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Upgrade from 8800GTX

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Danger Phoenix, 18 Sep 2009.

  1. Danger Phoenix

    Soldato

    Joined: 21 Jul 2004

    Posts: 6,329

    Location: Bromley / Uxbridge

    I am looking to upgrade my graphics card (from the 8800GTX) and can't decide between the 285 or the 295. If I went for one of these, which brand would I go for?

    I don't play the latest of latest games and my resolution would be 1680x1050 :)
     
  2. queamin

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Nov 2005

    Posts: 3,509

    285 at that res,i would wait until 5*** series are out it might drop the prices of the 285 and 295
     
  3. 4T5

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 30 Aug 2004

    Posts: 27,746

    Location: Middle of England

    I'm buying a 2nd hand 4890 from M&M to replace my 8800GTX as one of the builders wants the 8800. With the price I am getting for my old the new is costing me next to nowt.
    With the new cards almost out prices are dropping all over including 2nd hand & Bargaintastic upgrades can be had. My upgrade is costing 55 quid.
    I plan on running it for maybe 8 months & letting everybody else Guinea pig the new cards & drivers. ;)
     
  4. Danger Phoenix

    Soldato

    Joined: 21 Jul 2004

    Posts: 6,329

    Location: Bromley / Uxbridge

    I used to prefer AMD and ATI, but have no switched to Intel and nVidia... so which is better - ATI or nVidia?

    When are the 5*** cards coming out?
     
  5. Jimbo Mahoney

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,231

    ATI are currently better value for money, but Nvidia have the fastest card (295).

    I'd be going for a 4890 myself due to bang for buck.

    As for the new cards, I think they're out on the 23rd Sept in the UK, so best to see what they are like or what effect they have on the pricing of existing cards.
     
  6. 4T5

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 30 Aug 2004

    Posts: 27,746

    Location: Middle of England

    I'd say the 4890 is better myself but then I would as I am buying one, I think others would agree with me though.
    We're both between a rock & a hard place really what with the new releases just days away but mine is a cost effective upgrade which made up my mind & I am helping a mate out by selling him my 8800GTX, Horses for courses & all that.
    I can say though I am No fanboy when it comes to GFX cards though & just buy the best bang for buck I can get at the time for the right price, Like I said this upgrade will cost me 55 quid. :D
    I am also a bit long in the tooth for Guinea pigging new hardware & drivers & have just about had enough messing about finding solutions to the latest problem/bugz etc
    I like buying cost effective upgrades of Decent hardware that has already been tested irl by others on here. I game & like to know for certain that whatever hardware I buy will do what I want Before I actually buy it.
    On top of that even though I have 300 quid laying about I prefer to use it for other toys.
     
  7. Danger Phoenix

    Soldato

    Joined: 21 Jul 2004

    Posts: 6,329

    Location: Bromley / Uxbridge

  8. Madskillz

    Associate

    Joined: 27 Nov 2007

    Posts: 57

    Went from a 8800GTS to a 285 and appreciated a noticeable jump is speed in all my games. Fan definitely needs calming down in Riva Tuner though and it is a very long card so make sure it'll fit in your case.

    Madz

    ps wait, just noticed you decided on a 4890. Dang.
     
  9. tuppers360

    Gangster

    Joined: 4 Aug 2009

    Posts: 266

    Location: Thornton, Lancashire

    Never really liked ATI always thought they were just second to nVidia but i may have to change my mind due to lack of funds!!
     
  10. Admiral Huddy

    Caporegime

    Joined: 17 Feb 2003

    Posts: 29,549

    Location: Chelmsford & Broadgate

    For the first time sine the 8500LE, I'll have a card from the red corner. Going by what I've read, it will be silly not too and an ideal replacemnet for my reliable faithfull GTX.

    Just have to wait for a waterblock too.
     
  11. Dauthi

    Hitman

    Joined: 14 Mar 2009

    Posts: 787

    Depends on how big of an issue noise/heat is.

    Cheapest or grab either XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XTX XXX Edition (on TWO) or Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X 1024MB in my view.

    No idea what ATI's lower end cards will be like thou 57xx/56xx or when there turning up.
     
    Last edited: 18 Sep 2009
  12. Danger Phoenix

    Soldato

    Joined: 21 Jul 2004

    Posts: 6,329

    Location: Bromley / Uxbridge

    Noise would be an issue for me, so I was thinking the XFX Zalman one... what do you guys think?
     
  13. PishY

    Gangster

    Joined: 8 Sep 2007

    Posts: 358

    Location: Glenfield, Leicester

    xfx zalman all the way chap!