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Hi everyone, recently my system failed the POST and I suspect it's the gfx card that's failing. Here are my current system specs:

- C2D E8400 (3.0 ghz)
- 2x 2 GB 800 mhz DDR2 RAM
- ASUS EN9800GT
- 480 W PSU

Usually when I press the power button, the mobo beeps once. A few days ago it didn't beep at all and the bios wouldn't load. This is the second time this has happened. When it occurred for the first time, I took the gfx card out and cleaned it a bit and I found a hair stuck to it. Plugged it back in and the mobo beeped again when turned on. No problems for a few months until a few days ago.

Anyway, I am interested in the GTS 450 particularly the evga one because I want to stay away from Asus (rma'ed the card once because of fan problems and current one still has fan problems). How does this card compare to the 9800GT and is the FTW edition worth the extra bucks?

Thanks.
post #2 of 26
How much are you paying for it? The GTS450 will only be marginally faster than your 9800GT. The FTW edition isn't worth the extra money as you can just overclock your card and reach the same speeds, easily.
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post #3 of 26
It's truthfully not worth the $100 to upgrade to the 450. Only do it if you fold. Even then save up for atleast a GTX 460.
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post #4 of 26
I got the 450 back when I had an intel dual core because I thought a 460 would be bottlenecked (i upgraded to an amd quad later on though).

the main question is what is your monitor's resolution and are you planning to upgrade your cpu anytime soon?

either way, there are better options than the 450. 5770 is faster if you want to go with amd.
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IMO, if you can find a GTX 460 768mb, upgrade to that. They don't cost too much more than the 450 and offer alot more performance
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post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by r34p3rex View Post
IMO, if you can find a GTX 460 768mb, upgrade to that. They don't cost too much more than the 450 and offer alot more performance
I concur.. I now kind of regret cheaping out a bit, for a little more i could have snagged a 460.
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I concur.. I now kind of regret cheaping out a bit, for a little more i could have snagged a 460.
Same here, but my 450 seems to be able to handle mostly everything at my resolution, which is the same as yours. I can run crysis at high settings with water and physics at very high w/ 4xaa.
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post #8 of 26
The GTS 450 is more of a 9800GT replacement than an upgrade. If your 9800GT dies, you can get a 450 to replace it. The only significant improvement would be a GTX 460 1gb. Other than that, don't waste your money on anything else.
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post #9 of 26
To upgrade from a 9800GT? No it's not, you should probably go for a GTX460 or a GTX560Ti it'll be a better investment than a GTS450 in your situation.
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