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Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Skankin', Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Skankin'

    Skankin' We are Ginger. We do not forgive. We do not forget

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    So, my 8600GTS is going bad, I need a new card.

    I currently run dual 19" Widescreens and play games such as CS:S and Crysis. I am looking to spend about $250 or less on a card. What should I get,?

    My current setup:

    AMD 5000+ x2
    2GB DDR2 800 OCZ
    Gigabyte GA-M57-SLI rev. 4
    500 Watt Enermax PSU
    Cooler Master Cosmos 1000

    What about the new 4850s from ATi or the price drop on the 9800GTX on newegg. What is the best deal?
     
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    the single slot cooler design of the 4850s are pathetic. reports of temps i've seem is like 85c-95c at load.
    performance is only a tad behind the 9800GTX though so it is a good card for its price if you take out the temp problems.

    my advice,... either:

    1. buy a 9800GTX at current prices; or
    2. wait for card manufacturers to release variants of the 4850s with diff coolers; or
    3. wait for the 9900s/GTX 260s to come out and take advantage of any further price reductions of the 9800GTXs.
     
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    Skankin' We are Ginger. We do not forgive. We do not forget

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    I need a card now, and the 9800GTX is only $199 on newegg, so thats what I think I am going to order later today, the cooler on the 4850 looked really sketchy to me, so that is out of the question. I think I will grab a 9800GTX now for $200 and then grab another one later for SLi.
     
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    make sure your PSU can properly support it.
    9800GTX requires 24-32 amps on +12V and two 6-pin PCI-E power connectors.
     
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    at full load,...

    9800GTX = about 11 amps
    5000+ X2 = about 5.41 amps
    drives and shit = about 10 amps

    total = 26.41 amps

    according to enermax's site, that model has 32 amps on the two +12v rails
    http://www.enermaxusa.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_45&products_id=83

    should be fine. :cool:
    not enough juice and connectors for SLI though.
     
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    Skankin' We are Ginger. We do not forgive. We do not forget

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    Thanks alot.

    That really helped.
     

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