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Question: Upgrading my graphics card to GTX 285

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February 1, 2009 10:53:05 PM

Hi, I'm new to this forum and I'm in need of some help.
I recently read the article (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-285,213...) about the GTX 285 and was impressed by the 285's benchmarks. This made me want to upgrade my graphics card from a 8600GS to the XFX GeForce GTX 285.
So here's my question, the computer that was used to test the GTX 285 had the Intel Core i7 920 processor OC, 6 GB of DDR3 triple channel Ram OC, and one of those new Gigabyte EX58-Extreme Motherboards that supports i7. While on the other hand my computer have:

Windows Vista 32bit
700watt power supply
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
the old ECS NVIDIA 680i LT Motherboard (no PCI Express 2.0 only PCI Express x16)
2GB DDR2 dual channel ram at 667MHz (Will upgrade it to 4GB OCZ SLI ready memory running at 800MHz)

Will my Computer with the GTX 285 be able to run those high end games like Far Cry 2, CoD:World at War, etc. with maxed out graphic settings on my 24'' Monitor at its 1920x1200 native resolution? or will my computer without the i7 processor or the 6 GB of DDR3 triple channel Ram hold the GTX 285 back and won't be able to get those nice fps rates from the benchmark in that article? Will I get the most out of the GTX 285 with my current computer or will I need to upgrade in order to get full use of the GTX285.

I'll greatly appreciate any answers, insights, help, or comments. Thanks in advance.
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February 1, 2009 11:28:40 PM

You will see a great difference in performance on your system going from a 8600GS to a GTX285, you can always oc the Q6600 to get abit more
February 1, 2009 11:33:58 PM

I have that close of a setup but I had the 8800 GTX. I did purchase the 285 GTX and it is a major upgrade!!! Video games run great now.
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February 2, 2009 12:47:49 AM

/agree with monsta OC that proc as far as that annoying 680i will let you. Really think about picking up a 2x2GB DDR800 Ram IMO Vista ran like crap for me with only 2 Gigs and 4 Gigs of ram is >50 bucks now. I actually just clicked the submit order button w/newegg for the EVGA gtx 285 and I'm upgrading from a 8800 gts 512 which tears your card a new hole. I expect to be very impressed based on what I've read/seen benchmark wise. You comming from an 8600 should be esctatic once you pop that beast in. AFAIK based on personal experience with my OC q6600 and 4 gigs of ram I think that once i have a gtx 285 it will run everything at max settings and hopefully max AA and AF but that I'll know for sure in a few days.
February 2, 2009 1:27:37 AM

johnx123 said:

Will my Computer with the GTX 285 be able to run those high end games like Far Cry 2, CoD:World at War, etc. with maxed out graphic settings on my 24'' Monitor at its 1920x1200 native resolution? or will my computer without the i7 processor or the 6 GB of DDR3 triple channel Ram hold the GTX 285 back and won't be able to get those nice fps rates from the benchmark in that article? Will I get the most out of the GTX 285 with my current computer or will I need to upgrade in order to get full use of the GTX285.


It'll run good at that resolution with your CPU, don't worry.
February 2, 2009 3:29:49 PM

Thanks a lot for the reply guys, I feel a lot more confident about getting the GTX 285 now.
Also Mikecs keep me updated, would love to know how well your games preform when you install your new GTX 285.
February 2, 2009 6:54:09 PM

will do should be here in a few days
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