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Old 11-23-2008, 04:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Wow, thanks guys. That was quick.

So I would see a noticeable difference?

I mostly play Guitar Hero, but plan on playing GTA IV and Total War.
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with a 9800gt you will notice a huge diff. the 9800gt will wipe the floor with a 8600gt.
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Any of the 4 cards I listed earlier will pwn a 8600GT
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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
Anadtech retested the 4830 using the correct bios with all of the SMID's enabled and it beat the 9800gt in every game except oblivion.
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i'll look for the review.
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So I am basically looking for a 9800gt or a 4830, or above? I wish they numbered those things better to make it easier to tell which is the best.

Quick question. Will this improve the quality of the dvd's that I play on my screen? I noticed that they have been a little blocky.

So, what I am looking for is at least 512 mb DDR3 memory (is 1gb worth it?), a core clock of at least 600 mhz, memory clock of at least 1800 mhz, HDTV / S-video?

Are there any other numbers that I should look for? What about ATI numbers, I am not very familiar with them.

Oh, forgot to mention I have a 500w PSU.
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Don't worry about the specs of the card.. take the one is best for bang for the buck because the specs are very misleading
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So it's not going to matter much if the 9800gt is oc'd a bit by 50 or 75 mhz?

Just look for the cheapest brand name 9800gt or 4830?

Will this improve my dvd watching experience and is 500w enough? I have a Dell SP2208WFP.
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um xfx and evga have lifetime warrenty so go with them for a nvidia graphcs card.
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bfg is also good alltho they wont cover you changing your cooler.
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