Would this upgrade be justified?

By Lkr
Dec 10, 2008
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  1. I've heard mixed opinions on this. Currently I own an 8800gt that is 256mb. It was available for a few months when the 8800gt first came out and the 512mb version was always out of stock. However, now the 9800gt with 512mb is available for $100, and that is less than I paid for my 8800gt. Would the upgrade be worth it if I only play at 1360x768? I have:
    Dell XPS 400
    Pentium D 820
    3GB DDR2-5300 ram

    Thanks :)

    edit: I did a little more researching and I found the HD4830. Is that a better buy?
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,847   +64

    HD 4830,HD4830,HD4830 no doubt about it. read a heads up comparison and it will be clear:D
  3. Lkr

    Lkr Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Alright, what is your personal preference of ATI card maker? I have only bought high end nvidia cards in the past and have always loved XFX.
  4. Ural_

    Ural_ TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 114

    Stay away from Asus is all I suggest
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    The 9800GT is nothing but a 55nm refresh of the 8800GT and the HD 4830 is neck and neck with the 9800GT in most games. The some games that the ATI card does offer higher performance in, it matches the performance of a 9800GTX+. So depending on what games you want to play, you may or may not want to upgrade. I'd personally advise against an upgrade, especially since you're not playing at very high resolutions.
  6. Lkr

    Lkr Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Alright, I was only considering it because I have the 256mb version of the 8800gt
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    At the resolution you play at, any performance difference between the 256MB and 512MB versions will be marginal. So don't bother upgrading unless you're aiming for the $150-200 range, at the lower end of which you'll find the HD 4850 and the upper end will net you the HD 4870.
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