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I have a Bfg 8600gts need upgrade advice

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October 22, 2009 7:18:38 PM

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
October 22, 2009 7:27:01 PM

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....
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October 22, 2009 7:40:19 PM

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.
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October 22, 2009 7:42:41 PM

Go for a ati radeon 5770.
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October 22, 2009 7:43:39 PM

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...:) 
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October 22, 2009 7:45:40 PM

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.
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October 22, 2009 7:58:51 PM

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
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October 22, 2009 8:09:36 PM

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;)
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October 22, 2009 8:19:24 PM

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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