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Old December 14, 2008, 09:01 AM
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I usually game on 1280x1024. I don't now what video card to get...I'm looking through 8800GT/4850/9600GT/9800GT. :help:. Mostly this is for GTAIV lol.
I think I would be able to manage with a 8800, but I would like to know for sure..
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Old December 14, 2008, 09:44 AM
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If you're going with your rig in sig, I say get a 9800GT. Or you can wait for NCIX's Boxing Day Sale and see what else you can get for around $110.
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Old December 14, 2008, 09:53 AM
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There are some really good deals on the 4850 if you don't mind ATI. I'm an Nvidia guy myself, but the 4850 does have decent stats. Check the buys and sell forums on here once and awhile, I bought some stuff and no problems yet.
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Old December 14, 2008, 09:55 AM
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I'd probably lean towards the ATI 4850, even though the performance of the 8800 might suffice in terms of value the 4850 is the better choice of the 2.

What resolution do you intend on gaming at?

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I think the 9800GT would be the best choice since it can be had for fairly cheap and well everything is optimized for NVIDIA basically.

Definitely not the 9600GT, that's probably worse than your 7900GS.

8800GTs are hard to find new so if your comfortable buying used then it's a decent option as well.

The HD4850 is fine too however it's close to $100 more than a 9800GT depending on sales so I don't know if it's totally worth it. This is how my rig runs (specs in sig):





But GTA4 also kind of needs a tri/quad core CPU too so your dual-core might reduce performance some. Also 2GB of RAM might be cutting it close since the game itself uses 53% of my 4GB. The GPU upgrade should definitely help though but there are other factors to consider as well.
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Definitely not the 9600GT, that's probably worse than your 7900GS.


The 9600GT is not worse than a 7900GS. I went from a 7900GS to a 9600GT and it was a difference like day and night. The 9600GT is not that far off from an 8800GT (9800GT) in performance. It's also close in price. I would go for the 9800GT.
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Thanks for the input guys..so from what I've read the 9800GT is something like a 8800GT but newer and runs cooler..I might try to get this one..the 9800GTX is ~ 4850 at the price but isn't performing ass well.
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The 9800GT is simply a rebadged 8800GT with some tweaks.
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grab a HD4830, it's more than adequate for 1280x1024. It's going for $137 + tax at Newegg.

Newegg.ca - HIS Hightech H483FN512P Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

The 9800GT is going for $117+ taxes at NCIX but for an extra $20 you will get a much better card.

NCIX.com - Buy XFX GeForce 9800GT 600MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - PVT98GYDLH In Canada.
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The 9600GT is not worse than a 7900GS. I went from a 7900GS to a 9600GT and it was a difference like day and night. The 9600GT is not that far off from an 8800GT (9800GT) in performance. It's also close in price. I would go for the 9800GT.
Really? I consider the 9600GT to be a pretty low-end card and the 8600GT was utterly disgraceful IMO.

But anyways, the 9600GT doesn't really fit in with the other higher-end cards listed, especially since I believe the 9600GT really isn't overly cheaper either.
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