Go Back   nV News Forums > Graphics Card Forums > NVIDIA GeForce 200 Series

Newegg Daily Deals

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-01-08, 11:17 AM   #1
Tr1cK
not coming back
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 4,872
Default Wifes PC needs an upgrade, I'm debating...

The PC is a 3800x2 @ 2.4ghz, 2gb RAM, 7800gt, 17" LCD @ 1280x1024.

She's starting to game a little and the 7800gt is showing it's age. Even WoW is getting it's ass kicked running around with around 30fps or less in the starter zones and cities.

I was debating on just getting a 9800gt for her or to give her my 4850 with me upgrading to a GTX260. With the $100 I spend extra on the GTX, I could give her the 4850 that's worth about $150. The big question is will I see much of a difference? I run 1680x1050 BTW, rig in sig.
Tr1cK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-08, 03:47 AM   #2
EciDemon
Registered User
 
EciDemon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Sweden
Posts: 1,423
Send a message via ICQ to EciDemon
Default Re: Wifes PC needs an upgrade, I'm debating...

I got my card a week ago and did not see much fps gain from my 8800gt (same resolution as you). So I'm thinking my cpu is a bit of a bottleneck here.

However with FSAA that's when I saw the big difference, before I could play most games just fine on max settings @ 1680x1050 but usually with no AA, now AA is no problem at all.

I also OCed the cpu a bit more from 3.2 to 3.36 (can't seem to go higher then that, I think my ram is crapping out). That also helped up the fps a bit.

For reference, I get ~11600 Vantage points with the evga 260 216c SC and the core duo @ 3.36Ghz
EciDemon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-08, 04:57 AM   #3
CaptNKILL
CUBE
 
CaptNKILL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: PA, USA
Posts: 18,844
Default Re: Wifes PC needs an upgrade, I'm debating...

Its probably a CPU bottleneck if its most noticeable in areas with lots of people running around.
__________________
---- Primary Rig ---- CoolerMaster 690 II Advance - Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 4.0Ghz + Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
6GB DDR2 @ 942Mhz 5-5-5-20 1.9v (2x1Gb Wintec AMPX PC2-8500 & 2x2Gb G.Skill PC2-6400) - EVGA Geforce GTX 470 @ 750/1500/1850 (1.050v)
Sparkle Geforce GTS 250 1Gb Low-Profile (Physx) - Crucial RealSSD C300 64Gb SSD - Seagate 7200.12 500Gb SATA - Seagate 7200.10 320Gb SATA
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD - OCZ GameXStream 700W PSU - ASUS Xonar DX - Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Surround - Windows 7 Professional x64
---- HTPC ---- Asus M3A78-EM 780G - AMD Athlon X2 5050e 45W @ 2.6Ghz - 2x2GB Kingston PC2-6400 DDR2 - Sparkle 350W PSU
Seagate 7200.10 320Gb SATA - Seagate 7200.10 250Gb SATA - Athenatech A100BB.350 MicroATX Desktop - Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic
CaptNKILL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-08, 06:22 AM   #4
Tr1cK
not coming back
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 4,872
Default Re: Wifes PC needs an upgrade, I'm debating...

The new shadow system has almost doubled the demand on the GPU it seems. Supposedly anything older than an 8 series struggles with WoW 3.0.

I've seen quite a bit of negative on the 9800gt with heat issues and what not. I think I'd rather go for the 260 for myself and pass the 4850 down at this point. I always like to run AA and think the extra horsepower and VRAM will help a lot.

Is there any new NV card coming down the pipe soon?
Tr1cK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-08, 06:32 AM   #5
nekrosoft13
I'm Geralt
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Chicagoland, once a year in Poland
Posts: 24,366
Default Re: Wifes PC needs an upgrade, I'm debating...

not 100% but there might be a new 55nm GTX cards out in a month or so.

then again if you grab EVGA, you will be able to step up.

GTX260 would go nicelly with your quad, might even fix your Aero issues.
__________________
Windows 8 the next big failure, right after Windows ME
nekrosoft13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-08, 06:40 AM   #6
EciDemon
Registered User
 
EciDemon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Sweden
Posts: 1,423
Send a message via ICQ to EciDemon
Default Re: Wifes PC needs an upgrade, I'm debating...

Dunno about WoW and G200, check out this thread. I never played WoW so I don't know. In all other things it's a real performer I think
EciDemon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-08, 07:10 AM   #7
Tr1cK
not coming back
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 4,872
Default Re: Wifes PC needs an upgrade, I'm debating...

WoW is kicking ass on my 4850, but I could always use some more power. It's the 7800gt that's struggling.

