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Upgrading 9500GT, 100$ to 150$ Budget

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next weekend.

USAGE: Games like - The Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim, Kindoms of Amalur : Reckoning, Black Ops II, Assassin's Creed III, FIFA 13 at medium to high settings.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: NVidia 9500GT, 512MB. I really don't know my PSU so please suggest something similar to the requirements of my current card. I might upgrade the PSU if it's not too expensive.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: 2GB RAM, AMD Phenom II x 2 555 Processor - 3.2 GHz, ASUS M2N68-AM SE2 Motherboard.

COUNTRY: India, so all cards just might not be available, I plan on buying from my local store but don't know what to choose.

PARTS PREFERENCES: NVidia or ATI, dosen't matter to me.

OVERCLOCKING, SLI or CROSSFIRE: Heck, I don't need these advanced features. :P

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 x 900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I had my eye on ATI Radeon 6670HD. Don't know whether 1GB or 2GB would be better for the price.

If you guys could tell me some games that are similar to the ones listed, I'd be happy :D. They would need Xbox 360 Controller compatability though.

Also is my processor and RAM enough for games nowadays?

Thanks for your time!
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    The least expensive, and perhaps the card that's the best match for your rig is a 7750. The 650 ti would also seem to fit your budget, but it see some bottlenecking with your current setup. So that means, yes, your computer's CPU and RAM isn't enough for today's gaming demands.

    If you think you can hold yourself, a better rig would do you better. I had experience with upgrading my 3 year old rig a while back, ended up setting up a new one and putting a lot of time, money, and parts to waste.
  2. I see what you mean, I'll upgrade my RAM then, but unfortunately I can't upgrade the CPU at the moment, I'm happy with atleast 30 FPS so I don't think it'll matter too much.
  3. Delcrum said:
    I see what you mean, I'll upgrade my RAM then, but unfortunately I can't upgrade the CPU at the moment, I'm happy with atleast 30 FPS so I don't think it'll matter too much.


    Understandable. Just take note that there are some games, such as Skyrim are CPU-bound, meaning performance is more dependent on the processing power than other games. I played ACII and Brotherhood on my old rig and I felt set back by my RAM, so if you plan on going ahead and playing ACIII, you might want to grab another stick of RAM. However, since DDR2 RAM, which I assume is the kind you have, is being phased out, you might see limited stock and high prices.

    Just a head's up. Otherwise, good luck! :D
  4. get the 6670 with 2gigs of ram......... the card may not be "big" enough to utilize it but perhaps the extra frame buffer will help with lack of physical ram. ( keep the textures in the frame buffer instead of dumping on the system ) causing lag spikes.

    also good idea to double up on system ram.

    the 6670 will be a substantial upgrade over the 9500.
  5. faster23rd said:
    Delcrum said:
    I see what you mean, I'll upgrade my RAM then, but unfortunately I can't upgrade the CPU at the moment, I'm happy with atleast 30 FPS so I don't think it'll matter too much.


    Understandable. Just take note that there are some games, such as Skyrim are CPU-bound, meaning performance is more dependent on the processing power than other games. I played ACII and Brotherhood on my old rig and I felt set back by my RAM, so if you plan on going ahead and playing ACIII, you might want to grab another stick of RAM. However, since DDR2 RAM, which I assume is the kind you have, is being phased out, you might see limited stock and high prices.

    Just a head's up. Otherwise, good luck! :D


    OK thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to get 2GB more RAM then and I think the HD7750 is quite a nice card. Hopefully it'll last me 2-3 years after which I won't get any time to play games :(.

    Thanks again!
  6. swifty_morgan said:
    get the 6670 with 2gigs of ram......... the card may not be "big" enough to utilize it but perhaps the extra frame buffer will help with lack of physical ram. ( keep the textures in the frame buffer instead of dumping on the system ) causing lag spikes.

    also good idea to double up on system ram.

    the 6670 will be a substantial upgrade over the 9500.


    I'll take the HD 7750 as it falls within my budget and appears to be better than the 6670 with just a few bucks difference. Anyways thanks for the tip on lag spikes!

    TY for your time!
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