Upgrading my graphic card, need advice~.~

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!!!
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  1. brand/model of PSU?
    resolution/settings in gaming?
  2. i think the model for the psu is the ZUMAX 550W ATX
    usually use 800x600 in gaming and use 1280x1024 in display
  3. should really play in your native resolution. It will look better.

    hd4890 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161277 I'd go this route.
  4. IMO, a 4850 would do.
  5. A 4850 sounds about right to me too; no higher. Coming from where you are now, even a 4670 would be a major improvement.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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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