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Old 01-04-10, 12:31 PM   #1
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Default Upgrade to gtx260 from 8800gt?

Hi, I was just wondering if it would be worth upgrading from a 8800gt to a BFG NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 OC MAXCORE 55 896MB? I would like to get another year or two from my AMD Athlon 64 X2,6000+. I'm gaming on a 19" @ 1440 x 900.

Games I've got to play are GTA4 and Crysis and lots of TF2. And also new ones.

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Old 01-04-10, 01:25 PM   #2
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What's your budget? How much is the GTX260?
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Old 01-04-10, 01:52 PM   #3
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It's 145, which doesn't seem to bad. I just happened to see one left in store earlier today. The added bonus also from getting it from a shop is that the missus won't see it arrive in the post
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Default Re: Upgrade to gtx260 from 8800gt?

I went from a 8800GT to my current 260, Its a great card and sitll going strong.

At that res its should do you fine for a long time imo, Im gaming every game i own at 1920x1200 with my 260 and all runs fine.
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Old 01-04-10, 02:32 PM   #5
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Do you think at 1440 x 900 the 260 is overkill for my cpu?
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Old 01-04-10, 02:35 PM   #6
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Get the 260
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Old 01-04-10, 02:48 PM   #7
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Default Re: Upgrade to gtx260 from 8800gt?

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Do you think at 1440 x 900 the 260 is overkill for my cpu?
maybe a bit, but not a big deal at all. The 260 is an amazing card.
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Old 01-04-10, 02:56 PM   #8
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Default Re: Upgrade to gtx260 from 8800gt?

Thanks for your comments, I appreciate your input, but what about what this geezer says:

"Heya,

In short, no.

In length:

Your resolution is what is keeping you from gaining any real advantage by getting something faster than the 8800GT. Your CPU will be the bottleneck on a newer GPU at the resolution of 1440x900. You basically won't see a significant difference for the expense of this upgrade. If you were playing at 1920x1080 with AA enabled, then yes, the GTX260 would show an improvement in newer games. At this point you would be better off upgrading your display to something much larger with a larger capable resolution. Then worry about CPU/GPU. As it is, the 8800GT is powerful for that resolution; even for Crysis (and I've played Crysis & Warhead on an AMD5000+ with an 8800GT at 1650x1080, so 1440x900 is definitely playable at mainstream settings). Every other game will still bow down to the 8800GT at that resolution. Even today's new games. The 8800GT plays a lot of new games at 1920x1080 perfectly fine (Batman ArkAsylum, Prototype, DragonAgeOrigin, GTAIV, etc). You'll probably see more of an improvement from a new CPU (higher clock) and a mild overclock on your 8800GT. Then, get yourself a higher resolution display.

I'd spend the upgrade money on a nicer display first."


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Get a CRT for cheap
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Default Re: Upgrade to gtx260 from 8800gt?

Why not wait for the next gen nvidia cards? My 8800GT plays pretty much every game on high at 1680x1050, so there's no point in it for me. I'm waiting a couple months, especially since i just ordered a 1920x1200 monitor.
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Default Re: Upgrade to gtx260 from 8800gt?

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It's 145, which doesn't seem to bad. I just happened to see one left in store earlier today. The added bonus also from getting it from a shop is that the missus won't see it arrive in the post
ATI 5770 1gb costs less, has similar performance and is DX11 Compatible while using less power than the 260..

http://www.ebuyer.com/search?sq=5770...1&subsearch=Go
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Default Re: Upgrade to gtx260 from 8800gt?

I don't know why you want to upgrade from the 8800gt. I had a similar choice and instead chose to just buy lots of games to enjoy on my current rig.

At that res, the 8800gt is great. For me, it runs everything maxed out ('cept Crysis, but it's still amazing at high).
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