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A new Graphics Card?

By bielius
Oct 28, 2009
  1. My GF 6600 Failed, so i need a new Video card.
    MotherBoard:
    MSI G31M3-F LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    The Board from NewEgg(For Specs)
    EnerMax PowerSupply
    It worked Just fine with the 6600.
    I prefer something between Geforce 9600 or better, to be able to run something like Gta san andreas on max and recording the screen,Call Of Duty 4,5 Series on high.(if it's possible with 96xx versions)
    And would like to buy it in Norway.
    PCI Express x16 slot (PCI Express Bus SPEC V1.0a compliant)

    Thanks in the Advice! :)
     
  2. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    A lot depends on your budget.
    A 9600gt runs about $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125272
    A 9800GT about $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130518

    If you have a little more to spend $130-$160
    A new DX11 ATI Radeon HD5750 or HD5770 would be a better (and more futureproof ) option.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102859
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102858

    I would definately reccomend one of the DX11 cards if you can afford it since the geforce 9600/9800 are basically 2 generations back (technically 1 gen back since nvidia hasn't released and DX11 cards yet and isn't expected too untill next year).
    I'm not sure about price,avalibility, or where you would need to order from in Norway. Hopefully there are other members with further knoledge of that.

    If you have the money and really want to max out games the Radeon HD58xx series is the way to go ($280 for the HD 5850, $390 for The HD5870) These are really too powerful for your system since the old lowend motherboard chipset (and lowend CPU and RAM) whould likely bottleneck the card. These cards would only make sense if you were also upgradeing these components.
     
  3. bielius

    bielius TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 211   +14

    I'm really interested in the 9800GT one. but a thing. will my powersupply supply enough power for it? will it fit to my motherboard? will other components fit with it? (1gb ram, some kingston)1 module.
    And, will it fit into my Motherboard?
    Here i found it in norway, there's information.
    http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=364313&view=detailed#ProductTabs


    Width 11.1 cm
    Depth 22.9 cm
    EDIT:
    othe other card is out of stock i think, so i found this one:
    http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=494032
    I would prefer with that "case" thing on the graphics card, as i have a window in my Case so it would be nice to see it with some cool WoW sticker :)
     
  4. bielius

    bielius TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 211   +14

  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    go for the 9800gt, the 9500gt is a weak card and will not play creed on high settings with any kind of acceptable frame rate. second unless there is no difference in price...forget the 1 gb version, it is useless as.... (pick your favorite joke), on a card of that limited capability.
     
  6. bielius

    bielius TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 211   +14

    The 9500 Cost around 600 krones, while the 9800 Costs over 800 Krones. there is a difference :) oh, i will check in newegg shop now.
     
  7. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    It will fit your motherboard just fine, any PCI express card will work. Your 550w PSU is more than sufficient. Diminsions only apply to it fitting in your case (it's not a verry large card so any midtower or full tower should be fine and it will probably fit in most minitowers.) As others have said the 9500 (and 9400) are virtually worthless. I wouldn't go any lower than a 9600.
     
  8. bielius

    bielius TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 211   +14

    Thanks for your answer.
    Yes, i've decided to go with a 9800 GT. Now I'm searching for the best price in norway. I don't think it will be cheaper to transport it from UK/USA as the transport prices will be high and it will take some time.
    Maybe you know what is the good normal price for 9800 GT?
     
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    in the US it is right around $100, I don't know how that converts to the krone....110 maybe?
     
  10. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    i would get an ati 4850 over the 9800 gt alot better card for the same or less money
     
  11. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157


    what klepto said bielius.
     
  12. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    It's kind of hard to justify either the 9800gt (roughly $100) or radeon 4850 ( roughly$110) whan you can get a DX11 Radeon HD 5750 for $130 assumeing you can find one since 5xxx series radeons seem to be virtually impossible to find instock anywhere. I don't know how much they would cost in Norway or the avalibility. The direct exchange rate is about 5 krones to 1 US dollar but we all know everything is more expensive in Europe (extra taxes) so these cards will definately cost more than they do in the US (the 9800gt bielius linked costs about $175 US dollars and it sells for $110 on Newegg)
     
  13. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    i dont know what you mean here because ive seen some 4850 cards for as little as $90 on newegg and just for your information a 5750 seems to me it would be a waste when it and the 4850 are comparable also there is the fact that that dx 11 will not really be relevant in the life of the card anyways.
     
  14. bielius

    bielius TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 211   +14

    So What do i do, I'm not looking on the future, as i don't play Crysis or far cry on maxes. And im on budget around 100 Dollars(make it that i will buy it in America :)) +-10 dollars.

    EDIT:
    I read the comments.
    Some say that games hang, color flickers, etc.
    Some say it works good. who can i believe? can you help me with this card?(the ATI 4850 One)
     
  15. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    The ATI HD 4850 would be a better buy. It performs slightly better than the 9800GT and is probably a wee bit cheaper.
     
  16. bielius

    bielius TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 211   +14

  17. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    me and red are big on the 4850 look at our rigs :)
     
  18. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    The price difference in those cards is because two of them are 1GB cards, and the other is a 512MB version. The HIS card is a little more because the ICE-Q is ostensibly one of the better cooling solutions out there.
     
  19. bielius

    bielius TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 211   +14

    So, Which do you recommend? I know the ICE-Q is good(i like the cover, noone of other cards has one :)) And it has decent cooling as you said. but what about the resolution? i've red that it's very low to compare with those others.
    Again, thanks for your answers.

    EDIT:
    Please both of you who have 4850, tell me about the card. i've red some comments on that card that to someone it color flickers and lags, hangs etc. what about your card?
     
  20. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    beware of the consumer reviews, there is always going to be those who have a problem with any product. the 4850 has no known issues with it, and is compatible with your system. I run 3 of them in Crossfire and have no problems with them. its a powerful card at a great price. if you are looking for a single card solution, you might also look into the 4870, its price has dropped dramatically as well.
     
  21. bielius

    bielius TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 211   +14

    Yes, i've thought about buying a 4870 as you reccomended, but now i have a problem.
    http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=423602
    It requires 2 pins who have 6 pins (i mean two wires to the board who have 6 pins) And my board has only 1 pin with 6 endings(pins) so, what do i do?

    EDIT: please answer fast, because im in lack of info now, and my mom is buying the card soon to me >.<
     
  22. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    The card should come with one or two adapters to convert two molex connectors to one 6 pin PCI-E. If it doesn't, you can always buy one. They aren't expensive.
     
  23. bielius

    bielius TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 211   +14

    Is this is what you meant?
    http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=319547
    Im very interested in this card:
    http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=490215
    Can you please tell me, if it fits and will work good with my rig? power, dimensions, and if it will not have bottleneck with my rig.
    Super thanks who helped me :) really appreciate this.

    EDIT:
    OH MY GOD check this link!
    http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=500541
    And its even cheaper than 4870! so, it is only 8 cards in stock. which one should i buy, and can my rig run this card?
     
  24. bielius

    bielius TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 211   +14

    please answer, i'm really getting the 5750, if it goes good with my system(fits in my MB).
     
  25. bielius

    bielius TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 211   +14

    Please, Answer if you can. I really need your opinion about this card:
    http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=500541
    Because my mom will buy this card in 10 mins, so i must be sure it will be OK with my system.
    Very,very very thank you all who replied and who will reply :)
    Happy Helloween!

    EDIT:
    Only 6 in stock now.
     
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