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Should I upgrade my GPU?

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December 4, 2006 5:55:59 PM

Ok so first off, my system specs

Motherboard: 945DPVS or something like that, Intel board
CPU: Pentium D 920
RAM: Corsair 2gb(4x512) DDR2 667
GPU: eVGA 7800GT
PSU: 500W Coolmaster

So anyways I am getting a new monitor, 22". Currently using a 17". As you can see, that is a pretty big difference. I was considering getting a new Graphics Card, because I wasn't too sure my current one would handle it. I know the rest of my PC could use some upgrading, but that would have to wait, don't have the money for it. I probably only have like 300$ to spend on a new graphics card as it is.

I am modest gamer, which is why I ask, I would like my games to be playable, I don't think the 7800GT can do it. Suggestions, comments, whatever. Thanks :) 

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December 4, 2006 6:08:13 PM

I say, try it on the new monitor.

7800GT is still a good card, and maybe you can save up for a kick-ass R600 or G80.

Your other parts are pretty good. 2gb of RAM is nice, and the CPU isn't total crap.
December 4, 2006 6:54:16 PM

If you're a modest gamer your 7800GT should be able to last a little longer.
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December 4, 2006 10:37:24 PM

Well at the moment, on my 17" I get like 60+FPS in most things, depending on settings, except like Oblivion, heh.

Now personally, unless I am really trying I can't tell the difference between 30-40 and like 60-100. So guess when I get my monitor tomorrow, I will let you know how itgoes, thanks for the comments :) 
December 4, 2006 11:08:21 PM

Wait till you get the new monitor, and then upgrade if you're not satisfied with the performance.
December 5, 2006 11:35:32 PM

The craziest thing happened....I am very happy with new monitor, besides the one dead pixel, but I was actually able to fix it. I left a rapidly changing color pallete over it for a few hours while I was at school, didn't think it would work. Got home, and it was fixed.


Anyways though, craziest thing....my performance in all my games has improved. All I can think of is maybe the bitmaps in the games are all for larger resolutions or something?
December 6, 2006 12:25:33 AM

No worries man.Your 7800gt will run your new monitor no problem.It will run high resolution as well.The 7800gt is considered a good card still,even though you can not buy them anymore.They stopped producing them cause they put out the 7900gt as well as a 7800gtx(which is the same as a 7900gt).Anyways enjoy your new monitor.Goodluck.

Dahak

AMD X2-4400+@2.4 S-939
EVGA NF4 SLI MB
2X EVGA 7800GT CO IN SLI
2X1GIG DDR IN DC MODE
WD300GIG HD
EXTREME 19IN.MONITOR 1280X1024
ACE 520WATT PSU
COOLERMASTER MINI R120
December 6, 2006 1:59:08 AM

Good call with that monitor.

Save your money for the R6** or the upcoming G84.
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