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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-27-2009, 08:34 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey guys,

As I posted in the new members section, I finally broke free from the grasp of mainstream PCs (Gateway) and I built my first system. Some of the parts were carried over from my Gateway, including my mediocre graphics card.

So now I would like to upgrade to a decent graphics card. I would like to stay under $150, so I'm basically looking at a 9800 or a GTS 250. I'm going to get it from Newegg, so if it's one that's offering free COD WAW, that would be a plus, but not necessary.

Something that keeps cool enough on its own would be a plus also, I don't want to raise my temps that much (even though my current 8500GT is running at 66C).

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-27-2009, 08:48 AM
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Get an ATI HD 4830. Its a better value than the 9800GT/GTS 250 (which are the same thing, BTW)


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Is that 8500GT running 66c at IDLE!!!?

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Get an ATI HD 4830. Its a better value than the 9800GT/GTS 250 (which are the same thing, BTW)
or a 4770

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Get an ATI HD 4830. Its a better value than the 9800GT/GTS 250 (which are the same thing, BTW)
9800GT = 8800GT
9800GTX+ = GTS 250

So they are not the same

Edit: To the OP. Go with a GTS 250. The reference design cooler is awesome, stays very cool. Even the non reference XFX model is good and comes with the free game. EVGA has the step up program so maybe you'll want to use that to get an even better card in 90 days. If not, XFX has the double lifetime warranty that makes it easier to sell your used cards.
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All GPU's run hot with the stock cooler on them...if you want a cold card you need aftermarket cooling. It's worth it for the OC you can get.
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gts 250 is a great card for the money, and if you get a palit version the temps are very cool, mine is clocked to 810/110/2009 and barely ever goes above 40C, and that is the stock cooler

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i love my little 8500 with a Stock heatsink no fan, Runs load at 54C
Anyways i advise for $150:

Nvidia - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127423
Reason : Good card, Excelant cooling, Free WAW and a MIR.

ATI - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161244
Reason : Good card, ICEQ4 Turbo, Free game, MIR

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It will be nice if the budget is $15 or $20 more, then pick a GXT260 216 for long haul. For $150, 4870 is a good option. Also, as mentioned in OP, GTS250=9800GTX+=4850 is also good for that LCD.
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If you don't mind open box items, you can usually get a 4870 under $150. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814121288R

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