As the title says, I'm thinking of upgrading my 8600GTS to something more powerful.
I was deciding to buy an ATI Radeon 1GB HD 4670 (Powercoler brand) which is AUS$80.
But now I'm deciding upon something under AUS$200 if possible. And the ATI Radeon 1GB HD 5770 (Powercoler) for AUS$193 looks just about right.
If there is anything for a cheaper price with similar perfomance I would like to consider those options too.
My specs are as follows:
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E4400, OC'd @ 3.00GHz (L2 Stepping) and using stock cooler
Motherboard Gigabyte 965P-DS3
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB
Memory 2GB DDR2-667 (2x1GB) (Forgot the brand)
Hard Drive 320GB (Forgot the brand/model)
Power Supply came with case
OS Windows XP Professional (with Windows 7 Transformation Pack)
Enclosure Coolermaster Centurion 5
i think the answer depends on your power supply. how many watts. and does it have a 6 pin power plug on it. you might wanna check out the gt240's that came out today. very low power consumption and performance close to an hd 5750. beats hd 4670 in fps.doesn't need an additional power connector either. plus cuda and physics and native hdmi. looks like a winner. all that for $100 bucks US
Take the side panel off the system and look at the PSU label: We need to know the output from the +12v line or lines. Also look to see what connectors it has, for anything more than a HD4670 or low power 9800GT, it will need to have at least one 6 pin PCI-E connector.
Even a very good PSU of that wattage will not run a HD4870 and may struggle with a GTS250/HD4850.
^ Yep, that is a 6 pin PCI-E connector all right.
Of the cards you listed, the GTS250 is the best option.
However, I'm not entirely happy about putting a card with such a high peak power draw in with a PSU of unknown quality, so I would say either the HD4670, 9600GT or the 'low power' 9800GT (in ascending order of speed) might be a better choice.
With a faster CPU I would recommend the HD5770-Plenty of power but modest power consumption-but I feel it would be too heavily held back by the current CPU to justify the extra expense.
The 4670 would be a nice upgrade, the 5770 would be a very noticable one.
Both of these cards are very low power draw. While the 4670 would offer you the best 'bang for buck', the 5770 is pretty much the best you will get for your cpu and other pc components.
There is a marked difference between these cards btw. The 4670 was a great budget card over 1 year ago while the 5770 is probably the top of the range mid-range card right now. That is a pretty huge difference if you play a lot of games.