So I am upgrading from an old 250gb HDD with WinXP, to a WD Blue 1TB HDD with Win7 64 bit and I would like to upgrade my video card as well, at the same time. I had an EVGA GeForce GTX 470 in it for a few years and that card ended up dying last fall, so I just tossed in an old GeForce 6800 GT that I had laying around to get me back up and running, but it's time for a new one. I play a lot of MMO's and online games. WoW, EQ, BF4, etc type stuff.
To play on all ultra settings would be cool, but I would just say I am one of those "as high as possible" kind of guys. I don't "need" it all maxed out, but if I can, I won't complain. =)
So here's what I have:
Gigabyte P55-USB3 board
Intel i5 760 @ 2.80 Ghz Quad Core
4 GB Ram, 2x2GB Patriot Signature Line DDR3 PC3-10600 1333MHZ
SB Audigy 2 ZS Audio - Old Card as well, but works like a champ
and right now
GeForce 6800 GT
I also have an Ultra 650w PS tossed in there.
I use a Samsung widescreen monitor, currently running 1680 x 1050.
As for budget, as cheap as possible, but I would go up to $300. If I needed to go higher then that, I may go ahead and just get a new MB as well, but I would prefer not to.
Thank you for any and all help. For a rookie like myself, you're knowledge is priceless and greatly appreciated.
Thats alright you wont see any performance difference between the two slots, even PCI 3.0 cards wont use a PCI 2.0 slot to it's full potential.
That Evga should be alright for your MMO's like WOW etc, but whilst playing battlefield 4 you might need to turn down the settings to medium/low to get smooth gameplay. Definitely a good card for performance price wise.