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Worth to upgrade 8800GT to 9800 GTX+?

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November 17, 2010 12:20:35 AM

A local seller has an EVGA 9800 GTX+, the newer revision that only requires 1 PCI-E power plug instead of 2. He's asking $85 for it. He actually has 2 in SLI and asks $150 for both but I only need one.

One of my PC's, a Core i3 540 has an 8800 GT in it. I'm perfectly happy with it's performance but aftr seeing this ad, I got tempted with a newer card and like the idea I don't have to upgrade my 500W PSU to use it.

The SLI deal sounds tempting but then I need a new PSU as well and basically becomes an even more expensive proposition.

I do use a 24" monitor but I never really gamed on super high with the 8800 GT and don't expect to do the same with the 9800 either.

Should I bother to spend $85 for the 9800 GTX+ or is the improvement negligible over the 8800 GT?
a c 169 U Graphics card
November 17, 2010 5:15:57 AM

No,9800GTX+ is faster but not for $85 IMO,because the difference isn't much better.
If you want to upgrade,get at least a HD 5850/GTX 460 in order to get a noticeable boost in performance.
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a c 172 U Graphics card
November 17, 2010 6:36:07 AM

not worth it for $85 you can get a NEW gts250 1gb for close to that price which is basically the same thing.
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November 17, 2010 5:40:58 PM

Unless you can sell your 8800GT for a decent price so the upgrade doesn't cost you more than maybe 20$, it wouldn't really be worth it (even more so if you are currently satisfied with what you have).
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November 17, 2010 8:09:22 PM

Yeah but you should go with newer hardware. A radeon 5770 is a place to start.
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November 17, 2010 8:31:56 PM

Actually if you want to go with newer hardware a Radeon 5770 isn't really a place to start because it's nearly a year old ;)  But it does support DX 11, I guess...

And also for $100 (sometimes less on Newegg) you can pick up a GTS 250 which is the same thing.

Sell the 8800GT and get something more recent, even a GTS 450 would be better.
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a c 172 U Graphics card
November 18, 2010 12:16:25 AM

graemevermeulen said:
Actually if you want to go with newer hardware a Radeon 5770 isn't really a place to start because it's nearly a year old ;)  But it does support DX 11, I guess...

And also for $100 (sometimes less on Newegg) you can pick up a GTS 250 which is the same thing.

Sell the 8800GT and get something more recent, even a GTS 450 would be better.


bad advice. just because the 5770 is a year old doesnt make it bad. its faster than the gts450 you recommended and costs a minimal amount more. the gts250 is as fast as the gts450 in most cases but doesnt support dx11 features.
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November 18, 2010 9:41:12 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
bad advice. just because the 5770 is a year old doesnt make it bad. its faster than the gts450 you recommended and costs a minimal amount more. the gts250 is as fast as the gts450 in most cases but doesnt support dx11 features.


I have nothing against the HD 5770, in fact before I bought I was heavily contemplating getting two for a Crossfire config! I wouldn't recommend the GTS 450, but when you look at the price he's paying for a second hand 9800GTX+ and think that the GTS 250 is the same thing, without DX11 support, the GTS 450 seems like a more viable choice. Two GTS 450s can just about match a single GTX 470/480 in performance if extra performance is needed down the line too.
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