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September 28, 2009 3:28:25 PM

Hi.. Have a nice day.. I own an old Dell XPS 600 : intel pentium D935, 2 Gb Ballistix 667, Nvidia nForce4 X16 MCP, and old 19 in. Samsung syncmaster 920.. etc..
I like to play only Microsoft Fs2004 ans FSX games.. I need upgrade my video card (nvdia 6800GT); with a single card.. not SLI.. May you help me please.. Thanks a lot.. Bye

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September 28, 2009 8:19:39 PM

A really good graphics card would be bottlenecked by the rest of your system. Fortunately your monitor only runs at 1440x900, so you don't need a top of the line card to run things well. How much are you looking to spend?
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September 28, 2009 9:05:41 PM

Your PSU is more than fine but I don't think that system can handle a core2duo. The best cards you should consider with that CPU are probably an HD4670 or a 9600GSO. Either is much better than 6800GT. This is a good deal;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 29, 2009 12:22:06 PM

FallenSniper said:
A really good graphics card would be bottlenecked by the rest of your system. Fortunately your monitor only runs at 1440x900, so you don't need a top of the line card to run things well. How much are you looking to spend?

Hi.. my best regards to you.. I could spent around 150 bucks.. Thanks
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a c 147 U Graphics card
September 29, 2009 7:03:29 PM

You could probably throw a 4870 in there and be done. That PC has a 650W PSU I believe. or a 4850, whichever fits your budget.
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September 29, 2009 7:14:46 PM

i would say gts 250 1gb version or 4850 would be pretty nice too. they are both neck to neck, but gts250 is a little pricier and run cooler.
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a c 147 U Graphics card
September 29, 2009 7:25:20 PM

I would go for an AIT card, for the simple reason they tend to run better on older machines as they seem to rely alot more on drivers as opposed to Nvidia liking better CPU's.

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a b U Graphics card
September 29, 2009 7:30:49 PM

^^+1

In my experience, upgrading older machines with ATI breaths new life, while upgrading with Nvidia enhances the need to ugprade other parts. Could be bias, but I have never upgraded a friend or family members computer with ATI and had them anything but enjoy. The few times I installed Nvida, were far less compelling.

To each their own, but I thing jay2tall is on to something.
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a c 147 U Graphics card
September 29, 2009 7:42:29 PM

ATI's drivers take up MUCH more memory. I recall going from ny 8800GTS/512 to my 4870 now and just the drivers, when I had XP, cause my memory usage to increase 300MB.
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October 9, 2009 4:24:37 AM

fsx is super cpu-intensive, i think you could get a low to mid range card like the 4700
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October 9, 2009 6:41:12 AM

Hey dude. i have a 9600GSO 512MB 128-Bit card and it runs every game at max. settings at 1440x900. For instance i am able to plat Batman Arkham asylum with very high ssettings and no Physx very smoothly. i recommend that card for that resolution. Anyway a HD 4770 or HD 4850 will be much better for future.
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a b U Graphics card
October 9, 2009 6:48:25 AM

Yeh, a 9600GSO is a great choice for the rest of your system. As long as you're not playing Crysis or anything extreme.

It's not worth get anything above a 4830 or 8800/9800GT since the Pentium D would significantly bottleneck it.


1. 4670 or 9600GSO ~$60 (best GPU to match your system
2. 9600GT ~ $70 (slightly better than #1)
3. 4830 or 8800/9800GT ~$90 (better than #1 or #2, CPU bottleneck)
4. 4850 or 9800GTX/GTX+/GTS250 ~ $110 (better than #3, but you've hit a major CPU bottleneck...you can get this if you want to reuse it in a future system)
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October 9, 2009 10:20:40 PM

1. 4670 or 9600GSO ~$60 (best GPU to match your system)

I like ^^^^ ATI is my preference, but thats all it is.
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October 10, 2009 12:10:24 PM

I see many people recommend HD 4670 above 9600GSo. Even i accept it,but i always recommend nVidia for long-run rather than ATi which heat faster.
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October 10, 2009 12:21:42 PM

hey friend variety of graphic cards are available in market it really depends on much you are going to pay. just have help of some expert.
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October 11, 2009 3:14:54 AM

teja92 said:
Hey dude. i have a 9600GSO 512MB 128-Bit card and it runs every game at max. settings at 1440x900. For instance i am able to plat Batman Arkham asylum with very high ssettings and no Physx very smoothly. i recommend that card for that resolution. Anyway a HD 4770 or HD 4850 will be much better for future.


i love my 9600gso, but sadly i cant play fsx with the sliders semi-high with it. its not my cpus fault, i have a high clocked core 2 duo
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October 11, 2009 3:39:48 AM

ryohei said:
i love my 9600gso, but sadly i cant play fsx with the sliders semi-high with it. its not my cpus fault, i have a high clocked core 2 duo


Dude. You need a Quad core to run the game on highest settings(thats what i heard)
I haven't played FSX yet.I just saw reviews.
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October 11, 2009 3:41:25 AM

i think your right, that would explain why the game shorts out on me every few hours
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