Better video card than nvidia GeForce 9500 GT

I have a Emachines ET1352g with an AMD athlon II X2 260u processor 1.80gHz with 4G of ram, 64 bit OS. I currently have a 1024MB GeForce 9500 GT (Leadtek) graphics card.

Im looking for something a little newer that would run better with EVE ONLINE, WoW, Diablo 3 and SWTOR.

I have the standard power supply and about a 50 dollar limit, can go as high as 75. would like to keep it a Nvidia but will change if nothing else is available.

Thanks
Nikki
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  1. Hd 6770 or a gtx 460 :)
  2. I wouldn't bother upgrading your graphics at all, not with that CPU. It's clocked way too low to run most modern games well, and most MMOs are far more CPU dependent than GPU dependent. You can buy a new card if you want, but don't expect a huge performance boost in your games.
  3. Supernova1138 said:
    I wouldn't bother upgrading your graphics at all, not with that CPU. It's clocked way too low to run most modern games well, and most MMOs are far more CPU dependent than GPU dependent. You can buy a new card if you want, but don't expect a huge performance boost in your games.


    i can play wow, and what not, on the ultra settings. im mainly looking for something a little newer that is going to be the same lvl or a little better graphic wise.
  4. Well unfortunately, you aren't going to have many upgrade options either way, your computer has a 220 Watt power supply. I wouldn't trust that thing with anything except very low powered graphics cards, probably something like a Radeon HD 6570 or an Nvidia GT 630. Either card would be better than a 9500GT, but not by that much. If you want to go higher than those cards, you'll have to buy a new power supply.

    Honestly, if you are happy with your current performance, you might as well not look at a new card unless your 9500GT is dying. If you do want to do an upgrade, you are probably going to want to save up more money and get a larger budget, as faster graphics cards will also need a bigger power supply, and a more powerful CPU in order to get the most out of the upgrade.
  5. willownikki,

    The other posters are correct that you would benefit greatly from a CPU upgrade. On Passmark Performance test, an Emachines EL1352g with the AMD Athlon II X2 260u , 9500GT, 4GB RAM scored >

    Rating=726, CPU=1182, 2D=258, 3D=251, MEM=611, DISK=583

    If you upgraded to Athlon II X2 270 @ 3.4GHZ ($25-50 eBay), +4GB RAM ($10-20), and a GT 240 1GB- ($15-40) Newegg recently was selling the 1GB DDR5 EGVA "refurbished"- the one I bought seemed brand new- for $30 shipping included >

    Rating=1282, CPU=2236, 2D=408, 3D=789, MEM=1036, DISK=630

    The GT 9500 takes 50W and the GT 240 takes 69W- also the 260U is 25W while a 270 is 65W, and adding 60W to the load with a 220W PS is something to consider. Modern video cards have required ever greater amounts of power. Our friend Xavier Tan Sync mentioned the GTX 460- which is a good one, but requires either 150 or 160 Watts.

    The higher CPU rating and tripling of the 3D score is going to make gaming - and everything else- much better. With careful eBahhh shopping- I saw a number of the Athlon II 270's at about $20, GT 240's sold for $15, 4GB DDR3 1333 RAM RAM for $10-15, so you might do both CPU and GPU, or even all three upgrades at or close to your $50 budget. The CPu and video card would be the priorities.


    Cheers,

    BambiBoom
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