What gaming card shud I get ?

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce' started by asimriz, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. asimriz

    asimriz Member Guru

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    Hey guys I have an NVIDIA 9800 GTX 512mb by MSI but I wana upgrade to a more powerful card. Which one shud I get ? Money isn't an issue. Also, I despise ATI cards so I'm talking abt NVIDIA cards ONLY ! Plz help me out. Ty. (p.s. plz let me know if I need a more powerful power supply too...)
     
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  2. Strikerx80

    Strikerx80 Ancient Guru

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    well easy then a geforce 295
     
  3. salanos

    salanos Maha Guru

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    GTX 295 is the absolute fastest card you can get.

    If you don't want to tangle with dual-GPUs, then a GTX 285 is the best, of course.

    Alternatively you can buy twin GTX 285s, but that would require a faster processor (quad core preferrably) and a SLi motherboard.
     
  4. MAD-OGRE

    MAD-OGRE Ancient Guru

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    your 800watt should be fine for any single card money can buy right now.
    SLI GTX280s or Quad SLI 295s would probly beed more.
    And you can always OC that e8400 to 3.6-4.0 to remove any bottle neck that you might see.
     

  5. Foes

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    285's in SLi does not "require" a faster CPU, nor even a C2D..that hogs wash..salanos, where is proof to your words?
     
  6. Jonnyboy

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    I don't think any single cpu will be able to handle a 9800gtx with out bottle necking.I know this because one time I tried my EVGA 9800GTX at stock Ghz and I noticed a big bottle neck.
     
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    I did some testing on my computer with single 260 and SLi 260 with CPU at stock 2.5Ghz and OC'ed to 3.6Ghz and the single 260 ave FPS where almost exactly the same with stock CPU vs OC'ed, It was not until SLi did I see and average of only up to 10 FPS gain the CPU OC gave me over the stock CPU.

    http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=290944
     
  8. sakis213

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    Go for the GTX285, at what res you are playing?
     
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    I'd also say gtx 285... wouldn't bother with driver and/or Dual GPU card issues...
     
  10. mixalis9

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    gtx 285 for sure.. it rockssssssss :D
     

  11. salanos

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    You just answered your own question.
    The E8400 is a great processor sure, but I've seen it bottleneck some dual-GPU set ups.
     
  12. ST19AG_WGreymon

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    lol money is not an issue. 295 all the way. Can you SLI 295s?
     
  13. LedHed

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    since you have a Crossfire motherboard the GTX 295 is the choice hands down followed by the GTX 280.

    That may be true at stock but take a look at this GTX 295 only CPU benchmark w/ E8*00 @4.0ghz:

    http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=807&p=0

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    Only posted two due to large size, but go to link to see all.

    Basically with a decent OC the Dual Core 45nm Wolfdales really do well in all modern games and the quads really don't provide much gain until all software implements quad core support. However for now we are happy with dual core support, considering a year ago we were lacking there also.
     
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  14. Foes

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    Good reading. Backs up my testing results. People should start replying to forum questions with facts and not hear say.
     
  15. asimriz

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    Thanks A LOT guys ! Seriously that was good advice ! Really appreciate it... By bottlenecking du mean audio-video sync problems in games ? I've OCed my Wolfdale to 3.3GHz but the intro to Devil May Cry 4 oes not play in sync & sumtimes the cutscenes in the latest games do not run in sync... A slight lagg... So u think I shud get a 285 ? I've heard there r LOTS of problems with dual GPUs... ALSO, wot RAM shud I get that my overclock can b worth it ?
     

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    SLI has been around for what, 9 years now? I haven't had even the slightest problem with my 295, only buttery smooth 1920x1200 gaming. Most of the people bashing dual GPU cards do not own one.
     
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    ...my CPU @ stock does not bottlenck my 9600GT SLI. i notice no gaming difference between 3.16Ghz and 4.24Ghz.
     
  18. LedHed

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    I see large gains in OCing my E8500 to 4.0ghz, around 8-10 fps.

    9600's in SLI are little different than GT200b's in SLI.
     
  19. Bobby P

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    Well, it depends on how much money you want to spend right now...

    If you got the money and the cash...go for the gtx 295.
     
  20. Sneakers

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    Nice read there Ledhead, kinda supported what atleast I thought ( pre reading this). Seems that the line between where i7 performs alot better compared to e85/86 @ 4.0+ghz is when you go 3 gpus and 4 gpus. Good read.
     

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