I've been having some horrible PC issues lately, and I was advised (here and here) to look into getting a new graphics card. I had planned on buying one in another couple of months (GTX 470), but it looks like I'll need to upgrade now. My budget right now is around $150 to $200.
I currently have a GTS 8800 320mb (3 years old, was always reliable), and I've found a few good deals on GT 9800 512mb cards. We play 3D games now, but I want something that will handle most things that are thrown at it (so that we can get into some NEW games). A few questions:
1. Will I notice much of a graphics and/or performance difference with this upgrade?
2. Would it be better to go with the 1GB version over the 512mb? (my resolution is 1680x1050)
3. Would it be better to go with the GTX+ over the GT? Is there a great difference?
4. My psu (3 years old) is a Thermaltake Purepower 600w. Would this be adequate for a GT 9800? Should I get a new psu right now also? (had my eye on a Corsair 750w)
5. Is there any other card in this price range that would be better, like a 200 series?
6. If I get a GT 9800 now, would it even be worth it to upgrade to the GTX 470 later this year?
i7 930 Asus P6X58D-E
6GB GSkill DDR3
WD Caviar Black 500GB
GTS 8800 320mb
Antec 900 case
Windows 7 x64
Forget the 9800gt its old tech now.If ur budget is 150-200 bucks might as well go in for an hd5770.Its directx 11 and the xfx version costs 174.99 on new egg and comes with a double lifetime warranty.You have an i7 930 therefore your board supports crossfire if you want to upgrade latter just get another 5770 as these cards scale very well and 2 will perform as well as a 5870 which is better than a gtx 470.Plus thay run cool and dont use alot of power.
Ahh the 9800 is a fiiiine card if you get the 1024MB version.. can handle all modern games on medium detail at least pushing some into high detail keeping a stable fps rate of about 40 though really... it would be alot more advisable for the gtx 460, excellent value card and runs really well plus it will be longer before you have to make your next upgrade if you get that cause the 9800 is old.. and nobody wants old hardware
If you can get it for around $100 used or new that isn't EE or green edition then I would go ahead. If it is 1gb and has the 6pin power connector then its worth it. If you are into high settings, large textures, 16x aa and af then it is worth it. At least the 1GB version can handle 4 instances of wow at once with out single digit fps unlike my x1900xt, 3870, and my 8800gtx. The GTX 460 (768mb) is on par with a GTX260 (core 216) and the 1GB smokes them both on stock.
I had been so focused on the gtx 470 that I had really overlooked the 460. It wasn't until I started looking for advice around here that I started to see how good of a card it was.
So my current psu will be okay for a gtx 460? Not having to purchase a new one right now would make it much easier for me to get a card as good as the 460 right now.
@ekg84, thanks for those links. I've only ever had EVGA, but that MSI card sounds awesome. Is Sparkle a trustworthy brand?
Thanks so much everyone.
U r very welcome, im happy to help, and yes your psu carries more than enough power for that card - it would handle even GTX470 which is noticeably more power thirsty than GTX460, so u r good. Sparkle is pretty good brand, with good customer service and like i've said before - with lifetime warranty which is always a plus. And u r totally right about msi cyclone version, its just sick
Yeah, a GTX 460 is a good choice. With your motherboard you can even add another later in SLI for performance very close to an HD5970 but I doubt you will feel the need to do so with a 1680x1050 monitor.
Thanks to everyone who answered. I decided to go with the MSI gtx 460 cyclone (hopefully it'll be here next week).
One question: when adding another card for SLI, is it better to go with the exact same card (manufacturer and model)? Does that increase stability or performance or anything else? That's more of a curiosity question for later on (I'm loving what I've been reading about this card!)