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Just curious as someone wants to buy me a Christmas gift for around $50 but I don't really want anything in particular. I thought maybe I would be able to get a better card for that price because I actually bought this 8800GT used here at OCN for I think $30 and that was probably a year or so ago.

Will be used in my sig rig for Dota 2 and Diablo III. Right now my fps is decent in both games on medium settings but it doesn't take too much to make it drop to 30 or below. In Diablo III in particular my current 8800GT gets to around 80-83 degrees and the fan spins at or near max speed, pretty loud and annoying. I try to game at 1920x1200 but I lower it to 1680x1050 pretty often to get better fps. I know these games are CPU dependent but I think a newer video card would help at higher resolutions, please correct me if I'm wrong. I'm also not sure if it is even worth replacing my 8800GT.

Doesn't matter if it is ATI or Nvidia and I also don't mind if it is used or an open box item, I just want the best GPU for the money! Thanks guys.
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My suggestion is to get another 8800GT to do SLI as I see you are using a 680i motherboard which should have this feature.  A pair will certainly give a very noticeably boost in performance.

 

There are many used 8800GTs floating around in ebay for around US$50 or less.  Even here in OCN, I see this one:-

http://www.overclock.net/t/1180400/my-8800gt-for-your-power-supply

 

One reminder:- there are 256/512/1024MB versions of 8800GT.  Remember to match one with your current card.

post #3 of 24
You can find a used GTS 250 at that price but it wont be much of an upgrade.
make your budget at least $80 so you can get a used HD5770
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My suggestion is to get another 8800GT to do SLI as I see you are using a 680i motherboard which should have this feature.  A pair will certainly give a very noticeably boost in performance.

There are many used 8800GTs floating around in ebay for around US$50 or less.  Even here in OCN, I see this one:-
http://www.overclock.net/t/1180400/my-8800gt-for-your-power-supply

One reminder:- there are 256/512/1024MB versions of 8800GT.  Remember to match one with your current card.

Hm yeah that isn't a bad idea actually, not sure why I didn't think of that before hand. However power consumption is an issue simply because I don't want my electric bill to go up if possible, although if its only a few bucks I suppose that wouldn't matter. And yes my 680i does indeed have SLI, thanks.
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You can find a used GTS 250 at that price but it wont be much of an upgrade.
make your budget at least $80 so you can get a used HD5770

Yeah I had a feeling $50 wasn't quite enough for a decent upgrade.

Anyone else have suggestions?
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post #5 of 24
To be honest I would say no. SLI would see you gains in some games, and if you have a decent amount of vram it would work ok for the time being. However I don't think you will be satisfied with it. In my experience older cards don't scale as well as newer cards. Your better off saving a month and getting something worthwhile.
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How much Vram does your 8800gt have?
More Vram = Higher FPS at higher resolutions
Edited by Denim-187 - 12/13/11 at 10:40pm
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Originally Posted by Denim-187 View Post

How much Vram does your 8800gt have?
More Vram = Higher FPS at higher resolutions

Its a 512MB 8800GT. Thanks for all the info guys. smile.gif
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Yea, you should aim for 1gig and up for vram, I would definitely say go another path.
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Well, if you could sell your 8800 on ebay, for say...50 or 60 bucks. Put that in your pocket with the other 50 and wait around for a nice open box deal (can sometimes get lucky and get a AMD 6870/GTX 560 for 80-90bucks)...or just save up another 50 which will get you into an AMD 6850 or GTX 460. It'd be worth it I'd say as you'd have a much more effecient card and you wouldn't be using near as much power as you would be having running 8800's in SLI...not to mention having to deal with SLI drivers.
    
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4850 512mb DDR3 $52
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=HD4850-PCIE-512-2-PB&cat=VCD

Tigerdirect has a GTS250 for $30 AR (its $60 pre-rebate tho)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=154506&CatId=3670
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