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Old December 4, 2009, 01:06 PM
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Greetings to all Hardware Canucks Members. I'm in need of good opinion.

I'll first give you the situation.

With the huge success of my AMD 955 build, I'll soon have the MSI 750a AM3 motherboard.

Now for your opinions .

When the dust settles after Christmas time I'll have probably around 110$ to play around with for a new GPU.

Currently I have a 9800 GT 512 MB right now, but as new games come out I see this GPU getting stressed on my 22" DVI Monitor @ 1680 x 1050. I want a good GPU upgrade.

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I'm in the USA
After receiving around 110$ I'll have an income of 40$ a month (including December).
This purchase will be VERY budget conscious
This computer is purely for gaming and F@H
I have NO power limits. My ThermalTake 750W PSU with 60 Amps on a single 12v rail has no GPU upgrade limits (obviously).

My GPU upgrade thoughts:

Buy another 9800 GT for SLI
Purchase a 4870 x2 from Ebay (risky, very risky)
Wait a while and purchase either a 4890 or GTX 275 (currently)

Wait a while, gather more cash, and wait and see what Nvidia comes out with <-- (Probably smartest idea)

I'm not much of a "fanboy" of either Nvidia or ATI, just whoever has the best bang for the $ and driver support.

Comments would be greatly appreciated

Thanks

Edit: This upgrade can be done at any time. No time limits here.

Another Edit: I would like to use my 9800 GT for physx. (Give it something to do on an occasion)

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Old December 4, 2009, 01:24 PM
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Sell your 9800GT, buy a used GTX275.
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Old December 4, 2009, 07:29 PM
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Save and try to get ur hands on a 5850 or wait to see what Nvidia comes up with to fight the 5850
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Wait for Fermi and the subsequent price-drop on the 5800 series. There are still plenty of games that will play fine on your card, especially if you play some games that you've wanted to play in the last five years or so but haven't gotten around to playing yet.
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Old December 4, 2009, 11:44 PM
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I'd say to suck it up, keep your 9800GT and see what NVidia comes up with. It will be interesting to see what Fermi can do, as well as how much it causes the 5800's prices to drop. Not to mention the fact that there's going to be some more mid-range or mid-high-end cards from NVidia to fill the gap between the GT240 (or whatever it is) and Fermi, so there may be some good performers in that bracket.

If you don't think you can wait any longer, I'd see if you can get your hands on a 5850 and see if you can't sell your 9800GT. Even if prices do drop and Fermi is superior to the 5800 series, the 5850 is still a solid performer hands down and you won't be at too much of a loss. Again, this scenario means you may end up losing some, so remember: Patience, grasshopper.
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Old December 5, 2009, 05:38 PM
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Yup, I thought waiting would be a good idea.

For One, we still haven't seen nvidia's new line up of cards.

Two, when Nvidia releases their new line of cards (if they do), we all know that price tags on ATI cards will probably drop significantly.

Would like to have a new blazing fast GPU for the new battlefield games. Dice released their hardware requirements and they were quite frightning...


Just have to be patient here

Thanks for the tips guys and please keep them coming.
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Old December 6, 2009, 07:28 PM
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Normally I'd recommend a 5770 (or a 5750 on a budget) but the problem is your upgraded board only supports SLI, not Crossfire, so I'm hesitant to recommend an ATI card. If you can send it back in favor of a 790X chipset board or something, that's what I'd do. If not, I'd try to hold off and wait to see what Fermi is like. If not, a GTX 260 would be a good card for that resolution. If you've got the money, a 275.
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Did you know, the *original* "proper" way to drink your vodka is in a shot glass with a pickle and black bread on the side?

True story.
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Did you know, the *original* "proper" way to drink your vodka is in a shot glass with a pickle and black bread on the side?

True story.
While I'm wondering where that comment came from and I was not aware of it, I'm not at all surprised.
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