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Upgrading from an 8800GTX to an MSI GT 430 Overclocked, good or bad idea?

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I am looking to upgrade my 8800GTX to something a little newer, I am looking for a relatively cheap upgrade (money is tight and I don't need screaming end of the line graphics) so I was gravitating towards the MSI GT430 overclocked videocard. I was wondering if people think that this is a worthy investment or if I should maybe up it to something like a 450. In essence this is kind of two questions at the same time, 1) is the 430 a good idea for a cheap upgrade from an 8800gtx and 2) is it worth it to pony up the extra money for a 450.
Thanks in advance for any help solving this question.
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GTS 450 will be a small upgrade 20-30%, GT 430 will be a downgrade.
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the 8800gtx should play some games fine for right now

i suggest you save that money and put it towards a used gtx 460, or even that gtx460 768mb from tigerdirect for about 100.

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haha now that you mention it it might be, my cards pretty old so I figured most things would be better than it by now. Looking at the specs though I mean the 430 has a faster core clock speed and faster memory clock speed it just lacks CUDA cores in comparison to the 8800GTX, I mean what I am running now has a core clock of 576mhz and a memory clock of 900 whereas the 430 would be 700mhz core clock and 1000mhz memory albeit with less CUDA cores but I was unaware that would make the biggest difference.
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Yeah, when comparing cards from the same brand (nVidia / ATi/AMD), the Stream Processors/ Cuda Cores are the factor (for the most part, other factors like Bus Width, VRAM, ROPs come in when comparing similar cards).

A 500MHz GTX 580 would laugh at a 750 MHz 8600 GT. tongue.gif

It's a common misconception though, so don't sweat it.
I also think you should try and hold out for the 460 768MB, if possible.
The power difference for the price difference makes it more than worth it, especially coming from an 8800GTX. smile.gif

Here's a good rough guide of where they place compared to eachother, OC editoons pbviously not included:- [url] http://www.overclock.net/graphics-cards-general/502403-graphics-card-ranking-5th-time-last.html[/url]
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