As far as the step-up goes, I thought there were only certain SKUs allowed to step-up.
http://www.evga.com/stepup/

This is a problem because I was going to grab a deal on the old 260 SSC.
Tr1cK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-08, 07:13 AM   #8
nekrosoft13
I'm Geralt
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Chicagoland, once a year in Poland
Posts: 24,366
Default Re: Wifes PC needs an upgrade, I'm debating...

that list shows what you can step up to, not from.
__________________
Windows 8 the next big failure, right after Windows ME
nekrosoft13 is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 12-02-08, 07:17 AM   #9
Tr1cK
not coming back
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 4,872
Default Re: Wifes PC needs an upgrade, I'm debating...

Quote:
Originally Posted by nekrosoft13 View Post
that list shows what you can step up to, not from.
ORLY? That's good news, it wasn't very clear to me when I read it.

Now the choice is to wait or get one and step-up.
Tr1cK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-08, 07:46 AM   #10
CaptNKILL
CUBE
 
CaptNKILL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: PA, USA
Posts: 18,844
Default Re: Wifes PC needs an upgrade, I'm debating...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tr1cK View Post
WoW is kicking ass on my 4850, but I could always use some more power. It's the 7800gt that's struggling.

As far as the step-up goes, I thought there were only certain SKUs allowed to step-up.
http://www.evga.com/stepup/

This is a problem because I was going to grab a deal on the old 260 SSC.
Damn, the prices are already coming down. I bought my 260 for $254 (before mail in rebate) last month and the 260-216 is only $15 more now straight from eVGA.
__________________
---- Primary Rig ---- CoolerMaster 690 II Advance - Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 4.0Ghz + Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
6GB DDR2 @ 942Mhz 5-5-5-20 1.9v (2x1Gb Wintec AMPX PC2-8500 & 2x2Gb G.Skill PC2-6400) - EVGA Geforce GTX 470 @ 750/1500/1850 (1.050v)
Sparkle Geforce GTS 250 1Gb Low-Profile (Physx) - Crucial RealSSD C300 64Gb SSD - Seagate 7200.12 500Gb SATA - Seagate 7200.10 320Gb SATA
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD - OCZ GameXStream 700W PSU - ASUS Xonar DX - Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Surround - Windows 7 Professional x64
---- HTPC ---- Asus M3A78-EM 780G - AMD Athlon X2 5050e 45W @ 2.6Ghz - 2x2GB Kingston PC2-6400 DDR2 - Sparkle 350W PSU
Seagate 7200.10 320Gb SATA - Seagate 7200.10 250Gb SATA - Athenatech A100BB.350 MicroATX Desktop - Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic
CaptNKILL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-08, 11:25 AM   #11
wolfgar
Registered User
 
wolfgar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Dallas
Posts: 164
Default Re: Wifes PC needs an upgrade, I'm debating...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tr1cK View Post

Is there any new NV card coming down the pipe soon?
There does appear to be a 55nm GPU refresh coming from NV soon. Best guesses are that there will be no noticeable performance/price change as the primary reason seems to be to just increase yields per die. (NV is in a real cash crunch right now, especially with their laptop chips failing everywhere)

I just upgraded from a 8800GTX to a EVGA baseline 260-216.
now I run everything at 1900x1200 high quality with AA. Before I need to dial setting/resolution down to keep the frame rate reasonable and not have the card overheat.

Skip the 9800 series.

2.4gz CPU is a little low for the current A-list titles.

Go Google for specific card reviews that match up may of the titles you/she are interested in.
__________________

I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies another this right makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it. Thomas Paine (1737-1809), The Age of Reason, 1783
wolfgar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-08, 11:41 AM   #12
Tr1cK
not coming back
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 4,872
Default Re: Wifes PC needs an upgrade, I'm debating...

Wolf, you didn't read my OP.

The 2.4ghz system has a 7800gt which I was considering a 9800gt for.

My rig is a 3.36ghz quad (sig) which has a 4850 which I am considering a 260 or 280 for. The 4850 would then go in the 2.4ghz system.
Tr1cK is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Podcast: SCINET Derives 100 Teraflops from InfiniBand Upgrade News Archived News Items 0 06-17-12 02:00 AM
Upgrade from 290.10 to 295.49 on GeForce 8300 = no hdmi audio + overscan tbubel NVIDIA Linux 2 06-15-12 03:55 AM
Geek upgrade: review and installation of NewerTech Power2U USB outlet News Archived News Items 1 06-05-12 02:42 AM
Do I need to reinstall NVIDIA driver if I upgrade from GF2 Pro to GF4 Ti? ant NVIDIA Linux 1 09-30-02 06:39 AM
To upgrade, or not to upgrade... jnd3 Microsoft Windows XP And Vista 18 09-13-02 11:09 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:52 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 1998 - 2014, nV News.