it is worth it since it more future proof.
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July 15, 2010 10:59:41 PM

shening said:
get the 460 1Gb version its 20-30$ over 200$ but it is worth it since it more future proof.

Proof from what?
The card is 6-7% faster. That margin is never going to be the difference in "future proofing" whatever the hell that even means.
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July 15, 2010 11:08:45 PM

the first question i have is your motherboard support sli or crossfire? if no i would go the 460 route since its a little faster and uses a little less power. if you build a new computer in the next year or two you could go sli 460s and have a very strong graphics system. Either way i would not buy the 5830. The price/performance ratio of the 5770 is just to good to justify buying the 5830. Just my opinion, hope it helps.
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July 16, 2010 7:43:43 AM

GTAIV is also very CPU dependent, so an upgrade there would help, but I wouldn't recommend it as LGA775 is dead. The GTX460 will the best card in your price range as others have already stated.
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July 16, 2010 8:28:06 AM

Best answer selected by Schuyler113.
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July 16, 2010 8:29:54 AM

Thanks for all the feedback. I think I will be looking into the 460gtx.
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July 16, 2010 6:54:40 PM

baracubra said:
I didn't read through all the comments above, but I very much recommend getting the 1gb version of the 460. read the article about it the Tom's published a couple days ago, it will shed light on why you'd want to get the 1gb and not 768!!!

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-gf1...


You mean the article that says:
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In general, you give up very little performance stepping down to the 768 MB model versus the 1 GB card.

on the page after the one you linked? All the article is showing is that the card's memory isn't suited for 2560x1600 with AA on. The 1gb card is certainly better, especially if you want to SLI or use a very high resolution but the 768mb card is a good value as well.
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