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Is 9800gt green edition any good for me?

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March 26, 2011 4:02:38 PM

Hello,
I would like to know if a 9800gt green edition video card by Club3d is any good for me, here is some information about what I want:

I play a lot of games on the PC, mostly games that have just been released. I want a card that can run these games for at least 2 years on about medium-high quality.

The 9800gt green edition is very cheap compared to others so I'm wondering if this card is still any good.

Thanks in advance :D 

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March 27, 2011 10:45:38 AM

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a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 11:25:50 AM

What resolution do you play at?
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a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 11:27:50 AM

No, its a tuned down version of the old card anything that says "green edition" isnt likely to be powerful
March 28, 2011 1:42:38 PM

I play at a resolution of 1366 x 768.
a c 477 U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 1:49:46 PM

How cheap is the card compared to something like a GTS 250? For a 9800gt you would be better off getting one used. I picked up my 9800 for $40 from craigslist, granted that's cheaper than normal, but if the card is $100, not worth getting new.

Also what are the rest of your system specs? Do you have the power supply to run the card? Enough RAM, etc...?
March 28, 2011 1:57:03 PM

My system:

Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2200 @ 2.20GHz
Nvdia GeForce 8600GT
2048MB RAM
330W Power Supply

I know I dont have a great system, but when I buy the new graphics card I will also buy a new 500-600W power supply.

Also, my thought have changed from a 9800GT Green Edition new, to a regular 9800GT or GTX used.
a c 477 U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 2:07:00 PM

A GTS 250 is about the same price as a 9800 and is a better card. On newegg, they are the same or within $10 or $20 of each other.

But if you can't get one in your area for the same cost, or will get a 9800 used, it will match your system. You may want to look into an upgrade to RAM to 3 or 4 gig. Probably 4 gig to keep the dual-channel speeds.

For your CPU, you can even go with a cheaper $60 card and get a huge boost over the 8600 you have now, a card like a Radeon 5570 or a 5670. As a bonus, if you get a 5570 or a 5670, you won't have to upgrade your power supply, so you'd save about $100 over the gts 250 and a new PSU, and the system will probably be just as fast due to your CPU/RAM bottlenecking the 250 (or 9800).

But if your plan is to someday upgrade the CPU as well, by all means go with the GTS250 and a new Power Supply. I would recommend against getting the 9800 series now though, unless you are getting it used for about $50-60. It is a good card, but not worth it if you will spend a $100 for it.
March 28, 2011 2:17:58 PM

First of all, thanks for the advice!

I am planning to someday upgrade the CPU so I will go search for a used GTS250, I just searched for about 2 minutes and I found two used GTS 250's in my area, one for €55 (about 60 dollar) and one for €60.

Though I still have two questions,
I already have 2 gig of ram, if I buy another 2 gig, can I just place that with the old one?

And also, how much Watt should my power supply be for a GTS 250? (Or maybe a 9800)

As you probably already noticed, I have very little knowledge about computer hardware, so I'm very thankful of the help im getting! :D 
a c 477 U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 2:44:15 PM

You'd need to check your system about the RAM, it depends on how many RAM slots you have and how they are used. If you have 4 slots and you have two1gig sticks now, just two more 1 gig sticks will do. Check on www.crucial.com, and run their system scanner, it will tell you what you have now, and what you can upgrade with.

For the power supply, 500-600 like you were planning is good for the 250. If you get a used card, make sure you see it running for a while in a game, you don't want to end up with a card that crashes. Don't get a "as-in" card or one that the seller won't let you test it first.
a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 2:46:14 PM

first off your cpu will bottleneck the gts250 therfore try getting a cpu like a intel core 2 duo or a core 2 quad preferably.An i3 would also be good.secondly a single gts 250 requires a450w psu as minimum so try getting a 500w psu of a good brand.As for your ram is your old ram ddr2 or ddr3.Both your new ram and old ram should have exact same speeds.If your old ram is ddr2 than only a ddr2 ram would work with it.If its ddr3 the new ram should be ddr3.
March 28, 2011 2:53:13 PM

Thanks a lot guys, I will now check my ram and see if I have ddr2 or ddr3, and buy the new gear.
March 28, 2011 3:21:41 PM

I found out I have two 1gig DDR2 RAM cards, and no other slots.
I suppose I can't remove one RAM card and replace it with a 2gig DDR2 RAM card can I? Since I can't afford buying two 2gig RAM cards AND a new video card AND a new PSU.
a c 477 U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 3:34:55 PM

robintj said:
I found out I have two 1gig DDR2 RAM cards, and no other slots.
I suppose I can't remove one RAM card and replace it with a 2gig DDR2 RAM card can I? Since I can't afford buying two 2gig RAM cards AND a new video card AND a new PSU.


The Crucial site will give you what options you have for the RAM.

As far as what to get. If you will upgrade your CPU at some point, first get the PSU and video card. Then the CPU and RAM.

If you will want a full new system within a year or 2, get a cheaper video card and leave everything else alone.

If I was in your shoes I'd get a Radeon 5670 now, and put the money saved on the more expensive card and the PSU towards a new system. $300-350 will get you a new PSU/Motherboard/RAM/CPU combo, and you can move the 5670 card to it. Then upgrade that card in another year or 2 with a faster one.

You will see a huge speed and quality bump with a 5670 over your current card, and it's fast enough to scale a bit with a faster CPU/RAM combo. I'd stay away from the 5570 if you want a card to move to a faster system, and anything over a 5670 will require a power supply ugrade.
March 28, 2011 5:27:40 PM

And how about a Radeon HD 4770, is that any good?
a c 477 U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 6:05:21 PM

robintj said:
And how about a Radeon HD 4770, is that any good?


Yes, bit faster than the 4670, but uses a bit more power, should still run in your system.
March 28, 2011 8:25:58 PM

One last question, I think I'm going to get the Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5.
Will it run on my system?
a c 477 U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 8:27:27 PM

robintj said:
One last question, I think I'm going to get the Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5.
Will it run on my system?


With a new power supply, yes.
March 28, 2011 8:30:49 PM

Okay then I will do that, thanks a lot for the help!
a c 333 U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 8:59:18 PM

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