GA-EP45-UD3P Graphics card upgrade advice needed

Hello folks,

I am hoping to upgrade my desktop hardware.
Two items in my list were - RAM and Graphics card.
Since I have Windows 8 32 bit, I cannot upgrade the RAM anymore. I have 4 GB right now.

The other item in my list is the graphics card. The current one that I have is:
NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO

Any recommendations for a better upgrade choice?

Here is my current configuration. Any upgrade suggestions are welcome. I am using this as a gaming machine - mostly simulation type games (CiM2 is what I am playing right now - which is sluggish at best)


OS Name Microsoft Windows 8 Pro

System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model EP45-UD3P
System Type X86-based PC

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8300 @ 2.50GHz, 2500 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)

Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.50 GB
Available Physical Memory 1.58 GB
Total Virtual Memory 7.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 3.38 GB

Name NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO
PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0610&SUBSYS_0616196E&REV_A2\4&2273D500&0&0008
Adapter Type GeForce 9600 GSO, NVIDIA compatible
Adapter Description NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO
Adapter RAM 768.00 MB (805,306,368 bytes)

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  1. You don't say what your screen resolution is, your PSU wattage, or your budget. So, armed with almost no information, I would safely suggest an HD 7750 for a major boost from the card you have now.
    That should give you good game play at 1680x1050 resolution and less with high settings.
  2. ouch, if you bought a q9x00 series then i would suggest that you oc that and get a better gpu.
    personally i wouldn't go lower than a 7770. 7850 would be better
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