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Old 10-27-08, 03:18 PM   #13
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I'm missing out SO much on the games right now.

I can't afford GTX280. Does anyone know when will the price drop on those will be?

If GTX280 is out of option for me, is GTX260 better than the 9-series?

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Back to the OP, Missing out on what exactly,

More res in Crysis?
Keyword "games." :P Far Cry 2, Stalker Clear Sky, and more of that games.
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Yeah, you're using a 6600 LE right?

I don't imagine anything runs too good with that.
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Yeah, you're using a 6600 LE right?

I don't imagine anything runs too good with that.
lol, it was supposed to be temporary, but it ends up "permanent" anyway. If it wasn't for Spring Break 2009 in Cancun. As of now, I owe $1,100. Each month, I can make payment of $250-$300. If it wasn't for the Spring Break, I would have had GTX280 by now or something. But I want to play games from time to time, I can't have my computer sit in my dorm room and do absolutely nothing, but idle.
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lol, it was supposed to be temporary, but it ends up "permanent" anyway. If it wasn't for Spring Break 2009 in Cancun. As of now, I owe $1,100. Each month, I can make payment of $250-$300. If it wasn't for the Spring Break, I would have had GTX280 by now or something. But I want to play games from time to time, I can't have my computer sit in my dorm room and do absolutely nothing, but idle.
I recommend either getting a cheap 9800GT just to get some decent gaming in or get a GTX 260 for a more long term upgrade. Overclock it and you've got roughly the speed of a stock GTX 280.

I wouldn't bother with anything more expensive unless you have plenty of money to drop on hardware right now.
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Yeah the GTX260 is the best "bang for your buck". The ATI 4800 series cards are aweful good right now, and a tad bit cheaper, but I like the extra memory the 260's have. (512MB vs. 896MB) I believe most future games will benefit from the extra memory on board, if you're a fan of AA and AF.

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Yeah the 4870 looks like a great card, but its generally pretty even with the 260. They're either very close in most benchmarks or one or the other is dominating.

It just comes down to price and game preference. For me, being familiar with the drivers was a big deciding factor too. I loved my 9600 Pro, but I've been using strictly nvidia for 5 years now, and I used nvidia for 2 years before the 9600.
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The 4870's do not come w/ 1G memory as standard, but 512MB. However, there are some 1GB versions being released. These cards are more expensive, and from what Tech said in his original post, they might be out of his price range.

I've never experienced any major driver issues w/ either NVidia or ATI products. Guess I've been the lucky one. I've owned several of each over the years. I must say the ATI 9800pro and the x850xt were probably the best I've ever owned. That is, until I bought the EVGA 9800GTX+ 2 months ago. I do like the CCC of ATI better than NVidia's control panel.

And now I'm waiting on my EVGA GTX260 216core card. I should have it tomorrow.....should be a beast!!

With 896MB of memory, I still say the GTX260 is hard to beat on the price\performance front.

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At that price I'd buy the 4870 1GB it's faster than the GTX260 and has more memory.....wow.
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Answering "yes" would be B.S.

An AMD phenom x4 is fast enough, and much more responsive/no lag quite unlike overpriced intel p.o.s.
corrupt logic
I was thinking less of buying a new motherboard for an AMD and more of OC'ing an 8400 or such like.
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Get the GTX260 Awesome card
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