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Old 10-05-08, 04:54 PM   #1
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I am looking for the best gaming card for 250$, any suggestions?

* Primarily for gaming
* Support for my 24" 1900x1200 TFT
* Support for my CM 690 cabinet

Also where and when would i get the best bargain for a graphics card ??? My friend is out in the USA till December.
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Old 10-05-08, 05:09 PM   #2
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Also it wld help to know which brands to look for (mayb list the best 3) and mayb which brands to avoid, there r a lott of brands on newegg phew!
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Old 10-05-08, 07:03 PM   #3
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I am looking for the best gaming card for 250$, any suggestions?

* Primarily for gaming
* Support for my 24" 1900x1200 TFT
* Support for my CM 690 cabinet

Also where and when would i get the best bargain for a graphics card ??? My friend is out in the USA till December.
If you can find a 4870 for that low, thats your best bet, if not the GTX260 will be your best bet.
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Old 10-05-08, 07:29 PM   #4
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Like others have said, for 1920x with AA I'd say grab a GTX 260 and OC it. In some titles a 512Mb card can get by with AA at that res and other times it can not. Some users here have pointed out titles like "Oblivion" with high res texture packs can rapidly use up the ram on a 512Mb card, even @ a 1680x res. I'd say don't gamble and just get the 260. A 260 overclocked to 660-700 or so should do nicely.

Below is an old post I did with my GTX 260 when I first got it. I tried to bench card killers @ 1920x like; Crysis, WiC and Lost Planet. Crysis all Very High is the only title that could send it to unplayable FPS @ 1920x.

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=116006
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Old 10-06-08, 11:20 AM   #5
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http://nvnews.pricegrabber.com/searc.../sortby=priceA

PNY is almost always the cheapest, you can get a PNY 260 for $220 right now. eVGA, BFG, XFX, and MSI are all good brands. eVGA is my personal favorite.
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Old 10-06-08, 06:55 PM   #6
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I just thought long and hard about the same thing. In the end, I spent $40 more than what you are looking at on a BFG OC 260. (currently $299 at Newegg). The negative is it's not a 216 chip 260.

For these reasons:
-I always have less driver problems with Nvidia cards, double true for older games (like say the original NWN, etc)
-896MB instead of 512MB
-Card is already Overclocked.
---2250MHz vs 1998MHz Memory
---655MHz vs 576Mhz Core
-Lifetime Warranty
-Trade Up Program *see below

Lifetime Warranty and Trade Up Program:
http://www.bfgtech.com/warranty.aspx

With BFG's Trade up program the catch is you only have 100 days to use it. But, you only have to pay the difference to trade up. If a really good 216 version 260 comes out in the next three months, I'll use the program for sure.
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Old 10-07-08, 04:19 AM   #7
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Your options are the 4870, 4850 (Would avoid and try to get 4870 if you can), GTX 260.

But..if u can push that up a bit maybe a 280 is not too far off...
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Old 10-07-08, 09:29 AM   #8
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I just thought long and hard about the same thing. In the end, I spent $40 more than what you are looking at on a BFG OC 260. (currently $299 at Newegg). The negative is it's not a 216 chip 260.

For these reasons:
-I always have less driver problems with Nvidia cards, double true for older games (like say the original NWN, etc)
-896MB instead of 512MB
-Card is already Overclocked.
---2250MHz vs 1998MHz Memory
---655MHz vs 576Mhz Core
-Lifetime Warranty
-Trade Up Program *see below

Lifetime Warranty and Trade Up Program:
http://www.bfgtech.com/warranty.aspx

With BFG's Trade up program the catch is you only have 100 days to use it. But, you only have to pay the difference to trade up. If a really good 216 version 260 comes out in the next three months, I'll use the program for sure.


Clock for clock there is only a 2-3fps difference between the 192core 260 vs the 216core 260 from what I have seen on the benchmarks when they are both running at the same frequency. Its really not worth the trouble to upgrade to that imo.
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For people looking to save a little cash try the old GTX 260 for 200usd with rebate-

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127361

The cheapest new GTX 260 is 280usd.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130398

IMO getting the former card and overclocking it to 660-700 would be a good way to go price vs performance, particularly if you play 1920x with AA.
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Yeah the old 260 is still the best deal. I'd probably go with EVGA though. Some members here have said that EVGA's mail in rebates are much faster and more reliable than others. You get your check in a few weeks rather than 8-10 months.
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