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upgrade my 9800GT or my E5200 at 3.53Ghz

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abarth_1200

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Hi guys, I know this question gets asked all the time but Im really not sure, I would think logically the cpu is holding the graphics back because it is an older chip but then the 9800GT isnt that fast a card.

I have OC'cd the E5200 to 3.53Ghz, temps wise it sits around 34 to 50 celcius so it aint getting any faster and I tweaked the 9800GT a little too.

Most of my games cant run high settings which I would really like, is this down to my card or proccesor.

I have about £140 to spend for christmas and would like it spent on my rig.

So what will it be GTX 260 at least (i know its not much better but its cheap) or Intel E8600
 

chevro1et

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There are a couple pretty important questions that need to be adressed before a proper answer can be given:
1. What games are you playing or wanting to play?
2. What resolution are you running at?
 
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abarth_1200

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OK 1600x900 and Crysis titles, L4D, Bioshock, Call of duty 2, World at war, Unreal tournament titles getting L4D 2 and Modern Warfare 2 as soon as possible.

Also making the change to W7 Ultimate in the new year so im not sure what would beneift my systems more a new proccesor ar a new graphics card.

Cheers guys:thup:
 

tinymouse2

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Woah 3.53GHz and you're contemplating buying a new CPU? GTA IV is the only game that fully supports quad core gaming at the moment so it's not worth upgrading from that beast to a quad for a few more years.

You need to upgrade your GPU roughly twice as often as you do your CPU so get yourself a 260 or greater. Your CPU should handle any game maxed out (including Crysis and GTA IV) but your GPU won't be able to.

So GPU > CPU from me.
 
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abarth_1200

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I thought the 4800 ATI range of cards were on par with the 9800 range nvidia,

So would you say the 4870 is better than a GTX 260, I read a few stats its only 256 bit bandwith compared to the GTX 260, is this an important aspect.

I would really like to stick with nvidia dunno why
 

jaymz9350

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I thought the 4800 ATI range of cards were on par with the 9800 range nvidia,

So would you say the 4870 is better than a GTX 260, I read a few stats its only 256 bit bandwith compared to the GTX 260, is this an important aspect.

I would really like to stick with nvidia dunno why

I'm pretty sure the 4870 abd 260 on pretty even. each wins in some test but neither is totally dominate.
 
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abarth_1200

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hmm buy 260 now and build new rig end of next year or buy 275 middle next year and be stuck with current rig for another 2 years.

Hmm decisions, any other opinions on whether or not I should continue down my path my GPU decision making
 

J-O_S-H

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+ 1 to GPU upgrade...

For £146+delivery (I'm sure it won't be difficult to aquire another £15, at most, by Xmas) You can get a HD 4890 OC from SCAN

Code:
[url]http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1GB-XFX-HD-4890-OC-PCI-E-20%28x16%29-3900MHz-GDDR5-GPU-870MHz-800-Cores-2x-DL-DVI-I-HDTV-HDCP[/url]

Very good card and should easily handle those games on high settings at your resolution.
 

A-Dub

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I thought the 4800 ATI range of cards were on par with the 9800 range nvidia,

So would you say the 4870 is better than a GTX 260, I read a few stats its only 256 bit bandwith compared to the GTX 260, is this an important aspect.

I would really like to stick with nvidia dunno why

It depends on the game, but roughly:

4830 = 9800 GT
4850 = GTS 250
4870 = GTX 260
 

psionic98

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+1 for gpu.. and depending if your a nvidia fanboy or not, the list a-dub put up would be the best choice for seeing what you can afford..
 
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abarth_1200

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never had an ATI nd to me it doesnt seem right putting one with an Intel system, Im not sure if I want to change from nvidia.

Whats with 800 cores for the 4890 and only 216 for the GTX 260, I take it these are different things and eahc manufacturer name them different