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Old 07-12-08, 09:37 AM   #1
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Question Comin back to PC gaming - confused

Long time no see.

Need some advice on what graphics card to get as been out of the PC game for a while because of money/wife lol and been using consoles...

I have A core2duo E4500 running at 2.7 Ghz with 2GB DDR Ram running on a HDTV (1080P)
on XP with SP3

I really gon't know wheter to get the 9800GX2, the GTX 260 or GTX 280. I can get the 9800GX2 or the GTX 260 for almost the same price, judging by my specs which I know aren't exacly brilliant what would you reccomend I get?

I want to be able to play the latest games at the highest settings with high AF and probably some AA.

(The specs in my sig I gave to my brother last year... kicks self)

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Old 07-12-08, 10:06 AM   #2
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I wouldn't get the GX2, yea it looks good on paper, but as many past users (myself included) will tell you, the minimum frames and limited bandwidth ruined the experience. Idk if you care much about microstuttering, some do, some dont, but the GX2 had pretty bad stuttering. GoW for example was unplayable IMO, and CoD4 performance was all over the map, one day it would be fine, the next I had to turn AA off it was so bad.

GTX 260 might be an ok choice at this point, but don't be afraid to go for a 4870 either. At 1080p, the two should be neck and neck, and in some games the 4870 is faster. The GTX 280 is pretty much dead right now, the 4870X2 is to be announced on Monday with availability August 12th, with the 2x1GB version being $549 and the 2x512MB version being $499, microstuttering has supposedly been fixed aswell and both cards will probably outpace the current 280 by a fair amount. If you really want a 280, then you should probably wait for the inevitable price cuts or the 55nm refresh that will compete with the 4870X2.

1080p is a pretty manageable resolution so you'd really be fine with a 260 or 4870 for quite some time, no need to go for the more expensive cards unless you just have cash to burn or want to run 16xAA in every game. Also, the better the GPU, the more your CPU will bottleneck you.
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Get the 260. Its an excellent performer at a great price with none of the issues of the GX2.
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Old 07-12-08, 10:21 AM   #4
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Or the ATi 4870, which often has better performance than the 260.
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Old 07-12-08, 11:03 AM   #5
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i recommend both the GTX260 or the 4870 at this price point..
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+1 for the GTX 260
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4870...
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I would go with with 260 for the extra VMem and PhysX support.
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For high res + AA i believe the 260 is the better choice due to its higher video memory. second option would be the 4870.
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Think the 260 it maybe then or maybe the ATI card.
Is 2 GB of Ram still enough by the way?
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Think the 260 it maybe then or maybe the ATI card.
Is 2 GB of Ram still enough by the way?
For now if you stay on XP. Ram is cheap anyway though, you could get another 2GB for next to nothing.
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