Choosing a GPU

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IceCold343
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Well, for some time now I've known that my current GPU is going bad. It's an older 7800GTX (lol). So I've began shopping for a new one as of late as I should have the money for a new one over the next few weeks. My price range is roughly $150.00 maximum for a new card. I do game a bit, but nothing extremely intense. The most intensive game I'll probably play is Bad Company 2.

So, I've been looking around and I've really been liking the EVGA 9800GTX+. I prefer Nvidia, I've never really been a fan of ATI.

So what I'm asking here is if you'd recommend this card for a "mid-grade gaming PC" or not. Or, what other options I'd have in my price range.

Current System Specs:
Motherboard: XFX 750i SLI Extreme Edition
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 (3.0ghz)
Ram: 2 Gigs (2x1Gig) OCZ Platinum Edition PC6400 DDR2
GPU: Nvidia 7800GTX
HD's: 1 80Gig standard SATA 80gig WD Drive. 1x WD Raptor 10,00 RPM Drive.
PSU: 515Watt 1 Rail PC Power & Cooling (May be upgrading to a 700+)

Thanks for taking the time to look at my post! Any comments/recommendations will be greatly appreciated!

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The card you selected is really outdated. And seriously don't be a fanboy, ATI has some awesome cards on the market. Here's what you should get:

SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873

IceCold343
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Well the main thing here is my board supports SLI, which is why I'm considering the 9800GTX+. Yes, I know ATI has some very nice cards on the market. I recently built a budget gaming computer for my brother and chose the HIS 5770 for his build.

I'm leaning more twords the 9800GTX+ as it's pretty cheap, and I'll have the option of going SLI when I get the extra money to do so.

ladybastilla
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The best I have seen with regards to Nvidia without getting insanely expensive would be the GTX460.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261075 $230 on NewEgg.com

There is actually a review about that right here on this site. (Someone please correct me here if I have the wrong version listed. Thank you.)

Hope that helps!

IceCold343
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Well no doubt that's a good card but as I stated in the first post, I'm looking to spend $150.00 maximum.

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That's why you should go with a 5770.. It doesn't matter if your motherboard supports SLI.. Don't SLI 2 9800GTX+; Get a 5770 or wait and buy a GTX460

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+ on ATX really i would just wait to buy a 460...if you buy a 9800GTX+ and then see the performance of a 460 you will just start crying...460 ftw!

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silvestro_til wrote:+ on ATX really i would just wait to buy a 460...if you buy a 9800GTX+ and then see the performance of a 460 you will just start crying...460 ftw!

Definitely!

IceCold343
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The thing is my current card is starting to artifact, I don't do any hefty gaming. Plus if I were to buy the 460 I'd be bottlenecking.

IceCold343
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Granted they both have their qualities, the 5770 does out perform the 9800GTX+ on pretty much all aspects. Though, I'm not going to be running any crazy resolutions, as I can only run 1440x900 currently with my monitor. Also, the 9800GTX+ can be used at a later date strictly for running the PhysX engine.

So I'm really at a crossroad, but the 5770 now and have a better performing card?

Or buy the 9800GTX+ and benefit later?

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I don't know if you really want our help because you seem to focus a lot on your 9800GTX+..

What I'd do is buying a 5770 and then wait to have the money to upgrade other components..

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Just buy a gts 250. It will max out every game at your resolution and is very cheap.

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undeadkingpr wrote:Just buy a gts 250. It will max out every game at your resolution and is very cheap.

The GTS 250 is equivalent to a 9800GTX+

IceCold343
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Well that's my other choice next to the 9800GTX+. If I can get the money I'm prob. going to go with the GTX260.

And you're right, the GTS250 is the same thing as the 9800GTX+.

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IceCold343 wrote:Well that's my other choice next to the 9800GTX+. If I can get the money I'm prob. going to go with the GTX260.

And you're right, the GTS250 is the same thing as the 9800GTX+.
Not exactly, The gts 250 1gb can outperform the 9800 by small margins especially at higher res's and has more optimized drivers. The 250 is actually the #1 dx10 card for price to performance ratio. If you look hard you can find one for really cheap these days.

IceCold343
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I only usually like to buy from trusted sites, IE: Newegg and Tigerdirect. If I can't afford the GTX 460 (which I've had my eye on as of late). The GTS250 is my next choice.