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Old 11-23-2008, 04:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an 8600gt 256mb right now.

Just wondering if it was worth starting to look at upgrading? Should I look for 512 or 1gb?

Budget would be $75-$125.

Would I be able to get anything in that price range to see significant performance?

I mostly watch movies and play some games. Maybe even begin the transition to HD?

Would be much appreciated if someone could point out some good cards.
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look on newegg for a 9600gso. what games do you play. at what res do you game at?

edit: take a look at this Newegg.com - XFX PVT96OSDFH GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB 192-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards 80 bones.
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I have an 8600gt 256mb right now.

Just wondering if it was worth starting to look at upgrading? Should I look for 512 or 1gb?

Budget would be $75-$125.

Would I be able to get anything in that price range to see significant performance?

I mostly watch movies and play some games. Maybe even begin the transition to HD?

Would be much appreciated if someone could point out some good cards.
You can get an HD 4830/9800GT/HD 4670/8800GS[9600GSO]

Which would dominate your 8600GT
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Default Re: Worth upgrading 8600gt?

for got about 9800gt.
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N975-AR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
^ thats a good deal
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Default Re: Worth upgrading 8600gt?

If you get an 8[9]800GT, you might want to consider buying the AKIMBO Cooler for it, since it runs quite hot (or buy the AKIMBO version of it) or any dual-slot version of the 9800GT
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the 9800gt's with akimbo run about 150 Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N978-AR GeForce 9800 GT AKIMBO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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This HD 4830 fits in your budget and beats the 8800/9800gt not to mention your current card. It also has good cooling.

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100265L Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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Default Re: Worth upgrading 8600gt?

according to these charts the 4830 is not beat by the 9800gt
InsideHW - ATi Radeon HD 4830 512MB vs. nVIDIA GeForce 9800GT 512MB

dont know how reliable that site is but i am looking for more reviews
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according to these charts the 4830 is not beat by the 9800gt
InsideHW - ATi Radeon HD 4830 512MB vs. nVIDIA GeForce 9800GT 512MB

dont know how reliable that site is but i am looking for more reviews
So is this before or after the whole fiasco about the too little SIMDs enabled on the HD 4830?

As far as I know, most games are equal with nVidia doing better in games that support Geforce PhysX and Crysis and AMD doing better in games like GRID optimized for their architecture..
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Newegg.com - ASUS EN9800GT HB&#47;HTDI&#47;512M GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

that card has a better cooler. and is cheaper. asus is a good brand
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