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Old January 22, 2009, 08:22 AM
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Got a buddy who's machine is in serious need of a vid card upgrade (currently running 2 x 7600GT's in SLI)

He's got about $300 to spend and would like a cooler included (if you think it's not necessary on the card you recommend that'll work too)

He's got a 19" widescreen but is looking at hooking his computer up to his 42" hdtv which I think is 1920x1200(?)

Currently looking at a 9800GTX+ which would give the option of getting another one down the road for SLI.
GTX260 seemed a bit expensive when I checked.

Looking for opinions on his best choice for the money.

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Old January 22, 2009, 08:38 AM
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If the 19" monitor is 1440x900 or 1680x1050 then I would highly suggest the 9800GTX+. It can play most games fairly decently. However, I think a XFX 4870 1GB would be very useful for that TV.

NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 4870 XXX 775MHZ 1GB 3.8GHZ DDR5 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - HD487AZDDC In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy EVGA E-GEFORCE 9800GTX+ Sc 756MHZ 512MB 2.24GHZ 256BIT DDR3 Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - 512-P3-N884-AR In Canada.
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Old January 22, 2009, 08:51 AM
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4870 is far faster than 9800GTX+
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Old January 22, 2009, 09:09 AM
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This is exactly what the previous poster said...

I agree for 1920X1200 (please verify this, cause HD tv sets normally dont go higher than 1080)a 4870 (or GTX260) will be enough.
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Old January 22, 2009, 09:21 AM
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4870 is the best card you can get for $300 right now unless someone is selling the gtx260 c216 cheap.
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Old January 22, 2009, 10:08 AM
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If the 19" monitor is 1440x900 or 1680x1050 then I would highly suggest the 9800GTX+. It can play most games fairly decently. However, I think a XFX 4870 1GB would be very useful for that TV.

NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 4870 XXX 775MHZ 1GB 3.8GHZ DDR5 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - HD487AZDDC In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy EVGA E-GEFORCE 9800GTX+ Sc 756MHZ 512MB 2.24GHZ 256BIT DDR3 Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - 512-P3-N884-AR In Canada.
Totally Agreed, that extra memory certainly would help with high resolutions. Especially playing games at very high resolutions, heavy games like crysis.

What I have to ask you Greg is.. can he invest a bit more, because currently the GTX280's are really going for good prices, you can get one for around $350, which I think is a hard to pass deal. Nvidia recently dropped prices, especially on the GTX280's, big time drops.

If not, then yea a 4870 1GB is way to go for a big TV, or a 9800GTX+ for a 19". (well bojangles, you answered my question without me starting a new thread :))
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Old January 22, 2009, 10:28 AM
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What I have to ask you Greg is.. can he invest a bit more, because currently the GTX280's are really going for good prices, you can get one for around $350, which I think is a hard to pass deal. Nvidia recently dropped prices, especially on the GTX280's, big time drops.
Not too sure but I'll mention it to him.
Leaning towards the 4870 right now (so many variations of the 4870 though!)
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I curious as well - either one of these any better? Cooling etc?
XFX 4870 1GB
Sapphire 4870 1GB
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I curious as well - either one of these any better? Cooling etc?
XFX 4870 1GB
Sapphire 4870 1GB

XFX has the best warranty ATI and Nvidia side, get the XFX.
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+1 on XFX, don't even buy a Sapphire in a mistake, My card's been on RMA since november, now is when I am supposed to get it.

XFX is the only ATI company that doesn't void a warranty if you dedice to replace your gpu cooler, all others do void.
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