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September 2, 2010 1:17:16 PM

Just wondering, I currently have a Intel Desktop Board DQ35JO
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz
Nvidia GeForce 9500GT
would it be worth replacing my video card with a Asus ENGTX460 1GB, would i see a major increase in frames or would I have to buy i would new Mobo/Ram/Processor. Also (Video Card Included) what would be a good buy for $500.00 Canadian in regards to Mobo/Ram/Processor.

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September 2, 2010 1:41:37 PM

Hi djayschneider and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

1- U can buy the GTX460 and install it without problem in the PCI-E x16 slot of ur mobo.
2- For $500 u can go with this:

GPU: ATI 5770
CPU: Athlon II X3 445
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600
Mobo: Gigabyte 780A-UD3

Total: $492.18 including shipping but not MIR.
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September 2, 2010 7:06:01 PM

I was thinking more to sticking to Nvidia then ATI Cards, and also intel processors.
Also would i see a major increase in FPS or would I have to buy new Mobo/RAM/Processor because my Intel Board is old.
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a c 117 V Motherboard
September 2, 2010 7:59:48 PM

Cpu-Intel Core i3 530 Dual Core -$116.84
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD0785&v...

Mobo-Gigabyte H55M-USB3 -$115.15/$105.15 after mir
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225474/Gigabyte/GA_H5...
Gigabyte P55-USB3 -$127.50
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/227370/Gigabyte/GA_P5...

Ram-any one of these-$100
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit...

Gpu-GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB -$225
http://www.onhop.ca/catalog/product/10935139

Like saint19 said just buy the card cuz i would wait for Sandybridge 1155
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September 2, 2010 8:35:10 PM

You'll notice a major performance jump upgrading from a 9500GT to a GTX 460 1GB.. And you don't need to change any of your system parts for it.. Just make sure you've a good enough PSU to handle it..
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September 2, 2010 8:51:50 PM

I have about the same specs in my desktop pc but my mobo is PCI 1.0 not 2.0 compatible. That means it will not utilize the extra bandwidth of a 2.0 GPU. In this case it is better to replace the mobo, cpu, and ram as the upgrade rather than the GPU.
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September 12, 2010 10:42:16 AM

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