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post #1 of 20
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Okay so ive posted similar questions on here before, however i have not come to a conclusion. My budget is under $300, and i dont plan on doing sli or crossfire. I want to upgrade from a 9800GTX+ but i dont know if its worth it. Also im going to university next year and there is no way i will be able to afford an upgrade so watever i get im gona need it to last 3-4 years. Like in 3 years i want to be able to still play games with decent graphics settings on the card i get.

So what are your suggestions? Should i wait and not upgrade, wait for the GTX5xx to be on some sale or just get get a 4xx series card? I want to stay away from amd due to driver fail.
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post #2 of 20
Does the card really limit you when you play games? What res?
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post #3 of 20
I think a GTX 470 might be right in the sweet spot here. I upgraded from a 512MB 9800 GTX+ to a 1798MB GTX 260 to what I have now: a GTX 470 (which was binned as a GTX 465, but I flashed it to a 470 - err rather, I "unlocked" it. But this can't be done with all 465s, so stick to real 470s). When I made the upgrade from the 9800 GTX+ to the GTX 260, I noticed a little boost. It wasn't massive, but it was still noticeable and I certainly enjoyed it. But when I upgraded from the 260 to the 470, it was much more noticeable. It wasn't a massive upgrade, but it was still big.

So I think that upgrading straight from the 9800 GTX+ to something like the GTX 470 will be much more than worth it! Plus, it's right within the $300 budget! Everything else is still too expensive...
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post #4 of 20
Get a GTX 470 and don't look back.
post #5 of 20
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no it does not REALLY limit me. 1920x1080. but i know in half a year to a year it will start to fall behind noticeably and i want to upgrade before i go to university. There are some games that i cant max out already, i know in the near future i will need to upgrade to keep playing new releases on high settings.
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post #6 of 20
Ic. Well, the 470 would be a very nice upgrade. Is it worth it? Depends how important it is to play at highest settings. University takes up a lot of time, don't know if a large portion of it will be to continually play games. Just my two cents. The 9800GT still runs my games fine. Need to turn it down a bit but doesn't bother me.
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post #7 of 20
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well it doesn't bother me either but i want my card to be able to do that 3 years from now. i know the 9800GTX wont survive that long.

Also i was looking at the SOC gtx470 from gigabyte, is that worth the money or should i just go with a reference card and put a cooler on it later on?
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post #8 of 20
I wouldn't go with reference cooling and then put another cooler on it after. With the money you spend on the cooler, it should be cheaper to get a non-reference card now instead. MSI has some great designs.
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post #9 of 20
Like the Twin Frozr II.
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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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post #10 of 20
I would say it's worth the money. GTX 470 has a lot of OC potential and temp is usually the part that leave you behind. That Gigabyt one performs the best among air-coolers'.
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