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What is the Best/Fastest GPU & CPU for this MB?

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September 23, 2008 7:37:46 PM

This could have been posted in the CPU or MB area, but I'm most concerned about a better GPU, so I posted here.

What is the Best/Fastest GPU & CPU for my MB?

I have the Intel Corporation D945GNT MB.

The current GPU is: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE

The current CPU is: Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.06GHz, 3066 MHz

The current HD is: Seagate 500GB 7200rpm

I want to upgrade this for my guest room. I'm currently have this one in my computer room:

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September 23, 2008 8:03:05 PM

I'd say a Radeon 4850 is probably the best I'd put in there, anything more is going to be too limited by the CPU. It'll be a huge improvement over your current card for less than $170.
September 23, 2008 8:05:19 PM

Is the video card using PCI Xpress or AGP?
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September 23, 2008 9:45:37 PM

Look at this page for supported processors

and you will see that the highest you can go is a Pentium D 960. If you can find it cheap go for it. Depending on what games and resolutions you're gonna play you probably won't get a benefit out of anything faster than a Radeon 3870/4670, or an nVidia 9600GSO with your current CPU. With the dual core 960 you probably won't notice any improvement with GPUs beyond a Radeon 4850, but an 8800GT may prove a good fit.

Considering I don't see Pentium D960s for sale anymore you may have to scoure eBay for one. I don't think it's worth the Hassle, or the money, so in your case I'd just put in a Radeon 4670.
September 24, 2008 1:03:14 AM

Wow, that's a pretty sic rig!

How do you like that keyboard? I've got the red one and I luv it!

You can always keep your old cpu, maybe overclock it, and stick a 4850 in there just cuz.
September 24, 2008 1:06:08 AM

Iff your ugrading you can toss a new mobo in there for $50-$100
September 24, 2008 1:49:52 AM

RabidBunny, I like my red-lighted Saitek keyboard alot.

I don't want to add another MB. I want to max out mine and it looks like I can improve it a lot.

So far my research shows my MB can run either the Pentium-4 3.80GHz 670

and the Pentium-D 3.6GHz 960

So my question is which GPU would be the best before I run into a bottleneck and start wasting $$$

Best GPU for this cpu: Pentium 4 3.80GHz 670

Best GPU for this cpu: Pentium-D 3.6Ghz 960

NOTE: I do NOT want to change MB.