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9800GTX Upgrade ($150 Range)

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September 20, 2010 3:02:14 AM

I am considering upgrading my video card as I haven't done so in a few years. It would seem that between work and school I have lost my touch on the video market, but from my understanding the GTX2xx is still a better buy than a Fermi based Nvidia solution.

I currently have a 9800GTX 512MB, and this has been doing me fine, since I haven't been doing much gaming. Now, I am looking for an upgrade (I have a new job, more money to put back into my computer, get back to decent again.)

I am planning to get a GTX275 OC 896MB, as to my knowledge this makes my current card look like a Geo vs a Corvette. The price is $149.99 as it is a factory refurbished BFG.

Can anyone name a better card for the price?
September 20, 2010 3:08:34 AM

F34R1355 said:
I am considering upgrading my video card as I haven't done so in a few years. It would seem that between work and school I have lost my touch on the video market, but from my understanding the GTX2xx is still a better buy than a Fermi based Nvidia solution.

I currently have a 9800GTX 512MB, and this has been doing me fine, since I haven't been doing much gaming. Now, I am looking for an upgrade (I have a new job, more money to put back into my computer, get back to decent again.)

I am planning to get a GTX275 OC 896MB, as to my knowledge this makes my current card look like a Geo vs a Corvette. The price is $149.99 as it is a factory refurbished BFG.

Can anyone name a better card for the price?

Why are GTX2xx better than the newer Fermi series? BFG has gone out of business so if you get that card you won't have any warranty or support if there are any issues with it. At the $150 price point I would aim for a ATI 5770 or spend another $20 and get a 768MB GTX 460 (probably the latter).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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September 20, 2010 3:27:23 AM

I suggest that you throw a little more money and get a gtx 460 768mb, they use less power, so they run cooler and they support directx 11. I believe the performance is not far from the older gtx 275, look for benchmark to make sure.


Btw BFG is out of business... my 9800gtx+ from them died so no more warranty... i ordered a 460 gtx last night for 180$ can.
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September 20, 2010 6:33:52 AM

HD5770/GTX 460 or higher are worth upgrade from 9800GTX+...
You'll better with new FERMI cards, they use less power and produce less heat than GTX 2xx cards.
i would say save a little bit and get GTX460.
Agree, choose another brand, BFG is out of business.
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September 20, 2010 9:45:32 AM

you could try to find another 9800gtx and SLI them if your motherboard and power supply will support that. Otherwise, dont bother with the older cards. get a gtx460 or ati 5770
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September 20, 2010 4:56:15 PM

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Why are GTX2xx better than the newer Fermi series?

I was meaning that the GTX2xx are a better buy than the Fermi series for performance per dollar. My second option was the 460 768MB. I just wasn't sold on the smaller bus and reduced ROP count. However it only makes a ~7% difference.

The 460 768MB is just a little faster than a 275, probably about the same as the OC that I mentioned. The price is a little more that is why I brought the 275 to question.

I don't find the $50 price increase worth the extra 7%.

Thanks for the help.
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September 20, 2010 11:41:00 PM

F34R1355 said:
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Why are GTX2xx better than the newer Fermi series?

I was meaning that the GTX2xx are a better buy than the Fermi series for performance per dollar. My second option was the 460 768MB. I just wasn't sold on the smaller bus and reduced ROP count. However it only makes a ~7% difference.

The 460 768MB is just a little faster than a 275, probably about the same as the OC that I mentioned. The price is a little more that is why I brought the 275 to question.

I don't find the $50 price increase worth the extra 7%.

Thanks for the help.

Its more like a $20 dollar increase ($150 vs 169.99). If you don't think its worth 20 bucks to get warranty, support, DX11, and better performance then go for the refurbished last gen card from a manufacturer that went out of business o_O.

zipzoomfly is right though, if you're going to upgrade you should probably spend a bit more for a higher tier card. Good luck!
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September 21, 2010 2:15:53 PM

The $50 increase was the difference between 460 768 and 460 1GB. You seem to skip some important things well reading. This is the second thing that you have misunderstood.

From what I have found the 460 is going to kill my 9800.

This is what I went with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know it has a couple bad reviews on newegg, they seem to be mostly heat related. If I run into that problem I will find an aftermarket cooler for it.
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