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#1 Jul 21 2010 at 4:38 PM Rating: Decent
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ok this is what im working with need advise

OS Windows 7 (64-bit)
Processor Intel core 2 Qaud (2.40 GHz)
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Nvidia Geforce 8300 GS

Iv got $250 to spend on a new graphics card but dont know what to get any advise will help
#2 Jul 21 2010 at 4:47 PM Rating: Decent
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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-radeon-hd-geforce-gtx,2676.html
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#3 Jul 21 2010 at 4:58 PM Rating: Decent
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You should be able to get a used 5870 on ebay, shipped for that much if you are ok with the thought. Mine has been working like a champ :)

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#5 Jul 21 2010 at 5:20 PM Rating: Decent
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can try http://www.tigerdirect.com/ see what they have avail and prices for them .
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#7 Jul 21 2010 at 5:28 PM Rating: Decent
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A brand new GTX460 overclocked can out perform a stock 5850, and it's cheaper.
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#8 Jul 21 2010 at 5:41 PM Rating: Good
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GuardianFaith wrote:
A brand new GTX460 overclocked can out perform a stock 5850, and it's cheaper.


Chances are that if someone:

1) Doesn't know what to get at all, and
2) Is asking on a FFXIV forum instead of a computer hardware forum,

...they probably wouldn't know how to overclock a video card.

I could be wrong.
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Well I know the GTX 260 is going for 137.99 right now at bestbuy and you can triple SLI them, so booyah!! Then overclock them bad boys and you got a **** party in your livingroom, bedroom or where ever your computer is stationed.
#10 Jul 21 2010 at 6:29 PM Rating: Good
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trenched wrote:
ok this is what im working with need advise

OS Windows 7 (64-bit)
Processor Intel core 2 Qaud (2.40 GHz)
Ram 4GB
Nvidia Geforce 8300 GS

Iv got $250 to spend on a new graphics card but dont know what to get any advise will help


I spent about the same amount of money to get an ATI Radeon HD 5770 ($190) and a 500W power supply ($50) plus a $15 mail-in rebate...

I'm not sure what kind of power supply you're using, but if you are getting a decent video card, make sure your power supply is powerful enough.
#11 Jul 21 2010 at 7:07 PM Rating: Decent
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Mikhalia wrote:
Chances are that if someone:

1) Doesn't know what to get at all, and
2) Is asking on a FFXIV forum instead of a computer hardware forum,

...they probably wouldn't know how to overclock a video card.

I could be wrong.


This is probably true, however, there is an easy answer to this, get the EVGA GTX460, get the EVGA Precision tool, OCing made easy.
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#12 Jul 21 2010 at 7:39 PM Rating: Decent
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Or you could just pick up a 5830 and have superior performance and less power consumption for the same price. If you can squeeze together another $40-$50 somehow you could move up to a 5850 though, which I'd absolutely recommend.

not that the 5830 is a bad card. . . but it's always beneficial to reeeaaaachhhhhh ;)

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#13 Jul 21 2010 at 8:05 PM Rating: Excellent
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This is out of date. The correct answer today is the GTX 460 1GB. If you want to go a little cheaper, drop down to a 768 MB version or the HD 5830.

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Or you could just pick up a 5830 and have superior performance and less power consumption for the same price.

Check the reviews and you'll find the opposite is true.
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Correctomundo. The GTX 460 is based off the GF104 architecture which is just ever so slightly different than the GF100(470/480 GTX's). The 460 runs cooler and with slightly less power draw.

At $220-$240, the GTX 460 is the way to go. BTW, the 7xx MB vRAM GTX 460 is NOT the one you want to get. You want the GTX 460 1gb version. There is a significant performance difference compared to the price difference. If you can't do the $220-$240 of the GTX 460 1gb, the ATI 5770 or the 5830/5850 would be the next best bet.

To find cheaper/marked down versions , check newegg.com They have open-box deals where the product is tested to ensure it works, but may be shipped w/o some of the original packaged accessories. For the lowest prices from multiple vendors, I suggest pricewatch.com When you search a particular item at pricewatch, it pulls up multiple name brands from multiple online e-tailers with very competitive pricing. Tigerdirect.com is also a decent site to check if you can't find what you want @newegg or pricewatch.
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#15 Jul 22 2010 at 1:38 PM Rating: Good
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I'm also voting GTX 460. Video card reviewers are really saying good things about them right now. At around $230, the performance is comparable to that of much more expensive units. If you're like me and don't go out and play every pretty game, it'll last you for at least a couple of years. Don't buy the cheapo 768 version. It's worth paying the extra $30 for the 1GB.
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#16 Jul 22 2010 at 2:02 PM Rating: Decent
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The question for me is when will local retailers start stocking the 460 >:c I can save a lot of money on one when they do.
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#17 Jul 22 2010 at 9:41 PM Rating: Good
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I should probably give a warning that GTX-460 cards (mine included) are doing quite poorly in the benchmark. Most likely it's an Nvidia optimization issue that won't carry over into the game, but it's something to be aware of. I haven't heard how these cards are performing in the beta.

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At $220-$240, the GTX 460 is the way to go. BTW, the 7xx MB vRAM GTX 460 is NOT the one you want to get. You want the GTX 460 1gb version. There is a significant performance difference compared to the price difference. If you can't do the $220-$240 of the GTX 460 1gb, the ATI 5770 or the 5830/5850 would be the next best bet.

I don't agree here. The performance difference is typically less than 10%, which is less than the price difference. Even reviewers who make the same recommendation as you (like Anandtech) only do it on the basis of some tenuous hope that the performance gap will increase in the future as games require more memory. For today's games, there isn't much difference.

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The question for me is when will local retailers start stocking the 460 >:c I can save a lot of money on one when they do.

If you're talking about big box retailers, the answer is probably never. They tend to stock two or three models of low-end video cards to sell to soccer moms. If you have smaller independent retailers or a specialty computer chain nearby (we don't have them here, but I've heard Microcenter in the US is good) then they probably have them already.

Edited, Jul 22nd 2010 10:44pm by Borkachev
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