USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming [Starcraft2, dawn of war 2, bad company 2(maybe bf3)], movies
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ZOTAC 9800 GT AMP Edition 512 MB DDRJ 256 bit and Zumax 600W
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel Core 2 Quad-Core Q9550@2.83GHz, 1333MHz FSB 12M
MSI P45 Neo 7519-010
2 x Kingston 2GB DDR2 800MHZ [It's 4 GB total]
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Open to suggestion. Newegg is fine with me.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Slight bias towards nvidia if only because this is my current card.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No. Just 1 is enough.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024. Tiny I know, perhaps something larger in the future...
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My current 9800 has broken down and no longer works properly. I'm debating between getting a minor upgrade or just getting the same or similar card. I think my main reason for a minor upgrade vs getting the same card was for DirectX11. BF3 is looking less and less desirable so I'm not sure anymore. Needs an HDMI port in addition to DVI.
I got a pny gtx 465 that was a recertified unit. I was able to flash it to a gtx470 and have been using it now for 9 months. I don't think you will find any thing new that is better than a 9800 for around 100. Maybe a 6770 would give you a small upgrade. Your quad core needs something faster like a 5850 or a 460 1gb to really show it's potential.
I would love to just follow your recommendation on the GX 460 if it were still available...
It sounds like my two choices are either to get another 9800 or look for some $150-200 card to be ~$100. Is that about right?
I think this is the one I had before: ZT-98GES5P-FCP.
I think I got it for $200 3 years ago and now it's still $150??? I've never really bought cards separate from the computer before so I wouldn't know but is this normal?
I'm starting to get really confused at just how many different 9800gt are out there and the huge price range of 50-150. Would I be right in saying that getting one of the sub $100 cards would actually be a downgrade?
well a radeon powercolor 6770 is only $99 and it is only a tiny bit better then the 9800gt but since it is a lot newer it will have more compatibilities and all the good stuff that comes with new cards like directx11. If you want an nvidia under $100 you can get a gt440 which is $85 but it won't be anywhere near as good as your 9800gt which is equal to a gtX50. If you paid $145 you can get a 550gtx which is better than the 9800gt and a lot newer.