1. Post #1
    Shadow187(FP)'s Avatar
    July 2009
    2,157 Posts
    I'm trying to stay UNDER 125$.

    I will be gaming:
    L4D
    Hl2:DM
    CS:S
    Gmod
    Tf2
    DoD:S

    My resolution will be at 1280x1024.
    I was thinking:
    9800GTX
    4850

    Any suggestions?

  2. Post #2
    4850
    4870 if you can afford it

  3. Post #3
    Shadow187(FP)'s Avatar
    July 2009
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    I looked at the '70, and I think I found a 1gig for around 140. It's not that much more, but do I really need it for my kind of gaming?

  4. Post #4
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102810
    4870 $130 with free shipping

    Edited:

    Mhmm, you don't really need it, but it might be nice.

  5. Post #5
    Shadow187(FP)'s Avatar
    July 2009
    2,157 Posts
    How much of a difference does 512/1GB make?

  6. Post #6
    Your res doesn't really need 1GB of VRAM.

  7. Post #7
    Shadow187(FP)'s Avatar
    July 2009
    2,157 Posts
    Right. So if not, I should be able to get a 4850 for ~100$. Is it worth it to spend more for that card?

    Also, I'll be on a quad-core @ 2.2ghz, so I don't think bottlenecking is a problem.

  8. Post #8
    4850 for $100 is great for your needs.

  9. Post #9
    Shadow187(FP)'s Avatar
    July 2009
    2,157 Posts
    One more question. Does it matter from why company I buy the card from? There's HIS, XFX, Gigabyte, Sapphire, Diamond, etc. Does it make a difference besides the price?

  10. Post #10
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    Kybalt's Avatar
    July 2008
    8,182 Posts
    If you can get the 4870 1GB, I personally would, just for future proofing. I never expected to get a new monitor when I got my 9800GTX 512MB and I'm regretting not getting a 1GB version now.

  11. Post #11
    Shadow187(FP)'s Avatar
    July 2009
    2,157 Posts
    That's what I was originally planning, and I have:

    512 4850-110$
    1024 4850-125$
    512 4870- 130$
    1024 4870- 150$.

    And yeah, I think I'm planning on upgrading my monitor to ~ 22'', or 24'', whatever I find, within about 8 months.

  12. Post #12
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    Kybalt's Avatar
    July 2008
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    I used to use a 1280x1024(17"), and 512MB was fine for it. But now I got a 1920x1080(23") and I set up a dual screen between both of those and now I'm finding 512MB lacking on newer games.

  13. Post #13
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    Dantai's Avatar
    December 2005
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    That's what I was originally planning, and I have:

    512 4850-110$
    1024 4850-125$
    512 4870- 130$
    1024 4870- 150$.

    And yeah, I think I'm planning on upgrading my monitor to ~ 22'', or 24'', whatever I find, within about 8 months.
    Then get the 1gig version..

  14. Post #14
    Don't get a 1GB 4850.

  15. Post #15
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    Kybalt's Avatar
    July 2008
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    You're gonna be expanding your gaming horizons when you can run pretty much every game reasonably well on the market

  16. Post #16
    Ooh, if you're planning on getting a new monitor, go for the 4870 1GB.

  17. Post #17
    Gold Member
    Kybalt's Avatar
    July 2008
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    Get a 1GB 4870.

    Edited:

    Stop ninja'in me.

  18. Post #18
    Shadow187(FP)'s Avatar
    July 2009
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    I don't think I'll be doing much other gaming besides the valve games I listed; possibly some other free Hl2 mods, but I don't spend much on gaming. Should I still get a 1024?

  19. Post #19
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    Kybalt's Avatar
    July 2008
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    I don't think I'll be doing much other gaming besides the valve games I listed; possibly some other free Hl2 mods, but I don't spend much on gaming. Should I still get a 1024?
    I still think it's worth it, you never know what the future might bring.

  20. Post #20
    Shadow187(FP)'s Avatar
    July 2009
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    Because, oddly enough, I find myself more than content with 5-6 games.

  21. Post #21
    If you want a 1GB card, get a 4870 1GB.
    The 4850 1GB, frankly, ain't that hot.

  22. Post #22
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    July 2008
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    Because, oddly enough, I find myself more than content with 5-6 games.
    The way I see it is, go with the 4870 1GB and then you wont regret it later on if you get new monitors or start playing more demanding games.

  23. Post #23
    Shadow187(FP)'s Avatar
    July 2009
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    But what I need to know is whether or not a 1GB is required. I WILL be getting a high-end (22''+) monitor within 8 months, but for the gaming I have, is-it-worth-it?

    Edited:

  24. Post #24
    4870 1GB all the way.

  25. Post #25
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    July 2008
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    But what I need to know is whether or not a 1GB is required. I WILL be getting a high-end (22''+) monitor within 8 months, but for the gaming I have, is-it-worth-it?
    I would say yes.

    On another note, are you going to be using both monitors?

  26. Post #26
    OP, don't go for the 1GB 4850.
    Go for a 1GB 4870. It's the best choice for you right now.

  27. Post #27
    Shadow187(FP)'s Avatar
    July 2009
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    Na. My dad's monitor is flickering (sign of death), so he'll be taking my 19'' and buying me a 2X''.

    *Edit
    stop ninja .-.

  28. Post #28
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    July 2008
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    I would still say get a 4870 1GB. No way you'll regret it later.

  29. Post #29
    Shadow187(FP)'s Avatar
    July 2009
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    Yeah, alright. Now for my other question; does it matter which brand I buy it from? EG: XFX, Sapphire, Diamond, etc?

    *E

    Oh yeah, and are there any price-comparible NVIDIA cards?

  30. Post #30
    Nope.
    Only issue is price.

    Edited:

    Look for free shipping, as well.

    Edited:

    Also, some brands have better warranties, some are more reliable (SPARKLE BLOWS!), some are overclocked, some have non-reference coolers, but for the most part, no difference.

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  33. Post #33
    Shadow187(FP)'s Avatar
    July 2009
    2,157 Posts
    Thank you!

    Anything else I should know about?

  34. Post #34
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    lemongrapes's Avatar
    February 2009
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    Go for it.

  35. Post #35
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    March 2009
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    You need a 512. Crysis is the only game (aside from GTAIV) that utilizes almost all of the RAM in 1GB. I think it was 624MB that crysis uses.

  36. Post #36
    Your name sums up your advice quite well.

  37. Post #37
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    April 2009
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    You need a 512. Crysis is the only game (aside from GTAIV) that utilizes almost all of the RAM in 1GB. I think it was 624MB that crysis uses.
    :downswords:^^^
    :milk:
    Listen to the emoticons, they speak truth

  38. Post #38
    JohnEdwards's Avatar
    July 2007
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    You need a 512. Crysis is the only game (aside from GTAIV) that utilizes almost all of the RAM in 1GB. I think it was 624MB that crysis uses.
    yeah it was made for the GTX 768MB that is why 1gb cards do much better than 512 FOR THAT GAME