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Newegg - EVGA GeForce 9800GT videocard - $50 after rebate


#1 aeri   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   209 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 05:28 PM

EDIT: Another CAGer, Drakee, pointed out this deal on a GTS 250 for 69.99 after $30 rebate. The card is definitely a big enough improvement to justify the $20 difference.


I thought this deal was too awesome to not post, so I apologize if it's a repost. Newegg is having a "back to school sale" with some awesome deals - undisputedly the best was a EVGA GeForce 9800 GT HDMI 512MB 256-bit DDR3 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card. Two of these babies SLI'd will run almost any PC game at high/max settings, including Crysis. Just make sure you have the minimum 400w PSU or ~650+ for SLI'd.

http://www.newegg.co..._-14130535-L02D
$84.99
-35.00 rebate.
49.99
Free Shipping


The lowest I've seen these go was 90, so this is a hell of a deal for (still) one of the better cards on the market. One rebate per household/billing address though, however EVGA is usually pretty good with rebates.

For the other deals (including decently priced DDR3 ram)
http://promotions.ne...ex-landing.aspx


[Edit]
Nerd talk for comparison to other cards.

Two SLI'd 9800GTs are comparable to 1 GTX460, which is the most economical $200 card. For $230 you can get the 1GB GTX460, which is slightly more powerful than two SLI'd 9800 GTs, however the drawback to the 9800's is the lack of DirectX 11 support. Above the 460 is the 480, which retails at around $500 dollars. I *believe* 2 460's are a bit better than one 480.

As for Radeon, 1 Radeon HD 5850 ($300) compares to a GTX460 ($230), which compares to two DirectX 11-less 9800GTX's ($100 if you can get two rebates)

I personally picked up one to throw in my setup, which I was going to completely rebuild. I think this will be able to postpone my rebuild for another 6-18 months. :)

Edited by aeri, 05 August 2010 - 11:37 PM.


#2 nnickers   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   200 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 05:57 PM

I got one of these in my new computer last June. To give a point of comparison, Crysis was playable on medium settings, though still a little choppy. However, every single other game I've tried has run flawlessly maxed out, even now Starcraft 2.

#3 Filbert   tough nut to crack CAGiversary!   943 Posts   Joined 17.8 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:52 PM

The 9800GT is essentially a repackaged 8800GT but with DX10 support correct? If it was possible to SLI one of these with my BFG 8800GT I'd jump on it.

#4 Psybuster   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   687 Posts   Joined 16.3 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:02 PM

The 8800GT had DX10 too. What was added to the 9800GT (except the old stock that was literally bound for 8800GT then moved over halfway...lol) is some HybridPower stuff.

Still a good bang for the buck card at $50 bucks AR, though I got mine for $60 AR with World at War over a year ago.

#5 Anexanhume   Charge! CAGiversary!   3050 Posts   Joined 16.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:03 PM

The 9800GT is essentially a repackaged 8800GT but with DX10 support correct? If it was possible to SLI one of these with my BFG 8800GT I'd jump on it.


While that is true, they'd still be recognized differently preventing SLI. Best you could hope for is using one card for PhysX support.

OP: 460's also run a lot cooler/less noisy. They have quite a bit of OC headroom compared to stuff like the 480/5870.

#6 backseatdog   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3039 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:21 PM

don't know much about computers, but could this handle starcraft ii? On high?

#7 aeri   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   209 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:41 PM

don't know much about computers, but could this handle starcraft ii? On high?


Depends on your monitor resolution & processor, if you're @ 1280 x 1024 I'd assume so. If you run two cards in SLI definitely.
1920 x 1200 MIGHT be pushing it, but I'd think it would or come damn near it.

Also, according to these fellows, yes http://www.gamefaqs....iberty/55641229

#8 dustdust   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   582 Posts   Joined 15.1 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:50 PM

A great deal on a budget card for those new to PC gaming.

#9 ratm4eva1   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   53 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:55 PM

Should add that its Mail in rebate not instant, some of the mail in rebates take forever and they count on you forgetting to send them in.

Also people who are asking about upgrading there card need to make sure there mobo and power supply can handle an upgrade.

#10 damien777   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   52 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 08:16 PM

i have slighty better versions of these in my computer, and in SLI i can max out most games excluding AA( they dont have much memory, only drawback)

for 100bucks getting 2 of these is a great deal, who says pc gaming has to be expensive?

#11 danstabbingworth   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   287 Posts   Joined 16.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 08:38 PM

Only 1 rebate(s) per product, rebate, person, billing address, company, household.

http://images10.newe...Aug0910cd12.pdf

#12 nikkai   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2051 Posts   Joined 19.4 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:07 PM

I've been on an 8800gt OC'd and running silent (no fan on the board, but have a huge heat sync on it from arctic something) and can do mass effect 2, fallout 3 and oblivion at max details and decent resolution if that helps people too. No desire to update just yet =) [This is when I am grateful for getting nauseated when playing FPS]

#13 kosmos13x   Nocturne #BNC CAGiversary!   850 Posts   Joined 17.2 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:18 PM

Just my 2 cents....

If your running a large monitor @ 1080p or bigger, getting a single 1GB (or more) card kind of helps out in this area. The big thing about SLI is there is still a lot of games that either don't support it or just kinda iffy with the setup. Also as someone has mentioned, the 460 has a large headroom for OC, to the point where it can reach 470 performances.

That being said, I think this is a good deal for people who are looking for dx10 2nd card for an SLI on the cheap, a dedicated Physx card on the cheap, or looking for a cheap gaming card in general when not being able to afford a 200+ card.

