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What videocard should I get?

By GTGear
Aug 16, 2008
  1. I'm thinking about upgrading my GPU in my computer. What GPU should I get? My current specs are the following:

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition
    Intel Core Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
    4GB DDR2 RAM
    SoundBlaster Sound Card
    Antec 550W PSU
    3 HDDs

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    I would like something reasonable but capable of taking full advantage of my system.
     
  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

  3. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    Whats wrong with the 8800GT?
     
  4. TL93

    TL93 TS Rookie Posts: 52

    ATi 4850 :D
     
  5. MasterAsh1

    MasterAsh1 TS Rookie

    Radeon 9800
     
  6. TL93

    TL93 TS Rookie Posts: 52

    That is OLD technology :p
     
  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Are you considering a psu upgrade along with a high end card with that quad?
     
  8. Gflo

    Gflo TS Rookie Posts: 81

    XFX 9800gtx is the best $200 i ever spent on a GFX card. I it Crysis for breakfast(as well as both PCI-E power connectors) Its also the fastest single gpu card on the market.
     
  9. TL93

    TL93 TS Rookie Posts: 52

    Gflo, the GTX 280 is the fastest single GPU solution on the market LOL

    Overpriced though :D
     
  10. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    I stil ask what is wrong with the 8800?
    You should be able to play anything at good settings.
     
  11. TL93

    TL93 TS Rookie Posts: 52

    Cuz the 8800GT is bottlenecking the CPU :p
     
  12. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    Intel Core Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
    550 watts?

    I doubt it. I am using a Intel P3, 600MHZ, 90watts and my 8400GS 512MB PCI card is not bottlenecking and running just fine.

    I wonder how many fps he gets in games?
     
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    A GPU does not bottleneck a CPU, the opposite is true.

    @GTGear, I'd advise you to save up and get the HD 4850 X2 when it releases next month. It'll be priced at around $400 and will blow away any competition. If you really want a new one, the HD 4850 is the best choice. If you're an NVIDIA fan, I'd recommend the 8800GTS 512MB over the 9800GTX. They're basically the same card, except the 9800GTX has higher core and memory clocks, so if you don't want to OC the 8800GTS, the 9800GTX is for you.
     
  14. fullmetalvegan

    fullmetalvegan TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    I'd recommend the 9800 GTX+ or GTX 260 - both of those cards sell for roughly the same price as the 4850/70 and blow them both away in performance. I have a 4850 atm and I dislike it's performance, overclocking ability and drivers, so I'm switching back to NVIDIA.

    The GTX 260 is a very solid card and overclocks very, very well if you're looking to do that at some point.
     
  15. fullmetalvegan

    fullmetalvegan TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    It ain't overpriced - not in Australia anyway. 9800 GTX+ is ~$220, (same as 4850), GTX 260 is ~$320 (same price as 4870), and the GTX 280 goes for ~$500 - and it has exceptional FPS and overclocking ability for that price.

    I don't buy XFX/all the expensive cards seeing as their all generic and you only pay for the brand 90% of the time, so a MSI or Zotac come cheaper than the rest and are factory overclocked so it's a bonus.

    Seems reasonable to me.
     
  16. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    You are saying his CPU is bottenecking the card?
    I high doubt it, his CPU is just fine and he doesn't need to upgrade anything IMO.
     
  17. Gflo

    Gflo TS Rookie Posts: 81

    well it used to be
     
  18. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    Still voting for the 9800GTX... unless you want to wait a little while and go for the GTX260/280. By fall, the price on those cards should come down substantially. They probably won't be the best cards available anymore but that's the way it is if you don't want to dish out the money when a GPU is released, which is FAR from practical anyways.
     
  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    No, just pointing out that it is not possible for a GPU to bottleneck a CPU. I did not mean that the converse is what is happening to the OP's system.
     
  20. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Almost every review I've seen shows the HD 48xx cards to be superior to their NVIDIA counterparts. The only con I've seen is that the ATI cards run much hotter, but that's mainly due to the low default fan speed. Raise it using RivaTuner and they run relatively cool.
     
  21. fullmetalvegan

    fullmetalvegan TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    I've seen reviews showing the direct opposite, having 2-5 more FPS to their ATi equivalent. Overclockersclub reviews always have the NVIDIA cards outperforming the ATi 48xx easily. Maybe poorer systems don't benefit, but a souped up gaming computer with decent CPU/RAM speeds catapult the NVIDIA GPU more, leading to it smashing the ATi competition.

    No idea, suffice to say, no review I've seen has shown the 48xx being superior.

    As a side note, I just hooked up my GTX+ - SUCH a relief to have NVIDIA back. All the bugs I was having with dual monitor are instantly gone and BioShock 1.1 no longer crashes due to "ati".dll display driver failing. Incredibly, the NVIDIA display driver isn't failing where the ATi one did, hoorar.

    EDIT: Maybe it's the resolutions you judge it on, I compare them on resolutions around 1600 / 22" monitor resolutions where the ATi cards don't do as well as their NVIDIA cousins.
     
  22. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

  23. fullmetalvegan

    fullmetalvegan TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    From a critical point of view, yes I would, firstly as I don't consider that price range a high-end card nor an expensive item to purchase. Secondly, turning on AA offers very little visual improvement, so many people don't turn it on. My mates also don't run AA on a $200 card, they consider it pointless for various reasons, especially the minimal improvement point.

    The only reason I personally run AA at max is because I just set all my games to 100% high settings for the hell of it and overclock my components to f***ery... because I can. =P

    It is rather useless though, when I run on default medium or default high vs my 100% high settings, I can't really notice any difference. So this doesn't make it a problem for the NVIDIA cards.

    EDIT: Also in that TechSpot review you linked... I looked at Crysis and World In Conflict... and the 9800 GTX+ smashed the HD4850 easily... and that's the comparison I'm making. 9800 GTX+ - HD4850. GTX 260 - HD4870.
     
  24. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    AA is overrated, 9800GTX > HD48xx any day
     
  25. teklord

    teklord TS Guru Posts: 481

    HD 4870x2 is the most powerful card on the market now. nVidia will probably release something more powerful here soon, but for now the HD 4870x2 owns all. One caveat, it costs $550 dollars right now, so it is out of a lot of people's price range. The best card for the money I have seen is the 9800 GX2 on Newegg for about $260 after rebate that is factory OC'ed. This or two of the Zotac 8800GT's is what I want for a new build.
     
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