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I'm not hellbent on changing from my 8600 Nvidia GeForce GT card, but if I did, is there a < $100 card that would be a significant upgrade to warrant getting a new video card?
 

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I honestly don't know. Wait the 6 months, something could've drastically changed in pricing. And I wouldn't be surprised if prices did with the whole economy imploding on itself slowly but surely... :p
 

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I agree. I think the prices could drop a fair amount.

Nice to see your seeing the light of day skore and seeing the economy will continue to go down. So don't go on your stock buying frenzy just yet :p
 

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Oh, I've always been wary. I should invest in our provincial economy though, our province is going to be hit least hard in all of Canada ;)
 

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Ask again in six months? Seriously, that's too far off.

If I was to make a suggestion now though, it'd be the GeForce 8800GT/9800GT, GeForce 9800GTX+, or Radeon HD4850. All of these should fall in the $100-$200 price range, so none of them are very expensive.

Edit: It appears the GeForce 9800GTX+ is generally a bit over $200, while the Radeon HD4850 is much cheaper and about it's equal, so forget the GeForce 9800GTX+.
 

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i got my 9800gt at best buy on the day after christmas for 149.99 plus tax , which in total was $158 and some change. It was on sale, now it's back up to $189.99. I run all my games maxed out on 1024x768 like GRID / NBA 2k9/ DIRT/ DMC4/Crysis/UT3/DEADSPACE/and others except for GTA IV, that game is really un-optimized. The 9800gt can use up to a 28" monitor, so size and resolution can be bumped up if need with a cut in fps.Since my monitor isnt that big, i really dont need a res any bigger than 1024x768.

9800 gt resolution and refresh

maximum refresh rate 240 hz
maximum VGA 2048x1536 @ 85hz, 32-bit color *with adapter
maximum dual-link DVI-I 2560 x 1600 @ 60hz, 32- bit color
Maximum HDMI Out 1920 x1080 (1080p) *with adapter
Maximum HDTV Out 1920 x 1080 (1080i) (component) * with breakaway cable
Maximum TV Out (S-Video) 720x 480 (480i) NTSC
720x 576 (576i) PAL

I know for sure there even chaper on-line on sites like new-egg or tiger direct
 

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Maybe wait for ATi R740 supposed to be better than 4830 with a 40nm process.
 

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At the moment I have other expenses, so it will have to wait a while. It's not like I can't use the 8600, I just was curious about my options.

Thank you.
 

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I think GeForce is better than ATi.
It depends. Though in most cases right now, 4870x2 is the king. But if you take the price into consideration... :eyemove:

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If you would've said now instead of 6months from now, we could've had a huge debate going on. But seriously, no ones knows what will happen 6 months from now. If anyone could, I'd hire them to be personal stock market analyst :lol:
 

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It depends. Though in most cases right now, 4870x2 is the king. But if you take the price into consideration... :eyemove:

@Paratech
If you would've said now instead of 6months from now, we could've had a huge debate going on. But seriously, no ones knows what will happen 6 months from now. If anyone could, I'd hire them to be personal stock market analyst :lol:
Well it would at least have to be around March, is that better?

Microwave broke, car needs new lights, Christmas drained me, you know typical stuff... :evil:

I'm thinking NVIDIA but maybe I should think ATI as well, it's just that crappy support for OpenGL or lack thereof that bothers me...
 

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I'm not going to spend $500+ for a video card, it won't be above $150.

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I don't need top of the line.
 

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let me see what i can find for that $ 150 or ~ range ^_-

i found a card that's the perfect price range for u

XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail ...its on sale right now for 129.99 with free 3 day guarantee shipping. And it has a rebate : $109.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate

this is one heck of a steal, and XFX is PERFECT and GOOD QUALITY

Newegg.com - XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
 

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well ther are plenty 8800gt's for $100 lying around if you know where to look
Am I wrong or isn't there much difference between an 8800 and a 9800?

And about how much of a boost would I get in a game from an 8600gt to an 8800gt?

Thanks to everyone for the replies so far...

I'm thinking 512 meg as well...Is that still reasonable?

:innocent:

Is this card any good?

9800

It looks like by the time I get a card there won't be any 8800s on sale from Newegg.com?
 

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My 8800GTX runs nVidia's Medusa demo really well, like butter throughout most of it, with only very slight slowdowns in more intense scenes. In contrast, on a friend's 9800GT (before die shrink = 8800GT), the whole thing is practically a slideshow.
 

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Am I wrong or isn't there much difference between an 8800 and a 9800?

And about how much of a boost would I get in a game from an 8600gt to an 8800gt?
The GeForce 8800GT and GeForce 9800GT, for all performance intents, are the same card. Some GeForce 9800GTs are 55nm versus the GeForce 8800GT being 65nm, but that won't make a world of difference in overclocking nor temperatures. The GeForce 9800GT can also do tri-SLi (the GeForce 8800GT cannot).

As for performance, well, I went from a GeForce 8600GTS to a GeForce 8800GT, and it was definitely a huge increase. Make sure you get the 512MB version. The 256MB version hurts performance a good deal, and at this point, probably doesn't save you much money.

AnandTech: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT: The Only Card That Matters
My 8800GTX runs nVidia's Medusa demo really well, like butter throughout most of it, with only very slight slowdowns in more intense scenes. In contrast, on a friend's 9800GT (before die shrink = 8800GT), the whole thing is practically a slideshow.
Something else has to be off there. The G92 of the GeForce 8800GT is still superior to the G80 of the GeForce 8800GTX. The latter is simply still faster due to more brute strength. The die shrink matters not for performance. The 8800GT falls between the GeForce 8800GTS (G80 version) and the GeForce 8800GTX, but is closer to the latter.

AnandTech: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT: The Only Card That Matters

Granted, those are only a few benchmarks, and pretty old ones at that, but there's not that big a gap between the two cards. I'm thinking something else is amiss in that comparison, or maybe there's simply something it relies on, like the GeForce 8800GT not having enough memory, which would make it a slideshow on it, to make such a difference. I should try it out on my card and see how it does.
 
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