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Gaming Spec?

Hi. I would like to know if the following specs are ok for the current games out there (such as MW2)because apparently this is the only place I could get some actual help. Ok so here it goes...

Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @1.86Ghz Rev.B2
GPU:Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS ASUS Rev.A2 65nm 512mb
RAM:1GB
OS:XP SP2
Motherboard:965P-DS3 Rev.C1 Gigabyte

Also a friend told me that I should upgrade my GPU and I found this http://www.pcgarage.ro/placi-video/gainward/bliss-9500gt-silentfx-512mb-ddr2-128-bit/
but I'm not sure if it will fit well into my MB.
The reason why he recommended me to change the GPU is because of the bus which is 64 bit on the 8400 GS and the 9500GT is a 128 bit which he said its super ok...

Please consider both video cards (the one i have and the new one).
Thanks

Additional information: I'm low on bucks(RON) and I presume that in USD it's somewhere near 64,59 $.
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  1. I have a 9500GT and so can tell you that it's not a gaming card and is no better than an 8400GS in that regard, look to get a GT240 or higher.
  2. GT240 is kinda expensive... thus I know 9500Gt is not really an Gaming card... but does it perform better than 8400 GS? My friend showed me that he can run the game MW2 on 8400 GS but on low settings and 800x600 resolution only... and still he had some lag sometimes including slow motion effects. He said that the 9500GT is way more powerful. But it's up to what you people say If you know.
  3. I replaced an 8400GS with the 9500GT and gaming wise they are the same but the 9500GT is better for HD movies.
  4. Well then... i suppose that means an 7300GT is far better than 8400GS and 9500GT?(my bro had 7300GT first and he could run MW2 at medium very nicely)

    Anyway... can you recommend a nice card that can perform fast? one in the range of my money?
  5. Zakusho said:
    Well then... i suppose that means an 7300GT is far better than 8400GS and 9500GT?(my bro had 7300GT first and he could run MW2 at medium very nicely)

    Must have been at quite a low resolution then.
  6. Wait... what exactly does performance is related to on a GPU? Bandwidth? Bus speed? Memory Size? Memory type?
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    With an Nvida GPU it's mainly about core count, the more the merrier. There is a bit more to it than that as memory speed and bus width come into play as well.
  8. I think I got it... so your saying that the 9500GT is not suited because it is not that far from 8400GS...

    My 8400GS:
    500Mhz Core speed
    1250Mhz Shader speed
    333Mhz Memory Speed

    While 9500GT:
    550Mhz Core speed
    1400Mhz Shader speed
    Can not find the Memory speed in the details... but I guess it's RAMDAC? If so then 400Mhz.

    But I see that it is sending the data faster than 8400GS which sends only 6.4 GB/sec and the 9500GT 25 GB/sec. But hell I'm not and expert... thanks for the info mousemonkey. I'll see with the 240.
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  10. Zakusho said:
    I think I got it... so your saying that the 9500GT is not suited because it is not that far from 8400GS...

    My 8400GS:
    500Mhz Core speed
    1250Mhz Shader speed
    333Mhz Memory Speed

    While 9500GT:
    550Mhz Core speed
    1400Mhz Shader speed
    Can not find the Memory speed in the details... but I guess it's RAMDAC? If so then 400Mhz.

    But I see that it is sending the data faster than 8400GS which sends only 6.4 GB/sec and the 9500GT 25 GB/sec. But hell I'm not and expert... thanks for the info mousemonkey. I'll see with the 240.

    Here's a screenshot I used some time ago to show the difference between my 9500GT and an 8600GT. Check out the bandwidth of the 9500 compared to the 8600.
  11. Hah. Well clearly the 8600GT is better in that image but the 9500GT i was linking to is different its not the 1GB version but ye I get the idea...
  12. Well good luck in your card hunt, I'll consider this thread done then.
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