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Best Graphics card for $250? Upgrade for Nephew.

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by bud951, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. bud951

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    Hi, I would like to buy a video card for my nephew as a Holliday gift. I built his PC last year that consists of a Q6600 ,2gigs RAM, Nforce 780i with Nvidia 9800GTX+ (ASUS). It rocks on most games but he wants to run FC2 and others at full resolution and is looking forward to Bioshock2. What card for around $250 would carry him over for at least a year? Thanks!
     
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    My XFX 4890 ;)
     
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    GTX275 if not a 4890.
     
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    5770 hands down.
     
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    That is a sub-$200 card which performs more like a 4870/GTX260 than anything else, just has support for DX11.

    For $300 you can destroy everything with a 5850.
     
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    Ha, you mean $100... with these high prices on the 5850...
     
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    Edited. They are $300 though. Well I guess readily available they are $320.
     
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    5850 for $350:shadedshu
     
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    well the msrp of the 5850 is $259 wait a bit longer see if supply increases and when u see it for under $300 buy it ;) and sell the 9800GTX+ local or on here to cover the extra cost. you can probably get $75-95 for that 9800gtx + that means the 5850 is only around $200 bones
     
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    Thanks for input. Is the 5850 the best way to go? Can I get one under $300? I am also gonna OC the processor as everything is stock. 1650x1080 right now but higher res monitor soon. Thanks again!
     
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    yea 5850 is the way to go if u can get it sub $300 thus why i say buy the 5850 and sell the 9800gtx AFTER u get it installed and recoup some of the cost and your golden

    ive run them in crossfire and single card no games give me any issue crysis and crysis warhead run top notch as well so yea wait a bit do the above and call it a good day :toast:
     
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    Where do I get one for $259? Thanks

    I thought your link would direct me to a 5850 for $259.. damm I read it too fast!
     
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    well i bought mine back at release so they were still MSRP

    keep an eye on newegg for a the $309 cards
     
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    At this point, you don't. What resolution does he game at? That makes a difference in card choice as well.
     
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    Why not just another GTX+ and get some more ram with the money saved?
     
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    Way too much heat. I tried two 8800GT's and it crashed from heat time after time.
     
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    1680x1050 right now.
     
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    but you mentioned a higher resolution screen later correct? as such again makes more sense to get new tech that supports new features at $300 bones the 5850 is still good for its price and if he sells the 9800gtx again it costs less to upgrade
     
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    The HD5850 dude, what those guys said above, get it man! :D
     
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    It's clear.. HD5850 1gb. I am looking for best price. I love Newegg but they are out as of now. If anyone knows of another good vendor, please let me know. Thanks to all of you!!
     
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    I'm selling one here, it's more expensive, but my price includes shipping. It's $335
     
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    Add some fans man :laugh: spend $15 on fans then the rest on another 9800 save lots of money : ]
     
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    or sell the 9800 collect $85 or so pay down on the 5850 and its only $220 and he gets performance and DX11 not mention the sexy batmobile cooler which trumps all nvidia coolers in style ok probably not but still ;) who dosent like the batmobile :rockout:
     

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