Graphics card for under $200

I currently have a 9800GT Superclocked edition and looking to upgrade. I do not want to spend more then $200 on a card. Just looking to see what's the BEST performance for my doller =D. I don't have a preference between nvidia or ati just want what's best.

Current PC setup:

AMD Phenom II x4 3.2 GHz
4gb ram
650w PSU
Asus evo am3 nvidia nforce 980a MOBO

Thanks!
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  1. rgholmes08 said:
    I currently have a 9800GT Superclocked edition and looking to upgrade. I do not want to spend more then $200 on a card. Just looking to see what's the BEST performance for my doller =D. I don't have a preference between nvidia or ati just want what's best.

    Current PC setup:

    AMD Phenom II x4 3.2 GHz
    4gb ram
    650w PSU
    Asus evo am3 nvidia nforce 980a MOBO

    Thanks!


    This article was a bit back, but it might help you look at options

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/graphics-card-geforce-radeon,2646-3.html
  2. The best performance for the money in that price range is the 768mb GTX 460 for $160 or the HD6850 for $180. The GTX 460 1gb is more expensive than the HD6850 for the same performance but it will give you the option of SLI in the future as an upgrade path.
    Looking on newegg Gigabyte has some good prices at the moment and their cards have pretty good and quiet cooling. I would get one of the following depending on what you want to spend;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125334
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125348
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333
  3. ^he knows what he's talkin about!! Helped me pick mine awhile back...
  4. Even though that mobo supports SLI, the latest SBM conducted by Tom's proved that SLI scales badly with AMD boards.The best value for money is the HD 6850 and the Gigabyte one is a good card.
  5. I'm rather pleased with the 1GB GTX460 I just got. If I didn't play a game that uses PhysX (Sacred 2) though, I would likely have chosen a HD6850 instead. If you can stretch your budget just a little, and you want to maintain the option for SLI, get a 1GB GTX460.

    Tamz raises a good point though, SLI scaling was poor, although I think there wasn't enough information to determine just why.
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