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Old 04-15-2009, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default Trade up program

Ok after 16 days of overclocking and benching my bfg 9600gt it really isnt all that great.

Empire total war 1440 x 900 shader model 3 on high no aa no af: 42fps avg
Far Cry 2 same res on high no aa no af: 55fps avg
Medievial II total war kingdoms same res on high no aa no af: 50fps avg
Call of duty 5 on all high no aa no af: 58fps avg

its not horrible but with bfg's step up program i could have a better card to support future games. i've got 86 days to decide, heres the cards i have to choose from:

9800 GT 512MB PCIE2 TI Passive - $169.99 - [Trade Up]
GTX 295 1792MB PCIE2 - $499.99 - [Trade Up]
GTX 285 1024 OC PCIE2 - $359.99 - [Trade Up]
GTX 285 1024 OC2 PCIE2 - $379.99 - [Trade Up]
GTX 285 1024 OCX PCIE2 - $399.99 - [Trade Up]
GTX 285 1024 OCP PCIE2 - $369.99 - [Trade Up]
GTX 260 MAX55 896MB OC2 - $249.99 - [Trade Up]
GTX 260 MAX55 896MB OCX - $269.99 - [Trade Up]
GTX 260 MC55 OC 896MB PCIe2 - $229.99 - [Trade Up]
GTX 295 H2O 1792MB PCIe2 - $779.99 - [Trade Up]
GTS 250 OC 1024 GDDR3 PCIE2 - $209.99 - [Trade Up]
GTS 250 OC 512 GDDR3 PCIE2 - $179.99 - [Trade Up]
GTX 275 OC 896 GDDR3 PCIE2 - $249.99 - [Trade Up]

idk anything about nvidia's gtx line up so thats basically what i need help with, and im looking for a card with best price/performance ratio.

also im kinda thinking maybe my system could be a bottleneck with those cards. my specs are in my sig, would it be a bottleneck?
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:16 PM   #2
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I don't see any major bottlenecks with your system. If you're interested in the GTS/GTX series, you're going to need a higher output PSU. The 9800GT will run fine with your current PSU.

Here's a breakdown:
GTS 250 - 450W w/ 24A @ 12V
GTX 260 - 500W w/ 36A @12V
GTX 275 - 550W w/ 40A @12V
GTX 285 - 650W
GTX 295 - 680W w/ 46A @ 12V

You could probably run a GTS 250 with your PC Power & Cooling 420.
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:47 PM   #3
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uhh man when i first read your post i was like no way. but i just looked at some reviews and jesus christ these cards take some huge amounts of power.

You know what forget this trade up program, im gonna just hold off. get the most of what i can from this 9600gt and maybe see what the power usage for two HD 4770 will be when there released., thanks for the info atomic
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Ya GPU's take up a lot of power when u think about it but you can buy a nice power supply for around $100. For instance look at the Corsair 750tx, its around $100 and for the price it is a very nice PSU. If your not a big dog gamer that has to max out every game you play, than dont really bother purchasing an expensive card. The GTX serious is pretty nice and like atomic said above, the GTS will run with your PSU and its actually not a bad card at all.
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but with the HD 4770s that are coming along, according to internetz its suppose to be equal if not better than the hd 4830 which beats my 9600gt by 15-25fps and considering the hd 4770 is 40nm has a claim of 80 watts and itll probably clock real good. So 2 crossfire should give me decent performance and my pc power cooling should handle it.

hopefully the benches are good ...
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ya the 4770 being 40 nm, it should get some really good ocing, but only time will tell. This one guy supposably got his GTX 295 on WCing to 800 clock and it was still stable which is really good considering its at 576 stock clock and its not even 40nm. I got mine to 675 clock and its pretty stable but going up to 800 without WCing would fry it. Though I have heard a lot of Nvidia cards OC better than ATi's cards.
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