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Help me get a GPU for my old Mother board Please....

Hello,
Im running an old machine with Asus p5n-e sli Motherboard with 2GB ram

CPU: Intel Core 2 6420 2.13Ghz

I have a 1000W Psu and 9600gt for now.

I am looking forward to buy a decent GPU for $200 budget.

Ive researched some forums but hardly found any answers.

I was looking forward to get a 660 but wondering if it'll support my old rig.

Please direct me to one of the best supported possible alternative that will support my rig.

Thank you in advance xD

PS.i am looking to get 2GB of ram too
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  1. Stop. Don't buy any other parts before replacing that CPU. a dual core 2.13GHz will be a massive bottleneck on any 200 dollar GPU. If you have 200 bucks, get at least a quad core before considering any major upgrade
  2. You've got a basic PCI-E slot, so most any PCI-E card will work, the newer PCI-E 3 cards are backward compatible, with a $200 budget best would prob be a 660 or 270/270X might be better off looking at a 750TI and that would then cover your DRAM also, the new GPU could carry on up when/if you upgade the CPU and mobo
  3. pyr0_m4n said:
    Stop. Don't buy any other parts before replacing that CPU. a dual core 2.13GHz will be a massive bottleneck on any 200 dollar GPU. If you have 200 bucks, get at least a quad core before considering any major upgrade


    To be frank i just want to play Vindictus and TitanFall on this Pc.
    It seems I cant afford to spent any more than the Ram and GPU as i am planning to run this $200 Gpu on a new Pc, Which will be possible for me to built by the end of this year.

    Thereby, Is the bottleneck issue that major that i wont be able to play these games on mid/high settings?
    If you could kindly provide me with an estimated percentage of performance loss I would be greatly thankful.
  4. No, should be able to play fine ;)
  5. Tradesman1 said:
    You've got a basic PCI-E slot, so most any PCI-E card will work, the newer PCI-E 3 cards are backward compatible, with a $200 budget best would prob be a 660 or 270/270X might be better off looking at a 750TI and that would then cover your DRAM also, the new GPU could carry on up when/if you upgade the CPU and mobo


    Thank you for the suggestion. While researching between a 660 and a 750ti i bumped into a huge conversation between which card is best for the money.

    There are both fantastic cards for the money. But as you said the 750ti will cover the DRAM for the CPU, which means i might get more out of it than putting on a 660 due to the limitation of my GPU.

    Is the difference that comparable on these cards performance?(keeping in mind im on a SLOMO GPU)

    I was looking to this earlier.
    http://www.hwcompare.com/17301/geforce-gtx-660-vs-geforce-gtx-750-ti/
  6. Best answer
    Yes the 660 is the better card, but am thinking with the current budget the 750TI can also cover the the DRAM, and then when you upgrade mobo/CPU in the future, to get even better performance the 750TI will still be a good entry level but with less investment in it money wise
  7. Tradesman1 said:
    Yes the 660 is the better card, but am thinking with the current budget the 750TI can also cover the the DRAM, and then when you upgrade mobo/CPU in the future, to get even better performance the 750TI will still be a good entry level but with less investment in it money wise


    Lol 750ti it is. Will ordering the card now.

    Any specific brands, EVGA, ASUS, etc you would suggest?

    Please kindly link it to me, so that i can click and order right away :D

    Thank you so much for helping me out on this issue.

    PS. No, I am not lazy. But the last time i bought a GPU myself. I wasn't happy for 7years :(
  8. I like Asus first the EVGA with nVidia cards, price may play in but have been happy w/ Asus and their OC ability
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