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June 7, 2011 2:42:23 AM

My current specs:
Intel i7 860 Lynnfield
3 Gb Ram
Geforce 9800 GT
Thermaltake TR2 600w Power Supply
1440x900 Resolution

Preferred site: Newegg.com
Nvidia preferred.
Country: USA
Budget: $150 and under (preferably around $120)

This computer is mainly for gaming and I hope to be able to run The Witcher 2 at least on high. Hopefully it will be able to run future games smoothly too as I don't plan to upgrade much.

Also, what would be a decent asking price for the 9800GT and where would be a good place to sell it?

Thanks in advanced!

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June 7, 2011 2:54:06 AM

The 460 768 is also an option; it's also much faster than the 550.

Just because it's newer doesn't mean it's better. It's based on the GF116 which is itself based on the GF104 of the 460.

They have pretty much the same features but the 460 is much faster due to it's 336 cores as opposed to the 550's 192.
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June 7, 2011 2:57:13 AM

ignoranceabound said:
The 460 768 is also an option; it's also much faster than the 550.

Just because it's newer doesn't mean it's better. It's based on the GF116 which is itself based on the GF104 of the 460.

They have pretty much the same features but the 460 is much faster due to it's 336 cores as opposed to the 550's 192.


Exactly.
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June 7, 2011 3:05:35 AM

id be looking at a gtx460 or 6850.
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June 7, 2011 3:46:11 AM

ignoranceabound said:
The 460 768 is also an option; it's also much faster than the 550.

Just because it's newer doesn't mean it's better. It's based on the GF116 which is itself based on the GF104 of the 460.

They have pretty much the same features but the 460 is much faster due to it's 336 cores as opposed to the 550's 192.


In other words GTX 460 > GTX 550 Ti.

How does the GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 compare to GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5? I mean besides the missing memory of course.
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June 7, 2011 4:00:57 AM

The 768 is faster than the SE; SE are their gimped chips with 48 cores disabled (about 10-15% slower).
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June 7, 2011 9:27:20 AM

the gtx460se performs similarly to a gts 550. the 768mb 460 is faster than both.
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June 7, 2011 4:43:23 PM

-Is your board a crossfire or sli board? Or does it have a pcie-1x-4x slot the has room behind the slot clear on the board and the back of the slot is open (cut in the plastic)
If so try and plug your 9800gt onto it. If it plugs into that slot ok, if it does then there is a good chance that the 9800gt will work as a dedicated physx card.
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June 7, 2011 9:32:47 PM

need4speeds said:
-Is your board a crossfire or sli board? Or does it have a pcie-1x-4x slot the has room behind the slot clear on the board and the back of the slot is open (cut in the plastic)
If so try and plug your 9800gt onto it. If it plugs into that slot ok, if it does then there is a good chance that the 9800gt will work as a dedicated physx card.


I have an Asus P7P55D. Crossfire support only.
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June 7, 2011 10:36:00 PM

Oh ok, good. Crossfire instead of sli doesn't matter. Of course something like two hd-6950's would be ideal, but its an expensive option.

- You have two pcie-16 slots, put the new card in the first slot, and then install the 9800gt in the 2nd slot and set it up as a dedicated nvidia physx card. The only catch is you have to pick a nvidia card for your card upgrade. (there are hacked 3rd party drivers that let you run a amd card with a nvidia physx card but these are not drivers from amd or nvidia.)

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June 7, 2011 11:00:08 PM

It seems like The Witcher 2 is a directx-11.1 game, aka hd-6550-6990. It will depend on what what games you are running if physx is supported or not, but offloading the physx tasks to the 9800gt in those games will help the main gpu card run faster and free up cuda cores for other game tasks. It wont help at all in non-physx games however.
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