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Old 11-19-2009, 08:16 PM   #1
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Hey everyone. My 9400GT took a crap on me and I have $80 to spend on a new card. I was looking at the two links provided. I have a 3.2GHz cpu, 2Gb of ram, 600w psu. Thanks for all of your suggestions.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161287

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130509
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:54 PM   #2
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XFX 9600GT 512MB of GDDR3

Your largest downside is no "free shipping". If you spend 100 or more, and the order is less than 35 pounds, the order gets free shipping (to the 48 mainland states)
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Looks like a 256bit mem bus. Is 512MB enough memory for most applications or is 1Gig better?
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It is a 2.0 card, though even if your board is 1.0 spec, the card will still function.
I always look at it like this: for screens larger than 22 inches or if you must have maximum everything on every game out, get a 896+. Otherwise, 512MB is plenty fine. Screen size is the main determining factor, second factor is particular game of interest's resource usage. For instance, GTA IV. Took WAY more than 512MB to even get decent graphics.

I owned the Evga 9600GT 512MB and I loved it. So I would say for 85 dollars, that's a pretty sweet deal.
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