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Upgrade options for a 8800GTX and Q6000

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January 7, 2010 8:34:27 PM

I currently have a system that I built in Sept 2007:

Core2Quad Q6600
750W PSU
eVGA 8800GTX
ASUS P35 Motherboard
Dell 2408WFP (1920x1200)

I only have a few hundred dollars (~$300) to spend on an upgrade, and I'm not sure whether it's worth upgrading my CPU or my graphics card on a 2+ year old computer. I'd like something that could play MW2 or similar games at the native resolution of my monitor at a decent frame rate.

What does everybody think?
a b U Graphics card
January 7, 2010 8:40:02 PM

Exactly my opinion.

If you can't OC, then your kind of stuck at a crossroad:
If you upgrade CPU then the GPU would be weak, especially with AA at that res
If you upgrade GPU, then the 2.4GHz clock rate would hold you back with single/dual-threaded games.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 7, 2010 8:41:15 PM

Yeah, your CPU is still fine if you OC it. Just get a new card. The HD5850 is definitely the best choice in that price range.
a b U Graphics card
January 7, 2010 10:21:09 PM

+ Me 4!

The benefit of a major GPU purchase and processor overclock now is that whenever you do decide to replace the motherboard and processor you can keep the GPU to go with the i5 or i7...
a b U Graphics card
January 7, 2010 10:29:10 PM

LOL the 8800GTX aint weak...

It has less performance than the "EWWWWW" 5770.
a b U Graphics card
January 7, 2010 10:40:43 PM

8800GTX is weaker than GTS 250 which is weaker than the 5770.
a c 1322 U Graphics card
January 7, 2010 10:56:26 PM

HAHAHA! ITS NOT!! its not!!! Its far better than the GTS 250. 8800GTX can compete with HD 4870 and GTX 260...

Are you that guy that has gone from a new Gigabyte GTX275 to an Asus HD5850 and to 2x XFX HD4890 in a period of 2 weeks?
8800GTX is on level with 9800GTX+ and GTS250 You are confusing it with 8800Ultra which has a little more performance but not on level with HD4870
a c 1322 U Graphics card
January 7, 2010 11:04:20 PM

First I ordered the GTX 275, but it was out of stock so I cancelled the order. Then I ordered the ASUS HD 5850 but it had a broken fan when I got it so I send it back and got the money back and bought a HD 4890 for half the price of a HD 5850. So yeah. Im that guy :) 

They are all good choices of GPU's! They don't make you a graphics card expert though and we would like to keep the credibility of this forum so go easy with your statements! Little research first would not hurt.
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 8, 2010 3:00:26 AM

It's because you often state wildly untrue things as well as abnormal personal opinions as absolute fact. Tone down the attitude and when a regular suggests you are wrong check to see if you are before arguing about it.
For your reference here are two very simple charts you can check when something like the 8800GTX argument in this thread occurs;,24...
They aren't perfect but nothing is and I'm fairly certain they are a lot better than your personal knowledge.
a b U Graphics card
January 8, 2010 8:37:20 AM

I read this thread/argument and think to myself

"oh... so this is why we have apprentice and veteran rankings" :kaola: 

“Ready are you? What know you of ready? A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away... to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.”

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a b U Graphics card
January 8, 2010 1:34:16 PM

To the Original Poster:

Do you have that Q6600 overclocked? if not, that would be your best upgrade in regards to CPU performance, i have one and it runs great @ 3.6

If you don't have an aftermarket heatsink/fan, get one and OC that Q6600, it is still a nice CPU even now and possibly for a couple more years.

Now, after overclocking the Q6600, you will still have plenty of $$$ to get a video card. I agree with most on this thread, the 5850 would be the way to go, don't listen to okini55, my 4850 is better than the 8800GTX.

If you cannot afford a 5850, then maybe go with a 4890 1gb, it'll serve you well, but again, the 5850 will serve you well-er!
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 10, 2010 7:14:05 PM

That is a very good deal
a c 172 U Graphics card
January 10, 2010 8:01:14 PM

Nuke the cpu (duh) and yes I would go with the 5850 unless you think that you may need the money for other things then if so stay with the G80. You won't be disappointed with the 5850.
February 11, 2010 5:57:54 PM

Best answer selected by danrfxz.