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Stryker
07-02-2009, 02:21 AM
I recently upgraded to a new PC:

AMD Phenom II 940 3.0 Ghz Black Edition (OC to 3.4Ghz)
ASUS M4A79 Deluxe
4 GB GSkill 1066 DDR2 RAM
Windows XP Pro

I am currently running an EVGA 512MB 7950 GT

Any recommendations on a new video card?

I use the PC for gaming and cannot decide between ATI 4890 and Nvidia 9800

Any help would be appreciated. What do you guys use?

TIA

Fish
07-02-2009, 09:20 AM
There are quite a few different variations of the 9800, but I'd still go with the ATI 4890. That card is smoking fast. It's pretty loud though. But it will run anything you throw at it. Several different manufacturers make an overclocked one out of the box too.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=ATI+4890&x=18&y=24

pr_capone
07-02-2009, 01:13 PM
If you go with the ATi, ONLY use Sapphire brand. The other brands are simply not as reliable.

I've used Sapphire exclusively with the exception of one card which was HIS. I went with the HIS because they had an unbelievable deal on it. The card was dead within 6 months. Sapphire is the number 1 ATi card maker and has been for over a decade.

Fish
07-02-2009, 02:35 PM
If you go with the ATi, ONLY use Sapphire brand. The other brands are simply not as reliable.

I've used Sapphire exclusively with the exception of one card which was HIS. I went with the HIS because they had an unbelievable deal on it. The card was dead within 6 months. Sapphire is the number 1 ATi card maker and has been for over a decade.

That's not true at all. These days it really doesn't matter what manufacturer you go with. Just research what you're getting, and pay close attention to a few details.

Look at online reviews for the exact model. Newegg is great for this.

Check the customer service reviews for the manufacturer you're buying. Some manufacturers won't honor mail-in rebates and stuff like that. Just check before you buy.

Watch your temp. This is the real killer for most video cards regardless of manufacturer. It is well worth the money to get decent case cooling fans and make sure your card has enough room inside the case. Some card manufacturers install their own custom GPU coolers that are much much better than the factory cooler.

I've had more Sapphire cards crap out than HIS cards. Sapphire makes some pretty crappy GPU cooling fans. I've had very good luck with HIS, and would highly recommend them.

pr_capone
07-02-2009, 03:16 PM
That's not true at all. These days it really doesn't matter what manufacturer you go with. Just research what you're getting, and pay close attention to a few details.

Look at online reviews for the exact model. Newegg is great for this.

Check the customer service reviews for the manufacturer you're buying. Some manufacturers won't honor mail-in rebates and stuff like that. Just check before you buy.

Watch your temp. This is the real killer for most video cards regardless of manufacturer. It is well worth the money to get decent case cooling fans and make sure your card has enough room inside the case. Some card manufacturers install their own custom GPU coolers that are much much better than the factory cooler.

I've had more Sapphire cards crap out than HIS cards. Sapphire makes some pretty crappy GPU cooling fans. I've had very good luck with HIS, and would highly recommend them.

Agree to disagree then. :D

At least we both agree on ATi over nVidia. lol

macdawg
07-02-2009, 10:21 PM
I've always preferred nvida and most agree that nvidia drivers are better, they definitely get updated more frequently.

That said the 4890 appears to be faster than most nvidias except the GTX 280 or 285, which are way more expensive so I would probably buy an ATI in the current market.

I havent' researched so you should research yourself though, http://www.tech-forums.net/pc/f76/graphics-card-rankings-139202/ that rankings thread should give you a start on what to look for along with anandtech.com and tomshardware.com

Count Alex's Wins
07-02-2009, 10:26 PM
Spend a few more bucks and get one of the Geforce 260's.

9800 = trash

Ultra Peanut
07-02-2009, 10:42 PM
VOODOO 5

Cash Cow
07-03-2009, 08:14 AM
Spend a few more bucks and get one of the Geforce 260's.

9800 = trash

I would agree with this. :clap:

Fruit Ninja
07-03-2009, 08:49 AM
i have always used ATI cards i never had an issue with one and being a former MMO player, i have put them cards through hell and back.

patteeu
07-03-2009, 10:59 AM
VOODOO 5

I've got one! Although it's on the computer I gave to my parents now so I guess I don't have it anymore.

TrickyNicky
07-07-2009, 07:19 AM
Hey, if you haven't gone with a card yet, here is a great deal on a screaming fast card:

Dell SB (http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Graphics_Cards/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04&sku=A2391143&dgc=BF&cid=7421&lid=197378&acd=10466193-1225267-u0t0f0fp22329c0s558) has eVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB PCI Express Video Card for $200 - 20% off coupon TR3K2WXQ65?53B - 10% off stackable coupon 22X6DLMFK6K92G - $30 rebate (http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/rebates/A2391143_1.pdf) = $114 with free shipping.

source: slickdeals.net (http://www.slickdeals.net/)

That is a crazy good deal. Makes me wish I didn't already buy a 250GTS a month and a half ago.

Count Alex's Wins
01-08-2010, 10:19 AM
OK, the offseason is open us....so that means a hell of a lot more gaming for me, since I hate girls.

Looking to upgrade my 8800 GTS. I'm thinking the best bang for my buck right now is the ATI Radeon 5770. I game at 1920x1080 on an E6700, 4GB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131327

Thoughts?

kaplin42
01-08-2010, 10:44 AM
Spend a few more bucks and get one of the Geforce 260's.

9800 = trash

if you're going to go into the 200 series, then don't get less than a 285. Otherwise right now, the ATI Radeon 5750 is the way to go at this moment. It does this thing they call eyefinity, which if you haven't seen it, then you should check this link out.

I generally prefer nVidia over ATI, but currently, the 5950 series is top notch.

http://hardocp.com/article/2010/01/05/amds_ati_radeon_eyefinity_performance_review

Fairplay
01-08-2010, 11:27 AM
I could build you a better computer and a cheaper price.

i will newegg you to death as a matter of fact.

Count Alex's Wins
01-08-2010, 11:30 AM
I've been advised that the 4890 is actually much faster than any 57 series in the same price range.

Silock
01-08-2010, 04:29 PM
The 5770 has great bang for the buck. I'd go with it.