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Old 10-31-2008, 12:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'd like a new graphics card but am a bit strapped for cash now. I don't (obviously) need a high end card, but would like to play some newer games (fallout 3, etc...) at acceptable framerates, even "medium" detail is fine with me. I prefer Nvidia and only have about $125 to spend. what are your recommendations? I've been looking at the 9600GT - it looks pretty good, but am unsure if that's really my best option. What do you think? Thanks!
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Old 10-31-2008, 02:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The 9600gt is fine but if ur wiling to spend a bit more (20-30)$ than the hd4850 wil b a gr8 investment.
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I'm also getting the 9600GT and i think it's the best buy.
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If you live in the US then look into the 4830's. They are basically 4850's with 160 shaders disabled and lower core clock. But it will out perform the 9600 GT by a bit.

Newegg.com - Radeon HD 4830, Radeon HD 4000 series, Desktop Graphics / Video Cards, Video Cards & Video Devices, Computer Hardware
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+1 for the 4830.
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I dont see a major price difference between that and the 4850... i personally would put the extra in.

Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H485F512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

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Old 11-01-2008, 08:56 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the great advice guys. I'm giving the 4850 a serious look. I've been away from the scene here for a while and last I had heard ATI was pretty well known for buggy drivers - have things improved? I've always gone with nvidia because of the drivers. Has ATI figured things out now?
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I would go with the 4850 also eipnvn it's a great card and should play all those games just the way you want

Plus you can always get a 4870 later or something and go crossfire

instead of having to SLI a 9600 :/
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the great advice guys. After reading your advice and looking at some benchmarks I'm going with the 4850 after all. I decided that the little bit extra was worth it for what seems like a much better card. So thanks for all the help deciding.
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It's godlike, a great decision!
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