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Old October 21, 2008, 05:53 PM
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Default My Dilemma: ~200 Vid Card. Surprise me!

Hey all.

Btw I'm quite new to this forum, so im glad to be posting for the first time!

My vid card recently burned out, (XFX 7900GS) which i bought from nCIX awhile back.
Unforutnately i didnt subscribe to their lifetime warranty (stupid, i know)

So now im in the market for a new ~200$ videocard able to run most mainstream games at reasonable fps. (GW, Wc3, CS:S, COD:WAW, TF2... etc)

Specs:
2GB Corsair Ram
Intel P4 'D' Processor 3.0ghz
Asus p5gz-mx MB
250GB WD HD
Windows Vista Ult 32Bit

I was looking into a HD 4850 or a nVidia 9800GTX+, but any other suggestions will do.
Awkwardly i can't run GuildWars (a relatively non hardware-extensive game) above 30 fps. Hoping to get rid of that.

Thanks!
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Old October 21, 2008, 06:06 PM
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What size monitor?

Depending on what kinds of deals you can find, you'd probably be quite pleased with a "lowly" 8800GTS (512) if it ends up being all you can afford.
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Old October 21, 2008, 06:07 PM
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I think at the $200 pricepoint, the HD 4850 is your best bet It'll be a big improvement over your 7900GS. You can find them in the $175 range, sometimes less with MIRs.
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Old October 21, 2008, 06:15 PM
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my bad. 23" Acer LCD running at 1680x1050
reading benchmark reviews of the two cards apparently the 9800GTX+ does better then the HD 4850? any thoughts?
source: Legit Reviews - ATI Radeon HD 4850 Versus NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ - Battle For Mainstream Market Share
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Old October 21, 2008, 06:20 PM
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I think at the $200 pricepoint, the HD 4850 is your best bet It'll be a big improvement over your 7900GS. You can find them in the $175 range, sometimes less with MIRs.
I second that, and by the way what power supply do you have.
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Old October 21, 2008, 06:22 PM
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gah, keep forgetting important spec points.
running 550W Optimax PSU. 24 amps on the +12V rail.
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Old October 21, 2008, 06:37 PM
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Can't find much info on that power supply, but high amps on the rail and the fact that it ran your XFX 7900GS means it shouldn't be a problem. But may be someone else that has more knowledge of PSU can chime in.
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Old October 21, 2008, 07:17 PM
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gah, keep forgetting important spec points.
running 550W Optimax PSU. 24 amps on the +12V rail.
That seems rather low for a 550W PSU IMO. Should be around 40A. And I highly doubt it puts out what the label says since I've never heard of such a brand.

To be honest, I think your CPU is going to seriously limit any video card you buy. Pentium D's are really slow, AMD X2's are faster with lower clocks.

I'd look at upgrading the CPU, PSU and GPU but that's going to be costly. Unfortunately, your motherboard doesn't support 1066FSB either so you could only get a E2x00 CPU at the most. To me, looks like you should save up (maybe hope that the economy gets better too) and do a whole system overhaul.
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Old October 21, 2008, 07:26 PM
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So right now wouldn't be the best time to grab a new rig?
I have been looking at getting a whole new rig for awhile now.

How much do you reckon i could sell my current rig for?
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Old October 21, 2008, 07:36 PM
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My mistake, I did not realize you only had one +12 rail and as jdrom17 pointed out this is low for only one rail. My Antec 550W has 3 +12 rails @ 18Amps each.
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