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August 31, 2010 2:31:08 AM

Hello,

While I'm here, I might as well ask a question of you graphics genius'. I currently have an EVGA 9800GTX+ (which in it's time and still today is an excellent card), but I am looking to upgrade it to a newer card. Any suggestions on what I should be looking at? I paid about $120 for the 9800GTX+ and I'd like to stay in that price range. Also, I know how to read the specs of the cards to verify if it is compatible with my system and if I'll need to upgrade anything or not, just looking for some suggestions from you guys. If I took the time, I could figure this out on my own, but to be honest, I don't HAVE the time and even if I did, I'd rather save some of it by getting a suggestion on where to start looking. Thank you.

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a b Î Nvidia
August 31, 2010 2:37:41 AM

I don't think you'll find a worthwhile upgrade in the 120 dollar rage from a 9800GTX+, now if you sold your card and added that to the price of your 120 dollar range....
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August 31, 2010 2:39:48 AM

The 450s are coming out, not sure howgood or how much theyll cost...
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August 31, 2010 2:40:20 AM

Thanks for the reply, Helltech. Well, $120 isn't a requirement, just a preference, so if you have a suggestion, please, do share.
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a b Î Nvidia
August 31, 2010 2:46:07 AM

GTX 460 1GB version is probably the lowest I'd go from a 9800GTX+
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August 31, 2010 2:47:20 AM

Thanks for the input, jaydeejohn. I doubt I'll be willing to fork out the bucks for a new card (One that is actually CAPABLE of replacing my 9800GTX+ won't come cheap, I can tell you that already). In the confusing video card market, newer is not always better. To be honest, I usually always am a generation or two behind when it comes to graphic cards. I just can't justify the price difference of a good older generation card to the price of a newer card with a few more bells and whistles.
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August 31, 2010 2:48:25 AM

Thanks Helltech. I'll look that up and see if it's worth it. Will post with result if I have time.
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August 31, 2010 2:48:55 AM

I agree with helltech, the 460, youll notice the difference, and its pricing isnt unreasonable
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August 31, 2010 2:53:31 AM

Yeah, just looked that up on Newegg. It's floating a little over the $200 mark...not bad for a few generations jump like that. That's a fairly newer card, isn't it? Might scan the specs and pick it up, if compatible. Thanks guys. Been a big help.
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a b Î Nvidia
August 31, 2010 2:56:01 AM

Yeah its a pretty new card, but its a damn good one.
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August 31, 2010 3:00:47 AM

Great! As for manufacturer, I usually always buy EVGA cards, as they seem solid and well built. Any certain manufacturer stand out with this card? That you know of, that is?
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a b Î Nvidia
August 31, 2010 3:14:52 AM

The ASUS DirectCU, and MSI Cyclone are the best two of the bunch, evga would be my pick for a reference card, however.
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September 1, 2010 12:12:12 AM

Okay, Helltech. I think you sold me. Thanks for the invaluable assistance!
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