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Upgrading my graphic card, need advice~.~

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August 7, 2009 5:07:43 AM

Here is some information for the pc. Bought it around 2 yrs.

550W Power Supply (lower rated since system isnt as power hungry)
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 256MB
Abit FP-IN9 Fatal1ty Motherboard
-Integrated 8ch HD Audio
-Integrated 10/100/1000 LAN


My budget for the card should be lower than $200. Please help me choose a card that fits me!

Thank you so much!!!
a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2009 5:48:23 AM

brand/model of PSU?
resolution/settings in gaming?
August 7, 2009 6:09:22 AM

i think the model for the psu is the ZUMAX 550W ATX
usually use 800x600 in gaming and use 1280x1024 in display
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2009 8:50:36 AM

IMO, a 4850 would do.
a c 195 U Graphics card
August 7, 2009 12:26:48 PM

A 4850 sounds about right to me too; no higher. Coming from where you are now, even a 4670 would be a major improvement.
August 7, 2009 5:08:14 PM

i am thinking to get a 4850 or 4870. should i get the 4850(512mb/1Gb) or 4870(512mb/1Gb)? whcih brand should i get?
a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2009 9:13:30 AM

4850 512mb. The extra memory would only kick in if you game with AA/AF at higher resolution, otherwise it would be a wasted potential.

Brand? Don't worry about it. Get the one who has the best deal on it.
August 10, 2009 9:43:36 AM

my frd just gave me 2 evga 8800gt 512mb. i want to run it in sli, but my frd said my psu (Zumax 550W Power Supply) is not enought for 2 cards. right now, i am running on one card. However, when i try to change the resolution back to 1280x1024, my screen only shows 3/2 or 3/5 on the screen. i could use my mouse to move the screen up and down, even left and right. Can anyone explain why? my monitor is dell 19" lcd that i bought almost 4 yrs ago.
a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2009 12:06:02 AM

Your PSU right now isn't that good. Abusing it further by doing SLI would make it go "bang!" anytime. If you really want it though, get a 650tx.

3/2 or 3/5?? what do you mean?

August 11, 2009 5:29:41 AM

Just bought a corsair 750tx and a new monitor hope it would fix the problem.
when i change the resolution except 800x600 or 1024x768, i only can see part of my screen. If I move my mouse right I can see that part of my screen but not what is on the left, if I move it up or down I can see what is there but I lose whatever is in the opposite direction. Suggestions?
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