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#1 Dec 17 2010 at 2:00 AM Rating: Good
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After consulting Osarion's thread on the matter, I've decided to upgrade my system. Without a doubt I will be purchasing an AMD Phenom X4 9850 to replace my Athlon 7850, but as for upgrading my graphics card, I'm a little bit leery.

I currently have an EVGA GeForce 9500 GT 1GB installed, and it can run the graphics decently. I have to all but disable distance rendering though, so I was going to upgrade to the GeForce 420 GT if not the 430. My only problem is that it seems EVGA's 400 GT series isn't getting that many great reviews, and my only two other options are to buy Galaxy or Sparkle.

Has anyone used these brands before? Is anyone currently using them? How is your gameplay with them? Is anyone currently using the EVGA GeForce 400 GT series with huge success?
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#2 Dec 17 2010 at 2:28 AM Rating: Good
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Why not go with an ATI card? I got a 5850 for 200 bucks and plays the game great.

I am sure u can get a older card for less and get good graphics out of it as well.
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#3 Dec 17 2010 at 2:36 AM Rating: Good
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Stupifyed wrote:
Why not go with an ATI card? I got a 5850 for 200 bucks and plays the game great.

I am sure u can get a older card for less and get good graphics out of it as well.


I don't use ATI for personal reasons. I've bought three cards from them in the past, and they've all broken within the first 6 months. I just prefer to avoid them.

That's what I've got right now. This ole' 9500 GT I've got can run Oblivion and Fallout3 at Ultra, and Crysis at high with a few tweaks to the lighting and shader options. It can run FFXIV decently, it's just that the distance rendering isn't so great and I also miss my anti-aliasing.
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#4 Dec 17 2010 at 3:48 AM Rating: Good
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MSI Cyclone GTX460 1gb

ASUS GTX460 1gb.

I have the Asus. Been outstanding so far. Right around 5 months now and It's OC'd to 850/2100, compared to the stock 650/1700 something? It also runs BF:BC2 and Civ V just fine at max settings at the same res at 50-60 fps steady. ;O

The key factor is the 1gb version because it has a higher shader count than the 78x MB version of the 460. I can run FFXIV with everything on max settings(in the config prog) except the Ambient Occlusion at 1080p. I also use my nvidia drivers to force anisotropic filtering to x16. And use 4x MSAA. FPS average 45, because I cap at 60 in all fields and dip to about 32~ in the densest parts of cities and camps.

With rebates and perhaps special deals it's possible to get this card for around 160-170$ US.



Your results may vary slightly because I have the 1055t(hexacore) OC'd to 3.7 ghz, but not incredibly far off if you OC your CPU to 3.2~3.4ghz
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#5 Dec 17 2010 at 7:42 AM Rating: Decent
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If you want the maximum bang for your buck buying an Nvidia card, grab a 460 GTX and forget about those low end cards you mentioned. You really don't want to throw your money away buying a card that's barely an upgrade and needs replacing within a year.
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I recently picked up a GTS 450 and have had great results. My processor is an AMD Phenom 2.4 ghz (If I remember correctly. I'm at work atm.) I'm running the game on standard settings, with textures on high, the distance setting turned on, and 4MSAA (I think). I get about 30fps with a slight dip in fps in really crowded areas.

I also have a machine with a Phenom II 965 black edition processor and a Nvidea 9800 GT. This system actually runs the game a bit better than the other one, but I have the same settings on both boxes.

Edited, Dec 17th 2010 2:15pm by Jefro420
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