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October 2, 2012 2:36:36 AM

Hello Fellow forum members i have a quick question to ask you!

What do you think that a 9800 GT for $36 is worth my investment?
I have a strict budget of around $125 for upgrades

System Specs ATM:

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 3800 (already purchased an AMD Phenom x3 8550)
Motherboard: Pegatron Narra5 (used from old slimline PC)
Graphics: Radeon HD 4350
RAM: 4GB (2x4GB) Kingston DDR2 400mhz valuram
Power: 300w generic
HDD: 320GB
OS: Win 7 Home Premium

i just need to get a few parts to hold me over until next march!

so would the 9800 GT be worth it?
here is the card: http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-nVidia-GeForce-Akimbo-Graphi...

or would this 8800GTS work? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0081HMBRE/ref=ox_sc_a...

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 2, 2012 3:03:27 AM

this for your card and the 8800gts http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=585&card2... then your with the 9800gt http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=585&card2... check the power draw you have to check if your motherboard could handle them ( do you want a good advice if it was me i would keep that system with the new cpu since you bought it, but start to pile some budget to get a complete new system up to date )
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October 2, 2012 3:03:35 AM

A 9800GT isnt a bad card at al, but its not going to run on your power supply. You are either going to have to pick a different card or get a new power supply.

To get about the same performance as that for cheap, you can probably find a Nvidia GeForce GT240 GDDR5 card.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

You're going to be able to find cheaper cards on ebay though.
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October 2, 2012 9:18:02 PM

scout_03 said:
this for your card and the 8800gts http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=585&card2... then your with the 9800gt http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=585&card2... check the power draw you have to check if your motherboard could handle them ( do you want a good advice if it was me i would keep that system with the new cpu since you bought it, but start to pile some budget to get a complete new system up to date )

well the computer i am working on is one that my friends can use when they come over for a lan party
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