#14 knotfan123   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   541 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:23 PM

probably getting this for my HTPC build....good card with HDMI output

#15 daminion   Bah CAGiversary!   2503 Posts   Joined 16.6 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:27 PM

I love how the benchmark for graphics is still Crysis -- a three year old game.

#16 Covnam   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1531 Posts   Joined 17.9 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:35 PM

Thanks Op, might get this to replace my 7800gt. It's served me well, but even though it's about time to upgrade, I don't feel like spending ~$250 on a new card right now.

#17 JetTone   Life CAGiversary!   2759 Posts   Joined 17.2 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:37 PM

don't know much about computers, but could this handle starcraft ii? On high?


Yes, SC2 doesn't have very high graphics requirement, relatively speaking. I'm running it on high and a couple of settings on medium at 1920x1080 ona 9600 gso 384mb card.

#18 howlinmad   Harmful if swallowed CAGiversary!   1100 Posts   Joined 18.7 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:51 PM

So only a slight or equal upgrade from 8800gt?

#19 ScottsUSERID   G.I. Jew CAGiversary!   3701 Posts   Joined 19.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:58 PM

Only 1 rebate(s) per product, rebate, person, billing address, company, household.

http://images10.newe...Aug0910cd12.pdf


I got around this once on a very cheesy attempt.

I wrote in a second rebate without the unit number and mispelled one of the letters of my address.
The company mailed out the second rebate and the post office guy still corrected it to my address lol.
It was only for something 5 bucks though, So I don't think I have the brass to throw 35 bucks to the wind.

#20 SniperREX   Space Cowboy CAGiversary!   8371 Posts   Joined 16.6 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:17 PM

Thanks Op, might get this to replace my 7800gt. It's served me well, but even though it's about time to upgrade, I don't feel like spending ~$250 on a new card right now.


I upgraded couple of weeks ago from the same GPU, because I felt the same way.

Anyway I got a great deal from Fry's, a PNY 9800GTX+ 512MB for $50+tax after rebate :bouncy:

#21 FadeToOne   It's CAGtastic! CAGiversary!   1913 Posts   Joined 15.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:24 PM

My 2 year old Radeon HD3870 ran Mass Effect 2 on high through a 52" TV like a champ. Shocked the hell out of me. Guess I haven't been playing enough PC games to necessitate a better card.

#22 jful   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   36 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:25 PM

ok, i'm prepared to be made fun of since i don't know much about computers, but i purchased the shell shocker deal on newegg today - an hp pavillion - and i think i'll have to upgrade the graphics card (although i'm only planning on having the PC to play games occasionally - ps3 is my primary system); would it be possible/reasonably cheap to get this card and a new power supply?

here's the deal from today:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16883147298

thanks

#23 Reck_Havoc   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   236 Posts   Joined 18.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:25 PM

Pretty good deal for those who missed out on the deal yesterday.

Newegg had a GeForce GTS 250 1GB DDR3 for $50 after mail in rebate.

#24 Bretts31344   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   815 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:41 PM

ok, i'm prepared to be made fun of since i don't know much about computers, but i purchased the shell shocker deal on newegg today - an hp pavillion - and i think i'll have to upgrade the graphics card (although i'm only planning on having the PC to play games occasionally - ps3 is my primary system); would it be possible/reasonably cheap to get this card and a new power supply?

here's the deal from today:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16883147298

thanks


That computer will be fine with normal home use, but the CPU won't let you play many newer games. Even if you buy a new PSU and video card, you will be limited by the processor. What type of games were you looking to play?

#25 jful   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   36 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 11:04 PM

yeah i got it mainly for normal use, and i will probably very rarely play many games on it, but when i do it would be the stuff i can't get for ps3 - mass effect, the new civilization, maybe starcraft 2... but i don't mind having the graphics set on the bare minimum if i can actually run newer games like sc2. i was planning to spend about $500 on a new home computer, so i still have about $150 to potentially upgrade if necessary... thanks for your help; i appreciate the advice

#26 jenksalot   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   79 Posts   Joined 15.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 11:04 PM

I'm about to start a new build with a 470. Can I use one of these as a second card strictly for Physx or would it not make a difference?

#27 z3razerviper  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 11:14 PM

I woudl not say a 2x9800gt is equiv to a gtx470. Good card but that nice. Maybe a gtx260

#28 Bretts31344   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   815 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 11:18 PM

I'm about to start a new build with a 470. Can I use one of these as a second card strictly for Physx or would it not make a difference?


You could use it for strictly for Physx, but obviously only games that support Physx would see the benefits.

#29 Hostile   Dark Evangel CAGiversary!   3160 Posts   Joined 16.6 Years Ago  

Posted 03 August 2010 - 11:27 PM

Yes, SC2 doesn't have very high graphics requirement, relatively speaking. I'm running it on high and a couple of settings on medium at 1920x1080 ona 9600 gso 384mb card.


The rest of my computer must really suck because I'm trying to play SC2 on High-ish settings on the same res. screen but w/ a Radeon HD 5770 and it can't run it higher than 30 fps on single-player.

#30 AlphaConqerer   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   55 Posts   Joined 15.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 11:35 PM

Hey guys,
I bought a similar card a year ago: EVGA 512-P3-N973-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130435

As far as I can tell the model look and specific serial number is different, and fan is different, but all other features of the card are the same.

Is it safe to assume I can reliably SLI-link these cards?
Thanks