New Graphics card recommendation on par with GeForce 9800GT

Until now I was using an Albatron Geforce 9800GT 512MB card which I bought for ~100euros back in 2009.

What was good about this card is that it had a 256bit memory bus / interface and pretty much every 3D game played nice and fast on high graphics settings @1280x1024 resolution (Aliens VS Predator 3, Rage, Command & Conquer 3 & 4, Duke Nukem Forever, Black Mesa Half Life Mod, HL2, etc...)

How ever it got toasted the other day, so I now I want to buy a new graphics card of at least equivalent performance and similar price range to play the upcoming Doom 3 BFG and some of the upcoming games. (Preferably nvidia as their drivers are better)

I checked the current nvidia cards, but noticed that all the cards of that price even though they have better & faster GPUs and more & better video RAM (DDR5 / 1GB/2GB), their memory bus / interface goes only up to 128bit or 192bit the most, which I imagine will bottleneck these cards.

Also I noticed that none of the current GFX cards feature a TV-Out output to connect my old CRT TV via Scart or RCA and I don't want to have to buy a new LCD/TFT TV.

My PC specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo @2.4GHZ
4GB Ram @800MHZ
Windows 7 32Bit
19" 4:3 TFT Eizo S1931 Monitor @60HZ

So which card should I get to cover my above needs?

Thanks in advance.
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  1. gt250 is a just little ( similar performance ) bit faster and I have no idea how doom3 will play. so, a 250 or better.
  2. If you're on a budget and you want Nvidia, you need to buy a used GPU because they don't have any good new options below the GTX 660 which is sitting at $220. It's possible you'll be able to find the 560ti at a good price - it is almost down to $150 in the US.

    Your best bet would be an HD 7770. AMD has excellent single card driver support - it's only for multi-GPU stuff that you get into trouble with them.
  3. a 256 bit bus on gddr3 is worse then a 192 bit bus on gddr5
  4. Also my motherboard Asus P5B-E:

    Features 1 x PCIe x16 slot to connect a GFX card on.
  5. samuelohagan said:
    a 256 bit bus on gddr3 is worse then a 192 bit bus on gddr5

    Are you sure about that? Is that what benchmarks showed?
  6. I will upgrade Windows 7 Ultimate to 64bit at the same time when I buy the new card, so do you think I should get a 2GB Video card instead?

    So after searching through various cards, I'm considering of getting one of the following 2:

    1. Gainward GTX 560 Ti 1 GB 256bit
    GPU Clockspeed: 822 Mhz
    Memory Clock: 2004 Mhz
    Shader Clock = 1645MHz
    Cuda Cores = 384
    Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 52.5
    Memory Bandwidth: 128.3 GB/s

    2. EVGA GeForce GTX 460 FPB, 1024MB GDDR5 192bit
    Free Performance Boost 823MHz Core Clock
    Memory Clock = 2004 MHz (4008 MHz)
    Shader Clock = 1646 MHz
    Cuda Cores = 336

    Which I see is basically an overclocked version of the GTX 460 v2 1GB GDDR5

    (I'm closer to the Gainward 560ti 1GB as the price seems to be good compared to the card's specs & performance)

    So what is your opinion?
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