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Possible options for graphics card upgrade?

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December 14, 2009 12:29:20 AM

I currently have an eVGA 6800GS and am debating if it's worth me upgrading my card now (I am thinking something in the Nvidia 9 Series), or just waiting until I have enough money and just do a massive re-build with PCIe 2.0/3.0.

My current motherboard (Abit KN8) only supports PCIe 16x, not 2.0, so I am looking for some input on what would be the best option.

Any input is greatly appreciated.

a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2009 1:06:23 AM

What is your CPU and your screen resolution you play at?
a c 140 U Graphics card
December 14, 2009 1:46:09 AM

^also powersupply.

I assume you are using this system for gaming, unless you correct that assumption.
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December 14, 2009 2:44:19 AM

The CPU I have is an AMD 3200+ (939 socket). I do use it for gaming, and some creative/web work (adobe creative package CS4, primarily photoshop). My primary monitor has a resolution of 1600x1200 and I have a thermaltake 420w PSU.

The upgrade came into question when I actually picked up FarCry 2 and played it, and all the settings were on low and it still slowed up in some spots. I was kind of disappointed in my machine. I am also highly considering Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which I can only imagine how demanding that game is.
a c 140 U Graphics card
December 14, 2009 3:29:58 AM

Which model Thermaltake 420w do you have, there are a few. Do you have the specs on the PSU itself?

If it's one of the OEM style PSU's that only have like 18A on the 12V rail, you can probably get away with a single 4670, but that is about it. Anything better we can look into it.

Cay FarCry2 and MW2 are going to require a somewhat ok card. A 4670 will get you playing at least. If your PSU turns out to be one of the better 420W we can check out the 12V rail specs.

Your CPU will also be a limiting factor being only a single core.
a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2009 2:56:17 PM

Go for the 4670, it would be the cheapest, decent upgrade considering also the limiting factor of your processor.
December 14, 2009 11:11:37 PM

The PSU I have is this one:

Not too familiar with the two different kind you're speaking of jay2tall. But hopefully the specs in the link I provided can help??

Also, I looked up the 4670 suggested, looks decent and for a decent price (around $60). Is there a higher model or card I could go that costs a little more money and I would get a little more performance with it? Or is my PSU restricting me too much?

And just out of curiosity, what would be a close nvidia equivalent to the 4670?

I've also thought about my CPU, and thought about a dual core, got any suggestions there as well?

Thanks for all the help!
a c 140 U Graphics card
December 15, 2009 3:16:30 PM

With that PSU you are limited because of the single 18A 12V rail. The 4670 is a good choice for the price as they 5670 will be coming out soon. Nvidia released the GT240 card which would also work. It costs a bit more but also delivers more performance.