I have a Bfg 8600gts need upgrade advice

I have a Bfg 8600 Gts and want to upgrade any advice.

CPU Type DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2500 MHz (12.5 x 200) 4800+
Motherboard Name Asus M3A76-CM (2 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Video, Gigabit LAN)
DIMM1: Corsair XMS2 CM2X1024-6400 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-13 @ 270 MHz)
DIMM2: Corsair XMS2 CM2X1024-6400 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-13 @ 270 MHz)
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS (256 MB)

Monitor Acer H233H [23" LCD] (LFS0W0104301)
System Memory 2048 MB (DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM)

The monitor is 23" 1920X1080


The power supply is a Ultra Lsp 650 watt.

Thanks,very much Kevin
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  1. u want to upgrade the entire rig or the GPU alone......

    If ur gonna upgrade the GPU alone its better go for a 9600 or 9800gt 512mb....
  2. i agree, 9800GT would be your best bet, anything better than that may provide a bottleneck. that is, unless you overclock to 3.0, which will be very tough with that CPU.
  3. Go for a ati radeon 5770.
  4. Of course you are free to upgrade ,,but,and this is notable,,your 2500 cpu speed will bottle neck you with anything beyond an 8800gt,OTO Hand,,,if,, you can afford/plan for it,, consider a mobo that will accept your ddr2 ram and then consider one that will accept more than one cpu like the Gigabyte GMA790FX-UD5P or others in that line,no point in throwing away good parts...:)
  5. For crying our loud, does anyone have macros for " What is the resolution of your monitor?", " What is your budget?" and " Please give us details of the PSU, its output on the +12 volt line or lines is most importaint." ;)
    Seriously, Viper59, we really need that info if we are to give you the best options.
  6. coozie7 said:
    For crying our loud, does anyone have macros for " What is the resolution of your monitor?", " What is your budget?" and " Please give us details of the PSU, its output on the +12 volt line or lines is most importaint." ;)
    Seriously, Viper59, we really need that info if we are to give you the best options.



    I reposted with spec. of monitor
  7. Cheers, but you still missed out on the budget part.
    Like the others have said the CPU is going to be a limitation but the good news is that you have an AM2 motherboard so you could upgrade that at a later date if you wish.
    At that resolution, and if you plan on a CPU upgrade then the HD5850 would be your best choice.
    If you want to stick with the current CPU then the HD4870 or GTX260 would be a better fit, the HD57xx cards are slower at such a high resolution due to their lower memory performance.
    If money is tight (when is it not?) the 'Egg has some cracking deals on HD4850/GTS250 cards, sure they're not the latest and greatest but, take it from a 8800GT user, even at that res they'll play well.
    As always shop around before making a purchase, prices vary wildly even on my own small, rain soaked island;)
  8. coozie7 said:
    Cheers, but you still missed out on the budget part.
    Like the others have said the CPU is going to be a limitation but the good news is that you have an AM2 motherboard so you could upgrade that at a later date if you wish.
    At that resolution, and if you plan on a CPU upgrade then the HD5850 would be your best choice.
    If you want to stick with the current CPU then the HD4870 or GTX260 would be a better fit, the HD57xx cards are slower at such a high resolution due to their lower memory performance.
    If money is tight (when is it not?) the 'Egg has some cracking deals on HD4850/GTS250 cards, sure they're not the latest and greatest but, take it from a 8800GT user, even at that res they'll play well.
    As always shop around before making a purchase, prices vary wildly even on my own small, rain soaked island;)



    Thanks I am just trying to find a cheap way out the bfg gtx 260 oc2 is about $200.00 that what I was told the gtx 260 oc2 would be a good upgrade,Thanks,again
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