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Old 09-30-2009, 09:58 PM   #1
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Video Card Options

Only not the "what for my build" category.

So anyways...I got an i7 rig about 6ish months ago, and to fit it into my budget, I went with a 9800GT instead of a higher card. Now that my budget has fully recovered, I'm looking at my options.

Currently:
Core i7 920
6GB DDR3 RAM
680W PSU (not sure the exact)
Asus P6T Mobo
EVGA 9800GT
Acer 1680x1050 monitor

And now I just need to figure out what to do:
SLi 9800's
Plan on getting a higher Nvidia card (I just prefer Nvidia. Sorry ATI guys.)
Wait for the next release of new Nvidia cards
Wait a little longer when we build a computer for my fiance and give her the 9800 so I can drop the better card in my current rig

Thanks, guys.

EDIT: Oh, and I'll have to check the numbers on my PSU later.

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Old 09-30-2009, 10:15 PM   #2
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Nvidia should be coming out with the new stuff around Christmas time. I'm kinda hanging out myself. I built an i7 system last year, and put a GTX280SSC in it, but am looking forward to the new cards. I kinda want to see what they do with DX11, and how refined they get these new GT300 (or whatever they end up calling it) based cards out.

GTX285's are good right now, but if you can wait, I would. If you really wanna let that thing fly SLI two of these new ones coming out if they turn out to be what I expect they will. Just to give you a teaser, it's been released that the new monsters will have 3 Billion Transistors. I'm still waiting to see what they actually do, but something tells me there isn't anything that's gonna be able to touch that.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:25 PM   #3
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5850 + new monitor

or wait for nvidia. SLI 9800GTs is not what you want to do.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:32 PM   #4
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And now I just need to figure out what to do:
SLi 9800's
Plan on getting a higher Nvidia card (I just prefer Nvidia. Sorry ATI guys.)
Wait for the next release of new Nvidia cards
Wait a little longer when we build a computer for my fiance and give her the 9800 so I can drop the better card in my current rig
well i agree with you about nVidia. I have never had a graphics card that wasnt nVidia...well since 3dfx went out of business. but nVidia is falling behind the times as there newest card doesnt support Dx11. that might not be a big deal yet but down the road it might be. so if your not willing to go with the new 5xxx series of ATI's cards i would wait for nvidia to catch up. not saying that the GTX2xx series cards are slouches but...

I would recommend NOT sli'ing 9800GT's
If you want to get a card now I'd go with the MSI OC GTX-275
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:34 PM   #5
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5850 + new monitor

or wait for nvidia. SLI 9800GTs is not what you want to do.
agree about the ATI card. but if you want a new monitor I just bought the Samsung 2333SW and LOVE it. I almost went with the samsung P2370 also a great monitor.
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Old 09-30-2009, 11:29 PM   #6
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If you want to get a card now I'd go with the MSI OC GTX-275
That wouldnt be very smart when can (in a couple days) get a card that performs MUCH better for $50 more.
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Old 09-30-2009, 11:52 PM   #7
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This might help you, I just put together a list of cards you might consider:

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EVGA 260 216 OC $171.98
POWERCOLOR 4890 $164.99
MSI 260 OC $159.99
PNY 260 216 $149.99

These prices all include shipping and rebates.
As has been said, the 275 is not a great deal right now, good card, but over priced. Just as the 280, 285 and 295 are great cards but over priced. The 5850 and 5870 hopefully will bring the price down soon and it will be worth it to buy them again.
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:17 AM   #8
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Thanks for the advice guys. Here's where I am now:

I don't want an ATI card. Again, sorry, but I just prefer Nvidia, so I will not be getting a 5850/5870.
I won't be getting a second 9800GT
I might get a GTX 260.
I'm not quite in the market for a new monitor...YET, but as I think I mentioned in the original post, my fiance should be getting her own desktop sometime in the future, and I could get a new monitor and and even better card then.

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5850 + new monitor

or wait for nvidia. SLI 9800GTs is not what you want to do.
Yeah...not interested in ATI cards...

However, that monitor looks very nice. If we get the second desktop, I will definitely pick up something like that with a new card.

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Old 10-01-2009, 09:24 AM   #9
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As far as video card, I would just grab something in the 260/280/290 range with 1GB video memory and just forget the SLI, which can be a headache for some anyways. Any of the single cards in the 260 on up range will perform as well as 9800 GT or GTX in SLI-mode. So why waste time and money on two out-dated cards when you can buy a single card for less then those two, and it performs better. Plus less heat due to the single card too, think about that.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:57 PM   #10
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Yeah...not interested in ATI cards...
Just wait then. A 9800GT is obviously not ideal even for 1680x1050, but it can still deliver a good experience in pretty much everything out.
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:31 PM   #11
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You can get an ATI 46xx series for under $100. Just as you can with the 9800GT, but the ATI 46xx series give way more bang for buck. Plus how else you going to get a 1GB GDDR3 card for gaming for under $100. The 9800GT can't touch the ATI cards of the same price range.
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:02 PM   #12
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Dont buy ow. Wait till the 58XX of the 300 series.
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:50 PM   #13
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You can get an ATI 46xx series for under $100. Just as you can with the 9800GT, but the ATI 46xx series give way more bang for buck. Plus how else you going to get a 1GB GDDR3 card for gaming for under $100. The 9800GT can't touch the ATI cards of the same price range.
...he already has a 9800GT, and the 4670 sucks in comparison and does not offer more bang/buck.
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:08 PM   #14
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Well then screw that post... LOL like I said from the start, get a good card like a GTX 260 or better. The 260 is good and still under $200 or so. Everyone always want the best but don't want to spend no money... you want a deal on the best you'll be waiting forever, and even then the BEST will be some higher-end $300/$400 card... it never ends...
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