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Old February 1, 2009, 01:27 PM
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Default What is equal to Nvidia 8600GTS on AMD?

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Im looking for a video card for a friend. He wants to play farcry2 on at least medium quality.

On the ubisoft site, I read that for "game enhancing performances" he should get at least a 8600GTS. The 8600GTS is more expensive than the 9800GT and Im not sure it will be compatible since his current board is AMD2+ and his processor is a 5600+ also from AMD.

Which video card (best bang for the buck) do you think he should pop in?

I was thinking about the 4650 1gb which is ~100$. Im not 100% sure what its worth tho. I saw it beat the 8800gs in a review, wounlt bet on it tho..

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Old February 1, 2009, 01:34 PM
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4650 would be my guess, but so long as he's not going to run SLI you can drop in either an ATI or a Nvidia video card without any problems.
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I would say for an ATI equivalent the minimum you would want would be a Radeon HD 4830. They can be had for $116.19 on newegg.ca

This card seems like a pretty good deal from what I was reading, topping the 3870 in every game tested. The performance is similar if not a tad bit lower than the 9800 GT just to give you an idea of an equivalent card.
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Old February 1, 2009, 03:18 PM
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Just give us your budget, and we'll recommend you a good GPU. Since the 4650 is $100, I'd guess your budget is $100.

Look into the 9600GT or 9800GT. Both are considerably faster than the 8600GTS and can be had for around the same price, and if you're lucky, under $100 for the 9800GT. On the AMD side, get at least a 4830.

What's the rest of his system specs?
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Just give us your budget, and we'll recommend you a good GPU. Since the 4650 is $100, I'd guess your budget is $100.

Look into the 9600GT or 9800GT. Both are considerably faster than the 8600GTS and can be had for around the same price, and if you're lucky, under $100 for the 9800GT. On the AMD side, get at least a 4830.

What's the rest of his system specs?
Yes, around 100$ is the budget right now.

The system is really basic. Much likely and Integrated gigabyte board, 2/4gb kingston value ram, 5600+ amd processor, 500gb hdd.. very basic ;)
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Nvidia 8600GTS should be equal to ati's x850.

Ati 4830(stock) > 9800GT OC (should be equal the 9800gt 55nm)

Budget $100, but we are missing the most important information. What size monitor?

Ati is releasing a RV740 with 40nm and it should be under the $100 price tag to counter the Nvidia 9600 series

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I'd say go with the Sapphire HD4830. Goes for like $120 - $10MIR on Newegg.ca...

And it's way faster than the 8600GTS IMO.
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The PSU would also help decide what GPU. The 48xx series require 450W. 46xx series might be good choice for low watt PSU
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To chose your graphics card, you need to also look at screen size (resolution) and your what your power supply can handle...

for $100, the ATI HD 4830 is your best choice and is the equivalent to a highly overclocked 9800GT... much better in comparison to an 8600GTS or 4650
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4570 should be a good replacement for it. the 4650 would be faster than it.
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