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[Graphics Cards] Upgrade Question

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September 21, 2009 9:48:17 PM

My current system: core 2 duo e8400, Radeon X1900.

I was thinking about buying a nvidia gtx 1GB 285 OC for $269.99.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9230049&t...

How much of an upgrade would this be?
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September 21, 2009 9:56:34 PM

Get a GTX275, they are significantly cheaper and perform almost as well. What resolution do you normally play at? What power supply do you have? Those are what determine what you should upgrade too and how far you can safely upgrade.
September 21, 2009 9:59:44 PM

1920X1200 and I think I got a 800 watt power supply
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September 21, 2009 10:31:53 PM

Almost any decent card will be a huge upgrade over an x1900.
Now isn't the right time to be buying a card in your price range. The new HD58xx cards should be out very soon and prices will likely be changing for high end cards as a result.
That said right now an HD4890 is what I would recommend.
September 21, 2009 10:35:05 PM

They say pci express 2 cards normally work on mobo's which are pci express 1.0... would this still be a good option to get or would the pci express 1 bus limit the card too much?
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September 21, 2009 10:48:18 PM

should be fine, though wait for the HD5XXX series see what prices can be found
September 22, 2009 6:12:17 AM

Wait for the Radeon HD5xxx series card release and you will be benefitted, I think... because it will lead price drops on the current cards...
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